Posted by: helpachildtostudy | January 4, 2010

Time for Scholarships and Celebrations in Pune!

We were happy to be able to spread a little festive cheer in Pune on Christmas Eve as we held the scholarship ceremony for our first ten students from Pune.

Everything was organized very quickly once we were given word of the appropriate date by our sponsors, kudos to Alfa Laval and the GREAT Foundation for ensuring that everything was in place!

On the 24th December we all gathered at the Alfa Laval office on the Mumbai-Pune road in one of their conference rooms, our students wearing their best clothes and clearly excited, accompanied by their school principals.

After being treated to afternoon tea we began the ceremony with a short speech from one of the Alfa Laval executives on why they had chosen to sponsor and their hopes for the students’ futures. Some of our students also spoke, outlining their hopes and dreams for the future and thanking their sponsors. Prashant, who is in the 11th grade, pledged his intention to support students such as himself in future once his education is complete.

The sponsorship of these students represents a shift for us, from an almost exclusive focus on children from rural backgrounds to the inclusion of students affected by urban poverty. In the coming year we are hoping to increase this focus to include students from Mumbai. It will be a small beginning but hopefully one that will grow year by year.

For now from all the students and team at Help A Child, Happy New Year to all our supporters!

Students at ceremony

One of the college principles speaks during the ceremony


Shabana (11th grade) receiving her scholarship letter from Mr Nish Patel, Managing Director of Alfa Laval


Rajesh (12th grade) receiving his scholarship letter from Mr Nish Patel, Managing Director of Alfa Laval

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  1. I’m so proud of what you’re doing! I really hope I get to do these someday. 🙂

    And it’s really good to see the focus broadening to students of diverse backgrounds. I don’t usually see that anywhere!

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