FACTS & FIGURES
The Kechala programme is mostly focused on the education of the aboriginal children and on their well-being, because one of the main means to pull these populations out of their misery is to educate their children. Since 6 years, 100 children are educated with a unique method adapted to their needs. They develop as happy, awake and vivacious youngsters. To be around them is a joy. Within 4 years, besides their tribal dialect, they learned to express themselves in Oriya (the Odisha State language), in Hindi (the national language) and in English. They are enthusiastic and thirsty for knowledge. Their education costs 461 CHF (370 € / 500 $) / child / year. For the 100 children, this means 46 000 CHF (37.000 € / 50 000 $) per year. ……………………………………
Some 60 children, of their own accord or on request of the families, are put up 6 days a week in a hostel that has been built close to their villages. As the kids grow, a girl’s hostel is now also needed. Cost: 500 000 CHF (410.000 €) in 3 phases / years.
The Ushagram Suisse Association founded in 1999, whose projects are mostly supported by the administrations of the Geneva Canton, is recognised as a public charity and exempted from tax. Official website: http://fundraising.ushagram-suisse.org/
THE FARISTAN CHARITABLE PROJECT: “DISCOVER-THRU-ME”
(Updated April 04 2014) .
Speaking with the kids and with the educators, I decided that the charitable aspect of my future journey will be dedicated to giving the kids an opening onto the world. Indeed, as I will travel through various countries, villages and sceneries, I plan to take pictures, videos with them in mind and to write texts that will make them discover these worlds through my eyes.
But there is more ! The charitable aspect of the FARISTAN journey is taking such a turn that it has acquired its own identity: DISCOVER-THRU-ME! It will be run jointly with UNESCO Chairs, the Network of UNESCO Associated Schools, with Swiss foundations and schools. A fascinating story in itself. You’ll know more about it on visiting its own page: www.discover-thru-me.org
YOU CAN ALSO DO YOUR PART AND PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROJECT:
Help me change these aboriginal children’s lives by donating in various ways.
Your gift will effected through PayPal. Either with your credit card or via your PayPal account. You will be able to make a onetime gift or a monthly one. Funds go to my Government-recognised not-for-profit Swiss charity “Ushagram-Suisse”.
10 EUR / CHF / USD for 1 photo
30 EUR / CHF / USD for 1 story
50 EUR / CHF / USD for 1 video