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Shanti Bhavan Students Share Their Story in America

Shanti Bhavan Students Share Their Story in America

“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...
Happy Holidays From  Shanti Bhavan

Happy Holidays From Shanti Bhavan

It’s been a wonderful year at Shanti Bhavan. While the children have spent most of their time studying, they made sure to have good fun, too! Please enjoy these highlights from the holiday season and make sure to watch this festive video the kids created for all of you! This year’s Halloween at Shanti Bhavan was...
A Very Special Giving Tuesday Message From Our Children

A Very Special Giving Tuesday Message From Our Children

On this Giving Tuesday, we’d like to share with you what makes Shanti Bhavan one-of-a-kind! Our children are born into India’s most disadvantaged and marginalized communities. They come from families who survive on just a few dollars a month and their children lack the educational opportunities to escape the vicious cycle of poverty. Shanti Bhavan...
Shanti Bhavan Joins in Cantor Fitzgerald Charity Day

Shanti Bhavan Joins in Cantor Fitzgerald Charity Day

We were proud to have Padma Lakshmi represent Shanti Bhavan in Cantor Fitzgerald’s Charity Day on Friday, September 11th.Padma spoke eloquently and passionately on behalf of our children and their successes, along with Shanti Bhavan’s Directorof Operations, Ajit George, and long-time supporter, William Collins, for the annual Cantor Fitzgerald Charity Day.Padma manned the phones at Cantor...
Meet Our New Preschoolers!

Meet Our New Preschoolers!

Our new batch of Shanti Bhavan Preschoolers are here! These 26 boys and girls come from local villages and towns surrounding Shanti Bhavan and Bangalore, in both Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. According to Auntie Raji, Shanti Bhavan’s matron of caregivers, the parents of these new children are happy to give their child a fresh start: “They are 100%...
The start of something new and exciting

The start of something new and exciting

The air was heavy with anxiety as the results of the Board Exams were finally announced on the 18th of May, 2015. The hard work put in by 12th and 10th graders who took the ISC and ICSC national examinations paid off as everyone passed in flying colors. All in the 10th grade received First...
The Chicago Connection: Tufaan, IDS & NPR Radio

The Chicago Connection: Tufaan, IDS & NPR Radio

March 2015 was when Chicago came closer to Shanti Bhavan. Earlier in the month, Dr. Nila Vora and Mr. Nilesh Kothari from India Development Service (IDS), Chicago, visited our school. For nearly twenty years, IDS has been investing seed money in service and development projects across India, and has brought to Chicago dozens of global...
The Backward Class Takes the Top Prize

The Backward Class Takes the Top Prize

In early December 2014 THE BACKWARD CLASS, a documentary film on Shanti Bhavan, had a wonderfully successful Western Canadian premiere at Whistler Film Festival.  With Shanti Bhavan’s first batch graduate Mala Muniswamy in attendance as special guest, World Documentary Award and the Best Female-Directed Film Award. Poised and articulate, Mala’s Q&A’s after each screening were the talk of...
Shanti Bhavan Shines Bright with the Festival of Lights

Shanti Bhavan Shines Bright with the Festival of Lights

The semester is drawing to a close and our children are studying hard for their final exams. But it isn’t all work at Shanti Bhavan; several festivals are on their way during the remainder of the year, starting with Diwali.  Diwali is the festival of lights, a celebration of knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope...
Visali wins “Woman of the Year” award

Visali wins “Woman of the Year” award

On the crisp autumn evening of November 10th, 2014, Visali hurried through the hustle and bustle of Manhattan’s busy streets towards the bright lights of Carnegie Hall. As she walked, her dark curls bouncing, she rehearsed the speech she would be delivering later that evening. Every year, Glamour Magazine hosts an event, ‘Women of the...
Making Merry with Lamps and Crackers

Making Merry with Lamps and Crackers

On October 22, Shanti Bhavan celebrated Diwali known as the festival of lights in India. On this day, people decorate their houses with lamps, distribute sweets and burst firecrackers, signifying the defeat of darkness, evil and despair. It is our favorite festival too at Shanti Bhavan. We were eagerly anticipating Diwali for more than a...
A Loving Farewell to Ashwini

A Loving Farewell to Ashwini

  With deep sorrow, we bid farewell to one of our own: Ashwini. She was 7 years old and in second grade. Her mother is from Bangalore. Her classmates and all of us knew her as a cute “tom-girl” with lots of energy, smiles, and sweetness. She was a joy and a kindred spirit to...