Panikhali Rural Development Society
In 2016 we came in to contact with a new organisation called Panikhali Rural Development Society (PRDS) who had been running a project in the village of Panikhali and surrounding villages since 2006. We were immediately drawn to the project due it’s nature in providing education to children from some of the most marginalised families in the community. In early 2017 we funded much needed repair work to the school building roof and installation of fans and lights to benefit the children who attended the school. After the repair work was complete we agreed to fund the PRDS project in 2017 which would include pre-school, follow up coaching and numerous outreach programmes in the local community.
In the summer of 2017 we began to support follow up coaching for class v-vii students in a neighbouring village called Boria after the local mothers had been requesting coaching for the older children in the community. We were delighted to be able to extend our work to this new community with PRDS.
We now work with PRDS in two villages to support the pre-school and follow up coaching of students in both communities. The number of children currently enrolled in both programmes is 41 and 108 receptively. We also extended our student sponsorship programme to PRDS in 2017 where we were able to fund 21 older students in classes ix and x. PRDS works closely with mothers in the local community and surrounding villages by forming groups that meet regularly to discuss issues faced and plan awareness programmesto address these issues.