• Location: Baliganapalli, Tamil Nadu, India
• Annual Sponsorship: $1,600
• Grade level: Pre-K to 12
• Shanti Bhavan is a home and exceptional school located in rural Tamil Nadu, India, for the region’s most socially and economically disadvantaged children. The school follows a completely unique and innovative model of combating poverty, educating the poor and fighting social injustice. Admitting students at the age of four, Shanti Bhavan provides a holistic, high quality education until the age of 17 free of cost, and subsequently funds college education for its students. No other model of educational intervention commits the same level of long-term and quality investment in the lives of the children it serves, or holds more promise for their futures and those of their families.
• Shanti Bhavan’s mission is to adequately develop the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children of India’s “dalit” – or “untouchable” – caste by providing them a world class education and instilling globally shared values to enable them to aspire to careers and professions of their choice.
• Sponsorship Breakdown:
Education related: $600
Residential care: $240
Boarding & meals: $375
Clothing & footwear: $110
Miscellaneous upkeep (utilities, transport, accounting/audit, laundry, etc.): $160
When you sponsor a girl at Shanti Bhavan, we’ll receive a photo and letters from the student twice a year. Following sponsorship of a student, we’ll also receive at least one video message via email. She’s the First will notify you when new letters arrive, and you can correspond with the student on our site. Alongside their sponsorship of a student, sponsors may choose to send gifts for a student’s class.
Please note it may take up to a month for a sponsorship to process.
A typical day in the life of a student at Shanti Bhavan, 6th-12th grade
6:00 – 6:30 AM Get ready in the dorms.
6:30 – 7:30 AM Attend morning physical education (basketball, soccer, bikes, etc.)
7:30 – 8:00 AM Return to the dorms to shower and get ready for the day.
8:00 – 8:30 AM Eat breakfast in the main dining hall; usually a traditional South Indian breakfast.
8:30 – 10:45 AM Attend morning classes.
10:45 – 11:05 AM Eat morning snack in the main dining hall.
11:05 – 11:20 AM Attend assembly, where the entire school gathers for the school prayer, singing of the national anthem or school song, recitation of the daily virtue, and news report.
11:20 AM – 12:50 PM Attend classes.
12:50 – 1:20 PM Eat lunch in the main dining hall.
1:20 – 3:35 PM Attend classes.
3:35 – 4:00 PM Eat an afternoon snack before heading to evening activities.
4:00 – 5:00 PM Take music lessons or practice instruments; participate in extracurricular activities.
5:00 – 6:00 PM Take part in community service, helping clean up the campus or tidy the dormitories.
6:00 – 7:30 PM Study and do homework during the evening study hall; participate in choir practice on certain days.
7:30 – 8:00 PM Eat dinner in the main dining hall.
8:00 – 9:00 PM Study and do homework during night study hall.
9:00 – 9:30 PM Get ready for bed.
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