Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to open school built by SHG women tomorrow

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu  to open school built by SHG women tomorrow
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Over 10,000 self-help groups women toiled hard for over a period of eight years and rendered shramdaan to build a palatial corporate level school – Bala Bharati -- for their wards on a sprawling seven-acre campus near Orvakallu village of the district. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will inaugurate the school on June 21.

Kurnool: Over 10,000 self-help groups women toiled hard for over a period of eight years and rendered shramdaan to build a palatial corporate level school – Bala Bharati -- for their wards on a sprawling seven-acre campus near Orvakallu village of the district. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will inaugurate the school on June 21.

The SHG women attributed their sorry state of affairs to their illiteracy and decided that their wards should not lead the kind of life they have been leading. To provide education to their wards, the SHG women started a small school in two rooms in 2008 in Orvakallu.

Inspired by their leader Vijaya Bharati, honorary advisor to the Village-level federation of self-help groups, for encouraging them to join the thrift movement, they named their school as Bala Bharati. Initially, the school offered education from nursery to SSC.

Enrolment in the school increased with each passing year from 100 at the beginning. This has put the SHG women in thinking mode. On the advice of their mentor Vijaya Bharati, they purchased seven-acre site near Orvakallu, obtained a plan from engineers and rendered shramdaan. They built a three-storeyed 60-room Bala Bharati school to build the state-of-the-art most modern school.

Besides modern class rooms, impressive desks and other amenities, the school is fitted with CCTV cameras and public address system to make monitoring easy from any part of the school. The school also provides admission for 100 orphaned children and 40 child labourers.

Earlier, the woman of Orvakallu self-help groups set up a bank as their turnover crossed Rs 83.5 crore. Encouraged by their financial success, the women built the school.

By D Hari Kishan

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