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Closed 30/04/2021

105%
£21,120
raised of £20,000 target by 65 supporters

    Weʼve raised £21,120 to help fund Covid-19 relief for a not-for-profit school in rural Punjab, India, 4km from the India-Pakistan Border

    LONDON
    Funded on Friday, 30th April 2021

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    Story

    Socrates International Academy was set up to provide equal education opportunities to the children of a remote village in Punjab, India. For further information, please do visit www.rattarchattar.org.

    During my school holidays in the summer of 2019, when I turned 11, I was a young student volunteer for a week at the school. Please visit Blogs and Photos.

    Recently, I was sad to hear that the school has been badly affected by Covid-19. Due to the pandemic, many parents in the local community have lost their livelihoods and source of income which has meant that they can no longer afford to send their children to school. However, the school has waived its fees for the less privileged students (approximately 60% of a total population of 300 students).

    Whilst remote learning has become the norm for most children in the developed countries, this is sadly not possible in the poorer parts of the world. Lack of affordability for smart phones or laptops and weak infrastructure make home learning almost impossible. This places a significant burden on schools with limited funding such as Socrates Academy.

    I felt compelled to reach out to family, friends and my UK school community in an attempt to raise funds to help this school. The main areas they need support in are: fees, books, uniforms, computers and stable internet connections so that the children can access school from home.

    Below is a list of statements which shows how much students' lives can change with a modest donation from you.

    This campaign to raise funds aims to achieve the following:

    • To assist with payment of fees and school books for children whose families are impacted by loss of income due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The school currently waives fees from these children. (approximate costs for books and uniform of USD 15,000 p.a. for the entire population of 300 students)

    • To assist with the purchase of smartphones or tablets for 40 children who are unable to attend virtual classes. (approximate costs of USD 8,000 including annual wifi)

    • To assist with increased expenditure due to internet and technical support costs associated with online classes. (approximate costs of USD 6,000 p.a.)

    • To assist with payment of teachers' salaries following the steep drop in fee collection as a result of the pandemic. (approximate costs of USD 35,000 p.a. for teaching staff salaries)

    My dream is that everyone reading this 'appeal for funds' could find some money to spare so that Socrates Academy can improve its ability to teach in this remote corner of the world so that the children can uplift themselves.

    PS:100% of funds raised less processing fees (2.9% + 25pence per card transaction) will be directed to the charity. Justgiving platform seeks an optional tip on top of your donation for its running costs. Please click 'Others' in the tip drop down menu for your discretionary tip amount.

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    • Riona Krishnan Dighe8 months ago
      Riona Krishnan Dighe

      Riona Krishnan Dighe

      8 months ago
      Update from the Page owner

      Yaaaaaay ! We have reached 76% of our £20,000 target. Thank you for your generous contributions.

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    • Riona Krishnan Dighe8 months ago
      Riona Krishnan Dighe

      Riona Krishnan Dighe

      8 months ago
      Update from the Page owner

      Thank you all for your generosity in these difficult times ! Riona

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    • Riona Krishnan Dighe8 months ago
      Riona Krishnan Dighe

      Riona Krishnan Dighe

      8 months ago

      Dear Donors Thank you for your generous contributions ! We have now reached 71% of the target :) Riona

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    9 months ago

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    Supporters

    65

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Apr 24, 2021

      Well done, Riona. Really proud of you.

    • Sophie

      Sophie

      Mar 12, 2021

      It's a privilege to teach you, Riona. I am honoured you have shared this amazing experience with me and given me the chance to contribute.

      £20.00

    • Aileen Gan

      Aileen Gan

      Feb 14, 2021

      Well done Riona!

      £100.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Feb 14, 2021

      Good work Riona! Love from Singapore.

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Feb 12, 2021

      Good Luck Riona

      £500.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Feb 12, 2021

      Great initiative Riona! Good luck!

    • Jim Brecker

      Jim Brecker

      Feb 10, 2021

      What a great cause!

      £200.00

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    Riona Krishnan Dighe

    Riona Krishnan Dighe

    LONDON

    I am a 12 year old in Grade 8. Travels with my family have given me an insight into the inequalities in our societies across the world. This is my first small step to assisting the less fortunate.

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