A Kullu Project success story please read about Ravinder ( Raku)
I am writing to you about a very promising young student who has been identified by United World College student volunteers working on a community service project, the Kullu Project, in rural Himachal Pradesh, India (to find out more about the Kullu Project, visit projects.uwcnetwork.org). His name is Ravinder Singh, but his friends know him as Raku. This past winter Raku applied to the United World Colleges, and after an extensive interview process, he was offered a place at the UWC of the Atlantic. The cost of his schooling over the next two years will be £40,000 or $US 80,000. A small group of alumni, impressed by Raku’s incredible potential, has committed to raising his tuition fees. I hope that you can join me in contributing to help this exceptional young man achieve his dream.
RAKU with His elder brother and Kullu Project Volunteers
Raku was born in a small village in the Lahaul region of Himachal Pradesh, the third child of his parents. When he was two years old his father, a farmer, died. A couple of years later, Raku and his siblings were separated when Raku’s mother took Raku and his older brother to the city of Kullu while his sister stayed behind. Soon after, circumstances led Raku’s mother to abandon the two boys. They spent the next few years between maternal aunts and orphanages, eventually finding their way to the Jibhi orphanage where they lived until Raku was 16 years old. It was there that he first met the UWC Kullu Project volunteers. In the past two years, Raku and his brother have had to move between three different orphanages.
Despite his many challenges, Raku has truly made the most of his opportunities. He has studied hard, exceeding the expectations of his teachers and society. His remarkably good English can be attributed largely to his making the most of the time he spent with the Kullu Project volunteers, practicing in conversation and translation. Simply the fact that he was daring, intelligent, and resourceful enough to apply to the UWCs is indicative of his unique potential and enterprise. In fact, when Raku was offered an interview at the Mahindra UWC of India, he became the first boy from the orphanage to travel beyond New Delhi. During his stay at Mahindra for interviews and proficiency exams, Raku was able to get a better idea of the academic and social environment of a UWC, and truly felt at home.
This opportunity will radically change the course of Raku’s life, but its impact will go beyond that: not only does Raku truly have the potential to create change in his community when given the proper tools, this also represents an important opportunity for the UWC movement. As Neil Richards, Principal of Atlantic College, observed, “This is what UWC is all about, students working on community service projects, and finding the most deserving students, like Raku, to bring into the UWC community.” The United World Colleges are intended to be environments where individuals from seemingly insurmountably diverse backgrounds can gather to learn from each others' experiences, places where having been denied opportunity in the past does not mean being denied opportunity in the present. Raku personifies this mission. We are certain that Raku will contribute greatly to Atlantic College, and that the education he will receive there will also give him opportunities to eventually contribute on a larger scale to his community, country, and world.
We need to raise $80,000 (£40,000) over the next two years to cover tuition and boarding fees at Atlantic College, travel, and other expenses. Raku will be working to earn what he can for pocket money and other expenses of being a student at Atlantic College. Please join me in donating as generously as you can to make a difference in this young man’s life while promoting the larger goals of the UWC movement.
Cory Ross, Atlantic College ’71
Breakdown of what we need:
- Atlantic College Scholarship Costs for 2008 – 2010 period:
1st year tuition and boarding fees (Sept 08 – May 2009): £18,400/ $36,691
2nd year tuition and boarding fees (Aug 09 – May 2010): £19,000/$37,890
- Pocket money: £300 per term = £1,200/$2,393 (this will be raised by the Kullu project, as well as Raku’s summer and winter holiday jobs in Wales)
- Travel (1 return flight): £700/$1,396 (generous donation already received)
- Additional travel as required by student/college development: £700/$1,396
(Currency conversions were done using July 1, 2008 rates.)
How to Donate:
Online: please go to: www.atlanticcollege.org, click on “Donate Online” and follow the link to your chosen currency and/or place of residence, click on “Annual Scholarship Fund” and designate “Kullu Scholarship Fund”.
By check, US residents: make checks payable to US Foundation for the UWC of the Atlantic, and mail to: US Foundation for the UWC of the Atlantic, P.O. Box 36 Planetarium Station, New York, NY 10024-0036. Your contribution is tax deductible.
By check, UK residents and all others: make checks payable to Atlantic College and mail to: Development Office, Atlantic College, Lady Ann Tower, Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan, CF61 1WF, United Kingdom. Please be sure to note that your check is for the Kullu Scholarship Fund. If you are a UK taxpayer, Gift Aid will increase your donation by 28% if you fill in the Gift Aid Tax Form on the donation website; contact email@example.com if you have further questions.
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