Empower India Rural Girl Children with Education

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The story of Keerthana of Cuddalore Isha Vidhya school is representative of many families in the community, where the father drinks a lot, spends the meagre earnings in drinking, and the mother of the child is forced to do manual labour to support the family.

Keerthana’s father never takes care of the family. Her mother is uneducated, so she had to go for a manual labour job like the ones offered under “Hundred Days Jobs” scheme. Isha Vidhya came to know about the plight of the family. Keerthana was offered scholarship without which she could not have continued her studies.

Keerthana expresses her deepest gratitude to the donors. The scholarships offered by Isha Vidhya supports hundreds of rural children to get quality education.

If you would like to sponsor any part of an India rural girl child’s education, you can do so by starting a recurring monthly donation for a small amount, or sponsoring the amount in full. To start a recurring monthly donation, please visit:


We thank you for all you have done for Isha Vidhya, and we look forward for your continued support.

Thanks and Best Regards.


Pavithra from Cuddalore Isha Vidhya school
Pavithra from Cuddalore Isha Vidhya school

Pavithra, who studies at the Cuddalore Isha Vidhya school, was a student at a local English medium school. Her father works as an agricultural worker, which does not yield regular, steady income. With a single income in the family, he was not able to pay the school fees. There was no scholarship provided by the school either. So, he had put her daughter in a Government High School in the 4th grade. After a while, he came to know about Isha Vidhya, and checked to see eligibility for scholarship. Because of eligibility, he got scholarship for his daughter.

Pavithra’s father is a happy person now because he need not worry about the scholarship, and because his daughter is getting quality education.

Pavithra shares, “The atmosphere here is totally different and positive. The teachers here are very kind and friendly. I dream to become an IAS officer.”

We hope that with the education support that Isha Vidhya provides, Pavithra would be able to work towards her dreams!

Isha Vidhya runs rural schools in 8 rural locations in the southern state of Tamilnadu, and 1 rural location in Andhra Pradesh. Quality education in English medium is provided, integrated with computer education and extra-curricular activities, life-skills and Yoga. 60% of the students are under scholarships, rest pay nominal fees. Noon-meal and safe bus transportation are provided to the students. If you or anyone that you know of would like to be part of this effort, a recurring donation for a small amount can be considered. The link to start a recurring donation is:




Story of Bairavi, a full scholarship student at Cuddalore Isha Vidhya school

Bairavi's father works as a daily-wage earner. He is not able to get a regular job due to his health problem. There are 2 daughters and one son in their family. The house they live in is in a very shattered condition with a leaky roof and in a very unhygienic surrounding. Even giving one meal per day is a distant dream for Bairavi’s parents. Isha Vidhya team convinced the parents to admit their kids in the school after promising scholarship for the three kids.

When a medical camp happened in the school for the first time in February 2010, the doctor told that the child was under-nourished and also anemic. We started noon-meal scheme and we gave nutritious food for them. After a few years, we conducted the medical camp again, and this time, the doctors told that the girl has a normal weight and she is no longer anemic!

Now, Bairavi is in the tenth grade! She is a happy student and looking forward for her future. Bairavi’s parents are feeling very happy and they thanked Isha Vidhya for the education and the noon-meal provided to her, which has helped Bairavi in many ways.

Want to make such impact on a India rural child's life?  A great way to do that is to start a recurring donation for a small amount. The link to start is:

We thank you for all you have done for Isha Vidhya, and look forward for your continued support!

Thank you and Best Regards.


Girl Students Thank You
Girl Students Thank You

Dear Patrons,

We really don’t know how to express our gratitude enough about your donations against education sponsorships for the girl children studying at Isha Vidhya...

We are so overwhelmed with the outpour of your thoughtful donations. We were amazed to see that we could raise around INR 28,00,000 in just 5 months that aided education sponsorships (full education scholarships, scholarships, noon meal and transportation) !

We are so glad to share that we were able to allocate full education scholarships (worth INR 26,000 each) for 20 girl students, covering their tuition, books, notebooks, noon meal, transportation and uniform.

We were able to allocate education scholarships (worth INR 15000 each) for 136 girl students, covering their tuition, books and notebooks).

We were able to allocate noon meal subsidies (worth INR 4000 each) for 16 girl students covering their nutritious mid-day meal.

We were able to allocate transportation subsidies (worth INR 6300 each) for 15 girl students covering their safe transportation to and from the school.

All these were made possible by you, when you donated to this project during the Girl Fund Campaign that happened in March 2018. Your donations have enabled these sponsorships for these children for the academic year 2018-19, for one complete year!

We are glad to share that many donors had contributed in full for full scholarships, scholarships, noon meal and transportation. We will be in touch with these donors for further information individually.

We will be following up with some sharings and photos of the girl students who are benefited by this program!

THANK YOU so much for your thoughtful donations. It’s is never late to join this effort. The best way to do that is to start recurring donations for this project, so that you can make a continuous impact on the lives of these children! The link to do that is:


We take this opportunity to give a big THANK YOU for the 16 recurring donors who are already donating for this program!

We once again thank you for all you have done for this project, and looking forward for your continued support!

Thanks & Best Regards.


Isha Vidhya students at Science Lab
Isha Vidhya students at Science Lab

Dear Patrons,

Thank you for continued support to Isha Vidhya. We are overwhelmed
by the donations made in the past 3 months for this project!

We are still working on the allocation of funds to various categories as per the project definition - noon meal, transportation, and girl children education sponsorships. It will take some time as we are still working on the number of students who need sponsorships!

We would like to take this opportunity to let you know about the Mother's Day campaign that's ongoing at GlobalGiving.  The great news is that for all freshly started recurring donations up to $200, the first month donation will be matched 100% by GlobalGiving, provided the recurring donations are continued for additional 3 months.  We strongly encourage you to make use of this opportunity to start a recurring donation, if you have not done so already!

The link to donate is: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/empower-india-girl-students-through-education/?show=recurring

The campaign ends at May 13th 11:59 PM Eastern Time, USA, which is May 14th 09:29 AM Indian Time. We encourage you to make your donation before that time.

The detailed Terms & Conditions of the Mother's Day Campaign are available at https://www.globalgiving.org/leaderboards/mothers-day-2018 . If you have any questions, please email us at global.giving@ishavidhya.org

Once again, we thank you for all you have done to support Isha Vidhya, and we look forward for your continued support!

Best Regards.



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Isha Education

Location: Coimbatore, Tamilnadu - India
Website: http:/​/​www.ishavidhya.org
Project Leader:
Venkat Ramakrishnan
Coimbatore, Tamilnadu India
$54,322 raised of $65,000 goal
804 donations
$10,678 to go
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