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Journeys to FreeSchools in India
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Journeys to FreeSchools in India


FreeSchools
Overview
 
A Life-Changing Experience (2006)

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Journey to Bihar
(2007)

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  Bridge Course Dormitory
The Bridge Course Dormitory Project

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Report from Bihar
(2009)

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FreeSchools 2010
Bihar Revisited
(2010)
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Harivatika School
(2010)

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Bairiya School
(2010)

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The Tricycle Wheelchair Project

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The Sugauli Disabled Girls Project

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Sacred Heart History
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overview

Since 2006, Sue Tennant, Dr. John Lange, Geri Johnson and I have made regular visits to the FreeSchools in Bihar, India, founded and managed by Sr. Mary Crescence of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Bettiah. In this section are several travelogues of our experiences, which I hope will inspire you to contribute to the ongoing work.

History
Around 1998 humanitarian Mark Bloomfield (who had worked with Mother Teresa) supported Sr. Crescence in the formation of the first non-formal school, in Motihari, for the lower-caste village children who would otherwise never learn to read and write. What started as one school, held in the convent classroom after school hours, funded privately by Mark and his family in England, later joined by Robert Coenraads and family in Australia, had grown by 2006 to 29 schools in four Bihar towns, funded chiefly by Sue Tennant's Canadian charity, FreeSchools World Literacy.

Further Fundraising
In 2007 I reported on our 2006 visit and, from a group of generous friends, I raised over $20,000 via another website, in partnership with Mind, Body, and Spirit, Inc. This amount, together with other funds collected via the FreeSchools website, Sue and I personally handed over to Sr. Crescence in November 2007.

Broader Picture
In 2007 we were also shown a broader picture of the work being done by the Sisters in Bihar, the walled convents being havens of civilization surrounded by disorder and backwardness, with the nuns reaching out to teach, train, heal, educate, and improve the lot of the crude, illiterate, uncultured villagers, still struggling in makeshift shelters without sanitation or electricity, still contracting polio, virtually unprotected against devastating monsoons, and with few opportunities for advancement. The motive of the Sisters is to not to convert these masses—mostly Hindus and Muslims—to Catholicism, but to raise their standard of living up a few notches. Read about our 2007 Journey to Bihar.

Convent Dormitories
In keeping with this concept, Sr. Crescence told us of her dream to renovate an existing structure on the convent grounds, to take in 15-20 of the brightest girls from the FreeSchools background and educate them within the convent walls. These girls would then return to their village in a better position to help it progress. They would also form bonds with each other, leading to high-level interaction between villages. After giving Sr. Crescence funds to get started on the building project, we later raised another $10,000 to complete it. Read about The Dormitory Project. Renamed the Bridge Course Program for Poorest Girls, the grand opening ceremony took place in March 2010, attended by Geri, Dr. John and myself.

Bridge Course Scholarships
Full board and tuition (including books and uniforms) for the 16 girls boarding at the convent for the 2010-2011 season, along with start-up costs for furnishings,was calculated at $7,500. This amount (plus $1,180.00 excess towards 2011-2012) was collected and personally delivered to Sr. Crescence in two stages by Sue and Geri during recent visits. Read a full report of the first year here.

Tricycle Wheelchairs
The only way for some of these handicapped children and young people to get around is by tricycle wheelchair, built in India especially to travel bad Indian roads. At $125 apiece, can a set of legs come any cheaper? We have raised a total of $1,500 which was delivered to Sr. Ambrose who sent us photos of the kids with their new "vehicles. Click on the link for The Tricycle Wheelchair Project.

Further Donations
Apart from donations for FreeSchools themselves, which went directly to www.freeschools.org, by mid-November 2009 we had raised a total of $13,015, reaching the goal for wheelchairs, the completion of a dormitory for girls, and partial cost of scholarships for 16 girls for one year! This amount was made out to Sr. Crescence in the form of a bank draft and hand-delivered by us when we visited in March 2010.

Disabled Girls Project
In the summer of 2010 Sr. Ambrose of the Sugauli convent requested funds for six disabled girls to board at the convent, along with a tailoring teacher and cook. Total for one year came to $1,620 ($20 per month per girl) plus cook's salary of $265. A total of INR94,000 (circa $1,800 at the time) was raised and transferred into the convent's bank account. Read about the Sugauli Disabled Girls Project.

Medical Camps
During both our 2007 and 2010 visits, Sr. Crescence organized a Medical Camp for Children. The first one, at the Sugauli convent for handicapped children, Dr. John Lange (a urologist in Fort Smith, Arkansas) examined close to 300 scruffy little patients in one morning! The main purpose of this somewhat superficial medical exam was to encourage the superstitious villagers to come out and be helped. Dr. John was so inspired by the possibilities that he intends to return in the near future, purchase a vehicle and the proper diagnostic equipment, organize a small team and offer his services to remote villagers―with the help, of course, of the Sisters, without whom access to this part of the world would be impossible. We will be raising money for this in the future. . . .