Nominated Literacy Heroes

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ROOPA BALLAL



Name : ROOPA BALLAL

Address : POOJA VADIRAJ ROAD UDUPI

State : KARNATAKA

Place : UDUPI

City : UDUPI

Sex : female

Date of Birth : 23/06/1967

Mobile : 9880705946

Email : roopaballal@yahoo.com

Educational Qualification : MSC(YOGA THERAPY)

Work in field of literacy : BASICALLY, I LOVE CHILDREN, WHEN A FEW CHILDREN APPROACHED ME TO TEACH THEM, WAS WILLING TO DO IT. AFTER SEEING THEIR WEAK ECONOMIC BACKGROUND, I DECIDED NOT TO CHARGE THEM ANY FEES. SINCE 2007, I HAVE BEEN CONDUCTING VOLUNTARY ENGLISH CLASSES FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD IN THE EVENING BETWEEN 4.30- 6.30 P.M. MOST OF MY STUDENTS ARE CHILDREN OF MIGRANT WORKERS WHO RESIDE IN THE SLUMS OF UDUPI. WHAT STARTED OFF AS A SMALL ENDEAVOR WITH ABOUT 3 CHILDREN HAS GROWN INTO CLASS OF OVER 30 STUDENTS, WITH 3 OTHER VOLUNTARY TEACHERS. THEY ALL GO VARIOUS GOVERNMENT KANNADA MEDIUM SCHOOL.

No of Beneficiaries : 1000

Social Impact : ALTHOUGH WE HAVE ONLY AROUND 30 STUDENTS, SEVERAL OF OUR CHILDREN WERE AT THE VERGE OF QUITTING SCHOOL WHEN THEY STARTED WITH US. I HAVE MADE SURE THIS DID BOT HAPPEN AND MOTIVATED THEM TO STUDY. MOST IMPORTANTLY, I HAVE TAUGHT THEM TO DREAM , AND DREAM BIG. WITH INSPIRING STORIES OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE EXCELLED COMING FROM HUMBLE BACKGROUNDS, I HAVE EMPHASIZED ON THEM THAT WITH DEDICATION AND HARD WORK , ANYTHING CAN BE ACHIEVED. AFTER A FEW MONTH, THEY ARE MUCH BOLDER AND TALK WITH CONFIDENCE, SHOW ENTHUSIASM IN THEIR WORK. IT IS PLEASURE TO SEE THEM DEMAND THEIR NEEDS.

Fund Outlay : 1000000

The challenge of arranging funds is being met : HAVING RESPONDED TO THEIR NEEDS LIKE LIBRARY, STATIONERY, CLOTHES, SPORTS EQUIPMENTS, CLASSROOM SET UP, FOOD MEDICINES , TRANSPORT ETC. I HAVE SPENT CLOSE TO RS.10.00 LAKHS NOW. OUR MONTHLY EXPENSES ARE RS. 10000/- WHICH INCLUDES DAILY REFRESHMENTS, TUITION FEES FOR VARIOUS EXTRA CURRICULAR CLASSES, COLLEGE FEES FOR THE OLDER STUDENTS. SO FAR, THE INITIATIVE HAS BEEN SELF FUNDED WITH MINOR DONATIONS FROM FRIENDS AND RELATIVES FROM TIME TO TIME. WE HAVE NOT HAD ANY CHALLENGES SO FAR IN ARRANGING FUNDS.

This Award is going to impact the work in future : THIS AWARD MIGHT CREATE MORE AWARENESS IN OUR CITY ABOUT THE EXISTING PROBLEMS OF EDUCATING UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN AND THAT SUCH AN INITIATIVE EXISTS. IT WILL THEN GIVE DIRECTIONS TO MORE VOLUNTEERS WHO ARE INTERESTED TO HELP AND GET INVOLVED. IF I GET THIS AWARD I AM GOING TO SPEND THE ENTIRE AMOUNT TO CREATE A DIGITAL ENVIRONMENT FOR THE ABOVE CHILDREN IN ONE OF THE CLASSROOM IN MY HOUSE, SO THAT THE CHILDREN CAN LEARN NEW THINGS AND KEEP PACE WITH THE DIGITAL WORLD.

Blood relative a member of 'Rotary Club': No

Whether received any major State/National/International recognitions or award/s earlier : Yes

Recognition Detail : BLOOD BANK UDUPI 2009 DISTRICT LEVEL INDEPENDENCE DAY ORGANISATION 2010 INDIAN RED CROSSS SOCIETY 2013 ROTARY CLUB OF UDUPI- MANIPAL 2014 INDIAN RED CROSS SOCIETY 2016

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