Neema from Wayanad, Kerala needs our help to start her 2nd year B.Sc Nursing course. Neema, her mother and 2 sisters stay in an old house in 4 cent land given by the government. Her father is a drunkard who left his family and went away, not providing for any of their needs. The 2 older girls completed Nursing on educational loans. Neema received a central government minority scholarship and the family was planning to use that to pay the first year fee. Though approved, the amount will be given only after the first year. So the family was not able to pay the fee for a long time. The college sent her back home with the warning that she would not be able to write the exam if the fee was not paid in full. After staying home for about a month, they were able to get Rs. 50,000 as loan from the parish, and also 20,000 each from 2 well-wishers. So they paid the first year fee of Rs. 92,000.
Neema’s mother is working as a coolie and earns Rs. 500 per day if she has work. Her eldest sister is married. Second sister just completed her nursing course and is working at a private hospital in Kanghangad at Rs.7000 per month. Both educational loans of 1.5 lakhs each is still open and the girls are paying them back. Part of the Neema’s second year fee will be covered by the government scholarship. But the family is struggling to scrape together the rest of the amount. Fee for the second year is Rs. 82,000 including hostel and mess fee. Scholarship is Rs. 49,000. The family now needs Rs. 33,000 for this year.