Indira Gandhi International Academy ( IGIA )

Posted: May 26, 2009 in Srilanka
The Civil War in Srilanka has disturbed many innocent lives. The disaster still continues. Nearly 80,000 people were killed as far as the official declaration is concerned. Many Srilankan citizens were forced to migrate to various countries, especially to India. They left behind their belongings, most importantly their Motherland.

60 % of the migrants are children aged below 14. These children were placed in various refugee camps in Tamil Nadu and Orissa. Here, I am not analyzing the pros and cons of the war. On the contrary, I wish to bring to your attention about the School in Bangalore.

Indira Gandhi International Academy (IGIA) was started by the former Prime Minister Mr.Rajiv Gandhi for Srilankan refugee’s children way back in 1990. It was aimed to provide food, education and other rehabilitaion measures.The Bright Society was formed to equip this younger generation with the education and values to create a new, healthy and strong democratic society in their homeland when they return.

The Indira Gandhi International Academy (IGIA) is the Bright Society’s pioneer project for the education and rehabilitation of the Sri Lankan children.The Bright Society is a non-profit, non-political, charitable service organization registered under the Societies Registration Act #27 of 1975. Bright Society is also approved under Section 80G of the IT Act (tax exemption for donations).

IGIA started with 450 children who came from various refugee camps in Tamil Nadu and Orissa. The Bright Society has managed to run the IGIA by receiving donations and loans from philanthropic individuals.  Currently the number of children has been scaled down to about 230 children due to a lack of funds.  IGIA has classes I to X on the premises and 19 students staying on our premises and going to be the local colleges for their PUC and degree education. Education based on Karanataka State Board syllabus.

More students are anticipated to join on June 2009. ISKON moment’s Akshayapatra scheme provides lunches from Monday through Friday. They are struggling to provide food on weekends. They occassionally provide breakfast and dinner due to lack of funds. The school has a computer room with 20 working computers and a library with over 300 books – both provided through the generosity of AOL & Cisco.

Myself and my friend went there and understood that more help to offer from all of us. We met Ms. Chitra Rajashekar who is in charge of administration. She welcomed us and provided necessary information. She deserves a special mention here.

After Mr.Rajiv Gandhi’s assasination, no Government is supporting. IGIA ‘s  children are expecting assistance from people. I sincerely believe that it is of vital importance that we must provide necessary assistance at the earliest. We must assist right from food to infrastructure. I request people to help and help constantly. Monthly 100 Rs can be given.  100 is a bare minimum one can afford to help. Help as much as you can.

Address:

Indira Gandhi International Academy,
#10/2, Yelahanka Jakkur Road, Jakkur,
Bangalore – 560 064.

Who are willing to send DD or Cheque, send it in favour of Indira Gandhi International Academy, payable at Bangalore. Contact Ms. Chitra Rajashekar to understand their requirements. chitraj@gmail.com

I owe to my friend a lot. Because of him only I came to know about this school. We are determined to assist in every possible manner. I take this opportunity to thank our friends who already started helping.

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Comments
  1. Vibin says:

    Well done.

    This surely will help the chidren who are expecting food and basic education from our tamil people.

    • Srivathsan says:

      Hi Vibin,

      Our Tamil people will try their best to bring up those children. I am sure. Thanks for the comments.

      Sri…….

  2. sethu says:

    Hi,

    Can you please provide me the contact no. of this school ?

    I tried this no 08028563430 but its out of order.

    Thanks
    sethu
    seagull76@gmail.com
    seagull@gmx.com

    • Srivathsan says:

      Hi Sethu,

      I sent mail regarding contact information of the school. Please see that. Thanks for inquiring.

      Srivathsan.

  3. Anupkumar says:

    Hi, Please send me the contact number of this organization. we are ready to help our fellow tamilians…

    • Srivathsan says:

      Dear Anupkumar,

      I sent the required information to your mail id. Check mail and revert me back. Thanks for your concerns.

      R.Srivathsan.

  4. Kimsuka Iyer says:

    Hi!

    Could I get a contact number for the school? I tried this number – 08028563430 but it doesn’t seem to be the right one.

    Thank you very much!
    Kimsuka Iyer (kimsuka@gmail.com)

    • Srivathsan says:

      Dear Kimsuka,

      I will send you the contact information through mail. Thanks for your concerns.

      Srivathsan.

  5. rajesh kumar says:

    hello sir

    Can you please send your school contact no my mail ID? (rajesh_cam@yahoo.com)

    Thank you

    rajesh
    singapore

    • Srivathsan says:

      Dear Rajesh,

      I sent mail which contains the contact information. Thanks for your concerns.

      R.Srivathsan.

  6. Santhosh Kumar says:

    Hi,
    We are ready to help the children studies.Could anybody provide the contact members of this organisation.

  7. Hi Srivathsan,
    On the eve of my daughter’s first birthday,we had visited IGIA today and found the school is in need of basic amneties like food provisons ,soap ,dress for children,vegitables,milk,etc.

    Also,had discussed with the Admin(Kokila) about their needs.

    What I find there now is the problem in fund flow.Although people want to donate,most of the people have no idea of where this school is and what the current need for them.

    Basically, people should be made aware of this school and its needs and there should be formal way of accepting donations like providing the 80-G forms and pamplets having various donation schemes,so that can be circulated among the people who visit the school.

    I would suggest,providing a better management of the Donation acceptance and creating awareness about the school would help in fund raising.

    E.g,
    1. Providing a Detailed list of needs (like food,milk) and thiers cost
    2.Donation schemes/slot in which the people want to donate
    3.Details of the Education,extra-curriculam offered to the children
    4.Proper website like (http://www.goodlifecentre.org/)
    5.A Bank account for the people to donate online.

    Kindy getback to me on: spbvana@gmail.comon any help or suggestions

    • Srivathsan says:

      Dear Mr.Saravanan,

      Thanks for your visit. Your observations are true. I will ask authorities to issue 80 – G Forms. Providing sensitive information like bank account may lead to disaster. I will send the bank account particulars through mail if you prefer. I assure you that the said points will be performed at the earliest. I thank you again for your concerns. Please pass on the information to your friends who are willling to donate.

      R.Srivathsan.

  8. saranraj says:

    hi u r done a gud job sir im also a student frm this school.sujisaran10@yahoo.com.

    thank u srinivasan sir.

    • Srivathsan says:

      Dear Mr.Saranraj,

      Thanks for your encouragement. Please spread the information to your friends.

      R.Srivathsan.

  9. Susheel says:

    Please can you provide us the contac details of your Academy. We would like to now the basic requirment and need.

  10. Lakshmi Gopinath says:

    Hi,
    Thanks for the blog and bringing the plight to the attention of the public. I am the one Chitra Rajasekhar mentioned in her e-mail to you. You can contact me at my e-mail any time with any concerns or name/info of people who would like to donate or get more information regarding the school.
    I started volunteering at the school 2 1/2 years ago. I teach English and math to the higher grades. I take care of the bank account and am responsible for teachers salaries and tuition and text books for our degree students. Like Chitra mentioned the requirements just went up this year with donations going down. With the help of another volunteer we have started a website. This needs to be updated but it has most of the basic information regarding our 80G and also how to donate and the bank account information. The website is http://www.igia.org.in.
    Please let me know if you need any other information from me. I am at the school Monday through Friday 9 to 1 all days and stay till 4 some days. So if anyone is interested in visiting the school and getting more info please let me know. Kokila is there on the weekends.
    Thanks again for your help.
    Regards,
    Lakshmi Gopinath

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