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January 01, 2006     Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh

Community Development Project: Pachori (Madhya Pradesh)

Barkat is from a Sikligar community in Madhya Pradesh that has a very high dropout rate among the children. Most of the children attend a government school that does not charge any fees, but also provides a very low quality education. There is no accountability for teachers or students, and absenteeism is prevalent. As a result, by the time the children reach high school and are made to write exams, they usually fail and dropout of school for good. The boys find whatever work they can and the girls are usually married off at 14 to 16 years old. SAF CANADA will be taking on the responsibility of educating Barkat and other children from this area. They will begin attending a private school with a much higher quality education.

The new school SAF has put all these children in has become their favorite thing to do, same for Barkat as well. She also enjoys a local game called 'Barf Pani'(Ice Water). Barkat lives in a one bedroom house that is made out of mud and clay. This one room house hosts 9 family members. There is no washroom or toilet for them, they have made a washroom out of 4 polls covered by a sheet on the sides with no ceiling. Water for drinking and household use has to fetched from a nearby borewell. No facility of a fridge or modern technologies were seen anywhere in this village except for a few handful. It should also be mentioned that SAF has taken responsibility of 70 children in our 1st phase from this village, with the support of many generous donors such as yourself, we shell be able to do more than just education for these folks.

If you sponsor Barkat today, you will be supporting SAF CANADA’s efforts to address some of the root causes of poor education and poverty in India. Sponsor Barkat today and ensure that his future and the future of his entire community is much brighter than their present circumstances.

Grade: 7th

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