Sunday, March 14, 2010

Kardel Education Trust Fund

I knew when I started the 'Karen Maryann Scholarship' in St. Mary's School, Mangalore, that I wanted something more permanent. Was looking to make the scholarship sustain itself over the years. To avoid the 'one-time emotional donation aspect'. I was not sure which direction the scholarship would go, but I was clear that 'educating children from all walks of life, was the priority'. Keeping that in mind and speaking to a number of people I decided to start a Trust Fund with an amazing organization in Bangalore called "We Care".

'We Care' is a public charitable trust in Bangalore, India. It is non-secular and non-governmental has touched many peoples lives since its inception in 1999. In its 10th Anniversary, the 'Kardel Education Trust Fund' was formed to educate children from all walks of life. The simple belief is that children are our future and educating one child today will go a long way in educating a future generation.

'KARDEL' stands for Karen, Delon, Deloitte and Elizabeth, a trust fund in honour of all my siblings. This is a simple token of gratitude for something we got so freely from our parents - A good education.

This trust fund will be set up by Fr. Trevor D'Souza at We Care, Bangalore. The fund will educated children every year and provide basic education for children from grade 1 through 10 in English and Kannada medium. Children who will be eligible for education funding will come from underprivileged backgrounds irrespective of religion, caste or creed.

In life when we take a moment to "Count" our blessings, the word "Count" is overtaken by the word "Showered". My siblings and I have been blessed abundantly and in gratitude for all the blessings my family and I have received this is just a small and sincere token to help educate one child and one generation at a time.

Thanks to Fr. Trevor and all the volunteers and supporters of We Care in making it possible for us to give back to our community.

Thank you for your support and encouragement.

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