Sai Kripa

Project Brief: The project aims to cater to the educational needs of the children in the surrounding area, and to get CBSE affiliation in order to expand its activities.
Project Type: Formal Schools (description)
Primary Focus: to go to formal school (description)

Secondary Focus: creating resources

Area: Urban
Supporting Chapter Contact: Arizona
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: B Ramakrishna
Project Partner(s): Aninja Rajagopal
Other Contacts: Susan Seats
Project Address: , Z 133-134, Sector-12,,Noida,
Tel: (0118) 4531146, 4536416
Stewarding Chapter: Arizona
Jan 2012ArizonaUSD 6000
Jul 2004ArizonaUSD 3600
Dec 2003ArizonaUSD 1500
Dec 2002ArizonaUSD 4500
Dec 2001ArizonaUSD 1800
Dec 2000ArizonaUSD 1800
Dec 1999ArizonaUSD 1800
Dec 1997ArizonaUSD 500
Dec 1996ArizonaUSD 1000

Total = $22500

The project aims to cater to the educational needs of the children in the surrounding area, and to get CBSE affiliation in order to expand its activities.

The school is serving a very dire need in a community, which has begun to embrace the sincere efforts of the founder and teachers. The students are eager to be at school and the parents can see the bright and smiling faces of their children. The enrolment at the school has increased and the facilities can barely support the existing numbers.

Children receive value based education at their door-step . Since children do not have to travel far to reach school, they are getting enrolled by the age of 4 years itself. This has shown marked improvement in their personality, inter-personal relationships and ability to communicate.

- More than 50% of the school children are girls. The village girls until recently, were resigned to remaining indoors doing household chores, looking after their younger siblings and the like; but today most are at least aware that, like their brothers, they too can attend school, receive education and acquire knowledge.

- This awareness has helped them realise their inner potentials which is amply proven by the fact that the Sai Shiksha Sansthan girls show better results in exams than the boys.

- The women are taking more initiative in sending their daughters to school. Through exposure to the TV, media and interaction with Sai Shiksha Sansthan staff who have taken great pains from time to time in motivating the villagers in trying to create awareness on the importance of education, the villagers, especially the women are more keen that their daughters attend school, having realised what they have missed in life and not wanting the same bleak future / ignorance for their daughters. The men too are gradually realising this and there certainly is an obvious change in their attitudes.

- The villagers, having realised the importance of education today are, on their own initiative, trying to get land from the government, by putting pressure on the local political leaders.

2004-2005 UPDATE

$ 3600.00 was sent in July 2004 and this
will support four areas that were requested by the administration. It will (a) pay for salaries of three teachers who are needed in order to keep up with the increase in enrollment at the school (b) cover the
cost of 20 field trips for the children from the Vazidpur and nearby villages to educational /sightseeing venues such as the zoo, doll museum and historical monuments in Delhi. Most of the children have never gone to Delhi which is less than50 kilometers from their villages (c) pay for two sets of Uniforms for 150 children and provide tuition scholarship for 50 needy children
To impart value based education to the deprived children because values command a great significance in Society. A Society, which is endowed with lofty values, makes progress. Education makes a permanent difference in the lives of deprived children.

Every child has a right to education. Unfortunately we at SAIKRIPA found that most of the so called good schools were not willing to accept the under privileged child. Setting up a school seemed inevitable.

It was at this juncture a request came from Village Vazidpur for an English medium school in their village as there were no schools in their vicinity and so only a few children from well off families could go all the way to Noida for education. Even these children faced the problem of transportation as the village was not connected by public transport system and children had to travel by trucks, tractors and long distance buses resulting in their hurting themselves. Hence the school Sai Shiksha Sansthan was set up on 8th April 1991.

- Community meetings were held initially to ensure the community interest in the opening of the school.

- This culminated in the community providing space i.e. building for the schools, as well as volunteers to teach the children. This continued till trained and educated teachers were employed.

- Over the years, the community has continued to remain involved, though not in the teaching / educational areas but in its functions, programmes, etc.

- Initially, girls from the village were not sent to the school but this too has now changed over the years, due to the value?based education which is being provided.
Case Study

Reena and Shobha are the daughters of late shree Kalluram. He had owned approximately 1/5 acres of land but being a habitual drinker he was hardly of any use to the family and wasted away all the land. His family consisted of his wife, 2 sons and 2 daughters. After Mr. Kalluram passed away in 1996, his was looked after by his relatives. Mrs. Kalluram also worked in the field of others to earn some money.

Mrs. Kallu inspite of her best efforts was not able to meet the school expenditure and the members of the family were not interested in the education of these kids.

Under these circumstances, SAIKRIPA decided to impart free education to the children of late shree Kalluram who are doing well in their studies. Had we not enabled their studies, these girls would have been taken away from the school and made to work in the fields. This is just one such case in our school.