the school situation is not as easy in america as it is in. we’ve got some dilemnas. this is a post that joy put on our facebook group page a few days ago. she explains the situation better than i do (and i’m tired of typing). please take the time to read it and remember our children. i’m stressed, and i can’t wait til april is over! but we know that God is making a way for our children. his heart is for them.
and here in , getting into school isn’t a simple matter of what city/township/district you reside in. there are innumerable public, private, or international schools in any given province. private schools are pretty much out of the question for our children: the amount of money and the number of identification documents necessary make these schools an impractical and unsustainable option. public schools are technically required to admit a certain quorom of dalit/slum/orphaned children per class (and offer them tuition concessions), but in reality they fill their seats with children from families who can afford to pay the monthly tuition fee in full.
so that’s april for you. we’re kinda stressed about this. prem, the 14-year-old, asks us on a daily basis what’s up with the school situation. his parents only allowed him to come to asha mission under the condition that he would matriculate in a real school; if he’s unable to get in anywhere, there will be severe reprisals back home. but hope with us: hope that we will find favor with schools in our area; hope that we will find schools with bus stops in our village; hope that we will find administrators willing to offer generous tuition concessions for our children; hope that our children will break into the school system so that they can at least get that first vital document. once they get a school certificate, they’ll be qualified to try to transfer into ryan international next year.
we’ll update during the next few weeks as we continue to contact schools in the area. for now, public school monthly fees hover between 300 and 500 rupees, less than twelve bucks a month– if you’re interested in spotting a child and making a serious investment in their future, you should definitely consider this. thanks for reading and loving.
c/o jana quigley
Asha Mission Childrens Home
near pinki furniture shop
Old Chowpal Road
New Delhi– 110061