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Help buy land for a remote rural school serving village children (near Mysore)

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Started in 2014 by non-profit organisation Chiguru Vignana Samsthe, this little kindergarten and primary school in Bidarahalli village (near Kabini backwaters), H.D. Kote Taluk, Mysore, India, currently provides English medium education to about 80 children of villages in the region, up to class 2.  Chiguru Vignana Samsthe, promoting Science education among village children, is run by youngsters Katavalu Shivappa and Parashivamurthy, natives of villages in HD Kote Taluk.

This is fund raising requirement for school. 

My friend has created this funding campaign on  Please support and also urge all your family members and friends to support. Request you also to like/share it, so that the school's target of Rs. 2.5 Lakh fund is raised by middle of April. If you have any questions, you may contact me and I will connect you with the key stake holders involved. Many thanks

posted Mar 20, 2017 by Sridhar Pai

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