Millions of children from low-income and underprivileged homes find it difficult to get access to education. Even if they do the skills and subjects that they are exposed to at schools are inadequate. Science, technology and engineering skills are usually lacking.
This is because schools for them do not have the infrastructure facilities, labs or teaching staff availability. This means a very limited set of opportunities for them in terms of career options going forward. This increases the gap between them and the more fortunate.
It's the same in Mumbai city too with thousands of students from low-income families.
To make this dream a reality, the Rotary Club of Mumbai Kandivali West has decided to create an Innovation Centre that will have the latest equipment, tools, gadgets etc with trained teachers. This facility can then be used to change the lives of students from underprivileged homes.
Teaching students from low-income-homes about Robotics, Programming, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, 3D printing etc would not only make learning a fun activity but would also help them learn critical skills for the new generation.
The biggest challenge was space BUT luckily the Rotary has partnered with the Pancholia School, Mahavir Nagar, Kandivali West. They will provide space and the building. This dramatically makes the project simple to do. The innovation centre will impact 3200 students from low-income homes in Year 1 at a cost of just INR 2000 per child.
IF YOU FUND INR 6000, FOR EXAMPLE, YOU WILL HELP 3 STUDENTS AND TRANSFORM THEIR LIVES.
A total of INR 64L is required to set this up (read details below). In Year 2 the costs will come down as the only expense will be the running costs.
The cost of just the land and building would have run into a few crores in Mumbai. Thanks to the partnership with the Pancholia School they have given the land and building to the Rotary.
Part of the funds raised will also go to The Rotary Foundation India. This will be used for their programmes including providing clean water, supporting education, saving mothers & children, disaster response and more - basically for the welfare of the community.
BENEFITS OF THE INNOVATION CENTRE
COST INVOLVED IN SETTING UP THE INNOVATION CENTRE
With the knowledge gained through this course, this student created a Solar Powered Drying machine (image below). Let's help create more innovators like her.
My name is Rajendra Bhatia. I am a CFP (Certified Financial Planner) & Certified Life Planner from Kinder Institute of Life Planners, USA, Currently the President of the Rotary Club of Mumbai Kandivali West for the Vision year - RY 20-21. I am a good friend, love travelling & a keen student.
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With this project of installing an Innovation Lab at the Pancholia School, We aim to transform the way education is imparted in India; which can lead to creating an innovative mindset in the minds of weaker section of the society’s students; so that all get an equitable opportunity to grow & these students are future-ready !!
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO BUILD THE INNOVATION CENTRE?
COURSES TO BE CONDUCTED AT THE INNOVATION CENTRE
Internet of Things - IoT
There will be a Basic and Advanced level for each of these 4 courses. Each course will be taken over a period of 8 weeks.
VIDEOS AND IMAGES FROM OTHER CLASSROOMS
LOCATION OF THE INNOVATION CENTRE
ABOUT ROTARY CLUB OF MUMBAI KANDIVALI WEST
Rotary Club of Mumbai Kandivali West is one of the premier Rotary clubs in the city of Mumbai. The club started in 2002 and currently has over 90 active members. The club has been actively involved in making social impact in the field of education, health, infrastructure and has impacted thousands of children, adults, women.
Funding for this campaign is eligible for tax breaks as Rotary Club of Mumbai Kandivali West is a registered NGO & you can avail of benefits under section 80G of the IT act.
To ensure that there is complete transparency I shall upload a report, which will be posted on the UPDATES section of my campaign. As soon as we post an update, the platform will send an EMAIL alert to all the funders - i.e. to you. That's transparent right?
Will we get to know the details of who benefitted?
Yes. After the money has been collected it will be transferred by Fueladream to the ROTARY CLUB OF MUMBAI KANDIVALI WEST. We will update you on the details of the beneficiaries as soon as possible. Once we get this information we shall upload a report on the UPDATES section of this campaign. You will then get an alert & can read details about the beneficiaries.
When do I get the receipts?
The receipts will start getting processed about 4 to 6 weeks AFTER the campaign is closed and will be sent to you directly.
How does crowdfunding work?
Crowdfunding in India is a relatively new concept & is growing very quickly.
It’s a concept that allows a large number of funders (like you) to fund an idea or a cause or event by giving small amounts of money online. Fueladream.com is a crowdfunding platform in India that allows for such pooling of funds. You can fund innovations & ideas on FuelADream and be the first to get these products or make them come true. You can also do a good turn by funding charities and causes through crowdfunding. When you fund a charity it’s more like a donation & you get small innovative rewards like a shout-out on an FB page or a thank you email from the beneficiaries.