"It was apparent that the principal and this school are incredibly dedicated to the students. It is clearly an extremely worthwhile project!"
Holly Keating — East Greenwich, Rhode Island
Adarsh Bal Vidhya Mandir
Saini Adarsh Vidhya Mandir
Sri Venkateswara Orphanage
Partner since: 2009
Total donated: $128,643
A world-renowned tiger sanctuary, Ranthambore National Park is located in the deciduous forests of northern India. Grand Circle Foundation supports two schools in this rural region—the Saini Adarsh Vidhya Mandir Primary School and the Adarsh Bal Vidhya Mandir Primary School.
We've been supporting these schools since the beginning of 2009, and our donations so far have provided separate boys' and girls' lavatories and a fresh coat of paint for Adarsh Bal Vidhya Mandir; and classroom fans, a library, and lavatories for Saini Adarsh Vidhya Mandir. There is, however, still much to be done to improve the schools' facilities—which is why we chose this community for Foundation support. Adarsh Bal Vidhya Mandir has requested two new computers, and Saini Adarsh Vidhya Mandir needs three new classrooms to accommodate students.
We first began our partnership with the Sri Venkateswara Orphanage in 2011. Located in the village of Kaduveli in Tanjore, India, the orphanage provides shelter for children whose parents are deceased, incarcerated, physically or mentally ill, or otherwise unable to care for a child on their own. The facility also houses a school where children can study each day.
School in session:
Early July through late May; closed periodically throughout the year for Hindu and national holidays
Gifts to bring if you're visiting:
- Sports equipment, such as deflated soccer balls and basketballs
- Educational books with pictures for the school library
- Maps of the world and U.S.
- Games that are both educational and fun
- Board games for playing indoors
- Coloring books
- Pads of drawing paper