How do children go to school? It is not a hard question to answer or is it? It depends on whom you ask. If you ask, one of the young kids of 150 villages and hamlets in Haveli, Velhe, Mulshiand Bhor Tehsils of Pune District in India, the answer is very shocking.
Ten-year-old Kiran has to travel six miles to go to fifth grade school. This seemingly short distance of six miles denies basic education for most of the kids in her village. The road ceases to exist in the monsoons and transportation is hard to find and expensive. In a country where 40% of the population lives for less than $1.25 a day -- health care and education is a far cry. Here poverty is redefined as starvation. What are her choices?
Her choices are obvious; education is a luxury. Even arranging transportation does not solve the problem when one is on the verge of starvation. Kiran is not alone. There are thousands of children in this situation. A short distance to attend a public school in a town place (Panshet) becomes insurmountable.
Majority of these children are forced in making the obvious choiceódropout from school. Not ironically, the percentage for girl drop outs is twice that of boys.
Today Kiran and 75 kids like her can continue their school as part of RACHANA PROJECT and graduate from high school because of your support and donations. With your support, these kids can attend the public schoolwhile lodging will be provided at the hostel next to the school. They will also be provided with, food, health care and educational material.
AIDís previous research and experience suggests that insulating children from poverty and providing children with basic means of education yields 98% graduation.