Aruna Partnership is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with tax-exempt status in the United States. Our tax ID is EIN 04-3106756.
100% of your donations go directly to India to the people and programs you want to support.
The Aruna Partnership School Sponsorship Program has a strong record of success and takes a unique approach, committing to each sponsored student for 10 years. 100% graduate from high school and a high percentage go on to higher learning.
This year saw many new initiatives at both schools that the sponsor children attend.
SSA Elementary School K-5
School opened in June with 203 students enrolled K-5. Joyful Learning, the new Montessori kindergarten, also opened with 16 students. The classroom is equipped with toys and hands-on learning materials.
Sri Ramana Maharshi School 5-12
Currently, there are 792 students enrolled at the school. All students in the 10th and 12th grade passed their State exams this year.
School Lunch Program – Ensuring adequate nutrition for all students
Our Sponsorship Program now provides lunches for all 350 students. This was prompted by a medical screening that revealed 50% of primary students and 30% of high school students are below the WHO limit of BMI.
Please consider sponsoring the health and well-being of a child through this program.
Lunch for many students is the only nutritious meal of the day
Hybrid Learning – 25 new laptops
Through the generosity of you, our donors, the school was able to purchase twenty-five additional laptops for grades 9, 10, 11 and 12. Teachers and students are becoming comfortable and proficient in the new technology.
The “English Tea Time” team meets 3 times a week to practice spoken English and plan how to teach English language fluency to other teachers and students at both schools.
Yoga and Meditation
This year the schools added meditation guidance, in addition to the yoga curriculum, for students and staff. Using these ancient techniques, students develop confidence, peace of mind and the ability to persevere. Parents are very supportive of the program. “Parents feel happy when their children are interested in yoga,” says Mani the yoga instructor.
Feedback and Coaching
The Coaching Team has developed a process that allows teachers to give each other honest and compassionate feedback on their performance. This builds the self confidence of the participants and fosters an air of openness, curiosity and collaboration among the faculty.
The team has developed modules to help children who have difficulties with reading, writing and arithmetic. Forty students have been identified for this program.
Approximately 24% of the student body at each school are fully sponsored, and 16% are partially sponsored.
The steep cost of college means that higher education is out of reach for many students who have graduated from high school. High school graduates sponsored through Aruna Partnership receive full financial aid.
Research shows that students from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to complete their academic programs when they have academic support in a “safe place” where they can freely ask questions and share their experiences. This program offers that safe place.
is a program for previously destitute women of working age that addresses all aspects of the women’s lives.
The Mangalam Project for Widows is a program for 205 previously destitute women of working age that addresses all aspects of the women’s lives including work, home life, health, and education.
Most are offered work as artisans at Premalaya Handicraft Society where they become part of a warm and welcoming community of women who had previously been discriminated against in their villages, simply because they are widows. The program expanded in 2023 and is thriving:
26 goats were donated,
two goats per family.
Goats supplement the women’s income providing milk and meat for their families and are not expensive to keep.
Staff members also advise the women on how to navigate the complexities of government bureaucracy, to ensure that they receive the benefits due to them.
is refuge for elderly abandoned widows in an assisted living, end-of-life community.
The Om Shanti Home is a refuge for abandoned elderly widows in an assisted living, end-of-life community. They are lovingly cared for around the clock by a team of 8 warm-hearted women, headed by a social worker. All of the women who work at the Home are widows themselves, with genuine empathy for the residents and their needs. The residents are very much part of the wider community, and there are many activities for them. Sharing meals and conversation, visitors of all ages engage with the residents in yoga, singing, and art classes.
Visitors from all over the world enjoy meals and conversation with the residents.
The home has 24 residents living in 3 houses. Solar power was installed on one of the homes this year.
The women receive monthly medical checkups. When 3 of the women passed away this year, all of their funeral arrangements were taken care of by the project. Mr. Manoharan, the project’s director, serves as both son and brother when there is no family present to ensure that all of the traditional Indian funeral rites are properly observed. He also is on hand at all hours to help with transportation to doctors’ offices and to the hospital when needed.
Creating organic compost fertilizer from refuse: Girivalum Seva workers collected and segregated 21 tons of organic refuse from the road. They then shredded the collected waste and mixed it with cow manure to create organic compost fertilizer. This will be used to enrich the soil in a new 5-acre plot that will be seeded with cash crops.
2023 was a very productive year for the Environmental Care Program:
Encouraged by program achievements for this year, Aruna Partnership is excited about the prospects for 2024. We look forward to seeing new developments first-hand this winter!
We understand how difficult it is these days to make choices about donating funds. Please know how very much your help means, and how deeply your contributions are appreciated.
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