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Roshni is an ambitious and revolutionary all-female NGO in Chennai, Southern India. The Somerville JCR has established links with Roshni as last summer eight Somerville undergraduate students travelled to the School in India to teach students, share knowledge and inspire the children to focus on their education and dream big. The Somerville JCR are now looking to help Roshni continue its mission of inspiring first-generation students and women to thrive in education and business.
However, the school only has access to one single computer. For students growing up in 2018, their future careers will depend on them possessing basis IT skills that must be learnt at school.
So we are crowdfunding to fund the purchase of just six new computers that will revolutionise the way students learn, interact and develop.
Roshni stands out from the crowd of NGOs: it's led by an all-female group of passionate and dedicated women with the singular goal of challenging the status quo. It aims not just to empower financial independence of women in one of southern India's largest cities, but to drive forward education for ambitious first-generation students. At Somerville, our history of including the excluded, makes us even more passionate to help further Roshni's important mission.
As well as a highly successful micro-financing programme that helps hundreds of women set up their own business and gain critical financial independence across Chennai, one of the most significant branches of the NGO is a heart-warming school just outside the city.
A defining characteristic of the school is that the children are predominantly first-generation students, with their parents often working in unstable primary-jobs in the local communities.
The school offers a reduction in fees to a large number of students who are struggling to pay: up to 75% in some cases, providing a genuine lifeline for many parents and students who dream big.
We've created a short video to explain why you should support our work with Roshni. Please have a quick watch to see why we have invested so much time into supporting this incredible school, and why you should too.
CHECK OUT ROSHNI ON FACEBOOK
Check out the Roshni Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/RoshniChennaiNGO) and see for yourself the vibrant spirit and ambition of Roshni. By following the page, you will be able to keep up to date with developments at the school, see pictures from the students' daily life and catch a glimpse of Somerville's involvement with the NGO last Summer.
Select this reward if you just want to donate to the project without receiving a reward.
PERSONAL THANK YOU EMAIL Every donation will receive an email from the students of Somerville College JCR personally thanking you for your donation to the Roshni Project.
Estimated delivery: 1 April 2018
THANK-YOU POSTCARD Every donor who pledges over £50 will receive a personalised postcard written by the students of Somerville College, Oxford to thank them. The donor's name will also be painted onto the wall in the new computer lab in honour of the contribution.
Estimated delivery: 1 May 2018
LETTER FROM A STUDENT AT ROSHNI If you donate more than £200, you will receive a personalised letter from one of the students at the school. They will update you within the next 12 months with how their studies are progressing, and how the computers have impacted their lives. You will also receive a postcard from the students at Somerville College thanking you for your donation, and your name will be painted onto the wall of the new computer room at the school.
Estimated delivery: 1 May 2018
HAVE A COMPUTER NAMED AFTER YOU If you donate over £450, one of the six computers purchased will be named after you - bearing a plaque with your name. You will also receive all of the benefits mentioned above, including: a postcard from the Somerville students and a letter from one of the Roshni students sent from India.
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Estimated delivery: 1 June 2018