A Letter From The FounderDecember 13, 2017
December 13th, 2017
Twenty years have passed since the doors to Shanti Bhavan opened to the first two classes of four- and five-year-old children from some of the poorest families in India. Since then, so much has happened: these and many more children have completed 14 years at Shanti Bhavan, attended some of the best colleges in India, and are working in top companies or undertaking graduate studies. These young adults are doing what we expected of them – taking care of their families as the primary or sole breadwinners, and helping others. All of us who have followed their lives couldn’t be prouder!
The Shanti Bhavan story and the real-life experiences of five of our children are now seen through the four-part documentary, Daughters of Destiny. The film has drawn the attention of people around the world to what the children under our care are accomplishing. Shanti Bhavan is seen as a new way to address poverty, one that ensures life-long results.
As the year comes to a close, I once again take this opportunity to tell you that we have been steadily improving the quality of our academic program. It is supplemented by arts programming that nurtures the incredible talent of our children. Special attention is given to developing soft-skills, leadership qualities, and interpersonal abilities in preparing our children for successful professional careers. With an emphasis on globally-shared values, acceptance of the differences between people, and caring for others in need, our children develop qualities essential to a meaningful and productive life.
As supporters and friends of Shanti Bhavan, you can be proud of what your contributions have made possible. I am very thankful to all those who have been a part of the success of our children. Together, we will widen our mission to include a second Shanti Bhavan, another haven of peace, where more children can grow up to be successful and compassionate leaders.
I write this letter to ask you to please consider a year-end contribution to Shanti Bhavan by sponsoring a child or making a donation. Many companies offer plans to match funds for charitable contributions; if such a plan is available to you, enrolling yourself in it can help Shanti Bhavan further. Please consider what you can afford; no matter how small or big, every donation matters. We need your help now; please do not postpone your decision.
On behalf of the children and staff of Shanti Bhavan, I wish you and your family the very best for the holiday season and the New Year.
Abraham M. George
Founder, Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project