Needy Illiterate Children Education (NICE)

Project Brief: Educating school drop-outs, orphans and single parent children
Project Type: Residential School (description)
Primary Focus: orphans (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Hyderabad
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Giridhar Kolanupaka
Project Partner(s): P Purnachandra Rao
Other Contacts:
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ANDHRA PRADESH  500 072
Tel: 9848235103
Stewarding Chapter: Hyderabad
Feb 2013HyderabadUSD 5594
Apr 2010HyderabadUSD 16560
May 2008Work an HourUSD 9956
Nov 2006Work an HourUSD 7360
Dec 2005HyderabadINR 240000
Dec 2004BerkeleyUSD 5000

Total = $49702

Build and operate a residential school for children who drop out of the 5th standard from the nearby villages. The school is located at located at Mynampadu Village, Kanaparthi Panchayath (on the way to Chilakaluripeta to Narsaraopeta or vice versa), Guntur Dist. The residential school will provide basic literacy and training with a vocational bent. There is no fee collected from the children.
NICE will motivate parents of children subjected to child labor to liberate their children, impart vocational based training and help them become entrepreneurs to serve their communities.
As a part of this effort NICE started their first free residential school facility during 2003-2004, at Mynampadu village in Guntur District, AP, India.

Progress summary of the project:
2002 - 2003 - Nice started as a Registered Society
2003 - 2004 - Operations started with 13 children
(Asha Berkeley funded Nice with an amount of $5000 during this period)
2004 - 2005 - Has added 23 children and 4 teaching staff Constructed 2 class rooms
2005 - 2006 - Has added 24 children and 1 teaching staff Constructed 2 class rooms
Dec 2005 - The WAH amount $5000 (Rs. 2,40,000 has been given the organization and it has been utilized (partially till March 31st) for teachers salaries. The rest will be used for the salaries rest of the financial year.
The aim of NICE is to provide Food, Shelter, Health and Career path of children presently being employed as child labor, orphans, etc.
NICE also has plans of starting residential school for girls in and around the same place. Trying for good area to be bought and start construction of the school.
NICE formed by Mr. Purnachandra Rao in May 2002. He is also an active Asha Hyderabad volunteer. NICE is currently supported by Asha Hyderabad and Work an Hour and previously by Asha Berkeley. Needy Illiterate Children Education (NICE) is an Indian non-profit organization that works towards balanced development of illiterate and very poor Indian children, through education. NICE identifies interested children from bottom-most strata of the Indian society, and provides them food, high quality formal high school education and most importantly, enough vocational skills to earn a living when they leave the school. It also aims to provide assistance to the graduates to start rural businesses, by arranging financial loans and other necessary aid, thus encouraging rural development and discouraging migration to cities, which is a major problem in India today.

Please visit NICE's website http://www.nice-india.org or contact Asha Hyd or Asha Berkeley for information about this project.

Nice status(2005):
- No of children - 60
- No of teachers - 05
- Non teaching Staff - 04
- Cost estimation/month - Rs.60,000

Nice status(2006):
- No of children - 90
- No of teachers - 05 (expected two more in a month)
- Non teaching Staff - 07
- Construction of 4 classrooms
- Cost estimation/month - Rs.85,000


Nice status(2013):
- No of children - 175
- No of teachers - 13
- Non teaching Staff - 7
- Cost estimation/month - Rs.3,00,000 (teaching and non-teaching staff salaries)