Sourish Jasti, reporting from Hyderabad, India.
A brief explanation about Govt. Schools
Unlike in the US, government schools (known as public schools in the states) are in extremely poor conditions and get little to no funding from the state. Almost all government schools lack the “standards” of American schools: air conditioning, fans, cleanliness, books/learning resources, and in some cases clean water.
The school is located within the city in the Madhapur district.
About Govt. School Madhapur
This story about JCWI’s latest ‘adopted school’ focuses on the Government School Madhapur. The school is located within the city of Hyderabad and has a strength of 1250 students across grades 1-10. The administration enforces the Telangana state curriculum as the primary learning method. In its desperate condition, the school has received a generous donation from nearby tech companies (located in Hyderabad’s famous Hitech City and Cyberabad) and a bank. Because the current school has 1250 students and is tightly packed in a small building, the money has gone towards constructing a second building for the school in a adjacent lot.
What were the problems?
Neither building has proper iron taps to connect the filter to. With the help of Honer Homes, a construction corporation that builds apartment complexes in India, we are able to construct a overhead tank that will be able to successfully connect to the filter. From transportation to finding/connecting me to needy schools, the team at Honer Homes graciously helped me in every step of the way during the trip to Hyderabad.
What is JCWI?
JCWI (Jasti Clean Water Initiative) is an organization that strives to help provide access to clean water to underprivileged schools and communities in India.
Growing up in an Indian family and visiting India numerous times led me to be very aware of the lack of clean drinking water. What I saw led me to contribute to water purification research during the 2018-2019 school year, which won me $725 in research scholarships. Through JCWI, I hope to provide clean water for communities that cannot afford it on their own.
This summer, I am travelling across Southern India and helping over 2,000 students get clean drinking water. I finished my first fundraiser for JCWI in June and raised over $2000 from people in India and the Holmdel community.
For more information about JCWI, check out our website: https://www.jcwi.org/