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Rishi Kumar, the founder of the Balmaitri Projects, believes that you can save the village kid by academic education, personal growth and hygiene activities, developing confidence, building morals and by teaching values. His hope is that the kid in turn will educate the people in their villages to the benefit of all. Rishi says that if the village is saved, nature can be saved.Rishi has developed three major projects, the Balmaitri School and kid?s Home, the Balmaitri Ramajiwala School and the Village Education Project.Balmaitri School and kid?s HomeThe Balmaitri School and infant?s Home is set 18 km from Luxman Jhula near Rishikesh in the state of Uttarakhand, northern India. The school focuses on providing education to infant from rural backgrounds. Thirty five infant live in including orphans or kid from single parent homes and all the infant are from very poor backgrounds. Approximately140 infant attend the school daily from several surrounding villages, some walking up to 10 kms each day to reach the school. A contribution to school fees depends on the family?s skills to pay. Most families pay only a nominal amount or don?t pay at all.The curriculum includes Hindi, English, math, Sanskrit, science, history and geography with fair instruction about nature and the ecosystem. The infant also write, transform and perform puppet shows and plays about alcoholism, the environment, encouraging the education of girls, managing the ecosystem and how to save the social environment. The 8 teachers at the school also lead cultural activities such as drama, music, art, public speaking and dance.Balmaitri RamajiwalaThe Balmaitri Ramajiwala school is set 50 kms from Balmaitri and is attended by approximately 30 kid with 2 teachers. The kid at this school wear the same uniform and study the same curriculum as the kid who attend the Balmaitri School.The Village Education ProjectThe Village Education Project group meets once a month to discuss village problems and needs including planting trees, welfare issues and monetary concerns such as marriages and hospital expenses. It also manages the preservation of spring water sources and arranges medical and eye camps as well as meetings for the empowerment of women.FOR MORE DETAILS PLEASE LOG ON TO WWW.BALMAITRI.ORG




January 3rd, 2015 |

Location: India

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