While interacting with forest-fringe communities at Community-based Conservation Centres (CCC), ATREE observed that financial problems were one of the main reasons for dropouts among tribal students. ATREE’s close relationship with the community emboldened a few families to approach ATREE to support their children’s education. This was the beginning of the ATREE education fund to support such requests. This gives ATREE an additional opportunity to give back to the communities it has been working with.
20 students have received financial help from ATREE education fund in three years. Basavaraju, Rangamadappa and Sharada from Soliga tribal community are pursuing Masters in Forestry, diploma in Education and Bachelor degree in Agriculture, respectively. ATREE Natham CCC near Madurai provided lodging and boarding facilities for 45 students as their villages are in the forest. Staying at CCC made convenient for them to continue their studies. ATREE aims to increase the number of students it supports, and ensure a positive outcome.
The ATREE education fund was started three years ago and we have raised a corpus of Rs 4 lakhs (aprox. $10,000) through generous contributions by individuals and ATREE staff. Only the interest is used to fund educational needs of poor students. Our goal is to raise the corpus to Rs 15 lakhs in next two years.
Contribution from individuals will go to the corpus fund to make this a sustainable activity. Your contribution can reach ATREE in the form of cheque or DD in favour of Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bengaluru. Donations to ATREE in India are 100 per cent tax-exempted under sections 35 (i) & (ii) of the Indian Income Tax Act. Donations can also be sent to ATREE office at Boston, which is a 501(c) tax-exempt organisation in the US.
Dr Siddappa Setty (Chair), Dr Siddhartha
Krishnan, Kavitha A.
ATREE Royal Enclave, Sriramapura, Jakkur post,
Bengaluru, 560 064, Karnataka.
91-80-23635555 (EPABX), Fax : +91-80-23530070.