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St. Paul's CBS Secondary School

North Brunswick St

Dublin 7

A Letter from Artur Sîrbu

Hello to all the students past and present and to the staff of St Paul’s CBS. It was great to visit again and to relive some happy memories of my time in the school. Thank you also for your offer of help with my fundraising efforts

This summer I will participate in the Suas Volunteer Programme spending ten weeks working as part of a team of teaching assistants with children from some of the most marginalized communities in Kolkata, India.

The programme is coordinated by Irish NGO, Suas Educational Development, a movement dedicated to supporting quality education in under resourced communities. Suas works in partnership with local organizations and believes in addressing local problems with local solutions. This year Suas will support the education of over 13,000 children across Ireland, India and Kenya.

I will be working with Vikramshila, one of Suas’ local partner organisations. My work will involve assisting with curricular activities providing one-to-one support for some students and organising extra-curricular activities like summer camps and sports lessons.

Suas receives funding support from Irish Aid. This part funds my place on the Volunteer Programme. I have committed to raising the remaining cost of €3,000; this includes a contribution to Vikramshila. I am seeking sponsorship from our school community to support me in this endeavour.

The programme affords me a unique opportunity to work in the developing world and thus fulfil a long-held desire to understand the educational challenges that exist there.

Any donation would be gratefully appreciated and will be added to my own personal contribution. I intend to provide all of my supporters with a full report of my experiences on the programme on my return.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to read this letter.

Yours Faithfully,

Artur Sîrbu

Support for Vikramshila is enabled by Volunteer Fundraising:

It costs approximately €70 to support the education of a child in India for a year including books, uniform and a daily meal.

  • €1.50 – will provide one child with educational materials for one year (pencils and copies)
  • €4 – will provide one child with a school uniform
  • €360 – will pay the annual salary of a teacher
  • €9 – the cost to ‘mainstream’ one child
  • €12 – will provide one child with a daily meal for one year
  • €1.50 – will provide one child with regular medical check-ups for one year
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