After a break for the Bright Sparks Team it is back to school for us and time to look to the future and get involved in some much needed fundraising.
The reason we are able to look to the
future is without a doubt due to the support and generosity that you have continued to give Bright Sparks over the years.
The vision of Bright Sparks started back in 2001 whilst Gail and Nimrat met working for a local charity in Mohali. We could not ignore the fact that children we were coming into contact with were working and not going to school. We came up with a plan to raise money to send ten children to school. Here we are nearly ten years later with our own school and just over one hundred children coming to school.
The school means so much more to these children and their families than getting an education. It is a place to be safe, away from the dangers and daily hardship of life in the slum. It is a place for the children to build friendships, grow in confidence, take pride in their abilities and be a part of their wider society. Furthermore being at Bright Sparks School gives children the opportunity to experience a childhood where positive memories will stay with them forever and influence the decisions they make in adult life.
It is not only the children who benefit from coming to school but their families and their communities. We are confident that the children of Bright Sparks will send their children to school so changing the future of generations to come.
In October 2010 Bright Sparks moved to a bigger and better building with five rooms and separate bathrooms for the boys and girls. Rita is our head teacher and along with our other five dedicated teachers, are all making a difference at the school.
The teachers not only teach but have an understanding of the children's
backgrounds and are able to nurture their individual needs and give each
child the time and attention they need when learning. The school follows the Punjab Exam Board syllabus and as
such the children sit exams in line with other schools.
We have six children who after attending the school for many years and passing their exams are now attending a local school, called Mohali Public School. This allows the children the opportunity to gain further knowledge and experience currently beyond the means of Bright Sparks. The cost of sending these children to
school is being met by the generosity of people donating in the UK. After finishing school at 2pm these six children come to Bright Sparks School, finish their homework and get any guidance and support they may need with their learning from their teacher, Meena.
All of this has only been possible because of the support and generous donations from people in the UK. We would like to say a huge thank you from all the children, teachers and trustees at Bright Sparks.
As you may be aware the last major event we held was back in October 2009 and raised over £2000. All the events we have held so far have been great fun and have enabled us to move forward with plans for the school. We will hopefully be holding more events in the future that raise money whilst bringing people together to have a good time.
In the last three months Gail took part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride and although it took seven hours it was well worth every penny of the £1300 raised. The proof is in this picture. Thank You.
To ensure the school can continue into the future we are asking you to consider a monthly donation to Bright Sparks. This can be done easily by setting up a standing order.
It is really easy to use and Bright Sparks will also receive the tax back adding a fair bit more on all donations. You can give any amount from £5 to £15 a month or whatever amount you are comfortable donating, any amount is much appreciated. Getting monthly donations will allow us to make plans for the future, and ensure children keep going to the school.
A huge thank you for all your support. The Bright Sparks Team