Many underprivileged girls have the potential to be exceptional students, but aren’t given the opportunity or encouragement to explore their capabilities and discover their unique talents, especially if they live in rural areas.
The RSM Shanti Educational Home Project was established in 2017 and was designed to enable poorer girls who have no chance of a good education in their own village to attend school on a daily basis. The girls arrived in the boarding home aged between 6-15 years old and attend a good school nearby. We aim to provide all the girls with an education until 12th standard (final year in school).
Each boarding home has a housemother, cook who live-in. Three to four volunteers attend 4 hours a day from Monday to Friday to initially help establish the girls’ routine, organise medical and dental check-ups and arrange for vaccinations as preparation to start attending school. The girls also need to learn new personal hygiene routines like washing, shampooing and brushing their teeth. A tutor has been appointed for each boarding home and visits the girls every afternoon from Monday to Saturday to establish the educational level of the girls and to act as a translator between the volunteers speaking English and the girls speaking Hindi/Marwari. Once the girls have started school, the tutors help the girls with their homework and provide individual and class tuition as necessary. The volunteers also provide weekly workshops and sports activities as well as educational trips.