1) FSH Sponsored by Smt. Kaveri Rangaraj, Chunchanakatte, Mysuru, Karnataka.
There was an existing FSH hostel operating from a leased building that was in a bad shape. Smt. Kaveri Rangaraj funded the construction of a new building for the FSH in 2017.
The FSH is now completed on time and on budget. Smt. Kaveri has also funded water cooler and water purifier for the FSH, so the students can have a clean supply of drinking water available. They are also installing a solar water heater and solar panels for electricity.
Enjoy the video presentation of Kaveri’s visit to the Free Student Hostel
An Interview with Kaveri Rangaraj
Kaveri Rangaraj grew up in the Mysore-Coorg area and they used to visit this area and the banks of the Kaveri river (The Ganges of the South) as she was growing up.
Chunchunakatte is located on the Banks of Shri Kaveri. Kaveri attended the college nearby. Her parents were Government officers and education was very important to
them and same was inculcated in their children and family.
What prompted you to sponsor a FSH?
Kaveri: I grew up observing children who were smart but unfortunate because they were poor and did not have the means to get an education and lift themselves and their
families out of the cycle of poverty and petty labor jobs. I wanted to give back to my motherland but, didn’t have a channel to do that before. One needs a trusted channel
that uses the money wisely, has low overhead and the intended recipients get the benefit of the donation. I felt that it was like “pouring oil/ghee into a lamp to light the flame”,
the flame of education.
How much were you involved in the tactical construction of the FSH?
Kaveri: I was not involved much. I was sent the drawings of the new FSH etc. I preferred to leave the work and decisions on-the-ground to the professional engineers, architects and others, physically present in the region.
What is your involvement now that the FSH has been completed and is functional?
Kaveri: I am planning to visit the FSH in December and meet the children staying there and the manager, Ms. Gayatri.
What are the future plans for the FSH?
Kaveri: I am funding a water cooler and water purifier for the FSH, so the students can have a clean supply of drinking water available. They are also in the process of
installing a solar water heater and solar panels for electricity.
Did the project meet your expectations?
Kaveri: Yes, so far. I haven’t personally visited the FSH. But in terms of being on budget and finishing on time, it did meet the targets.
In summary, Kaveri wanted to give back to India, her motherland, from where she got so much, her education, opportunity to come to the US and make a good life for herself
and her family. The best way to give she felt, was to give a gift of education to the underprivileged children, so they have the means to uplift themselves. This is a gift to benefit the future generations and is long lasting.