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How is the sponsored amount utilized in Vidya Chetana?
For Vidya Chetana:
We pay school fee against the bills in two installments. If the fee is less than the amount we give, we give the amount towards bus pass, uniform, books etc)
  • Ten percent (10%) of your donation is used towards administration expense includes rent, stationary, salaries, staff training, publicity material and campaign.
  • Hedge fund – 5% (Every year there are few donors dropping out, but we promise support to the child till class 10. We use hedge fund for the payment of these children's fee)
  • Programs – 5% (Life skill training, Career guidance etc)
  • School kit – Rs. 300
How is the sponsored amount utilized in Vidya Chetana Plus?
For Vidya Chetana Plus
  • We reimburse the fee paid by the students against the bills or estimation letter produced by the students. If the fee is less than the amount we give the balance amount is adjusted towards for hostel fees, bus pass, uniform, books etc.
  • Ten percent (10%) of your donation is used towards Programs (life skill sessions and career counseling) and Administration expense includes rent, stationary, salaries, staff training, publicity material and campaign.
How much does it cost ?

For Vidya Chetana,
• To sponsor a child in Vidya Chetana, it costs 7200/- per annum. This is one time annual payment. It can be done any time of the year.

For Vidya Chetana Plus

  • To sponsor a student in Vidya Chetana Plus it costs
    1. PUC: 15000
    2. Degree: 25000
    3. Engineering: 50000
    4. Medical: 80000
  • Sponsorship may include complete student fees, hostel fees, books and bus pass.
  • Partial sponsorship is possible via one time donation, click on the donate button to make the payment.
Will the child come to know that I am sponsoring her/him?
The child knows that he/she is a sponsored child. Only if you opt, the child comes to know the name of the sponsor when they receive Letters/Greetings from you. As a matter of policy we do not share the address of the sponsor and contact number ensuring your complete privacy.
What do I get after sponsorship?
  • You will receive one score card giving details of the child’s academic progress during each academic year.
  • We publish a yearly newsletter giving details of all activities we worked on along with statement of accounts.
  • We will promptly attend to all your queries along with direct access to the program director to address any issues.
  • You can also talk to the child over video calls with prior consent.
  • You can meet the child in person by special arrangement, visiting the city where the child lives.
Am I the only sponsor of my child?

In Vidya Chetana:
Yes. You will be the only sponsor for your child.
To sponsor a child in Vidya Chetana, it costs 7200/- per annum. This is one time annual payment. It can be done any time of the year.

In Vidya Chetana Plus:
It depends on your payment scheme. If you have chosen to sponsor the complete amount then you would be the only sponsor. For partial sponsors the contribution is directed to a needy student.

How do I Contribute?
You can contribute online by selecting a child under Programs Vidya Chetana / Vidya Chetana plus and click on the sponsor now button. OR Donate button OR Payment by Cheque or DD in favor of "Youth For Seva Vidya Chetana - Deposit" and mail to address below.
Youth for Seva
#75/76,4th cross,
2nd main Soudhamani Layout,
Konankunte Bangalore – 560062.
Can I extend my support after the tenure of sponsorship?
Yes. You can. In this case either you can extend your support to the same child for their higher education or you can choose another sponsorship to support another needy child.
Can I send money directly to my sponsored child?
Sending monetary gifts directly to your child is discouraged. As previously mentioned, when one child receives a gift of any sort and others do not – children are heartbroken and extremely disappointed when left out. Thank you for your understanding. You may send letters and cards anytime to our Vidyachetana office. We ask that you send your correspondence through us so that we may keep a record and ensure that your privacy is protected and any undue harassment is avoided.
Can I visit the child at school, home, YFS Office?
  • We will be happy to coordinate your visit with your sponsored child and arrange a time at your convenience. As a matter of policy, you can visit the school where your sponsored child is studying only under the supervision of project coordinators. We need a two-week advance notice to avoid any conflicts with the child’s availability due to their class and activity schedules.
  • In the light of our experience, as per policy, we will not allow the sponsor to meet the children at the sponsor’s residence, hotels where they stay, or the child’s residence.
  • You can also talk to the child over video calls only through the supervision project coordinators.
Can I send gift/money to my sponsored children?
Your sponsorship itself is your gift. As a matter of policy we do not encourage sponsors to send any gifts or money to their sponsored children as it creates envy and disappointment for those who may not receive something similar or those who rarely – if ever – receive presents from their sponsor.
Does every child complete the schooling?
Our children live in very tough circumstances beyond their control. Sometimes a child’s family may move and the child will no longer have access to our program. In those instances, we will introduce you to another child for your consideration.
How do you identify children to be sponsored?

For Vidya Chetana
Our volunteers and Partner NGOs working with children, identify the schools where many students are not able to pay fees and drop out. Our team visits the school and check if they meet the selection criteria after talking to the management and the principal of the school. Alternatively, there are recommendations on individual students from volunteers and Partner NGO's. Our team visits the house of the individual students and check if they meet selection criteria before taking them into our program.

Vidya Chetana Plus
We identify students from Vidyachetana program who have passed out with distinction and provide scholarship. We invite applications from SSLC & 2nd PUC completed students. Applications sourced from references from volunteers and partner NGO's. Our team visits the home of the child and decides if they meet the selection criteria using the exhaustive check list. Selection criteria include the family’s socio economic background.

Will I get tax benefit?
Yes, you are entitled to get tax deduction under 80(G).
Can I get tax deduction, if I am sponsoring from another country?
No. Vidyachetana is an Indian NGO. We have FCRA. You can directly sponsor a child, but will not get tax benefit. In case you would like to get tax benefit, please do contact us and we would suggest an alternative of sponsoring through our partner NGO's who work in other countries.