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What Mom at School is doing.

Updated:

As of today, May 17th, 2019, for this calendar year, Mom at School collected donations from 9 generous backers totaling Nu 167,498 and in-kind donations of an unknown value from 2 sponsors. Mom at School wants to thank these benefactors for their altruistic support in delivering relieve for our most destitute students.

Total spending (YTD) amounted to Nu 205,119:

  • Tuition, housing & boarding for a last semester aspiring nurse at the Reldri Academy, now renamed Arura Academy of Health Science, Nu 60 K. Later she received a ‘packed’ tablet computer with some accessories to assist her in her education and workpractice, valued at Nu 18 K.
  • Laptop computer, camera & accessories, for a 2nd semester Media/Dzongkha student at the RUB Sherubse College, Nu 46 K (of which Nu 24 K will be reimbursed by her uncle in monthly instalments to the Mom at School program at the Dungkar PS in Lhuntse. Additionally she was equipped with a 3/4G WiFi data dongle and data bundle worth, Nu 10 K
  • 5 Hairdressing sets for 3 schools, Nu 11K
  • Clothing, stationary & miscellaneous for a Class V girl in Changzamtok School, Thimphu, Nu 12 K
  • Clothing, pocket money & miscellaneous for a 2nd yr. student at RUB CST, Nu 14.5 K
  • Clothing, pocket money & miscellaneous for a Grade XII boy at Tenzin HSS, Nu 8.5 K
  • Basics for a boy and a girl at Scherubgatshel LSS, Nu 6.5 K
  • Basics for a girl at Gongpassingma LSS, Nu 3 K
  • Miscellaneous for a Grade XI girl at Rinchen HSS , Nu 5 K
  • 30 Umbrellas for the Dungkar Pry. School, PM
  • 8 school bags for the Dungkar Pry. School, PM
  • Miscellaneous, Nu 10.5 K

Current (uncommitted) funds stand at Nu 63,167.

Since its establishment in April 2015, Mom at School received funding (excl. in-kind aid) amounting to approx. NU 1,020 K (€ 13 K; US$ 14,5 K) and spent approx. Nu 957 K (€ 12,2 K; US$ 13.6 K). To see the full financial overview, please visit: https://mom-at-school.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Mom-at-School-Accumulated-Records.pdf

Mom at School is currently low on funds. If you are compassionate for your disadvantaged young compatriots, please support us; so we, together, can bring relieve to those who most need it and to give them a fair shot at a just and happy future.

Donations are welcome at: BoB account # 200906754.

Organizational changes

Mom at School and Mr. Thinley Wangdi, co-coordinator of Mom at School since last year, have mutually agreed to go each their separate ways. Mom at School would like to thank Thinley for his efforts and support and wish him well for his future.

Ms. Tshewang Zangmo (email: Tshewang@Mom-at-School.org; https://www.facebook.com/Tshewang.Zangmo) is now the sole local coordinator for Mom at School’s efforts to bring relieve to our deprived pupils, and will gladly accept your donation(s) at: BoB account # 200906754.

Available Downloads

2018 Financial Report.

We have also published new versions (2019) of several downloadable files:

  • Application for individual student support (budget), includes User Manual:
  • Adaptive bookkeeping tool for (Mom at School) schools:
  • and the User Manual:

Tertiary Education Opportunities

As I’m neither an educator nor particular familiar with scholarships, I cannot give you much of advice, but I recently came upon this WEB-site, where you can start: http://www.scholarshipportal.com/.

As your personal circumstances may not make a traditional full-time study possible or even feasible, there are several alternative options to pursue.

I would recommend you to take a careful look at distant learning or some form of hybrid / blended learning opportunities. You only have to invest in a reasonable data communication package, a laptop or tablet computer, time and of course your very own stamina.

You can find these online courses with keywords like:

  • MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses)
  • Open University
  • Online learning, distant learning or e-learning,

in a Google search.

Here are some web-sites with appropriate offers, even from Ivy League Universities:

Many of these platforms offer tuition free studies, or demand only a small fee, if a certificate is desired (mostly less than US $ 50). Mom at School may even consider to provide for such a fee for eligible cases.

For an explanation of “blended” learning, please visit: (https://www.distancelearningportal.com/articles/641/blended-learning-the-best-of-online-and-on-campus-university-education.html).

For the Apple users there is the excellent: “iTunes U”platform.

Additionally, I would like to recommend you to visit the Khan Academy WEB-site (https://khanacademy.org) to check the level of your skills and knowledge of your secondary education, or even sit for an international (US) SAT examination (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/find-test-centers), which offers a pathway to almost every university in the world.

Online learning might not (yet) been fully recognized in Bhutan, and there were some recent issues, but that might be only a question of time. Internationally it’s progressing strongly and already fully accepted in many countries, including in the developed (Western) world. Most important, however: “Nobody can take away your knowledge, no matter how or where acquired.”

I wish you all good luck with your perseverance to advance your knowledge.

Paul

More gifts.

Mom at School is happy to announce that it raised the amount of Nu 45,530 from 6 sponsors this August. Total donations for this year thus far stand at Nu 207,881 from 18 donors.

We thank all our benefactors for their kindness in supporting our underprivileged pupils: may God bless you.

As beloved Anna Frank once wrote: 

      “No one has ever become poor by giving.”

Sewing machine for Dungkar Primary School

Young children romp and sometimes fight, the result: bruises and ripped clothes. That’s why Mr. Tenzin Wangdi, principal of Dungkar Primary School, inquired if Mom at School could make a sewing machine available for the school, which would be very useful in repairing thorn clothing and so save on cost.

Mom at School’s loyal Dutch contributor Paul Buysrogge took the initiative to acquire one locally and send it, together with a wide assortment of accessories, to the Lhuense based school. The school can expect delivery in 10 to 20 days.

Mom at School hopes the school will make good use of the gift for the well-being of their pupils.

Young Brains, in Want of Means.

P.S.: Mom at School this month also received a total of Nu 18 K of donations from 4 generous sponsors. We are very grateful for their noble gifts and will make it work to bring relief to our poorest. We thank you for your altruism.

Mom at School would be deeply grateful for your donations at:

Mom at School’s affiliated schools

Mom at School is, through-out Bhutan, now established at 11 affiliated schools, where it this year thus far spent or committed, the amount of Nu 250 K on 46 needy students:

Mom at School‘s affiliated schools        Dzongkhag         # Pupils

  1. Chongzhu PS                                         Samtse                      1
  2. Chungkha PS                                         Chukha                     4
  3. Dungkar PS                                            Lhuentse                  3
  4. Gongpasingmal LSS                             Pema Gatshel          1
  5. Phuntsholing LSS                                 Chukha                     10
  6. RUB, CST, Phuentsholing                     Chukha                     1
  7. SherubGatshel LSS                               Samtse                      1
  8. Sonamgang MSS                                   Chukha                     22
  9. Younten Kuenjung HSS                       Chukha                     1
  10. Ziloen Namyelling LSS                      Thimphu                  1
  11. Zilukha PS                                            Thimphu                  1

 

Mom at School would be deeply grateful for your donations at:

There is, after all, no greater reward than:
           the grateful smile on the face of a child,
just grasping someone cares about its future.

Aiding 10 needy kids

On Tuesday, April 24, Mom at School brought necessary items to 10 underprivileged  pupils at Phuntsholing Lower Secondary School.

The bill of Nu 21,105 was picked up by the loveley ms. Dechen Pelden Legatsang now in NYC. She is a strong pillar in support of our Mom at School program.  We are grateful for her never ending backing. https://www.facebook.com/MomatSociety/posts/923852441129905

The Bhutan Broadcasting System also made a short announcement of the event:

 

New Mom at School member

The teaching staff of Phuentsholing Lower Secondary School, has decided to join the Mom at School program.

The staff has identified 7 children out of 18 nominees as especcially needy, deserving the support of Mom at School.

Mom at School provided the affiliate school with Nu 50 K as start money to get going.

We wish them good luck in their effort to bring relief to their most needy pupils.

Short 2018 Activity Report

2018 (Year-to-Date):

  • 1 student at GongpaSingma LSS                                                 Nu   3,020
  • 3 students in Dungkar PS, Lhuntse                                            Nu   9,000
  • 1 student in Zilukha MSS, Thimphu                                           Nu   2,680
  • 1 student in Ziloen Namgyelling LSS                                         Nu   6,000

Individuals (financial support):

  • 1 girl at RUB – CST for second semester,                                    Nu 17,000
  • 1 boy in Class XII , tuition fees and necessary school items  Nu 40,700, Younten Kuenjung HSS
  • and a 2nd half year commitment to these 2 students of        Nu 31,000

Total 2018 (YTD) spent & committed                                              Nu 109,400

Results 2018 (YTD): Mom at School Results 2018 (YTD)

In March Nu 50 K was transferred to the affiliate Mom at School program at Phuntsholing LSS of which Nu 21,105 was spent for

  • 10 students with necessary school items                                    Nu 21,105

As the tab for this spending was taken care of by the lovely ms. Dechen Pelden Legatsang (NYC), PLSS still has Nu 50 K in cash available.

So far Mom at School has at YTD still free available (uncommitted) funds of Nu 67,506 at its main Mom at School accounts and an unknown amount at the affiliate Sonamgang MSS account.

Mom at School is essentially a vehicle to redistribute 100 % of the gifts of the local community’s donations, without any shortage of cost.