“I am different from every other girl in my village, because I believe I have a good future ahead of me.” – Bhavani speaking to an audience of over one thousand people at a Northwestern University function.

Bhavani and Vijay, two 11th graders from Shanti Bhavan, came to the U.S. in March through our partnership with Tufaan Entertainment. The first in their families to travel overseas, they were full of wonder as they explored museums, tried new foods, and saw the world open up to them in a way they had never experienced before.

“I know now that I can make my dreams real. I’ve been given a special opportunity and I want to make the most of it.” – Vijay, reflecting on his dreams of becoming a software engineer after visits to Google, Facebook, and Twitter.

Bhavani and Vijay come from humble backgrounds and their families face discrimination, but through education and support at Shanti Bhavan, these children have a bright future. Hear them tell their story of adversity and triumph.


Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project opens the door for a world of possibilities through high-quality education at our residential boarding school, and subsequently at top-tier universities. More than an education, Shanti Bhavan is a home and a community. However, we know that none of these accomplishments would be possible without the generosity and support of our donors.

No matter how large or small, your contribution can make a difference to promising young people like Bhavani and Vijay.

We have three classes of children in top colleges such as Christ University, Mount Carmel, St. Josephs and Jyoti Nivas. Your support will ensure we are able to continue their high-quality education, housing, clothing, food, and medical care.

The staff and children of Shanti Bhavan all wish you a safe and happy summer!

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