Thursday, May 27, 2010

Scholarship Program

Dear Sam's House Supporters,

Dinesh has recently established a scholarship program, providing young children from poor families with the opportunity to continue their education without fear of cost interrupting their studies.

Thanks to your contributions, Sam's House underwrites all the fees, books and supplies for their education, which totals approximately $25 per month.

Bipul lives with his maternal grandmother in Pokhara. The family has been unable to locate his parents. His grandmother is able to work some, but just enough to earn for daily needs. He studies in grade 4 at Balmandir, a public school in Pokhara.

Sita is 16 years old and attends Balmandir. The headmaster of the school contacted Dinesh requesting a scholarship on her behalf because Sita is an outstanding student. Sita lives with her mother in Pokhara; her mother is a domestic worker. Dinesh says Sita and her mother are very thankful to Sam's House for the support.

Samiksha is from a village east of Pokhara. She is 7 years old with two sisters who work as domestic servants. Her parents are unable to work, so she frequently missed school to earn money for the family. Dinesh helped locate her uncle in Pokhara who agreed to take her in so she could attend Gorkha. In her village, Samiksha had been studying in grade 3, but at Gorkha she has in enrolled in grade 3. The report from her previous school says she is an excellent student, so Dinesh expects that she will be upgraded soon.

Sashi (top) and Saraswoti are sisters who live in a nearby neighborhood of Pokhara. Sashi is 10 and Saraswoti is 3 years old. Both their parents suffer from disabilities that prevent them from working and they live together on land owned by relatives who provide for their immediate needs.

Sashi will study in grade 1 at Gorkha, and Saraswati will be in nursery.

Thank you again for all your support. Dherai, dherai dhanyabaad!

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