For abetter tomorrow,school girls were awarded merit-cum-need based scholarships under ‘2morrow 2gether’ project
Pune: 213 meritorious, but less privileged school girls of 7th grade from Pune and villages like Gawdewadi, Chandoli, Khidkee and Pimpalgaon schools were awarded Lila Poonawalla foundation’s (LPF’s) Scholarship recently.
This is the 9thsuccessful year of LPF’s“2morrow 2together” School Scholarship project. Since inception of this project, total 1800+ school girls from 19 schools in Pune city and rural parts of Pune are supported with a scholarship grant from 7th grade right up to their graduation with 10 years of commitment, which is a uniqueness of this project.
Under this scholarship project, school girls are supported financially towards their fees, school aids like school bags, raincoats, shoes, socks, uniforms, books, cycles etc. This scholarship goes beyond the monetary assistance, and these girls are given health education, self-defense training, soft skills training, counseling, exposure visits, career guidance,which groom them to become independent & confident young women. This holistic support helps these girls to gain respectable employment, so that they can stand on their own feet. Once the girl is educated and employed, it would have multiplying impact on generations to come.
This project is also accompanied by need-based school infrastructure support like sanitation facility, drinking water, school ground, staff room, solar panels, school paintings, computer laboratory and many more. These facilities create a comfortable learning environment for girls.
When LPF has decided to initiate the school project, it did not have any understanding of the needs in the rural areas of Pune. However with the request of late Mr. Mohan Dharia and Vanrai, LPF visited these rural schools and understood the real needs and decided to work with these schools for supporting through girls scholarships and addressing the basic infrastructure needs.
Chief Guest, Mr. Erwin Steinhauser, Managing Director, Sandvik Asia Private Limited who is also a Corporate Funding Partner of Lila Poonawalla Foundation, supporting Undergraduate Scholarships of Engineering girls said, “I am very happy to see that education is given a great importance in India and that parents in India are supporting their daughters to pursue their education. We are proud to be associated with Lila Poonawalla Foundation.”
Guest of Honor, Mrs. Snehal Kulkarni who herself is a LPF Scholarship recipient, LILA Fellow- 1999 and now an Entrepreneur spoke about the importance of girls education and LPF scholarship. She expressed her gratitude and experience of being part of LPF Family. She said, “I started my life journey with Lila Poonawalla Foundation through Postgraduate scholarship and it’s with a great honor today I’m here standing in front of you as a Guest of Honor. LPF is like ‘PavitraMandir’ to me.”
One of the scholarship recipients from this year’s batch, Ms. MaithilBodke from CES Uttkarsh School, Pune said, “Because of LPF, I can now study to achieve my dreams. I am feeling lucky to be a part of sucha Family and I am thankful for all the immense support I will get for next 10 years and beyond from LPF.”.
At the event, LPF also released ‘Inspira’ 54 issue. Inspira is a newsletter that aims to connect LPF scholarship recipients, and supporters across the globe with the girl’sinspirational stories and talent displayed.
On this occasion, Padmashree Mrs. Lila Poonawalla, Chairperson of Lila Poonawalla Foundation said,” My request to parents is to save funds and spend them on education of girl and not for dowry. You educate her and she will bring dowry home every month in the form of her earnings and not only look after her family, but also both her parents and parents in Laws”.
Lila Poonawalla Foundation (LPF), a 24-year old seasoned nonprofit organization working in the field of girl child education and women empowerment, founded by Padmashree Mrs. Lila Poonawalla in 1995, with the Mission of ‘Women Empowerment through merit-cum-need based Scholarships and Training for Employability Readiness’.
Through great partnerships, LPF has been able to transform around 8500+diffident young girls into strong Women Leaders for the organizations and institutionsas well as forbringing about societal change at large.
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