Funding Tuition for All the Children
During the 2020 pandemic crisis, the TIG Board decided to discontinue paying school tuition for all our children under grade six. It was a difficult decision, but we were unclear how successful online learning would be for youngest children. More importantly, we found ourselves faced with two significant unanticipated expenses. We send families emergency food money every three weeks because there is no work available. Given the latest COVID news in India, we now anticipate sending food money to the families for the remainder of 2021. And we have had to purchase cellphones, laptops and data for the older students who needed technology to continue online school.
In India, the new school year begins in April. As the Board considered the costs of educating our children in the new school year, we could not, in good conscience, deny a second year of education to our youngest children, particularly when education is central to the TIG mission. While we paid for tutoring this past year for our Khajuraho and Varanasi youngest students so they wouldn’t lose ground entirely, the youngest students in Delhi received no education at all.
At our last meeting, the TIG Board voted to pay tuition and tutoring for all 33 school-age children this year and to purchase, when necessary, cellphones so they can attend school remotely when their schools shift from in-person to remote learning. Returning to the central mission of TIG for all school-eligible children with their added technology expenses at the same time we’re sending money for food and anticipating additional medical expenses means we are in even more need of your generous contributions. Our grateful families thank you for your support.