Thank you for supporting the children of Shanti Bhavan this year.
Our students have been studying hard, but as the holiday season approaches they made sure to have good fun too, bursting fire crackers for Diwali and surprising the little children with a visit from Santa Claus himself.
With the holidays upon us, the end of the semester gives us all a chance to reflect on the year. Please enjoy as one of our school leaders shares with you her biggest accomplishment this year:
My name is Bhuvaneshwari and I am in grade twelve at Shanti Bhavan Residential School in Baliganapalli, India. I love playing all sports in my school and am most proud of being the captain of our women’s soccer team. Back home, girls are often told they aren't as good at sports as boys are. We are expected to be quiet and obedient. But, I won't let people who think “girls can’t even run back and forth" and don't belong on the sports field determine how I feel about myself.
At Shanti Bhavan, I am able to express my thoughts and talents without feeling shy. My school expects me to be equal to the boys in physical and mental strength. I am a girl and that means I am expected to play hard, to keep going when it is difficult or tough, to put effort into any work I do. I believe in myself and all the other girls at Shanti Bhavan who have the thirst to win.
Shanti Bhavan has taught me to be confident and brave in the face of adversity. I am motivated to achieve my goals. I will overcome these obstacles by joining a college soccer team next year. Before I used to feel like because “I’m a girl” I cannot do anything as an athlete but today I feel like because “I am a girl” I can make a difference.
We at Shanti Bhavan know that our accomplishments would not be possible without you. Your generosity enables children like Bhuvaneshwari to dream big, and to succeed. As the year comes to a close, all of us – children and staff – look forward to an exciting 2017. We hope you will join us!
We wish you a wonderful holiday season,
Dr. George, Staff, and Children
Soccer Captain, Bhuvaneshwari
Happy Holidays from all of us at Shanti Bhavan!