The Verizon Foundation
One Verizon Way, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 | (212) 921-1227
The Verizon Foundation is focused on using technology to solve critical social issues in the areas of energy management, education, and healthcare. Through the support of their employees and resources, they help address the needs of communities around the world. They collaborate with leading nonprofit organizations to combine powerful technology and philanthropic resources to address challenging issues in underserved communities.
The Verizon Foundation is supporting Shanti Bhavan through tuitions for several children as well as implementing a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiative they call “Science Plus.” This program is designed to help attract additional teachers in the areas of science and math to the school. Under the Verizon Science Plus program an upgrade of the latest technology will be provided to the school to help promote interest in STEM education. The upgrades will include equipment, upgraded Internet capabilities and power back-up. <More>
Artists Striving To End Poverty (ASTEP)
165 West 46th Street, Suite 1303, New York, NY 10036 | (212) 921-1227
ASTEP has joined forces with Shanti Bhavan to uplift the school’s children. They have sent dozens of volunteers who provide a liberal arts perspective to education and offer a vibrant extracurricular experience. ASTEP volunteers have led plays, musicals and dance performances in addition to their solid work in the classroom. ASTEP has also been a financial supporter of Shanti Bhavan through fundraising efforts.
Campbell’s inspiration for ASTEP originated from her volunteer work at Mother Teresa’s missionary in India. Ms. Campbell holds the distinction of being one of the youngest individuals to ever serve on the faculty at the distinguished Juilliard School.
She has also had the privilege of working with stage legends Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Ben Vereen, Rob Williams, Bebe Neuwirth, Eartha Kit, and Anne Reinking.
In 2007, Mary-Mitchell was the Music Supervisor and Orchestrator for the Tony-nominated Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company at the Ethel Barrymore Theater, for which she won a Drama Desk Award. Company was later featured on PBS’s Great Performances (February 2008). <More>
She’s the First (STF)
She’s the First promotes the importance of educating girls, especially in the developing world through various media campaigns. STF sponsors girls around the globe by encouraging young women to unlock the power of their social networks and creatively fundraise, giving underprivileged girls the means to break barriers and become the “first” to achieve their special goals.
She’s the First launched November 1, 2009, as a collaborative effort among young women, all under 26, savvy about media, conscious of global affairs, and living in New York City or on various college campuses. <More>
Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC)
403, Shah Sultan, 4th Floor, Cunningham Road, Bangalore 560 052 | 080-22265650
The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce represents a group of 6700 member companies including Bosch, SAP, Mercedes-Benz and Continental. Over the last several years the IGCC has supported Shanti Bhavan through a number of efforts. Students have visited member companies to study their operations, talked with employees about their work and backgrounds, held debates to broaden their global perspectives, and have learned of opportunities available to them.
In January 2010, the IGCC held its annual soccer tournament at Shanti Bhavan bringing dozens of employees to the school grounds. Students reveled in the celebrations and competition, preparing performances for the guests and demonstrating their athletic skills. <More>.
U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC)
1615 H Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20062 | (202) 463-5679
The U.S.-India Business Council is the premier business advocacy organization representing America’s top companies investing in India, joined by global Indian companies, promoting economic reforms with an aim to deepen trade and strengthen commercial ties.
Representing a wide range of prestigious multinational organizations such as Goldman Sachs, AT&T, JM Baxi, Ryan International and the Clinton Foundation, the USIBC has pledged financial support towards promoting the work of Shanti Bhavan. In addition to their support of the school, the USIBC has invited founder Dr. George and other Shanti Bhavan representatives to speak at conferences to discuss our work in rural education and poverty alleviation. On November 23, 2009, Dr. George was invited to speak at the Hall of Flags, Commerce Building in Washington, D.C., at the luncheon reception given in honor of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit to the United States. <More>.
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Ravi – Passions Unite
Ravi is a musician and pilot who tours the world performing and lecturing on crucial issues facing the music and aviation industries. At a young age he was the guitarist of the ’90′s band Hanson, taking him to stages at the White House, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, Rosie O’Donnell, and Madison Square Garden. Ravi is a member of the Nehru-Gandhi family, India’s political family dynasty who governed the world’s largest democracy for over 40 years and continues to exert strong influence today.
Ravi has worked with the Music For Life Alliance and his own arts organization Sunflowers in the Shade (both providing musical instruments and education to underprivileged kids), as well as collaborated with the United Nations Youth Unit and written a blog to inspire Corporate America to recognize social responsibility.
Ravi was a guest speaker at Columbia University in 1999 when he first met Dr. George. In 2010, Ravi spent several weeks at Shanti Bhavan teaching music and public speaking. He publicly campaigns in support of the school, promoting it as the model for eradicating poverty and creating social justice throughout India and beyond. <More>
Indian Society of The Church of Jesus Christ – Latter Day Saints
The society has been the major source of support in terms of tangible resources (medical supplies equipment, toys, furniture, packaged foods, clothes, utensils, and much more) as well as teachers/artists volunteers for the school since its inception. While providing the much needed support, the society has fully honored Shanti Bhavan’s stance as a non-sectarian institution where all religions are respected and no particular religion is propagated. <More>