Textbooks, notebooks, chalkboards, and even pencils were in short supply; and audiovisual aids, reference books, art supplies, and other equipment of modern classrooms were impossible dreams. Teachers held outside full-time jobs to supplement insufficient and frequently unpaid salaries, and thus often missed classes. Himalayan Institute funding enabled the schools to build new classrooms and purchase vitally needed equipment, books, and teaching supplies. Salaries for teachers ensured ongoing classes.
Tuition fees for schools in rural northern India, while minimal by US standards, averaging around fifty cents, are prohibitively expensive for many village children. Not surprisingly, many children dropped out long before finishing the 8th grade. Support from the Himalayan Institute provided scholarships for dozens of village students, paying for their tuition and school supplies.