Joy Sowers is an educational sponsorship programme supported by Joy Sowers Belgium. The aid is given to academically bright students who belong to poor economic condition and weak social and cultural atmosphere. The support is provided from kinder Garten up to professional courses. If once a child is selected for the aid the support has continued till the child complete his studies. Generally the aid may get cancelled or stopped under the following circumstances.
• In case of demise of the benefactor
• If the benefactor lose his/her job
• If the benefactor is transferred to another place
Rupees 8000/year is given to a child as financial support for his/her education. This amount is used strictly for educational purpose. In 1986 with 10 children the programme started in Quilon diocese. Up to now 113 children (families) have benefited from the project. Selection criteria for the programme
Normally children from economically and socially backward families are considered for the support. Child of widow and child of chronically ill or suffering from psychiatric illness will be given priority. Academic excellence is an important criterion for the selection. The families residing within the operational area of the agency are considered for the programme. Application and appraisal or recommendation letter from the parish priest is the entry form to the programme.
In this reporting year 14 students received educational support worth of Rs.117074.19. Apart from the financial support the project team had organized personality development and skill development trainings for the beneficiaries.
The below depicted table shows the details of students under the programme