Goa SSA to give grants to NGOs to provide a home to orphans


The Goa sarva shiksha abhiyan (SSA) is in the process of collaborating with NGOs to set up residential facilities for 'children in difficult situations', especially orphans and street children, to provide them a safe shelter to receive education.
"Registered NGOs with a credible track record of working with children in distress have been asked by the GSSA to apply under the scheme before January 15, 2013, to express their interest in setting up the residential facilities," Goa SSA project director Farell Furtado said.
The Goa SSA will provide a one-time non-recurring grant to the chosen NGOs to purchase furniture, kitchen equipment, teaching learning material, library books and bedding. NGOs with experience of working in the field of education will be preferred by the SSA and the organization will have to have a facility to accommodate at least 30 students to begin with.
"Recurring grants of 900 per month will be provided per child as maintenance and a stipend of 50 per month per child will be given to the NGOs. In addition, some grants will also be provided as examination fees, for salaries of staff employed at the residential facility, for supplementary teaching material and to cover water and electricity charges of the hostel," Furtado said.
Another 750 per child will be paid to the NGOs to take care of the medical expenses of the children and to cover any contingencies.
Other than basic schooling, vocational and skills training will also be provided to the children residing at the hostels to make them self-reliant. Once the NGOs identify the children who will reside at the hostels, the children will be readied for the new life through preparatory camps. The scheme has been introduced to implement the provisions of the Right to Education Act which calls for educating all children upto the age of 14 years. [TOI]