|Winston Churchill once said, "A fanatic is one who won't change his mind and won't change the subject" - a description that fits Riad to the 'T'. So possessed was he that all he could think of was 'Project Head Start'. However, it was all very nice to have got a big piece of land, but unless someone came up with a plan and a vision, that 14,000 sq. ft piece of earth would gradually turn into a garbage dump. Riad had taken care of that. He had the vision and a plan. The vision was to make Head Start Montessori a recognizable brand name. The plan was to have the new school 'up and running by year 2005.'
Any elation they may have felt of getting the BDA land was soon dispelled. Everything hinged on funding; however, the banks were turning down their loan applications. Being a leased property, there was no Sale Deed, an important document that covers security for bankers. Riad couldn't believe this was happening. He took up the challenge, rolled up his sleeves, ran pillar to post, knocking on every possible door. It was 'hard sell' all the way. "It took us close to 6 months to get the loan sanctioned," he says, sighing in relief.
Once done, he wasted no time. "I got hold of my architect and contractor and we went about getting this project off the ground. From breaking ground to completion, it took us 14 months," says an extremely thrilled Riad. When he says 'complete', he means 'complete' in every sense of the word. Bank loan apart, help came from other quarters. Parents, well-wishers, and friends - they all chipped. These were funds of love, kindness and understanding because here was an institution dear to many hearts and each contribution was recognition of Samina Mahmood's untiring efforts to provide joy to hundreds of children.
|Head Start Montessori School
CA Site No.32 (P), 16th Main, 4th Block, Koramangala, Bangalore 560 034.
Phone: 25537025, 25533540