With the joint effort of BAIF and the trust, the Chonda school affiliated to the Gujarat Secondary Education Board, was started in Phulsingbhai’s house with 32 students as a makeshift arrangement till the school building was being constructed. In 2003, the-then President of India and an advocate of a brighter future for children, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam visited the school. In the same year, a hostel for 25 girls from remote villages was constructed. Gradually, the expansion plan for the school began to roll with the higher secondary grades offering Arts stream added in 2011 and the Science stream in 2017. In the same year, a state-of-the-art science building with digital classrooms and well-equipped science labs, a computer centre and a library were built. This modernisation was followed by the construction of a 120-seater girl’s hostel in 2021 with the support of Larsen and Toubro Public Charitable Trust.
Today, the Chonda school boasts of an enrolment of 270 tribal students of which 164 boys and girls reside in separate hostels. The management works in close coordination with BAIF drawing on its expertise for facilitation and guidance. The accommodation expenses of about 60 students are covered through a government grant.
The expenses of the remaining students are fully dependent on donations. The fees details are aa follows:
1. Educational expenses for one child for an academic year: Rs. 15,000/child/year. The school does not charge any fees from the students. This donation will cover all the academic expenditures of a child including educational supplies and examination fees.
2. Hostel/meal expenses for one child for an academic year: Rs. 15000/child/year. We have over 160 students residing in the hostels.
Considering the academic year of 10 months, Rs. 30,000/- is the annual requirement to support for fees, inclusive of tuition, boarding and meal expenses.
All donations are 50% exempt from tax under section 80G of the Income Tax Act. Tax exemption is valid only in India. As per the Indian Income Tax Department’s rules, a donor is required to add their Full Name, Address, and PAN number in case they wish to claim tax exemption.