Extend Your Family
"While now the poor are helped just enough to barely survive, that simply creates inter-generational poverty. What's needed is a one- generation boost in education and health for the poorest children so that they can go through life with higher levels of skills and so not need the same kind of help their families did.'"
- Economist Jeffrey D. Sachs mentioned to Daniel Goleman in his famous book FOCUS.
You love your child. Love begets care. You care for your child. Care kindles education, health, mindset, security. You muster experience, as a parent. Experience fancies repeatability. And you empathize. You feel for society. Isn’t it the best time to extend your family? The Bengal we love has her challenges. Education tops the list, or thereabouts. Families surely need support on it. Families mean deserving families. They rummage around, for scholarships, teachers, mentors, opportunities. We know it. We read about it. We see it. Can you make a difference? Can you not steward one of them? You say ‘May be’. You care for the right platform. You don’t know of it. Abheda Foundation creates this platform, for you. It has experience, for years. It supports, financially, medically, educationally, psychologically – 55 families. You can mentor the 56th. We at Abheda pick students, on examination – the financially challenged, the meritorious at standard seven. We give a scholarship. We care for the health of scholarship holders. We teach them English. We shape their career paths. We stand beside their ups and downs. We are a family now. You too can be part of the family.
You say ‘Yes’. You support, in one or more ways:
You are joyous. You connect to a life, very different from yours. You enrich - yourself and your child. You blossom your child. He/she becomes a matured, established, responsible adult.
Now you have extended your family. That is "Extend your Family" sponsorship with Abheda.
If you wish to participate in "Extend Your Family" can you drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org ? And do inspire your friends and relatives to extend their families as well.
Please join FB page for "Extend your family” to get regular updates: https://www.facebook.com/ExtendYourFamilyWithAbhedaFoundation/?fref=nf
Q1: What is Abheda scholarship?
A: Abheda Foundation runs a program Swami Vivekananda Scholarship Program since September 2012. We offer a scholarship to financially challenged yet meritorious students of Canning sub-division. Beginning with 24 students in 2012 we mustered strong as 24 more were added in 2013. The full strength used to be 48. It got reduced to 16 one time, but the fund required soared high as the students have grown up. We have included 39 more other students in the program through this 'Extend Your Family' initiative so that the strength is now 55. For some deserving students, we take complete responsibility for their education.
Q2: Where does "Extend Your Family" sponsorship fit in Abheda scholarship?
A: Abheda Foundation's endeavor of 'Swami Vivekananda Scholarship Program' has been very successful. We have not only created a bonding with the most deserving, but it is more worthwhile to announce that we are a family now. The bonding has kindled love, care, and education. So far it has been a fascinating journey, though funded by Abheda alone. Now we yearn to grow this scholarship program. And we seek for your help, without which scaling up will be a challenging task. We have created an FB page 'Extend Your Family' towards this effort. Please visit the page. Do get inspired and do extend your family. 'Extend Your Family' is an initiative of Abheda Foundation. It enables socially aware people to extend their family by sponsoring the education of financially challenged students of West Bengal. Additionally, some more activities are expected from the sponsor:
If a would-be sponsor wishes to talk to an existing scholarship holder (member), he/she is welcome. Abheda Foundation shall facilitate such communication.
Q3: What is the basis of selection for children under "Extend Your Family"?
A: We take nominations from rural schools and conduct examinations periodically. The results coming out of the exam is supplemented with scrutiny on financial condition by the physical visit. The responsibility of this initial screening lies with a dedicated team of teachers of a region. They are the people who helped us in choosing right candidates as Abheda members in the past. The number of children finally inducted as Abheda members is decided based on fund we can collect.
Q4: What are the previous success stories under Abheda Scholarship?
A: A good number of success stories are available under the Tablet-based self-learning project for Abheda's scholarship holders. You may watch the youtube videos on success stories of Abheda scholarship under the documentary menu. Here are the links again: