Tutoring in Rural Villages: The Need
Many barriers can make it difficult to attend school for children in rural Karnataka, India. For those who do attend, many children cannot stay in school without some tutoring help.   This appears insurmountable to families that do not know how to access help.
 
Some children become agricultural workers at a very young age when the family has debt. Some children have health problems that interfere with their school attendance. Some simply need help to catch up to classmates.
This region is known to have low literacy rates, acute poverty, and a low human development index. The various ethnic groups located here are categorized by the government as Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Other Backward Classes. There are also success stories. This project focuses on area Siddi that have achieved post graduate education and returned home to lift the community.
The plan is a community centre to provide a place for helping to improve emotional wellness and literacy for all children and families in the Yellapur region, including the Siddi population, a Scheduled Tribe. $50,000 will purchase land and construct a community centre to provide a permanent location for multiple services for the members of 52 villages of Karnataka, India. It would buy land and the construction of a community centre to benefit everyone in the Yellapur community. Owning land and a building will significantly improve communication among the population and resource providers. The Centre will provide counseling, education, and connection to resources for the villagers. This Centre will also provide a place where people can ask about resources for health, education, and employment.  Here is a video clip about the Siddi: National Geographic showcase
 
The first director of the non-profit owning the property will be Ramnath Siddi. He was born in this area and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Social Work. For several years he traveled by motorcycle to assist the rural villagers. Today he is back at school to earn his PhD. Donations can be made to: Rotary Club of Wellesley Foundation, Inc., PO Box 812001, Wellesley, MA 02482.