Roof for A Child - April 2020 Updateย 

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Dear friends and partners of Friends Social Transformation Network (FSTN) and the #RoofForAChild campaign,

We hope that each of you and your families and dear ones are doing good in health and in your jobs in these unique circumstances of the โ€˜Covid-19โ€™ pandemic.

๐—ง๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜†, ๐—”๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—น ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฑ๐˜๐—ต -- ๐˜„๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—น โ€˜๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑโ€™ -- which now stands postponed to hopefully the fall of 2020. ย We do not have a firm date yet, as the calendar has not yet opened up. While these hardships have brought our day to day lives to a standstill, and in many cases, upended many of our lives even, the vision of the 'Roof for a Child' campaign with its mission of 'Educating children, Empowering communities' that is now in its fifth year - is still intact and we wouldn't be here without your partnership!

๐‘ฐ๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’‘๐’๐’”๐’•, ๐’˜๐’† ๐’˜๐’‚๐’๐’•๐’†๐’… ๐’•๐’ ๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’—๐’Š๐’…๐’† ๐’‚ ๐’’๐’–๐’Š๐’„๐’Œ ๐’–๐’‘๐’…๐’‚๐’•๐’† ๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’•๐’˜๐’ ๐’‰๐’๐’Ž๐’†๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’„๐’–๐’“๐’“๐’†๐’๐’•๐’๐’š ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’ˆ๐’“๐’†๐’”๐’”: ๐Š๐ก๐š๐ง๐๐ฐ๐š, ๐Œ๐

The boys hostel construction is in progress, and the plan was to complete a large room that would accomodate the boys for the upcoming school year. The lockdown has been extra-tight in this area due to a cluster of Covid-19 cases in nearby Indore.ย  Construction has come to a complete stop, but the current hope is that the school year which slated to start early June will also be postponed because of the lockdown, and we still might be able to get some of the boys to start. Hectic work is underway behind the scenes regarding admissions to the schools, etc. Please keep these in prayer.

๐๐š๐ง๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐›๐š๐ซ, ๐Œ๐‡:

A large dining room and 2 smaller rooms are completed to a usable degree. The other rooms have reached up to the lintel level. The younger girls had been put up in the larger dining room, with the older girls in the 2 smaller rooms for privacy, etc. Currently most of the 140 girls have been sent back home, with just a handful remaining back because their parents could not come in time to pick them up (lockdown). Please remember the workers and new plans in prayer. Many have continued to support us in a recurring mode, and a few who have supported us annually have reached out to us on how we could continue the support. We will be sharing more details in upcoming posts. Thank you, be safe, and lets pray that God would provide with a safe, quick end to this pandemic. Please reach out to us for any concerns/clarifications.

#rfac2020 #EducatingChildrenEmpoweringCommunities #GiveALittleHelpALot

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Adieu 2019 & Welcome 2020 - A clearer 20/20 vision for life transformation!

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Dear friends and supporters of theย #RoofForAChildย campaign,

On the last day of this year, we wanted to pen a quick note of gratitude, because with your help, many children' lives are being transformed - just because you took the step of faith & sacrifice to educate them.

It has been quite the journey with you all and most importantly, with Godโ€™s grace, having completed 5 years of successfully starting and running a campaign which has enabled us to complete 3 childrensโ€™ homes, have 2 more progress and more homes in the pipeline.

2019 Updates

  • The Selamba home (dedicated in memory of our friend Inbaraj) that was started in Dec 2018 was completed on time, and successfully dedicated in June 2019.
  • The โ€˜Roof for a Childโ€™ annual carnival was conducted in the spring, and it was a grand success!
  • Construction has commenced and is in full swing in the Khandwa boys home - slated for completion by the school year 2020-21
  • Jhawda girls home - functioning well, and they are now raising funds for their own school bus. (Currently, they use a leased vehicle)
  • Nandurbar home - we are planning to start the 2nd floor construction soon, based on funds availabilty.
  • For the first time, we participated in Facebookโ€™sย #GivingTuesdayย campaign where we raised about $10,000.
  • Last but not the least, thrilled to announce that we participated and won the largest amount of votes among employees in the recently Xandr Cares $100k Challenge, and won a grant for $20,000!ย #xandrcaresย ( More details on this exciting news coming as a seperate post)

2020 - A sneak preview

  • The 2020 โ€˜Roof for a Childโ€™ carnival is going to be conducted on Saturday, April 25th, 2020
    • ย Location: Brooks Crossing Elementary school, South Brunswick NJ (please note the change of location)
      • larger auditorium & gym!ย 
      • Based on feedback, this is a more spacious hall with a lot more variety of culinary delights!
      • We are going to have more games for kids and kids at heart - with escape rooms and more - More details coming!
  • We plan to take the campaign nationwide in 2020 with smaller awareness events to be conducted in other cities in USA
  • We take your trust in us seriously and plan to submit to the highest levels of financial accountability. We take pride in being a 100% volunteer based campaign with all expenses directly tied to capital or event based.
    • We are working on becoming a member of the ECFA, and other watchdog organizations.
  • This year, we are working on plans to re-build a school along with the childrenโ€™s home (more details in a future post).

Financial Contributions

  • If you chose to bless the โ€˜Roof for a childโ€™ campaign with your end-of-year contributions, you can send us a check to the address below, or online ( credit card or paypal viaย http://roofforachild.org/donateย )
    • Roof for a Child, 51 Fresh Ponds Rd, Jamesburg NJ 08831
  • Contribution statements will be available by January 30, 2020, and will be emailed to the email address on file. Please let us know if there are any changes in contact information.

In closing, we wish to remind you that the campaign is just an extension of the desire that each of us have in educating children and transforming communities. We are just able to operate at this scale because we have come together for this purpose. We remain grateful and request that you share this vision with your like-minded friends about this grass-roots campaign forย #EducatingChildrenย andย #TransformingCommunities.

We wish you a very happy and blessed new year 2020, where we work together towards a world where we enable several children, families and communities to live life to the fullest!!

Jhawda Children's Home Construction Update 2

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St. Thomas School in Jhawda : Our RFAC Supporters Mr. Roberts & Mrs. Geetha Roberts visited our Jhawda Childrenโ€™s Home on February 2018 and spent some time with the Jhawda kids! They are really awesome! They are so proud and happy to have you support them! The construction work of the Jhawda childrenโ€™s building is still in progress as you may see in the photos. The plaster work and the construction work is going on. The current plan is to have the dedication of the new building in the second week of June so that all the girls may move in at that time.

Jhawda Children's Home Construction Update 2

Jhawda Children's Home Construction Update 2

Jhawda Children's Home Construction Update 2

Jhawda Children's Home Construction Update 2

Jhawda Children's Home Construction Update 2

Jhawda Children's Home Construction Update 2

ROOF FOR A CHILD 2019 Event #rfac19

Roof For A Child 2017 Event

We invite you & your kids to have fun and to support us in providing shelter for the children in India. This event would take place in Crossroads North Middle School, South Brunswick, NJ on May 4, 2019.

'Roof for a Child' is a project to raise awareness and support for the education and lodging infrastructure of children from the very lowest strata of society.These homes are built near good government schools and provides an opportunity for children to get a good standard of education, and get exposure to career opportunities.

These children live in the most rural parts of India, where education and awareness of its need are still dismally low. Their parents are among the poorest in their villages, which forces the parents to send the children to work to augment the family income. Their parents are from the lowest in the regimented caste system.

Highlights of the event are :

Foooooood - Take a break from cooking at home and give your taste buds some awesome South Indian Food!
Fuuuuuuuun - Bring your kids and let them have some fun in our game stalls!
Taaaaalllllllk - Come and ask Questions about the Children's Home in India and we'll tell you why you should join us!

Jhawda Children's Home Construction Update 1

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St. Thomas School in Jhawda : The hostels for both boys and girls are functioning from semi-permanent fragile structures that need to be replaced in the interest of studentsโ€™ hygiene and protection from heavy rains during the monsoon season. This year, the โ€˜Roof for a Childโ€™ campaign is supporting a building project to provide a permanent building for the girl students of the School. Your partnership in this project will quicken the provision of this need.

The construction is underway in Jhawda, with completion expected by May 2018. We are aiming for the girls to be in the new hostel by the time the school year 2018-2019 starts.

Jhawda Children's Home Construction Update 1

Jhawda Children's Home Construction Update 1

Jhawda Children's Home Construction Update 1

Alwar Children's Home Construction Update 9

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On July 10th, the boys moved into the newly constructed Alwar home. The home still needs some more finishing touches and is expected to be complete by the mid of August 2017. However, it is in good condition for the boys to move in. They began their new school year at the new home! They were very excited and grateful for the wonderful support. Thank you everyone for all the LOVE & SUPPORT!

Alwar Children's Home Construction Update 9

Alwar Children's Home Construction Update 9