Where most needed goes to a partner and project in need. This month that need was Cornerstone School. Our partner called Duars Rural Development Program runs a school that helps serve the people in the tea plantations that often struggle for survival. Education will help break the cycle of poverty many families in this area find themselves in.
“We had one main goal of starting the school: to give opportunities for poor children. They had been neglected for so long and remained without privileges, uneducated and impoverished. We have around 425 children with us from Nursery to grade 8. Presently altogether there are thirty-one teachers and staff at the school. Parents of school children are mostly poor and uneducated, but they are happy to see the great change in the lives of their children.”
Earlier this year, Partners International’s Partnership manager, Renee Heemskerk visited Cornerstone School. The photo above is of Renee addressing the 421 Cornerstone School students one morning.
“When we started this school the parents refused to enrol their children. They didn't see the value of education. With continual encouragement and persuasion, illiterate parents began to enrol their children. Today they love the school and are eager to have their kids attend. Several parents shared, ‘The school has made a big difference in our children. Now they are disciplined and obedient. We see them learning many things. In the community, we know the children that attend Cornerstone School because of their good behaviour.’
In 1986, we started a Home called ‘Bum Dum Sishu Ashram’. We had about 25 children. Slowly it grew to 150. Even though it was not easy to maintain it, my wife Puspa along with her helpers managed to run it.” - Nicholas Narjinary, Director and Founder of our partner, Duars Rural Development Program located in Northern India.
Leah, a sweet 9-year- old girl has lived in the children’s home at the main NBOM campus for the past 6 years. Leah was abandoned by her parents at an early age and is unaware of any family that she may have as she has no contact with blood relatives. Leah was brought to by a Pastor from a nearby village and has enjoyed living here from the beginning. Since arriving at NBOM she has thrived in school and loves to study her fourth-grade classes even after school hours. She is a shy but energetic girl who is always surrounded by her friends. Leah shares, “I am very happy to live here because I love the food and the studies.” Leah acts as a big sister to many of the younger children who stay in the home. She helps them with cleaning, bathing and washing their clothes. Sunday mornings, Leah can often be found at the front of the church, leading the congregation in songs.
Your gift this month helped children like Leah to have a good education who wouldn’t otherwise have that opportunity.