This is a sharing by Isha Vidhya Nagercoil Principal, Mrs. Betsey:
I joined IshaVidhya in 2011 when I relocated to Nagercoil to take care of my ailing parents. It took me a while to adjust to IshaVidhya as I had earlier worked in conventional schools. I even contemplated quitting three months into the job, but I gradually began liking the place and the children.
I started by teaching Class 2 and Class 3 children. One incident is etched in my memory – during a casual interaction, I asked my class to name their favorite food. They named various food items but one child said that he could only like the food but not have it. That's when I realized the importance of the nourishing noon meal served at the school.
We have students from different backgrounds and many of them study with a 100% scholarship. Their struggles naturally impact me and I strive to help in transforming their lives. The students have taught me to be more humble than any other person ever did.
‘Namaskaram’ is a Tamil language greeting, and ‘Pranam’ is a Hindi language greeting used extensively in India.
Deepasri’s teachers are pleased with her. Her English teacher in particular finds her to be a curious and a promising learner who is attentive in the class, with no qualms about asking questions to clarify herself on the concepts and to deepen her understanding.
She matches her academic zeal with equal keenness in her co-curricular pursuit. She has won the 2nd prize for shot-put at the zonal level. Plus, she enjoys dance, and had given a classical dance performance at the Annual Day celebration.
Deepasri comes from a family of six. Besides her parents and her brother, she has grandparents at home. Her father is a water serviceman who goes to work in a two-wheeler. Her mother is a tailor. Even both incomes put together is a meager sum. The family finds it a stretch to provide for the education of both the kids.
Deepasri's grandfather recently underwent surgery and is still on medication. With a chunk of the family’s meager income put aside for his treatment, the only means that has allowed Deepasri’s education to continue is the sponsorship through donors like you!