BENEFITING: Advancing Rural Indias Success Through Education
Our CURRENT Project
(it involves electricity)
To continue the advancement of St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s Matriculation School and its students, our non-profit organization, Advancing Rural India's Success through Education (ARISE), is developing its most ambitious collaborative undertaking to date: the Solar Panel Project. Installation of solar panels will eliminate frequent disruptive blackouts during the school day and ensure continuous electricity needed to run the school efficiently and the proposed English Language Audio/Visual Lab. Please help us continue our mission of LIGHTING UP the Smiles of the Students.
The School’s History
What once was a school on the verge of being condemned in a small town in India is now a fiercely determined-to-succeed center for education that has become the model for future schools in India’s rural areas by continuing to be dedicated to the advancement and well-being of the community’s children. After 11 years of combined strong leadership, dedicated educators, and the generosity of strangers, the accomplishments at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s Matriculation in Chengalpattu, India, have been short of miraculous. What was once a school with 176 students and eight teachers in Pre-K -through 5th grade, has grown to 1075 students and 50 teachers in Pre-K through 12th grade. What once was a school that was unaccredited and about to be condemned is now an accredited, newly built 2 wing-3 floor school having 39 classrooms. The students have access to a science lab, computer lab, library, outside basketball court and playground, math club, science club, English club, Tamil club, and more. Every student of the first graduating class in 2014 and each senior class since have continued on to college. St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's provides these children with the education and preparation to continue on to college. Besides becoming a haven for learning, this remarkable school has changed the course of the students’ lives and the lives of their families.