KESST: Who We Are

Kodagu Educational & Social Service Trust, KESST, was formed mainly to provide support to underprivileged families in Kodagu to educate their children.

Important Announcement!

01.

Schedule for CDS and NDA/NA for 2021

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Combined Defence Services (CDS) exam twice a year to facilitate admission to Indian Naval Academy (INA), Indian Military Academy (IMA), Air Force Academy and (Army) Officers’ Training Academy (OTA).

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Kodagu Education and Social Service Trust (KESST)
96862 71311  /  94491 20027  / 97400 34902

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02.

UPSC Exam Schedule for 2021

Young men, while in Cl XII or after completing Cl XII, can opt to join National Defence Academy (NDA) or Naval Academy (NA), by appearing in the NDA entrance exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission, New Delhi, twice a year, in April and September.

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Kodagu Education and Social Service Trust (KESST)
96862 71311 / 94491 20027 / 97400 34902

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KESST: About Us: Who we are






We are a group of socially committed citizens who came together when we realised that a large number of children in Kodagu, were being withdrawn from school because their parents could not pay for their education.

What is KESST?

Kodagu Educational & Social Service Trust, KESST, was formed mainly to provide support to underprivileged families in Kodagu to educate their children. 

The families who need help belong to every community living in Kodagu, including the seemingly well-to-do Kodava community. 

We place a special emphasis on the particularly vulnerable groups, such as destitute families with single mothers, families with girl children and orphans. 

Our objective is to help these children achieve their full potential, and grow up to lead a life of dignity. 


Who we are 

We are a group of socially committed citizens who came together when we realised that a large number of children in Kodagu, were being withdrawn from school because their parents could not pay for their education. This we felt was a denial of personal growth, and opportunity, for the children.  

On closer study we could estimate that the number of such affected children in the District would be around 4000, studying in 90 private schools, and in 70 government-aided schools. 

Starting in the year 2010, we started helping these families with our own personal resources, paying for their school fees, books, uniforms and transport to and from school. As our activities grew, we understood that we would no longer be able to meet the needs of these students with our own resources and that we have to reach out to a larger number of people to help these students.  

Some of us, the trust members of KESST are located in Bangalore and some live in Kodagu. By reaching out to our network of friends and relatives we were able to continue the good work. But now, increasingly, we find that we have to look at a larger canvas and gather more funds, as the need is larger than our efforts have been able to fulfil


Money well spent

You can help underprivileged children and families in difficulty, with the confidence that your money is being put to good use. 

We are a voluntary (unpaid) group of citizens, the lean organizational structure at KESST ensures that 10%, or less, of your contribution goes towards administrative costs. The rest is actually working where it is needed most, in classrooms and in the homes of those in difficulty.


 The KESST Tenets

The Tenets we follow at KESST while in pursuit of our stated goals: 

K - Keep administrative costs at minimum, when possible at zero 

E - Ensure the dignity and self-respect of the recipients 

S - Scrupulous transparency in functioning - make all accounts public 

S - Sacred and complete integrity in all functioning 

T – (Zero) Tolerance for unethical conduct within the Trust


Contact for information/clarifications (Trustees)

Mandappanda K Chengappa (Sada), Mobile: 09845450042

Major General Kodendera Arjun Muthanna, Mobile: 09686271311

Marchanda Ganesh Ponnappa, Mobile: 09449120027

Capt. Pattada S. Kariappa, Mobile: 09740034902

Pandiyanda Suraj Machaiah, Mobile: 09164018900

Boppanda K. Subramanya, Mobile: 09448871240

KESST: Latest Update

KESST has received 80G exemption for donations. Contributions are exempted under Section 80G of Income Tax Act as per Approval No CIT(Exemption)/BANGALORE/80G/2018-19/A/10103 issued vide Order no ITBA/EXM/S/80G/2018-19/1013883857 (1) dt 29 Nov 2018. Donors are required to provide PAN Number, name as per PAN and full address to avail of 80G benefit.

In 2018-19, Rs 13.75 lakhs was distributed to 77 Flood affected children. They were assisted for part annual fees and transportation costs (due to relocation) . We estimate over Rs 25 lakhs would be required in 2019-20 to support upto 150 children. Donations are welcome. 

KESST: About Us: Who we are

About Us:
Who we are

Kodagu Educational & Social Service Trust® was formed mainly to provide support to underprivileged families in Kodagu to educate their children.

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KESST: Work Done: What we have done so far

Work Done:
What we have done so far

In these few years from inception, our small team was able to take up many activities to help educate underpriviledged children.

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KESST: Contribute: Help us educate them

Contribute:
Help us educate them

You can support a needy child, or children by choosing an option
of your liking:
Sponsor, Adopt or Employ.

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KESST: Trustees: Concerned volunteers

Trustees:
Concerned volunteers

We felt the need to protect the future of children from financially weaker
backgrounds, and strengthen the vulnerable families in Kodagu.

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KESST: Report for 2020-21

The year 2020-21 started under the grim shadow of Covid-19,
 lock-downs and curfews, rampaging infection, suspension of educational classes,
 deaths and great uncertainty. By August 2020, life began limping back
to some kind of normalcy. Online classes commenced and children were kept occupied
with studies for some portion of the day. The brunt fell on parents
 who had to juggle with unemployment, reduction in incomes
 and keeping the children in good spirits.

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