We pay for transportation costs to school and tutoring for the students and for families to receive medical services.
Family Assistance: $17,005.97
For the second year we needed to allocate $1.30 per day per family member to purchase food. We’ve been gradually decreasing the amount after considering the circumstances of each family - now sending money every five weeks instead of every three weeks. All three fathers in Delhi have returned to work so we discontinued subsidizing their families this past summer. By the end of 2022 we’re hoping the work situation will have stabilized elsewhere so we no longer need this expense.
Medical Expenses: $5083.34
Our families have made numerous doctor visits for a variety of conditions including kidney stones, typhoid and hip and knee problems. We continued to incentivize COVID vaccinations by paying family members to get all available shots and are relieved to report that this year no one contracted COVID.
For several years we have been concerned about Priya, one of our Varanasi high school students. She is blind in one eye and over the last few years worried that her eyesight was failing in her other eye. Though we took her to a Varanasi eye doctor and purchased new glasses, her sight became progressively worse. In May we paid for Priya and her mother to travel to Delhi by train to see an eye specialist recommended by Dr. Shelley Batra, our Delhi-based medical consultant. Your donations paid for transportation, food, a hotel, the medical appointments and a new pair of glasses. The Delhi specialist is confident she will not lose sight in her healthy eye. Additionally, we sent Joyti, one of our students in Nowgong, to an out-of-town specialist for severe migraines that were causing her to miss school. The medical visit included train travel, medical costs and meals.