Education for Children

FOCI is very active in providing educational opportunities for those in need in India. Our view is that education is a necessary tool to begin to break the cycle of poverty and despair that disadvantaged families deal with every day.

 Below are some of the programs made possible for those who currently have so little….

School on Wheels

School on Wheels

The School on Wheels (Hyderabad) has been traveling to the slum neighborhoods of Hyderabad since 2008.  The bus rolls in, opens its doors, and children climb aboard for a chance to be a kid, to learn, and to experience a classroom.  Since its beginning, dozens of children have ‘graduated’ from the S.O.W. into local public schools, taking another step toward a complete education.

 

 

 

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Lotus Learning Center – dinnertime!

 The Lotus Learning Center (Hyderabad) opened its doors in 2013 in the Kukatpally neighborhood of Hyderabad, welcoming in children of deeply impoverished families. At the Lotus Center, children receive afterschool tutoring from trained teachers, as well as a nutritious meal.  And they have fun!

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Moosapet School Girls – paint day!

Moosapet School (Hyderabad). This public girls’ school has become a place near and dear to FOCI’s heart.  Each year, we provide a tutor and study materials for all the girls in the 10th (graduating) class, to help prepare them for the all-important Tenth Class exams… which determine whether they will be able to continue on to higher education.  Test results have improved markedly since our support began; and in addition, FOCI has provided funds to clean and maintain the school, so that the girls feel comfortable and safe in their surroundings.

 

Wyra Classroom - insideAzariah Srinikethan Vidyalayam School in the village of Wyra (near Khammam)In 2007, FOCI began to support a new school in the village of Wyra, called the Azariah Srinikethan Vidyalayam School.  At that time, this school was physically just a shell, with classrooms but no chalkboards, no seating for the students and no equipment for the teachers.  But they had a committed principal and teachers, and quite a few students from the village whose parents were willing to pay a small tuition fee in order that their children could benefit from an education far superior to that provided through the public government schools.

With FOCI’s support, the school has acquired seating for the students, chalkboards, teacher’s desks, a computer and an variety of teaching resources.  Future plans are to provide additional classrooms to accommodate the growing student body, as well as a computer lab to give these children the knowledge they need for today’s world.

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Getting ready for school at the Girls’ Hostel!

Boys’ and Girls’ Hostels in the village of Gollapudi (near Khammam)There are many rural families who want their children to attend school — but simply can’t afford the cost of books and uniforms, not to mention the loss to the family income when a child who could beg, farm or clean wants to go to school.  Our hostels take the burden off the parents by providing a place for children to live and learn together, attending local schools, and working with our tutors in the evenings.  They love being there together — and we love their enthusiasm!  The children are visited by family members as often as possible, and are able to go back to their homes for holidays and family events.

 

 

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