The goal to make a difference continues on. We were eager to extend our outreach to adopting rural schools. Typically in remote Indian villages, the school plays an important role in bringing the villagers together. Most of these schools do not have proper support in terms of infrastructure and educational aids. The teachers and the students are often disconnected from the mainstream.
As part of our visits to the rural schools, we were amazed to witness the dedication and emotional attachment of the teachers. In one of the cases, the village didn’t have any means of transportation for the students at a predictable time. The teachers were so focused on their students that they travelled 34 kilometers every day from a nearby village. Being part of a small school in a remote village, the two teachers (a head master and a class teacher) play the roles of cook, cleaner, administrator, and care-taker, in addition to teaching multiple classes.
It was very touching to know that the teachers used to bring vegetables and groceries every day to the school to cook meals for the students. We saw the eagerness to teach and willingness to sacrifice for students’ welfare, even without proper infrastructure and educational materials.
Our commitment to support this rural school is ON! This is another area where our teams can go and make a difference.
After having multiple meetings with this school, a few areas where we plan to make a difference include:
- Infrastructure support
- Setting up a library
- Designing and providing uniforms
- Providing digital educational equipment
- Medical camps for early interventions
- Arts and sports carnivals
- Rural awareness programs
We continue to support the Jyothi Foundation in 2017, in terms of providing them with basic needs of food and medical support, along with help in procuring a transportation vehicle for the foundation.
We intend to make this a bigger movement involving members across the various teams in Bangalore and the rest of India. We also plan to have more fundraising events to further expand the reach.
At 99ºC, water is very hot, and at 100ºC, it boils. With boiling water comes steam, and that steam can power a locomotive. The point being—one extra degree makes a difference! We want to be that extra degree that makes a difference!