FAQs

Q01: How many students are there in your school?
In Indiranagar, we have 150 students. In Devanahalli School, we have registered more than 300 students, but regular attendance centers around 200. At Arkavathy Layout, there are only 15 children.
 
Q02: Do you charge any fees?
No. It is 100% free from nursery to post-graduation.
 
Q03: How do you fund them? Do you get any aid from the government or foreign agencies?
No. We don't get any aid from anyone. We run on public donations and the good will of people. Please visit our We Need Your Help page.
 
Q04: To feed, clothe and educate 500 students everyday is a big task. How do you manage?
We pray and we have our faith. Aid comes to us in the form of people like you who help us with money, materials, resources and their voluntary time. I like to believe that it is God, I and You who run the show down here.
 
Q05: Do you face financial problems?
ALWAYS! It is a hand to mouth existence but we have survived eight and a half years. Help is always welcome in all forms.
 
Q06: Suppose government agencies or foreign agencies decide to give you aid, will you accept?
No. We believe in making people share. We want people to participate in this struggle.
 
Q07: Can I ask you a personal question? Are you married?
Yes. I am married to this karma yoga and happy to have my 500 kids. One more marriage is difficult.
 
Q08: What do you get by doing this work?
I don't know why I was born in this world. I did not put any application to be born, neither was I consulted before being born. All this is "maya" and we are only playing our parts.
 
Q09: If there is a financial crisis and you have to shut down the school, what will you do?
That will be my last journey. If I have to shut down, I will follow the Samurai code of committing HARAKIRI
 
Q10: Do you accept excess food from function?
Yes. We do accept excess food from functions, weddings, festivals, birthday parties and from your homes as well.
 
Q11: We heard that due to cases of food poisoning, you stopped taking food from outside. Is that right?
No. It is not right. So please ignore such rumors.

DONATION FAQs

Q01: Is there any advantage to donating online?
Yes. When you donate online, you help twice over, as it is the most cost-efficient channel of collecting funds for Rakum Schools.
 
Q02: Is it very complicated to donate online?
No. It's simple and safe. Click here and choose your cause for donation.
 
Q03: Do I need any special hardware or software to donate online?
No. But if this is the first time that you are doing any online transaction involving the use of a credit card, you need to ensure that the transaction is secure. Upgrade to the High Encryption Pack.
 
Q04: How will I know this?
Open Microsoft Internet Explorer, click on 'HELP' from the menu options. Select 'About Internet Explorer' to find the cipher strength (encryption level) of your browser. If the cipher strength (encryption level) support is less than 128-bit, you may want to upgrade your browser.
 
Q05: Is it safe to give my credit card details online?
Sure it is. We adopt stringent security measures to ensure that critically sensitive information, such as your personal information and your credit card details are protected. These measures include all your personal information being encrypted before it is transmitted over the Internet. This guarantees that your information is inaccessible to any technology for data encryption.
 
Q06: Why do I have to register in order to donate?
You need to register so that we can send you a receipt. Registration ensures you enter it just once.
 
Q07: How safe is my personal information with Rakum Schools on the Website?
We are committed to protecting your personal information with us. For more details, please read our Privacy Policy
 
Q08: What if my address or phone number change?
You have complete control over your personal information on the website. You can change all your personal data - name, address, phone numbers and email ID. However, you cannot change your user ID and password.
 
Q09: What if i forget my password?
Please click the 'Forgot Password' link. Enter your email ID and your password will be mailed to you.
 
Q10: Are there any tax benefits for donating to Rakum Schools?
All donations to Sri Rakum School for the Blind are eligible for tax exemption under Section 80G(5) (VI) of the Income Tax Act, granted for a period from 01/09/2005 to 31/03/2009.