During his early years, Sambasiva Bekkam was separated from him family while attending boarding school and college. In his absence, time essentially stood still in his native village of Digavalli. The disparities in access to education, health care and the likes thereof remained the same. The stagnant environment fostered a fervent desire in Sam to provide an education for the children of Digavalli and its neighboring villages. More specifically, Sam wanted to establish a Seventh-day Adventist school in order to provide these children with a Christian education.
Although Sam eventually immigrated to the U.S., he never gave up on his dream. In the ensuing years and with much prayer and perseverence, Sam founded, Develoment of Village Education (DOVE) India. DOVE India is a non-profit organization charged with the task of providing an education and an equitable opportunity for the disenfranchised children of India's villages.
Kollaiah Memorial Seventh-day Adventist School
In June 2011, Sam founded the first of the many schools that he aspires to build. In memory of his beloved father, Kollaiah Bekkam, Kolliah Memorial Seventh-day Adventist School (KMSDAS) was established in Digavalli Village. KMSDAS initially began with 52 students and offered grades from lower kindergarten to second. However today, KMSDAS offers instruction from kindergarten through fourth grade and consists of 105 students; enrollment is growing anually!
Known for its discipline and quality of education, the parents of Kollaiah Memorial have requested the school to offer additional grades in order to accommodate their older children. DOVE India is excited to report that currently, Kollaiah Memorial is undergoing the construction of four (4) additional classrooms. In the near furture, KMSDAS would also like to offer computer classes which would entail the construction of a computer lab and the hiring of qualified staff to man and maintain it. Capital expenditure for these additional facilities has been estimated at $40,000.00 (USD). Additionally, in order to sustain its growth and standard, DOVE India plans to construct an additional four (4) classrooms and science labs which would cost an estimated $45,000.00 (USD).
While it is DOVE India's desire to develop and grow schools, we cannot do it alone. Currently, Sam and a few random donors are solely funding the KMSDS project. However, the demand for increased enrollment and additional grade levels requires sustainable funding. Nontheless, DOVE India has stepped out in faith and has made the decision to add one grade per year. This undertaking involves the construction of new classrooms, hiring additional teachers, and purchasing school supplies and equipment.
We kindly solicit your prayers and donations. Funds may be donated online through the Remnant Seventh-day Adventist Church at www.Remnantadventistchurch.org via online giving. All donations are tax exempt, and detailed statements are mailed out at the end of the calendar year or as requested. We look forward towards your continued support.
To actively engage and enable students to develop knowledge, skills, values and excellent citizenship that would benefit themselves, their families and society at large.
To be an avenue for providing quality education that would prepare children with balanced physical, mental, spiritual and social skills.
Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Digavalli Mission Trip Fundraiser! We are especially thankful for the generous volunteers who so graciously sacrificed their time, energy and resources into making this a successful event!
Kolliah Memorial SDA School is in need of the following:
$40,000 USD in estimated capital expenditure for the construction of a computer lab.
$45,000 USD in estimated expense for constructing four (4) additional classroom and science labs.