Our 1st educational cause and my 1st blog

We had a tough time to arrive at our 1st educational cause which really deserves financial help for education. Once we had this campaign running we received around 23 applications over a period of time and we thought everyone had a need but we were asking ourselves whether all of them really need our help.

We went ahead and framed a few criteria that would help us to narrow down on those who are in real need and got the number of applications narrowed down to 8. One of these applications is the one that I am talking about now. Our goal was to make sure the donors contribution was reaching the right student, so it was challenging and we were cautious in every step.

The child who has been selected after a lot of review is from a village called Thangachimadam. Thangachimadam is a village in the central part of Rameswaram which is a holy island in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. Having close proximity to Sea the main occupation of people living here is fishing.

People also do farming activities around coconut and jasmine.

Pamban Bridge is a cantilever bridge on the Palk Strait which connects Thangachimadam, Rameswaram on Pamban Island to India.  The bridge refers to both the road bridge and the cantilever railway bridge, though primarily it means the latter. Opened in 1914, it was India’s first sea bridge, and was the longest sea bridge in India till 2010.

bridge

Now let us come back to our cause after some insights about this place J She was referred by beneficiary’s brother. Beneficiary is a 10 year old girl currently studying in 4th standard. She lost her father at the age of 5 and living with her mother (home maker) and elder sister (7th std). Her elder sister’s education is supported by people in her hometown.

The child studies in one of the government aided school in that area and is a consistent 1st rank holder in her school. She has a dream to become a successful Engineer when she grows up. In Thangatchimadam government schools & government aided schools play a very important role due to lack of good private schools. Even though government aided schools charge very less for the year there is a need for uniforms, books etc.

We had a strict evaluation & review process which included talking to the beneficiary, her mother and a few others to understand the situation and collected all relevant documents to backup these claims. Based on this we filled the final documentation within Aalayam and are now looking forward to help her realize her dream of becoming an able engineer who can not only improve her family’s condition but also our nation as a whole.

Looking forward to share my experience with our next cause!

How causes are reviewed and approved

Value Statement:

One of our value statement states that,

Only genuine causes should gets approved by Aalayam.

The Review process is based on this value statement.

Aalayam has an extensive Review Process for the beneficiary causes.

Some salient features of this Review Process are:

A total of 5 members constitutes the Review Committee to review and approve the cause for fundraising

Apart from the Review Committee the Champions are involved to verify the cause information update the Review Committee.

A number of documents were verified to validate the identification and the genuine nature of the cause.

All members of the review committee deliberate and present his\her views for everyone else in the team.

We work for consensus from all team members. And a majority of the members needs to approve the cause to collect donations.

Only Aalayam verified causes will be open for public fundraising in the website.