During 2008/09 we generated sponsorship for eleven REAP centers, as well as obtained a ‘Values in Education’ Library for this institution. In addition to this we networked with a company facilitating the adoption of one REAP center which is successfully running today. During this time of collaboration, FSI directly helped more than 300 slum children and raised/donated in sponsorship, funds and educational material worth US $6,330.
In 2010, Mark Hanson was able to set up a pre-school class with English as the medium for teaching in the slums next to Thane district for 20 underserved children who are first generation learners. The pre-school is now set up and the curriculum created to prepare these children for a seamless transition into English medium schools. Attending this pre-school enables a child to obtain a higher level of education and a wider range of future opportunities. This is a successfully run project in partnership with REAP and continues to operate and grow. We helped to raise the initial investment of $3,330 in donations for this project.