Sunday, September 13, Malar Trust India organized an event for the assignment of the last scholarships of this year: the total number of receiving students is 71 for a expenditure of approximately 9 lahks.
The event took place in the after-school center in Poonjeri, with the participation of some local public figures: the panchajat leader of Mamallapuram, the president of the ‘parents and teachers Association’ of Poonjeri, the Poonjeri village chief and the local police chief. John Curt Degler, president of the American International SAVE Association which Malar Trust has collaborated with for years was also present.
The ceremony, organized at the request of the head of Malar Trust India Mani G. Rupakanthan, aimed to increase the visibility of the activities that the association has been pursuing in the Poonjeri territory for years, sometimes in a too understated and quiet manner.
Upon examining the various projects, the Mamallapuram Mayor himself was surprise at the sheer size and scope of the interventions Malar Trust has put into being to help the less fortunate students of the area. He also expressed his wish that these activities continue to grow.
The meeting was attended by many of the students benefiting from the scholarships program: some, as can be seen in the pictures, accepted the Malar Trust India check during the ceremony to pay for their school tuition.
Up to today, Malar Trust has awarded 593 scholarships since 2010.