Nerur is a village of about 6000 residents and neighbouring villages of additional 15,000 residents in rural Konkan area (district Sindhudurg) near Mumbai, Maharastra.. Approximately 80% of the inhabitants live below the poverty line and hence cannot afford good education, healthcare, or shelter.
The primary focus of this school is the education of young children in English medium and to establish vocational training and we are short of critically-needed funds.















B) Q&A and further follow-up


Project: Nerur Project

Questions to: Shobhan Sabnis (sabniss@hotmail.com)

Chandru (chandrasekharanr@gmail.com)

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Current proposal: Year 2010

Questions:

1) What are the changes/updates that have happened since the project was presented to Asha Central NJ?
2) Has the construction for Kindergarden been completed and school year started for academic year 2010-11?
3) The entire plan has very high and increasing fixed cost and recurring cost for every year from 2010. Why is the plan so expensive?
4) During the presentation at Asha Central NJ it was mentioned that the current team has raised all the money it can from the core group and going forward the group has to raise money from other sources such as 'Asha for Education'. Besides good intention and belief in the cause what are the actionable plans for raising money year after year?
5) What are the back up plans if NSP raises part or no money as planned? How will the inducted kids be supported going forward?
6) Education in English medium is mentioned as a key differentiator of this school. Is that the sole unique offering?

Answers:

Answers posted on June 14, 2010
1) What are the changes/updates that have happened since the project was presented to Asha Central NJ?


Building infrastructure is about 60% done.
Spent about 1,700,000 Rs. (37,700 USD out of 82,000 USD have been spent)
Plan to start on Independence Day Aug 15.

Interviews for staff are being scheduled in July.

2) Has the construction for Kindergarten been completed and school year started for academic year 2010-11?


Plan to start on Independence Day Aug 15.
Local schools reopen by June 15. Transfer from one school to other is a simple procedure.
Interviews for staff are scheduled in July.

3) The entire plan has very high and increasing fixed cost and recurring cost for every year from 2010. Why is the plan so expensive?

Increasing fixed cost: Plan to start one grade per year. Hence, no strain on budget, and other resources. Also, staggering the recruitment activities. Learning from experiences.

Expensive: Salary is one incentive to attract good talent to the rural area. The plans include area for playground, library and kitchen facilities.


4) During the presentation at Asha Central NJ it was mentioned that the current team has raised all the money it can from the core group and going forward the group has to raise money from other sources such as 'Asha for Education'. Besides good intention and belief in the cause what are the actionable plans for raising money year after year?

Plan to qualify for the Central Govt’s private/public participation campaign. They will fund educational projects what are viable. We will be able to show that the project is viable and sustainable using ASHA’s support.


5) What are the back-up plans if NSP raises part or no money as planned? How will the inducted kids be supported going forward?


Tap into the individual donor base and local community. These are sporadic and not suitable for taking on large projects. Limited funding impacts project planning, which affects the quality of work. Not able to get optimal value for money.

Once we are off the ground with support from ASHA, and prove the viability of this endeavor, we plan to take advantage of the private/public participation policy of the Central Government to fund the project on a continuous basis.

6) Education in English medium is mentioned as a key differentiator of this school. Is that the sole unique offering?

Besides using English as the medium of education, we plan to apply a different philosophy to teaching. We plan to imbibe in children the values that are important for their future. Self respect, confidence, respect for others, health awareness, sanitation, and appreciation of the natural resources to name a few. We plan to provide environment that is conducive to education and growth.

7) FCRA

In response to the FCRA application, NSP’s trustees were audited by the Government of India’s Home Department with a focus on the following issues:
– Worthiness, credibility, educational and professional background, any police records, political involvement, or religious involvement etc.

One month back a second audit focusing on Finances was conducted. We hope to get the permit in next two months.