In India, statistics show that close to 30% of students stop formal schooling after the 10th grade due to a lack of financial resources.
The objectives of the DAH2 CSR Forum are as follows:
The goal for the year (2018) was to support 61 students, with the intention to expand it to 82 in the coming year (2019). Our work with the youth also has a direct and positive impact on their families. Educating the young means ensuring sustainable livelihoods and financial stability through education for their families too.
DAH2 partnered with United Way of Hyderabad (UWH) and Pothukuchi Somasundara Social Welfare and Charitable Trust (PSS Trust) to provide financial assistance to 61 meritorious students, enabling them to pursue higher education in their chosen field. The financial support provided to the students covers expenses related to annual fees, educational supplies, and transportation. These students are from economically disadvantaged backgrounds (children of daily wage earners, children with single parents and in many cases first generation learners). After completing 10th grade, these students sat for a competitive entrance examination conducted by the State Education Board, and were admitted into Polytechnic and Diploma Programmes at colleges in and around the city of Hyderabad, India. These are three-year programmes which would help them get into the workforce and reduce the financial burden on their families.
Furthering our commitment to the cause, DAH2 employees actively and regularly interact and engage with the students. This provides the students with the right kind of exposure and an understanding of multiple career paths ahead of them.
61 poor, deserving and meritorious youth have access to higher education and can continue their formal education, thus ensuring a sustainable livelihood and a stable financial future for themselves and their families.