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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!