A School with a Difference
“Education is the best provision for old age. And we prepare our school kids for it.”
Walking diligently, you will see small groups of girls on the streets of Vrindavan every morning, on their way to Sandipani Muni School where they receive proper education. Seated gracefully in their classrooms, they prepare for their tomorrow. Every afternoon, these kids are served lunch, which is the only meal many of them will have that day. We have about 1300 girls studying in our 3 schools located in Vrindavan and have one school under construction at Govardhan.
We have a Sponsorship Program in place that is aimed at preventing child marriage by keeping the young girls in school until the age of 18. A girl can be sponsored at $45 per month. Out of $45, $40 is used towards their education, uniform, meals, skill development, medical care etc. The remaining $5 is held per month in a special fund until the girl is 18 years old. After which she will get the funds and be able to choose how she would like to spend it. Education is proven to pave a pathway to employment, enabling the girls to end the cycle of poverty.
In today’s competitive world it is absolutely necessary for an individual to attend college to be able to get a good job. Especially if one is from an impoverished background. That is why after a girl finishes school, you can help her attend college by sponsoring her college education. College/Universities are rather expensive; for a minimum fee of Rs 50000 (USD $800) you can help a girl continue her studies. College education is from 3-5 years and your contribution will cover her fee, books, uniform, and stationary.
For Rs 18000 per year(USD$285) you can contribute towards scholarship of a student whose family cannot afford his/her education outside of Sandipani Muni School. This scholarship is up to 12th grade and covers tuition fees for studies as well as uniforms, books and school supplies.
According to a survey by BYUH: 97% of the mothers of our school girls have had no formal education.
That says a lot about the state of women education in the area. Most of the girls at Sandipani Muni school are from poverty stricken backgrounds, living in slums and struggling for basic needs. Many girls were seen begging near the temple before they joined the school. Even in this holy land of Vrindavan, the young girls face intense hardship in the form of child marriage, child labour and other forms of abuse where young girls are forced into adult roles. This is why we aim to educate the girls and enable them break this cycle of poverty and to improve their standard of living.