School Sponsorship Program
Education builds a better future - for a student, a community, a region, and the world. Thanks to 56 dedicated Aruna Partnership sponsors, 20 children attend our Sri Sundaram & Alagammal School (SSA elementary school), and 36 attend our Sri Ramana Maharshi School (SRM matriculation school).
Your gifts make it possible for impoverished rural children to receive a quality education while remaining in their village communities. Share the joy of learning with your sponsor child. Three students urgently need sponsors:
Professional Training Program (PTP)
As India's middle class emerges and the national economic outlook improves, those living below the poverty line are often left further and further behind.
The lack of economic, social and cultural opportunities places a heavy burden on students in our area. Without vocational and professional training, job prospects are extremely bleak even for high school graduates.
Most students in PTP are the first in their family to get a high school diploma, or receive higher education. Often their parents are illiterate. Even when parents are committed to educating their children, the majority of families are incapable of providing financial support.
Our students are beginning at very basic levels. They need help with building self- confidence and social skills, and with understanding the dynamics of a workplace. Exposure visits to a local bicycle factory or health center help students learn how people interact at work, what they wear and do and say.
Because PTP has a high job placement success rate, we have hundreds of applicants each year.
Please consider supporting one of these deserving applicants.
If you know of a corporation that might be interested in our PTP grant proposal, please contact us at info@arunapartnership.
Om Shanthi Project
Anna Etter, founder of Om Shanthi, says she still waits "for the day, when the first of our widows will agree to wear a flower in her hair. This will mean tradition has lost its heavy grip, because widows normally are not allowed to do so."
Your generous donations:
"Giri Valam Shanthi Seva" - Environmental Awareness Program
Arunachala, the sacred Mountain at the center of our district, has been revered by the Indian people for thousands of years. Pilgrims from all over the world circle the Mountain daily on the Giri Valam Road. Without organized trash pickup, toxic waste from litter causes a serious health risk, especially for children. Huge quantities of plastic increasingly contaminate the ground water.
Amma (Anne Maier, who along with her husband Dr. Hugo Maier, founded Shanthimalai Trust) has begun cleaning 7 km of the road. Her devoted offering has gained recognition and become known as "Giri Valam Shanthi Seva". Thanks to her, we all have an opportunity to participate in the blessings of this program.
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