Provide a child in school with a scholarship, INR 600

" Overview

Ma Foi Foundation runs the Disha programme & provides financial support the Swarnamal Education Trust for SHG activities and for the Sornammal Mat Hr Sec School. A number of children from this school are supported through scholarships from among the many children in the Disha programme. Apart from this MF works with a number of Municipal & Corporation schools in Chennai in a couple of districts of Tamil Nadu.

How It Works

• Students for the scholarship are identified through school, NGOs, and self help groups.
• They are administered a test usually in the month of June/July followed by a family interview.
• They are selected based on economic and social criteria.
• Most of the students are selected in Grade 8.
• These children are supported till they finish college as long as they earn good academic credentials.
• The scholarship is paid via cheque in the name of the student and in a couple of equal installments, one in June/July & the other in Jan/Feb.
• In case the child does not maintain his/her grades, drops out of school or does not attend MF training session for students, the other installment is withheld.
• As the State provides for books & school fee is very low (It might be slightly higher in case of an English medium school), some part of the scholarship is towards buying additional books/guides, a pair of uniforms etc.
• Most of the money is saved (MF asks for a bank statement every year to monitor whether money is saved or not).


• 2 – Number of districts covered by MF
• 2 – Number of installments through which scholarships are awarded to the students
• 40 – Number of Municipal and Corporation schools that MF works with in Chennai
• 120 – Number of schools covered by MF in 2 districts of Tamil Nadu
• 150 – Number of children from the Sornammal Mat Hr Sec School who are awarded scholarship
• 3000 – Total number of children in the Disha programme

Donation Option Break-up cost in INR
Unit Price 600
Total 600
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Dream to be an entrepreneur
Dilip is fatherless migrant from Nepal who struggled to maintain his family and studies. He was studying in Grade 10. After school he had to work night shift to feed his family.
Dilip was studying in one of the schools, Sornammal Matriculation school, that we are supporting. The support was given on the recommendation of the teacher. The foundation gave a scholarship for three years and also monthly allowances for two months during board exams. The foundation also helped his mother to get a job.
With the support he received from us for five years he was able to continue in his school and finish 10th standard with 85 % in the board and continues to study in the same school.

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