Shanti Bhavan is a major education program in rural Tamil Nadu, India, exclusively for children born into the country's lowest social and economic class – the Dalit caste, formerly known as the "untouchables." The project provides these children with free, high-quality education at its residential school and then sends them to top-tier colleges, continuing to provide them with complete financial support, personal counseling and general care throughout. This is 17 years of intense intervention – from age 4 to 21.
We are fundraising for $68,000 specfically earmarked to send our girls to college this year. We are about to start a new academic year at Shanti Bhavan and send our fifth graduating class of students off for a university level education. It is an exciting milestone for us, one we are very proud to have accomplished. Now we need your help in turning our girls’ dreams into reality. We need your help to send them to college and open the door to a bright future. It is only through the contributions of donors like you that all this is possible.
We are the only non-profit organization in the world that carries our children from such a young age until they accomplish their goals. In that endeavor, we are succeeding in the most important benchmark: to permanently break the cycle of poverty.
Our children are now in top colleges in India including Mount Carmel, National Law School, Christ University, St. Joseph’s College and Jyothi Nivas College, and have gone onto jobs at global organizations such as Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, Mercedes Benz and Morgan Stanley. They have begun to give back to their families and communities, and each one of them is helping to uplift others from poverty.