Ripe with Hope -

The Mango 

Tree Trust

Savita Rao

Helping disadvantaged children to bloom and blossom is at the heart and soul of The Mango Tree Trust. The Trust is based at Mango House, Karaswada in Goa. It works with around hundred and sixty children and families living in the slums around Karaswada as well as local children in need. The main objective of the Mango Tree is to help children to access school and to support and encourage them to remain there.

The Trust hopes to help keep children away from child labour and to ensure they enjoy a safe and sound childhood by working with parents, who themselves are often uneducated. This is accomplished by providing the parents with counselling sessions about the importance of allowing their children to gain an education.

Recently the Trust, headed by Miss Savita Rao, the managing trustee, took another successful step by opening a pre-primary school on their very own campus at Mango House. The fine inaugural function was held in June 2013. The pre-primary school has a total of three classrooms (nursery, lower and upper) and had approximately sixty students enrolled for the last academic year, 2013-14. School bags, raincoats, uniforms and other items required at school were distributed to the children registered at the Trust.

The school campus also holds afternoon tutorial classes for seventy five students studying in standard I to standard VIII. Here they spend time revising their class work and focussing on any areas of difficulty. The Trust also supports another twenty five older children in the slum. In addition to directly supporting education, The Mango Tree also provides a meal and fruit every day from Monday to Friday and medical support for each and every child registered with them.

The Trust aims to ensure that the children it supports have a healthy childhood coupled with the benefit of a good education. Its efforts are aimed at preventing children from dropping out of school and thereby helping to break the cycle of illiteracy and poverty. The Trust plans to continue its support and looks forward to seeing the children reach their full potential and become positive contributors to the society in which we live.

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