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Learn Trust Newsletter March 2014

Learn Trust Newsletter March 2014

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Learn Trust, North Thathamangalam
Dear Friends!
Greetings! 
 On behalf of Learn Trust, I would like to thank you all for your massive support for the start-up of this charity. We are overwhelmed by your support, suggestions and help!
Thank you!
 We are now in action. For the previous academic year (2012-2013), we have received about 10 applications. The selection committee has shortlisted 4 needy children among the 10 to avail our scholarship. In this issue, we have included the profiles of these 4 children. Based on the need Hariharan and Prashanth were awarded with Rs. 2500 each; Gayathri with Rs. 5000 and Sri Vishnu with Rs. 1000. Hence we have released the fund for 4 students of worth Rs. 11,000 in total for furthering their education. For this academic year (2013-2014) we have had applications to support college students in addition to school students. Since one of our candidate Sri Vishnu
’s parent found
some other funding sources for the kid and henceforth, we decided to withdraw our funding. This was decided since the committee thought there is no point in funding a  person who is already being funded by other resources and instead the trust can make use of the money to fund other needy candidates. Learn funded the rest of the candidates with the following amount. Hariharan and Prashanth were awarded with Rs. 3000 each and Gayathri with Rs. 5000. Also, Learn is planning to organise training for rural students to help them with their career planning. Some of our activities have been listed below. One of the important activities that Learn is currently involved is to strengthen the government schools. In the current civilised world, the need for English as a medium for education has been increasing. Hence, the number of schools teaching their syllabus with English as a medium has gone considerably high. As we are well aware,  private schools are demanding parents for excessive money to educate their kids. Not everyone in the cities and rural counter parts can pay high costs for their kids typically Rs. 25,000 for 1
st
 standard education. Some schools based on their location, even collect over Rs. 1 lakh. Learn has a plan! As an initial project, learn has decided to adopt a government school in primary level and cater with its need to teach both Tamil and English Mediums. Learn selected Panchayat Union Primary School in North
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Thathamangalam to implement its project. This school has been started on 16.11.1892 and
it’s
 been around for over 122 years now teaching subjects in Tamil medium. This school had hundreds of students initially and was the only school for over 10 kms in radius from the village. After an initial survey, we
 – 
 
“Learn” decided to
take efforts to introduce English medium together with Tamil medium. Measure were taken and met with government officials to get their approval. We have walked to the doors of people in the surrounding villages including Akkaraipatti, Devimangalam, Palayur. South Thathamangalam and Thaluthaalappatti and explained about the school and delivered hand-outs. We have had a generous response from people agreeing their kids to join in our government school from private schools if we start English medium. In addition to the facilities rendered by the government, we have agreed to provide the following facilities to the kids joining our school.
 
Additional Teacher
 
Transportation facility (First year for free)
 
Computer Facility
 
Yoga and Science club activities
 
Classes through Video-Conferencing etc. AMS. Periasamy Pillai Foundation has generously  provided with 4 sets of computer to the school. Our volunteers have established this service to the school and its now in operation. Also our volunteers and local youths joined in hands and cleaned the school premises. A playground for the school has now been established with the substantial supports of Mr and Mrs. R. Dharmaraj and Mr. T. Saravana Kumar our activists. We are now waiting for the approval and as soon as we get this, we need to get in action. For this project we have had supports from Vitamin H and few other organisations to help us financially and with man power. Mr. P.M. Sabari kumar, our secretary has been appointed as the co-ordinator for this project. As another project, at our registered address in North Thathamangalam, we have installed 4 desktops for the use of school going kids and youths for educational  purpose. Mr T. Saravana Kumar gifted us with 3 computers and Mr. C. Prashanth helped us with 1. Mrs. Pushpavalli Mahalingam provided us a table to place the desktops. Mr. Jayasheelan Vaithilingam is offering his
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house without any rent for us to do this activity. We are looking at getting a printer-cum scanner, photocopier and internet connection to this place. This facility in future will be the hub for rural development of the village including empowering students and women in the Thathamangalam village and its rural counterparts. We are also looking at employing a full time staff in these  premises soon and hosting a webpage to showcase our activities. Mr. M. Santosh Raj, our media representative has been appointed as the co-ordinator for this project. Our treasurer Mr. Manikandan will liaise with our co-ordinators. We will update you on these matters in our next newsletter. We are now planning to be in touch with you half yearly with updates about the children we sponsor and our activities. You should all be now proud of what you are doing to this community and the society in which we live in. Every small help that you offer will count massively when it reaches the needy. On behalf of Learn we thank you all for you kind co-operation and support in this matter. Meanwhile, if you have any queries/suggestions please do not hesitate to contact us. Many Thanks! Sincerely, (Jayasheelan Vaithilingam) Managing Trustee Email: learn.charity@gmail.com
Our Candidates Profile
Hariharan Kanagalingam
Hari, son of Mr. & Mrs. Kanagalingam is residing at Thathamangalam, a small village abot 22 Km away from Tiruchirapalli, Tamilnadu, India. He has a younger sister Ms. Chithra studying 7
th
 standard is a physically
challenged child from birth. Hari’s family was running
on his
father’s income by working as a Chef in a local
restaurant which came to an end in April 2012, as he  passed away in a road accident while returning home from his work. Amidst of this tragic incident during his secondary school board exam, Hari scored 81% and excelled in his studies showing his interest for higher studies. His household monthly income (through his mother) of Rs. 1500.00 is unpredictable due to the availability of farming work an
d his sister’s health  problems. Hari’s family background was no
t conducive to his interest to attend high school; however, his inner  passion, motivation and enthusiasm to realise his dreams enabled him to secure a place for higher secondary first year (11
th
 Standard) in a Government higher secondary school near his village. As he come from a very impoverished background with financial hurdles, his skills, talents and his dream to be an Engineer may not have a future without financial assistance. Learn identified Hari as a potential candidate to support and assist him in his curricular and co-curricular activities.
Sri Vishnu Saravanan
Sri Vishnu, son of Mr. and Mrs Saravanan is studying 3
rd
 standard. Mr. Saravanan, a disabled is working as a security in an apartment and his wife is working as a housemaid to run their family together. Their family income is not sufficient to run the family as they had to
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