Sunday, February 13, 2011

New School with Aim Abroad!

We are sorry that we have been unable to post this week, but things have been very busy here in Delhi NCR as our volunteering programs are expanding and helping more people in need! We have some wonderful news as well! This week, we have been working on opening a school for slum-children in the neighborhood, and we have received the funding for start-up costs! We plan to open the school close to an area of very needy people, who cannot afford food or basic amenities for their families. Most of these families prefer not to send their children to school, as they would rather have the children work or earn money. We plan to offer the children at the school one meal daily, school supplies, and a set of school clothes and shoes for the summer and winter, to help persuade local parents to enroll their children in our school (for free) and invest in their own children's education and future! For the past few weeks, we have been meeting with some real estate agents to find an affordable yet convenient location for our mission, and we believe today we have found the right spot! Here is a picture of a girl nearby, who we believe will be one of our future students! We are very much looking forward to this endeavor to reach out to help more people in a different way, as this can help sustain children who have families yet are trapped without a means for education.

Also, the volunteers who went to Delhi this past weekend had a great trip. They described that they changed their itinerary a bit while on the road, and went to Chandni Chowk and Red Fort, otherwise known as "Laal kilaa" in Hindi, reserving Sunday for a trip to Connaught Place and the Lotus Temple before heading back to their host families with Aim Abroad!

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