All of our scholarships are entirely need based. Information is always thoroughly vetted through our local trusted contacts in Ladakh. All girls being considered live in extreme poverty and often suffer additional hardships as well. We have a long list of girls needing a sponsor and the cost varies due to grade level and the individual school. At the primary level it can cost as little as $1 per day and up to $2 per day. At the secondary level, it generally costs a little under $2 per day and $3 per day to send a girl to college. We only sponsor girls at schools where they will get a high quality education. If you are interested we would be happy to communicate with you via internet, phone, or in person to explain why each girl is being considered. You will get updates on each student’s progress and have an opportunity to send messages of encouragement. With older students you might have an opportunity for direct communication with the student. We ask that politics and religion be off limits for obvious reasons. We are only there to support and not to influence. People in the west have a very hard time imagining the level of hardship faced by the girls we help. It is not overstating to say that each sponsorship will transform a life in a most profound way. What these girls learn they will carry forward and improve the lives of their children, grandchildren and community at large. Please consider opening your heart to one of these wonderful girls and plant a seed of hope. One hundred percent of money donated to sponsor a girl’s education will go to that purpose. We are an all-volunteer organization and we will cover any associated costs like transfer fees. We will take online donations but we are charged a fee to go that route so we prefer checks or wire transfers which can be set up to automatically be deposited each month. Every little bit helps so we try to avoid unnecessary fees. If someone would like to communicate directly with a school we can easily arrange for that to happen. OLS is a 501(c) 3 so donations are tax deductible.
The girl in the photo is an urgent case. She moved from her remote village to attend the Lamdon School in Leh and then her sponsor backed out. Therefore, she is on borrowed time and they are allowing her to stay while we try to line up a new sponsor for her. It will cost around $1.25 per day to sponsor her and that includes room, board, tuition, and her very nice uniform that you see in the photo.. If you contact us we can provide the details about why she was chosen for consideration.