While most of our general day-to-day expenses are covered through the incredible support of our sponsors and regular donors, a gaping hole has opened up in our finances due to the closing of our school. Our school was our primary income source for the payment of all our staff’s salaries -without it we are unsure of how we will keep paying wages. In April this year, we asked for help in our weekly newsletter through an Emergency Fundraising Campaign with Global Giving. People from all over the world showed their support to our staff and helped us to raise just over two months’ salaries. In June, we finally received some money from the Indian Government that has been owed to us for several years and these funds will cover a further two months’ wages. We are grateful to have security up until the end of July.
In addition to this, we have also made a decision to give a small “allowance” (around US $10 per month) to each of our returning alumni so that they recharge phones, purchase toiletries… etc. Each of them is being such a great help here – we feel this is the very least we can do.