From: PVAF-G-Bilimora-Kamlesh Prajapati
Sent: Sunday, June 15, 2003 1:56 AM
To: Champak D. Mistry
Cc: PVAF-B-Calgary:Chandrakant Lad
Subject: PVAF GEP Scholarship Application of Vijaykumar
Lad for Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) Degree
Pranaam Champakbhai, Chandrakantbhai, Bhavin,
Kalpesh and ALL PVAF MEMBERS.... HARI OM:
Champakbhai I received the e-mail about the Vijay on 15 April-2003 and
because of my busy schedule and because of some laziness I have not been able to
give confirmation about the application of Vijay for a PVAF scholarship to study
for an engineering degree through PVAF Gujraat Education Program...
I and Narendrabhai (Manager of PVAF Bilimora Computer Centre) feel very bad
when I and Narendarbhai visited Vijay's family because they are living
very much below the poverty line. And this poverty has made me feel that I
should have visited this family very quickly after receiving the request from
PVAF in April 2003. This would have speeded up processing Vijay's application by
Vijay's father is a kumbhaar (potmaker) by traditional family line of work.
But he is not a skilled kumbhaar and hence works as a kumbhaar's
(potmaker) labourer and earns daily Rs. 50. Vijay's mother, who is original from
Rumal, also works as labourer in farm and also as kumbhaar's labourer to prepare
clay for making traditional clay pots. She earns Rs. 40=00 per day. Vijay's
father and mother can only get this work and earn money when the work is
available. The work is only available for about 6 months a year. The
availability of work also depends on the seasons. In rainy season Vijay's parent
cannot find work.
Vijay has one younger sister who is studying in standard 11 Arts. Vijay's
younger sister also helps her parents in their labour work when she has spare
time from attending school or after doing homework from school.
Vijay's home owned by his parents is completely damaged and un-livable. Thus
Vijay's parents and sister are presently staying in Vijay's uncle's home.
We found that Vijay's family owns only 4-5 steel dishes and one stove in
kitchen. There is about 2-3 Steel tapeli (cooking pots) in kitchen.
Presently Vijay's parents have borrowed money from an acquaintance to
pay for the continuing education of Vijay and his sister. But I think even this
borrowed money is not enough for normal study expenses.
There are a total 85 kumbhaar families in Vijay's gaam (village) which is
called moto valzar. Only 10 percent family are in this gaam are above the
poverty line with medium income.
After studying Vijay's home and meeting with his parents I request that PVAF
grant Vijay full scholarship to study for his engineering degree as soon as
possible. I have asked Vijay to submit an account of the amount his father has
borrowed from other people for enabling Vijay and his to continue his education
We have also taken some photographs of Vijay's family members and his home
will be available tomorrow. From that photograph you realize that how critical
the situation this family is in !
Dr. Kamlesh Prajapati
President, Shree Prajapati Education Foundation
NOTE FROM PVAF:
PVAF has a complete application of Vijaykumar. Those who
wish to donate to Vijaykumar's scholarship are kindly requested to post a
message by clicking on the COMMENT in the header of
this news item or contact by email to
Prajapati Vishva Aashram Foundation by clicking on the blue highlight.
Please visit PVAF PROGRAM page on this web site to know all details on
PVAF Gujraat Education Program. Also below is the
outline information on the PVAF Gujraat Education Program.