I visited Sadhana Vidyalaya, the school for rural children in January after a gap of three years. The travel from Bangalore to the school is much quicker, thanks to the great Bangalore-Mysore Highway No. 17 and newly laid rural road connecting the highway to the school campus.
The school campus was filled with lush green trees that have grown much taller since my last visit. A deep calm and chill prevailed the campus and it was refreshing after the jet lag filled journey from Canada. A renovated school office and new computer lab welcomed me as I entered the school. Beautiful landscaping with flowering plants and trees surrounds this small building. The computer lab has many PCs to create the modern learning experience for the school children.
The kitchen used to prepare free mid-day meal for school children has been renovated with a large steam cooking system. A large dining hall stands adjacent to the kitchen. It was wonderful to share a nutritious lunch with school children. The children demonstrated great discipline in the dining hall and enjoyed the meal thoroughly. The meal was very balanced with fibrous vegetables, lentils and rice.
Residential facility has been added to the school. There are more than 25 students staying in the school dormitory and studying in a residential setup. It is a wonderful setting to have the teachers and students reside in the same campus and live a life guided by strong holistic values. The teacher’s hostel has 8 newly constructed rooms each room with a capacity to accommodate 4 residents.
I spent time with children who were playing after the school time and they were full of energy and enthusiasm. It was wonderful to see their curiosity to know who am I and where do I come from. Imparting this educational experience in a holistic value based environment is such a noble cause. I felt very inspired to see first hand the benefits of serving the local rural communities through this educational endeavor. I spent some more time interacting with the teachers and participating in a New Year celebration dance and vocal performance by the school children.
I felt a deep sense of humility and pride to have been associated with this noble cause for many years.