School Sponsorship Program
The Sponsorship Program offers students a way to break the cycle of debilitating poverty that has burdened their families for generations. Your gift of an education cannot be underestimated. In gratitude, sponsored students actively seek ways to give back to their communities.
"Thank you for giving us this opportunity for education. This is a great school. It is one of the best in Tiruvannamalai district. Our teacher is a bright light for us. Our school also provide(s) healthy food for us and water in good condition. We don't waste it."
-Student letter, Grade 3
Professional Training Program (PTP)
In the poor rural communities we serve, even students who have worked with tremendous dedication to finish high school still face dismal job prospects. Without further training, they have very little chance of finding meaningful employment.
Your gifts to PTP make it possible for Professional Training students to attend vocational institutes, BA, Masters, and PhD programs. In addition, the careful PTP selection process and well-structured program provide the support students need to thrive:
Can you help by making a 3-year commitment to a deserving student in need, at $420/year?
Om Shanthi Project
Om Shanthi serves destitute widows in South India. It offers two programs uniquely appropriate for women of different ages.
Handcraft Training Program for Young Widows:
Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to expand our handcraft training program for young widows much earlier than originally planned.
Om Shanthi Home for Elderly Widows: (More information)
"So many visitors have experienced the happiness, well-being and bliss we all share with each other: donors, widows and helpers alike, without any distinction of caste, religion, status, nationality, gender or age. None of this is important. Only the heart counts, which is opening wide by doing this work."
- Anna Etter, founder of Om Shanthi
Our collaboration with Anna Etter and the widows of Om Shanthi has infused the handcraft project with energy this year.
The Care Now Program continues to provide a monthly stipend to elderly and disabled villagers who otherwise would have no source of income.
As the Indian government extends assistance to more citizens, the program is gradually being reduced in scope. Care Now currently serves approximately 350 people. Staff are available and prepared to respond in emergency situations, should the need arise.
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