Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Update on Help for Law Student

Go down for latest update.

Within a couple of hours of putting up
this post, I got an email from reader Siva, offering a very generous contribution. I was both thrilled and humbled. It was my birthday yesterday, and this felt like the best birthday present I could have had. (Birthday celebrations post coming up soon.)

All of us at Friends of Children are very grateful, and I am proud to have a reader like Siva!

Siva is donating Rs 9000, which leaves us Rs 4000 short of our goal for this year. Do email me at unmanaswords@gmail.com if you can help our deserving law student pay his mess fees.
About the student: He is visually impaired, and has just got admitted to ILS Law College. He scored 80% marks in Class 12. Friends of Children has been sponsoring him since Class 11. I have met him, and he is a cheerful, gregarious young man.

Friends of Children sponsors his course fees, which the college has subsidised for him, and helps him with books. But Friends of Children's policies don't allow for paying students' hostel or mess fees, and he has mess fees of Rs 1,300 per month to pay. His parents are farm labourers, and he has no relatives supporting him. We are looking for people who are willing to donate his mess fees (or a part of it).

He's in the first year of a five-year course, and assuming two months of vacation a year, that comes out to Rs 13,000 per year over the next five years (Rs 65,000 in all).

Added at 2 p.m.: Pallavi very kindly forwarded my post to colleagues, and one of them (who wishes to remain anonymous) promptly wrote to me offering Rs 4,000.

I am humbled at how quickly we could raise the money for our student, and am so glad that I have such great readers!

7 comments:

Siva said...

Just yesterday only i was reading your last year's birthday posts, didn't notice the dates though. Looking forward to read this year's. Wish you all the happiness :)

lostonthestreet said...

That's awesome job you are doing..
Happy Bday..awaiting your bday posts

simplypallu said...

Yay, to Siva and V :D Thanks a bunch, guys!

Unmana said...

Siva, Pallu: You guys helped make my birthday the most awesome ever!

Lost: Thank you. I hope I'll shake off the laziness and write it by tonight. :-)

indianhomemaker said...

Happy Birthday Unmana!! You are doing a wonderful thing, I am sure you will find the required amount... will email you.

Doli said...

Hey Unmana,

I came across this forward and thought it may be of use.

Dear Friends,

If you have come across any bright students coming from poor financial background who have finished their 10th standard this year (April 2009) and scored more than 80%, please ask them to contact the NGO - Prerana (supported by Infosys foundation). The NGO is conducting a written test and those who clear the test will be eligible for financial help for their further studies.

Please ask the students to contact the people mentioned below to get the form #580, Shubhakar, 44th cross,1st Main Road, Jayanagar, 7th Block, Bangalore - Mob No. - 9900906338(saraswat i)
Mr. Shivkumar (9986630301) - Hanumanthnagar Office
Ms. Bindu (9964534667) - Yeshwantpur Office

Even if you don’t know anyone, please pass on this info, someone might be in need of this help desperately.

Unmana said...

IHM: Thanks for offering to help.

Doli: I'm afraid we work only in Pune. You might try some Bangalore-based bloggers with your info?