We have now 96 children in our school and 17 of them come from most unprivileged section of our society.
The year 1983 was a year of ups and downs for the society nothing much to claim or nothing much to be disheartened about. However the year ends with a hopeful note although towards the middle of the year the school programme was suspected to have suffered for want of suitable accommodation.
The school continues to function well and is becoming popular day by day. The capable management of the Principal and the efforts of the teachers under her guidance enable the school maintain good standards.
The strength of the school for the academic year is given below:
|Class I||7||Office Assistant||1|
|Free School||17||Children using van||56|
Due to lack of spacious accommodation it was not possible to begin classes upto V although the management was keen. As a result of this the strength in the school has not increased appreciably. In fact some parents had to with draw their children to admit them in other schools where classes upto ten plus two are available. Unless facility for higher classes are provided the school has to limit its scope within the nursery classes.
The school van was ready for use after building its body during the present academic year. 56 children are regularly using the van and has considerably improved the facility of transportation of children to and fro the school. The liability of Rs.84,000/ and the interest payable is being repaid to the bank @ Rs 3,000/ per month. This was possible so far due to a grant received for the purpose from Movimento Svillupo E Pace Torino, Italy.
The annual fete in aid of the school was conducted on 6th November 1983. A sum of Rs 21,226.00 was collected through advertisements in the Souvenir, sale of entry tickets and income from the stalls.
Present School Premises
Deepalaya had to vacate the previous premises at F 1197 Chittaranjan Park in May 1983 and it was an herculean task to locate and fix an alternate premises. The services of some members trying to find a suitable accommodation need appreciation. It was a happy coincidence that an owner of a house close by the previous accommodation offered his premises (F 1174, Chittaranjan Park) on condition that the society advance sufficient funds (Rs 30,000) to complete the pending civil works of the building. Having no other alternative, the society agreed and it was fortunate that temporary loans from members especially the President of the society was forthcoming. At the same time, the grant received from Movimento Svillupo E Pace Torino, Italy came very handy and timely to repay the loans taken for finishing the works of the premises and also pay back installments in the bank towards the loan taken for the van.
The need for another spacious premises is absolutely essential, if the school has to expand atleast upto class V in the coming academic year. This requires serious consideration.
The social policy and commitment of Deepalaya, prompted it to prevail on the moral responsibility of it towards children of weaker sections. The society is happy to report that a free school was started in September 1983 onwards and presently there are 17 students, who are looked after by a separate teacher and are given equal attention, care and love. In the strict sense it is not a free school, but only a sum of Rs 5/ is collected from each student, so as to maintain interest and seriousness in their studies. In return of this Rs 5/ it is planned to provide dress etc. The scope of increasing the number in this school is also quite good and this will also demand a spacious school premises or another accommodation to be hired exclusively for the same.
The Van Project
Towards the middle of 1982, a project proposal was submitted, requesting a grant of Rs 1,00,000.00 for the school van from Mr. Giovanni Ermiglia, representative in India of Movimento Svillupo E Pace, Torino, Italy. Mr. Giovanni Ermiglia was very gracious and promptly recommended the cause for a grant from MSP, Italy. A sum of Rs 46,138/ equivalent to Lit.70,00,000 was received on 10.8.1983. This grant was very timely and handy to pay for the civil works amounting to Rs 30,000/ of the present school premises. The school van had to be taken delivery prior to receipt of the grant with the help of a loan from the Federal Bank Ltd., New Delhi. This grant has also helped to repay the loan installments of the bank towards the van, as the income from the van hiring to students bring barely enough to maintain the van.
The society and the members record their heartfelt appreciation and gratefulness to Movimento Svillupo E Pace, especially to Mr. Giovanni Ermiglia for his concern for children and his large heartiness in recommending the project to MSP, Italy, for the timely grant. This grant also enabled us to conduct a free school for 17 children who are the most needy and deserving and who belong to weaker sections.