Third Level Education Loans

There is an increasing awareness in our Dalit families that education is the key to the family rising above the poverty trap.

Many families cannot afford the upfront college fees for third level education. In 2013 we started the programme to provide loans to families for college fees.

200+ children have benefited from this so far and loans are repaid every month by the family. The graduate will complete the loan repayment once he or she has started working.

 
 

 

THE PROBLEM OUR SPONSORED CHILDREN FACED

 

 
 

Until we introduced our third level education programme in 2013 many of our sponsored children would leave education at 12th Standard which is the Irish equivalent of 6th Year. They ended up in menial jobs.

The problem which the family had was paying the upfront college fees which could be between Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 50,000, depending on the type of third level course.  As most of our children live in small villages they also need to go to college in the bigger cities and pay accommodation fees and travel costs.

Bank loans are not generally available to Dalit families.

The loan is repaid at the rate of Rs.1000 per month during the period of third level education and the balance is repaid by the graduate following the completion of education. 

 
 

Tony Barron education Fund

In March 2017, Tony Barron died after a long illness. Tony was the founder of Nandri, over 20 years ago. He was responsible for the education of over 5,000 impoverished low caste Dalit children. He organised the building of schools, medical centres and provided ambulances and clean water to many communities in Southern India.

Nandri has set up a specific fund in his memory to ensure that Dalit 18-year
olds get to go to college.

We are inviting donations for the Tony Barron Education Fund. The target of this fund is Rs.3.5 million, or about €50,000. Between 400 and 600 children will benefit. 


 

CASE STUDY

 

 
 

In February 2014 I met a girl who had been thrown out of nursing college the previous December while she was three months into her second year. She is an orphan who had been cared for since three years of age in an orphanage. Her uncle had paid her first year fees but for some reason decided not to pay or could not pay the second year.

We provided her with a loan of Rs. 25,000, and arranged with the bank to lend her a further RS. 25,000. She was therefore able to go back to college and has just completed second year. The orphanage is continuing to pay her monthly accommodation fees. This girl has recently graduated as a nurse and is currently assisting along with Nandri the education of her sister. 

Fred Crowe CEO