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Local Rotary Club Supports School in India

Local Rotary Club Supports School in India

The Woodbridge Rotary recently received a thank-you letter from a village school in Hindalga, a small town in the province of Karnataka in western India.

The club had donated 11 computers to the school’s newly built Bahirji Pawashe Memorial Computer and Science Laboratories.

Pawashe may be a name familiar to some, as Bahirji’s daughter Aruna is a lecturer at Yale and a resident of Woodbridge. Hindalga was the town she grew up in and her father had been the mayor of the village.

When Woodbridge Rotary President Neelima Kaushal and her husband, Woodbridge Selectman Paul Kuriakose, visited the village in early 2020, they found the school in a sorry state, with leaking ceilings, broken desks and a lack of resources.

But Pawashe, with the help of donations, managed to renovate the building,  and prepare two classrooms for a computer lab and a science lab which, after her father passed away, was called the Pawashe Memorial Computer and Science Laboratories.

Thanks to the new computers, the students have been able to interact with students at Bethany Community School, a connection that was made through then-Bethany Superintendent Colleen Murray, a fellow Rotarian.

“You have given our children an opportunity to use technology like all other children from private schools to enjoy it in today’s technology era,” wrote the grateful principal of the school. “You have quenched the thirst of learning using computers of our rural students.”

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