Recent Happenings

The art of giving

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Actor Shriya Saran chooses to support Isha Vidhya for the upcoming Joy of Giving Week (September 27 to October 3). With the help of her friends and fans, she is hoping to raise 200 scholarships for Isha Vidhya.

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Sahana's Book Drive

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My name is Sahana Venkatesh (12 years old) and I live in U.S. Reading books is my favorite hobby and when I went to look for books in the small town that I was visiting in India, I found that it was very hard to find books to read. I then realized that children in towns and villages like these across India would be deprived of the pleasure of books for perhaps their whole childhood. Seeing this, I decided that I would start a book drive for these children. I was talking to my mother about starting a club to raise books for India and she brought up IshaVidhya as a possible organization. I jumped on the opportunity and brought it up to my friends and teachers at school. They were excited at the prospect of being able to help other children who lacked the books that they took for granted every day and so I started a book drive with over 15 members helping out to collect books throughout the school. I would like to thank IshaVidhya for providing me this opportunity to contribute a small pebble to the big mountain of social work that Isha is doing.


LIC donates Rs.25 lakhs

corporate-sponsors

The Life Insurance Corporation of India has donated Rs.25 lakhs to Isha Vidhya. The amount will contribute towards the construction of four class rooms, a library and a toilet block at the Isha Vidhya School in Sandegoundenpalayam, Coimbatore.

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Opening of new school in Vanavasi

With this June marking the start of the 5th year of the Isha Vidhya Project, we’re proud to announce the opening of a new Isha Vidhya School. The school will be located in Vanavasi, near Salem, and is fully sponsored by Ramaniyam Builders – a property development company based in Chennai. This will be the 7th Isha Vidhya School, and is the second school fully funded by a corporate donor. On the 3rd of April, a Bhoomi Pooja inaugurated the new site with construction of the school currently being under way.


VSAT technology to strengthen pedagogy

To take teacher quality to an even higher level, we need to access teachers beyond just the nearby cities. Through VSAT (satellite) technology, Isha Vidhya will bridge the distance between top level teachers and our rural students, making it possible for the best teachers from anywhere in the world to teach our students live via satellite. VSAT will provide a powerful educational aid to the students and is possible through your scholarship donation and the generous support of the EVERONN Corporation.



Isha Vidhya publishes textbooks

Isha Vidhya’s Academic Team has begun designing textbooks specifically aimed to meet the needs of rural students. The fist published textbook was designed for LKG students and it includes simple exercises that will help them become proficient in recognition and identification of the English and Tamil alphabets and numbers 1-10. A second book which will cover the 2nd Term material has just been published and the third one is currently in the design process.





Recent Contributions

    ISHA foundation, an organisation dedicated to providing basic education in India, has  sponsored 80 children from the Tuticorin School both last year and this academic year.

    Capt. Avinash Batra has fully funded the creation of a school library together with the acquisition of  more than 1500 books at the Tuticorin School.

    A fundraising project set up by Christy Foley has succeeded in raising $20 000 to build 4 new classrooms. Utilizing the website FirstGiving.org, Christy designed her own webpage and contacted friends, family and coworkers to support her in raising $20,000. In just 6 months, she reached her goal and was here to see the construction begin for the new classrooms, now finished and full of enthusiastic, young learners. We’ve gone about creating a similar format to FirstGiving's telmplate directly on our website and the first such page is already up and running www.ishavidhya.org/lakshmi . To find out more about how you can launch a funding project, write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .





Hi, my name is Sahana Venkatesh (12 years old) and I live in U.S. Reading books is my favorite hobby and when I went to look for books in the small town that I was visiting in India, I found that it was very hard to find books to read. I then realized that children in towns and villages like these across India would be deprived of the pleasure of books for perhaps their whole childhood. Seeing this, I decided that I would start a book drive for these children. I was talking to my mother about starting a club to raise books for India and she brought up IshaVidhya as a possible organization. I jumped on the opportunity and brought it up to my friends and teachers at school. They were excited at the prospect of being able to help other children who lacked the books that they took for granted every day and so I started a book drive with over 15 members helping out to collect books throughout the school. I would like to thank IshaVidhya for providing me this opportunity to contribute a small pebble to the big mountain of social work that Isha is doing.