Existing building was not sufficient and also was showing poor quality of construction. Toilet block was also insufficient/inadequate.
Status: Project completed in June-2019.
Location: Alambadi village, Hanur taluk, Chamarajanagar district, Karnataka.
No. of Students: 42
School Established in: 1996
Grades: 1 to 5
Total Cost of Project: INR 10 lakhs
Excerpts From RFP & Site Visit
Alambadi is a very remote village located in Chamarajanagar district, close to Tamilnadu border. With Malay Mahadeshwara hill on the southwest and Cauvery river on the north and eastern side, this village is in an isolated corner of Karnataka, bordering Tamilnadu in the Gopinatham forest range. This is the region is infamously known for yester-year forest brigand, smuggler and poacher, Veerappan who died in 2004. The school is the only one in its vicinity and caters to Soliga tribal community located around this village. Even today, reaching this place itself is quite an exercise and adventure.
If travelling from Bangalore, one needs to take multiple modes of transport, including a coracle ride across river Cauvery, good samaritans help in reaching the school after crossing river.
With only one classroom, a lone tree outside was the only other shaded place for children to sit, read, play and learn under the scorching sun. Existing toilets were of poor quality and for the children, it was quite literally ‘nature’s call’ when required. The lone existing building also had lots of cracks and plaster chipping or falling off.