My name is
Angelli. Her father is a farmer
and owns an acre of land. He grows rice, wheat and lentils and
lives in a mud house shared with two buffalo and some hens..
Her grandmother has tuberculosis and the family have
not enough money to buy the appropriate medicine. There is no
government school in the area and her only chance of any
education is with The
Schools and Skills Foundation. She wants very much to go to
These three young women had never been to school before joining
the Schools and Skills Foundation sewing school in Bapunager.
They could neither read nor write and had no employment skills.
Now after two years they can read and write, measure and cut
cloth. Sew and knit. They have received basic training in
health, hygiene, sanitation and nutrition.
With these skills they are better equipped to improve
their living standard and to pass on this knowledge to other
This is Renki, she is twelve years old, she cannot walk, she
has polio. Her father is dead or has gone away. She lives in
what can only be described as a mud hovel behind the main temple
in Bodhgaya. She supports her mother, brothers and sister by
begging. By including her mother in our skills training
programme she will be able to make a living by sewing and
knitting and Renki will become a student in one of our schools.
Your support is crucial for the future of this family.
Our father is Arjun Thackur.
He is a barber. He earns about 100 rupees per day (£1.25).
We live with our grandparents and uncle. Our uncle has four
children, his wife has died. Our house has two rooms. We attend
The Schools and Skills Foundation school in Bodhgaya. The
classes are very small and we learn quickly. We like our
teachers very much. We rehearse plays about the caste system and
about our tradition of giving dowries when a girl gets married.
This is Manta, she is thirteen years old. She is a student at
The Schools and Skills Foundationís school near Bodhgaya. She
is in class 6, her final year. She has learnt to read and write
Hindi and English. She has also studied science, Sanskrit,
drama, art and history. She
has passed all the government exams but her parents cannot
afford to pay for her to attend a government school to complete
her secondary education. With
your help The Schools and Skills Foundation will open a school
so that she can continue her education until she is eighteen.
This is Chandon, he is three and a half years old. He has never
walked. He suffers from rickets and malnutrition. His mother
does not know how to feed him properly and he is dying. The
Schools and Skills Foundation has adopted him and his mother.
With intensive treatment with vitamins and minerals Chandon is
recovering strength and putting on weight. His mother has been
taught how to cook nutritious food and before too long Chandon
will have learnt to walk and play with other children.