Fall 2016 Newsletter


All activities of Aruna Partnership are inspired by the vision of Dr. Hugo Maier and his wife Anne Maier, founders of Shanthimalai Trust. We are unendingly grateful to the Maiers (affectionately called Appa and Amma), to the beloved people of India, and to you our donors for the privilege of participating in this work.

Newsletters will be emailed twice a year. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact us at info@arunapartnership.org.

Program Highlights

Program Highlights

All of our projects depend on your generosity for their success. 100% of your donations to our programs go directly to those in need in India. For updates about the impact your gifts are making, please read more.

A Closer Look: Alumni Teachers

A Closer Look at "Giving Back"

Rajiv Gandhi, a former school sponsorship student and PTP scholarship recipient, felt called to return home and dedicate his life to giving back to other young people in need. Read Rajiv's moving story, in his own words.

Spotlight on Sponsors

Spotlight on Sponsors

Kathryn Williams Renna and her husband are finding joy in sponsoring Abitha, who was sponsored for many years by Kathryn's mother, Ellen. For Kathryn, sponsoring Abitha is "a gift". Read why.


Focus on Design

An invitation to work alongside young widows at the Shanthimalai Handicrafts Development Society brings new respect for their skill and their courage. For a first-hand account, read more.



The 2017 calendars are here! With beautiful photos and heartfelt text, the 2017calendar tells the ongoing story of the Om Shanthi Project and the Shanthimalai Handicrafts Development Society. Sales of the calendar help support the widows of Om Shanthi.

To buy calendars, please email handcrafts@arunapartnership.org.

Online Donations

It's easy to donate online to the program of your choice. Donations are fully tax deductible in the United States. Donate now!