Educate a child to break the vicious circle of poverty by Akanksha Public Charitable Trust

Educate a child to break the vicious circle of poverty


Subbalakshmi's journey to being an engineer in an MNC

Subbalakshmi (name changed), lives in sub-urban Chennai with her mother and her younger sister Suprabha (name changed). Her mother worked as a domestic help in a few houses.

The complete family income was being spent on their school fees. So they had to make a decision. Her mother had to make the difficult decision to discontinue her education so that she could manage the family's expenses.

Subbalakshmi was going to then accompany her mother and start working in homes as a maid. She was trying to at least help her younger sister continue her education.

It was then that the volunteers at Akanksha Public Charitable Trust met her mother. They assured that they would stand by her and support her.

APCT supported her through the entire formal education of both her daughters.

Today, Subbalakshmi, a telecommunications engineer is a software analyst with Tata Consultancy Services. Suprabha is a post graduate in English Literature. She works as a teacher at a leading Montessori school in Chennai.

Both sisters today are self-reliant young women and support their families.

They are no more living in poverty. Their education has helped them break the shackles of generational poverty.

Subbalakshmi's fate was almost sealed because of her mother's financial condition. She would have today been a maid in people's houses . Instead because of a donor she is today an engineer.

A committed donor has made this happen.

You can also help talented children like Subbalakshmi change their destiny and break the circle of poverty. You can donate so that they can get the education which can change their lives. You can give with confidence because every program listed is GIVEASSURED.


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Akanksha Public Charitable Trust supports children from financially weak families with their education by paying their school and college fees. This takes a huge burden off their parents and also ensures that such children remain within the formal educational system till they complete their education.

Donation to this program will contribute to a fund which will be used to pay the school and / or college fees of an impoverished needy child.

The school and college fees cover tuition costs, school supplies, uniform and shoes.

A happy and hassle free childhood is the right of every child.

A good school or college is especially important for a child from a financially weak family because it provides an atmosphere that is abundant with the joy of learning. This provides them with a break from the difficulties that they face at home because of their unfortunate circumstances.

Parents are often unable to afford such schools and hence the children end up discontinuing their education.

Akanksha Public Charitable Trust supports parents by helping them with the fees of their children's education. The parents of the children are usually employed in livelihoods like domestic help, dhobi or ironing services provider, drivers. etc.

Once the children are enrolled in the program, the parents submit fee bills issued by their respective schools or colleges. After verification, a cheque or draft is made out in the name of the educational institution.

In rare or emergencies a cheque is made out in the name of the beneficiary or cash is given to a beneficiary. But in all cases a fee receipt is obtained from the educational institution.

The children submit their annual report cards to the trust. Trustees meet with the children and their parents from time to time to understand, establish, and maintain relationships with the parents. \

The program operates in Chennai, Bhopal or Kumharpara village in Kondagaon district, Chhattisgarh.

When you donate to this program you become the reason for poor children to complete their education and build a better future.

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About The NGO

Akanksha Public Charitable Trust
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Akanksha Public Charitable Trust

Akanksha was born when a group of friends started volunteering on weekends at public hospitals and homes for destitute children and women in Chennai in 1998.

Akanksha Public Charitable Trust was created on July 15, 2000 in Chennai, Tamilnadu and was registered soon after when some of its volunteers decided to devote more time and energy to Akanksha to make it their primary work.

Akanksha works to learn along with and support individuals caught up in life's unfortunate circumstances.

The Chairman of Akanksha Public Charitable Trust, Khodadad Moradian has more than three decades of experience in business and financial consulting. Dr Oswin Thayal, a senior pulmonologist and medical diagnostics entrepreneur is a trustee and was the Chairman of the Trust for a decade since its inception. Prayaag Joshi, currently a teacher and an erstwhile tax advisor is the executive arm of the board of trustees. He works full time on the activities of the trust.

The three trustees work together in a spirit of camaraderie and determine the work of the trust increasingly in consultation with its many beneficiaries who are still very young people.

The trust works with individuals through collaborative initiatives in areas of education, health, livelihoods, culture and ecology especially engaging with the old, the young and women.

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Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Prayaag Joshi

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Scholarship | education

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Akanksha Public Charitable Trust has

educated 163 students in the last year

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December 2018

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19 November, 2019

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Children amidst fun activities

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22 July, 2019


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Program Update

The Trust took up the responsibility of supporting an aggregate of 12 children living in the ghettos of Bhopal who come from families of migrant workers, 21 children in Chennai and other parts of Tamilnadu, and 42 children in Kumhar Para village in Kondagaon district of Chhattisgarh to enable them to continue with their formal education by paying their school fees during the financial year ended on March 31, 2019. Many of these children run the risk of being withdrawn from school or college by their parents to allow them to work and provide economic support to their families.

The parents of the urban children work as small entrepreneurs, drivers, domestic helpers, school workers and rag pickers while the parents of the rural children are traditional craftspeople, subsistence farmers and landless laborers. Many are single parents. Some of the children that Akanksha supports in Bhopal are also rag pickers.

The parents and guardians of all these children have promised that they will allow the children to continue with their formal education as long as they wish to. In return, Akanksha has agreed to continue to pay for their school or college fees until the child wishes to continue her/his formal schooling. Some of the children whom Akanksha supported under this program in Chennai have now completed their formal education. All these children are financially independent and have successfully pulled their families permanently out of the vicious circle of poverty and debt traps. The school and college fees of all 75 children supported under this program were paid in full and every child continued to be a part of the formal education system throughout the year.

Approximately 40 percent of this year’s total expenditure i.e. Rs 10,72,344 was incurred on the school and college fees of these 75 children.

Story from the field

Keerti (name changed) is a 20 year old girl who lives in Chennai with her parents and younger sister Deepti (name changed). Her father is a security guard and earns a monthly salary of Rs 13,000. Her mother keeps poor health and therefore cannot go out and work. Keerti is a very bright student and always wanted to be a doctor. However on account of her financial status, she could not secure a seat in any medical college when she passed her class 12 examinations a few years ago. However she was able to secure a seat at the Apollo College of Nursing, a prestigious college operated by the Apollo group of hospitals. Unfortunately, the family was not in a position to afford the unfunded portion of Keerti's fees for the Nursing program even after securing an educational loan from a private bank. That is when they approached Akanksha Public Charitable Trust, with a request to help with the unfunded portion of her fees. This year, Keerti has successfully completed the Bachelor's program in Nursing and has enrolled for the Certificate Course in Critical Care too. Keerti expects to graduate as a confident critical care nurse in about 5 months in September 2019. She has already secured a job with the main Apollo Hosptial in Chennai. Once a critical care nurse, Keerti will earn enough to pull her family permanently out of the vicious circle of poverty and the accompanying debt traps.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19? 75
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date 75
Village/City/State where project is located Chennai, Bhopal, Kumhar Para
Total Budget for the project for FY18-19 1072344
Total Expenses for the project YTD 1072344

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