I am Ilakiya of grade 12. I study at Isha Vidhya since 2007. Before joining Isha Vidhya, I had dreamt about studying in an English medium school My parents work on daily wages. Their income was not enough to remit my educational expenses in a private school. Luckily my family came to know about the scholarship provided by Isha Vidhya in educating rural children. I got admission, and I am continuing my higher secondary with courage and confidence. In our school, activity-based education is encouraged. Learning by doing makes me more comprehensive and initiates learning all subjects. I commute to school by bicycle which keeps me physically fit. I like sports, and my school encourages sports. Every year, we get chances to compete with other schools. I wholeheartedly thank the supporting hearts behind my education. My aim is to become a doctor and I am putting all my efforts on studies. Thank you.”
With all your help, lives of several students of Ilakiya are made through quality education at Isha Vidhya. If you would like to be continually engaged with Isha Vidhya’s work, you can consider starting a monthly recurring donation for a small amount at:
Durga is a 11th grade student in Cuddalore Isha Vidhya school. Durga's mother Rajalakshmi runs a small grocery store in their village in the state of Tamil Nadu, India.
“Since the lockdown, I earn little or nothing. Customers have not been able to earn money and are unable to spend any. I am finding it difficult to make ends meet – we are even falling short of food for the children. But I want Durga to study well, so I let her use my smartphone for her online lessons. It makes me so happy to see my child learning so many things. Durga should study well and become a doctor one day, this is my dream for her”, says Rajalakshmi, with an empty wallet but a heart full of ambition for her daughter.
“I really miss school. I want to meet my teachers. In the online classes, I don't know how, but they make sure I understand everything. But I still want to be in the classroom.” recounts Logeshwari, from 12th grade. She goes on to cheerfully remembering: “Attending the school assembly gives me a sense of peace, and being in school with friends and teachers is so much more fun.”
Logeshwari feels that she will do well in exams despite the challenges of the lockdown as her teachers are giving her the same attention as they did in the classroom. “I find it easy to share my thoughts and interact with my classmates, teachers, and guest experts, without limitations. What I like best about the online classes are the motivation sessions of the Get Mentored sessions, the live Zoom classes, and the Hero group activity”, she declares. She is sure when she says, “I want to score well in the final exams and take up Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) in the college next year.”
All the best, Logeshwari, may you achieve all that you have set your focus on!
Dedicated students like Logeshwari charter their own path to success! If you would like to be continually engaged with Isha Vidhya’s work in enabling India rural children’s education, you can start a recurring monthly donation for a small amount. The link to start a recurring donation is:
Niranjana wakes up early in the morning and gets ready for school. Armed with the lunch prepared by her mother, Niranjana and her brother Haripriyan cycle to their school, located about two kilometres away from her village near Villupuram, Tamilnadu, India.
As a farmer’s daughter, Niranjana knows education is the only way to uplift herself and her family. She aspires to become a district collector (administrator) one day, a government position that is held in high esteem by many in rural Indian communities.
“My favorite subjects in the school are Tamil and English. I also enjoy the lab activities during Science lesson. I am happy I am not being a burden to my parents and I can study without worrying about our financial situation,” Niranjana said. Niranjana’s mother said her daughter tells her everything that goes on in her school.
“Without fail, she would update me about what took place in the school, the projects she is working on, what her classmates did, and what her teachers taught in school.| She is a very hardworking child and I am proud of her. Without the sponsorship, it would have been a financial burden for my family as with the income we get from the paddy fields, we may have to decide which child we should support to stay in school. But now, we don’t have to choose,” she said.
We are glad that Niranjana could get quality education and aspire for a great career. We are extremely grateful that we are able to make a difference in the life of several Indian rural girl children. It would have not been possible without the support from patrons like you. A big thank you for all you have done for Isha Vidhya!
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It is not a one-way road when the students take inspiration from the adults. The adults also take inspiration from students who excel and shine in their studies!
One such story is of Saranya from Isha Vidhya Coimbatore school. Saranya is a first-generation school-goer who joined Isha Vidhya in kindergarten on sponsorship, and was consistently a good student. She went on to complete her school education in flying colors when she scored 93.3% in 12th grade public examinations! It is worth mentioning that Saranya was one of the toppers at Isha Vidhya in the 10th grade public examinations too!
“The encouragement given by my teachers, family, and my friends made me study hard and get good marks”, shares Saranya.
We strive hard to generate next-generation citizens through quality education. Participation in this effort by patrons like you is so important. We thank you for your contributions to Isha Vidhya, which enabled sponsorships for students like Saranya.
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