Send three Indian girls to school

£487 of £746 goal

Raised by 12 people in 21 months
Hi All,

I’m pleased to launch a campaign to support the schooling of three Indian girls from a disadvantaged background. I met the family in the slums of Kathmandu, Nepal, in 2010 and formed a lasting friendship. The camp of Indian immigrants was dwelled by body burners (Hindu funeral organisers), professional thieves (nicked mobile phones from tourists), shoe polishers (fixed umbrellas too), (child)beggars and kiosk keepers (sold noodles and chilli-flavoured toothpaste).

I met Neelam who was the smallest three-year-old I had ever seen, with a popping belly and ribs sticking out. Sister Simran was one and a half years old. Mother Nitu stayed at home with the children when father Dhurumvir went out to polish and fix shoes. I spent much of my three months in their cosy mud and canvass hut.

The farewell was heart-breaking but we kept regular contact by phone. I wrote freelance newspaper articles about my experiences in Nepal to collect money for Neelam’s schooling. She had turned four and with the help of some readers who got in touch, we sent her to preschool. Since then, the support network has expanded to cover three siblings from the same family who now lives in Rajasthan. A lot of kind people have helped the girls for six consecutive years!

The girls currently live in their grandad’s house with their extended family. Neelam is now 10 years old and goes to the Indian 5th grade. She’s followed by Simran, 9, who’s the second best in her year-III class. Radjini, who I’ve never met because she was born shortly after I returned to the UK, is now six and goes to her first class after pre-school. The girls also had two little sisters, Kamal and Khushi, who both died as babies in 2013 and 2016. Kamal died of malnutrition and Khushi had a fever. The youngest girl, Varsha, meaning rain (which is a wonderful thing in Rajasthan’s desert), is a few months old and healthy.

I'd be very grateful for donations of any amount. Payments can be made with card securely. The costs of schooling are £448 per girl (£1.2/day), covering all costs for the whole 2017/18 financial year. I've seen a letter from the school listing the tuition fees.

I’ve made ahead start with a bake sale at work and rolling over donations from last year, and I was able to send £600 already. From that money, Dhurumvir has already paid
- two sets of school uniforms for each girl (costing about £30/child)
- belts, ties and two sets of shoes (totalling £15-20/child)
- additional classes, which are compulsory because illiterate parents can’t help with homework (£250 coveting all three)
- £60 towards a school bus

Me and the family would be grateful if you could kindly help with
- the remaining school bus fee (another £225 or Rs.18,300 covers all three girls)
- tuition fees (£430 or Rs.35,400 covers all three)
annual charge of the school (£37 or Rs.3,000 covers all three)
- GoFundMe and Stripe money service take 7.9% commission so I’ve reserved another £54 to cover transfer costs.

In total, we’ll still need £746 to ensure all girls go to school this year too. Your help is invaluable in achieving the goal and any amount would help. If you’re not in a financial position to support the girls, I’d be grateful if you could share this in your social media channels. Expanding the network is essential and your help appreciated.

I need to send the remaining moneys to Nitu by the end of April. As usual, I’ll post a list of donors (you can donate anonymously if you wish) and receipts to the website once I’ve sent the donation.

For further updates and pictures, please see ‘updates’ under the picture.

Many thanks for your support! :)

Best wishes,
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Update 10
Posted by Anni Jylhä
20 months ago
Uniforms and books have been purchased for next year, the family would like to pass on their thanks to all of you who helped! The target was achieved (got donations to accounts which don't show on this website). Receipts and list of donations are available in an earlier post.
Books for next year
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Update 9
Posted by Anni Jylhä
20 months ago
TARGET REACHED! With a huge thank you to all donors and those who shared the links, we've now collected enough money for the whole next year for all three girls!

I've attached three receipts of payments here. First one was £602 on 28 March 2017 which included
- £187.67 from a charity bake sale
- £130 from a private donor
- H. Vainio, £33.62, August 2016.
- M. Kokko 42.1 (monthly debit since July 2016)
- £203 from another private donor last summer which was rolled over to this year (NB originally donated £220 but the website takes 7.9% commission)

The second and third receipts, £350 each, cover donations mainly from this website (please see left side column). List of donors:
J. Heinonen 100
M. Metsä 50
S. Essid 100
I. Dimitrova 15
N. Amrane 10
L. Caesar 10
S. J. Kim 50
W. Addo 100
1st Anononymous 20
B. Parry 10
E. Cant 15
L. Namniece 7
TOTAL 487 but 7.9% for GoFundMe website (Stripe) reduced which leaves 448.5

Donations straight to my account
R. Jylhä 130
F. Williams 10
T. Osborne 25
P. Järvinen 81.99 (100,00 €)
M. Koistinen 24.89 (30,00 €)
K. Lahnalampi 16.59 (20,00 €)
A. Jylhä 298

In total I've send £602 + £350 + £350. Please let me know if you have any questions.
£600 on 28th March 2017
£350 on 13th May 2017
£350 on 12th May 2017
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Update 8
Posted by Anni Jylhä
20 months ago
Morning routine pics.
Girls getting ready for school
Simran with quick breakfast
The school 'bus' is waiting
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Update 7
Posted by Anni Jylhä
20 months ago
School play rehearsals two days before the end-of-year ceremony :) Radjini's not happy because she was too young for to have a role... The principle said she can have one maybe next year.

I need to send the donations soon for the next school year so if anyone would still like to donate, that would be hugely appreciated!
Neelam with her mum Nitu
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