Amma’s two schools offer free education to children with a promising future. And while most of these children are the first in their families to ever go to school, their scores rank well above state averages.
SMVA’S two free K-10 schools in rural Andhra Pradesh, India, give children of all religions and backgrounds, who were previously marginalized by extreme poverty, the opportunity for education, along with free supplies, uniforms and transportation, thus helping them to escape from the shackles of child labor and opening new avenues for them where they can reach their full potential.
A total of 650 girls and boys currently attend the two schools. Students are exposed to a rich, holistic curriculum that includes studying languages such as Telugu, English, and Hindi along with principal subjects such as science, social studies, math, art, dance, yoga and meditation.
“But beyond that,students must be instructed in basic human values. Their hands must become helping hands, so that they may benefit the world".
A Promising Future
The students can also acquire other skills such as tailoring and basic, intermediate and advanced computer skills. Students are extremely enthusiastic and sincere in their work and most of them achieve marks close to 100% in their subjects. They rank among the highest in Nellore district - something both they and we are very proud of. It is a testament to the dedication of the teachers, students and administrators since all students are the first in their families to achieve literacy.
Higher Education and beyond
The primary objective of SMVA Trust is to expand opportunities for enhanced social and educational status of the underprivileged communities and enable them to make their identity in this challenging society
Girls and women from all communities in rural villages have shown tremendous interest and participation in higher education and have shown remarkable success leading the path to all future generations to come!
Empowering Girls and Women
Strong emphasis is being placed on Women's Empowerment where female students are encouraged to take courses as Auxiliary nurse midwife, commonly known as ANM at a village level, where a student trains to be a health worker. She learns the basic medical skills: administering medication, drawing blood samples, explaining basic hygiene and its importance to the underprivileged in India. She is known as the first contact person between the community and the health services. ANMs are regarded as the grassroots workers in the health organization pyramid. Their services are considered important to provide safe and effective care to village communities. This program is equally available to boys where the initial salary starts at Rs.8,000, thus creating a huge plethora of job opportunities.
Restrooms have been built to make it easier for girls to come to school for an uninterrupted education through their adolescent years. These restrooms and transportation by school bus provide security for young girls. The students are taught basic rules of sanitation.
A Future Beyond Academics
The students are constantly aware of the world beyond their immediate surroundings, of their roles as responsible citizens not just locally but to the global communities as well. With an emphasis on the importance of strong moral values and ethics, the students willingly engage in selfless service to others, and are committed to promoting environmental sustainability. They are inspired by role models and joyfully participate in improving the lives in their communities. They volunteer with the Medical Mobile Unit which goes out from the Karunamayi Free Hospital to the villages, helping patients at medical camps and fairs held at the hospital. They plant trees, clean their villages and learn the correct way to dispose trash. Thus they are taking initiative and responsibility for their lives as well as the lives of others in their community in the present and future.
Be a Part of the Program
In an effort to safeguard the students and their well being, an additional new school van is being introduced for the year 2017 to replace the old one. We hope to increase the number of school vans through donations. Besides the school vans , the schools arrange transportation for the students through the State Transport system.
The construction of a new K-12 school planned for the fall of 2015 had to be postponed due to the cyclone which devastated eastern India and the states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Plans have resumed and will make a difference to the local population whose lives were seriously disrupted from the flooding.
Your support and contributions will make a difference and help rebuild lives
Visit www.karunamayi.org today to learn more and to participate in supporting this noble cause.