Bal VIkas Montessori School

Project Abrazos : Reforming the Reforms | Bal Vikas Montessori School

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Bal Vikas Montessori School


Child labour is not just an affront to the rights of a child but also a symbol of a society that has lost its way. We should, therefore, all strive to ensure that the fundamental rights of children are protected and that they are accorded the opportunity to go after their dreams and aspirations.

The future is much brighter when the younger generation has a good foundation for success. The innocence of a child should never be taken away for the purpose of making the lives of adults easier. It is both unfair and morally unacceptable.

Bal Vikas Montessori is the only private community school in Telibagh, Lucknow providing education to over 300 underprivileged children. School fees are voluntary.The school’s source of finances are monthly donations, and often the teaching staff has to pool resources from friends and family. The school cannot afford basic facilities such as proper sanitation, a computer lab, and the library has only 20 books.

The decrepit classrooms do not have even adequate lighting and are in need of repairs.There is no permanent teaching staff due to lack of finances. Many students drop out every year. Bal Vikas Montessori is close to shutting down. If the school shuts down, 300 children will be exposed to social evils.

They would be forced into child labour, to work in hazardous environments under inhumane conditions, and in some cases into illegal activities like prostitution and drug trafficking.

Abrazos is a vibrant project stratagem established under THE MASLOW INITIATIVE. The project aims to mould the school as an all-around academic institution promoting an overall development of the children. The program isn’t just confined to the educational purposes, but to construct the school as a self-sustained entity and provide education to future generations.

Over the next one year, we aim to implement all the of planned infrastructural developments to cater to the basic needs of the children; adequate sanitation facilities, a library with over 1000 books and a computer lab with a minimum of 2 computers. We also aim to reduce the current dropout rate to as low as possible and aim to grow the number of students from 300 to 500.

Our organisation, the Maslow Initiative Foundation, aims to develop a model of school adoption where we adopt one school at a time and help build the capacity and infrastructure of that particular school. We do this by raising a substantial amount of funding through our partners and crowdfunding platforms.
The raised amount then gets distributed to set up a corpus fund in the name of the school to help finance its teacher retention cost and basic maintenance of the building.
Then, with the rest of the amount, a library is set up for the students with 3:1 ratio of book to children.

Lastly, our foundation helps establish a volunteer program for the school to make the process more sustainable, we do this by connecting them to various volunteer organisations worldwide hence providing these schools with a good professional volunteer-base to help with professional teacher training and other daily activities at the school.

This is only possible though through the generous funding we can receive from the sensitized mass of humans like you.

We hope that you will be able to join us in funding the development of our much-needed community-based school.

Any support will be highly appreciated by us and the kids that we provide a service to. The aura demands to reform the reforms. The existence needs to be celebrated upon. I see the new dawn in their eyes. A dawn to rise from shadows of inhumane dungeons, a dawn to commemorate those reforms!

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