Project information

Pannur Primary School for Dalits (untouchables)

A primary school will educate Dalit and other marginalized children in rural Southern India. At present, hundreds of village children are sent to work rather than to school, they are victimized by oppressive landlords and suffer violence and discrimination. Please help us to help them.

June 2013 - December 2015

Charity information: Supporting Dalit Children

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  • Need


    Dalit children are child-labourers exploited by the social divisions of India's caste system, some are forced into prostitution. Denied education, these children are resigned to a life of oppression and manual work in the fields. A primary school will give hope and life to hundreds of Dalit and other destitute children. A primary school teaching in English medium will establish a tradition of literacy for Dalit communities, and for the first time children will have a future to look forward to.


    An English-medium education is vital in modern India for competing for jobs, especially for poor students. As well as education, children will receive regular heath care. At the age of 11 they will transfer to Xavier school, an established secondary school, for the rest of their education and further education to be completed. Education is vital for the oppressed Dalit people in order to challenge child exploitation and the social evils linked to poverty and discrimination.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To fund the water proofing on the terrace


    » To involve local communities wherever possible to provide sand and manual labour, thus keeping building costs to a minimum.
    » To fund raise for each stage of the building work by approaching schools, applying for grants and holding fund-raising events.

    What success will look like

    £7500 is required for water proofing the terrace. Success will be achieved once the funding for this project is secured and the work has been completed.

    Aim 2

    To fund a lightening conductor for the school


    » To continually fund raise until we have raised enough funds to complete this aim.

    What success will look like

    £2000 is needed to install a lightening conductor on the roof of the school Success will be achieved once the funding for this project is secured and the work has been completed

    Aim 3

    To carry out necessary ground works and levelling around the school building


    » To continually fund raise until we have raised enough funds to complete this aim.

    What success will look like

    £5000 is needed to level the ground in front of the school building. Success will be achieved once the funding for this project is secured and the work has been completed.

  • Impact


    Each child will immediately benefit from being in a safe educational environment as previously they worked hard in rice fields - Dalit children are prime victims of child exploitation. Medium to long term benefits will be seen as children progress through their education and achieve well. Reports and inter-school events will demonstrate the children's successes. In the long term children will achieve qualifications to pursue professional careers that will help their families as a direct result


    There are no known risks that could affect this project. The work will be carried out by registered builders and installers of the more specialised equipment.


    Donors will be invited to visit Pannur as well as receive reports on a regular basis via email and telephone. Project updates and charity newsletters will be sent as well as put on our website, Donors can view annual accounts online through the Charity Commission.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £14,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,500 Water proofing Water proofing the school terrace
      £2,000 Safety Install a lightening conductor
      £5,000 External works Level ground in front of school
  • Background


    Loyola Kapepaladi school has been built in the village of Pannur,18 kms from Manvi in North Karnataka, Southern India. In Pannur illiteracy levels are less than 20% and life here is very difficult for the Dalit people due to poverty, victimization and discrimination. Adults and children alike work for oppressive agricultural landlords who hire labour on a daily basis and pay wages of less than £1 per day. Pannur is a central location for many other remote and inaccessible villages.


    Primary-aged children living in Pannur and surrounding villages will benefit from the primary school. Villages are remote and inaccessible due to poor roads. Life expectancy is frighteningly low due to poor sanitation. Suicide is common. It is vital to provide an alternative future to this oppressive poverty. An education will give children the opportunity to obtain qualifications and ultimately employment that will benefit families in the long term and help to raise up Dalit communities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our charity has direct links with 2 schools founded by Jesuits. They have been educating Dailt and other children from all religions for the past 10 years, offering places to the 'poorest of the poor'. We have seen first-hand the need in Pannur to provide primary education to children from very remote villages. There is no government funding for this school, hence outside funding is essential. Charity representatives travel to Pannur to review projects.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Father Francis S'Souza S.J., Director

    Fr. Francis and his team will personally oversee the projects and also involve local people who are keen to offer their skills.

    Dinah Findlay, Managing Trustee (This Is A Voluntary Post)

    Dinah administers the daily running of the charity. 100% of every donation + gift aid is sent directly to the school; trustees pay all office expenses

Looking forward to going to school!

Looking forward to going to school!


Cost per year to educate one child

'This school will be a beacon of light in the darkness of ignorance that surrounds these villages.'

Father Eric Mathias