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Educate a poor rural child in need by Isha Education

Needs more donors to continue operations

Educate a poor rural child in need

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This program is fully funded because of donors like you.


Every monthly donation helps educate more kids like Barani

Isha Vidhya schools work with the education of children in the villages across Tamil Nadu. Baranitharan's father was a laborer who passed away due to a heart attack. His mother couldn't work as she had an infant to take care of.

With the shock of the sudden death of her husband, she became ill. Baranitharan was forced to discontinue school to look after his siblings. Isha foundation counseled his mother to send him to school promising help for his education. With good education and nutritious food, he has developed into a bright and happy child. Today Baranitharan is in 2nd grade and has hopes of a better life.

All a helpless child needs to secure his future is a little help from a generous donor.

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About The Program

What the beneficiary gets
School Supplies
What you get
Tax Exemption
Periodic Reports
Program Description

Isha Vidhya works for the economic and social empowerment of rural children in the villages across southern state of Tamil Nadu. The foundation is committed to raising the level of education and literacy in rural India and to help disadvantaged children realize their full potential.

Through its schools, it offers a nurturing approach to education in villages. Isha Vidya promotes education among female children in the villages and the schools have seen an increased enrollment of girl children. There are 4000 students studying in 8 Isha Vidhya schools out of which 2,306 students are under scholarship. When you sponsor a child, the tuition fee, books. and educational supplies are covered.

Even nominal fees are too much for families of these children. In the absence of support, these children would drop out of school.Donate to this program so a child doesn't have to drop out of school.

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About The NGO

Isha Education
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Isha Education

Isha Vidhya rural schools have been started in villages (under the umbrella of Isha Education, established in 2005) to provide high-quality school education to underprivileged rural children who cannot otherwise access or afford it. Isha Vidhya’s English-medium schools open the door for rural children to prepare for higher studies and to join the workforce. The holistic, activity-based approach of Isha Vidhya’s educational system, nurtures children’s development beyond just academics, ensuring that students realize their full potential and learn in a joyful manner.

With 10 schools and over 8500 students, the members of Isha Vidya actively support and promote education among female children in the villages as a result of which their schools have seen an increased enrolment of girl children.

60% of our children are first generation school goers and are on scholarship. The on-going pandemic has severely affected the families of our children. This year with CSR funds nearly non-existent, we are entirely dependent on individual donors to contribute for the scholarships of the students. This campaign is to seek your support for these deserving children.

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Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Vinod Hari

areas of operation
Area of Operation
Area of Operation

Primary Education | education

location of work
Location of Work
Location of Work

Tamil Nadu

Isha Education has

provided quality education to 38,000 underprivileged children

Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2016: India Inclusion Award

2017: Best Hub Director

last audited
Last Audited
Last Audited by GiveIndia

December 2018

Program Updates

Program Updates

23 March, 2021

Remote learning during lockdown



The year began on a golden note for Isha Vidhya with several students winning accolades in national and district level sports events. However, the usual buzz on our campuses fell silent in March as summer vacations were ushered in early by COVID-19 lockdown. The schools may have closed down but our hearts remained with our students. During the pandemic our first priority was to check on each and every student of Isha Vidhya. Isha Vidhya teachers and staff reached out to the students and their families to enquire. They felt reassured and expressed gratitude that Isha cared about them during this time of crisis. This long period of being away from school, however, came with its own challenges. And, to ensure that the children do not get distracted and out of touch with academics, we delivered study books to students’ homes, wherever the parents found it difficult to come to the school to pick them up. Also, the switch to online learning was supported by our teachers and academic team who came up with innovations of their own to launch several online home learning programs. To ensure that the students do not miss the campus bustle and playtime with their friends, fun-filled activities were also started. Students solved puzzles, and designed projects in their virtual classrooms. Realizing that only 60% of our students have access to smartphones, Isha volunteers took it upon themselves to help at least a few students who didn’t have access to one as they were essential for attending Whatsapp and online sessions. ‘Get Mentored’ interactive sessions were organized for students as well as teachers with scientists, economists, entrepreneurs, and experts from other fields. As a part of over 18 ‘Get Mentored’ sessions, the students had a chance to interact with people like: ➔ Ms. Sangeeta Prasad, MD and CEO of Mahindra Lifespace ➔ Ms. Shrimati Damal, CFO of Majid Al Futtaim LLC, UAE ➔ Mrs. Sudha Kanago, Global Head, Business Process Reengineering, Novartis, Switzerland ➔ Paulson, IPS Officer, UP Cadre, 1998 batch And, then it was celebration time for the young achievers. Results of standards 10 and 12 board exams were declared in June and Isha Vidhya students had once again shone by registering a perfect score - 100% pass rate.

5 July, 2020

Isha Vidhya - Educating Rural India


Isha Vidhya - Educating Rural India

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Mallakhamb Winner at National Level: Isha Vidhya Villupuram's Yuvarani of class 7 bags 3rd place in the 'National Mallakhamb Competition' held at Chhattisgarh in 2020. Mallakhamb is a traditional sport, originating from the Indian subcontinent, in which a gymnast performs aerial yoga postures and wrestling grips in concert with a vertical stationary or hanging wooden pole, cane, or rope.

Peer Learning: One of the learning methodologies used at Isha Vidhya is "Peer Learning". Students feel more comfortable and open when interacting with a peer and direct interaction between students promotes active learning. Isha Vidhya's class 8 students taught about the various concepts related to magnets, magnetic energy and other science related topics through various activities, to their Class 6 friends.

Tamil Martial Arts: Kalam World Research Foundation conducted an event showcasing over 20 different Ancient Arts of War on Jan 1st, 2020. These Arts of War get the record in Kalam World Record and Nobel World Record Books. Over 150 participants took part in the event and showcased 20 different types of Tamil Martial Arts. Isha Vidhya Dharmapuri's brother-sister duo Suryadeepan and Deepika displayed their talents in Oodhu Kolli (blowgun) event. Suryadeepan is in Class 5 and his sister is in Class 4 whose parents are daily wagers. The event happened for 20 hours, 20 minutes and 20 seconds signifying the New year of 2020.

Atal Tinkering Lab: Atal Tinkering Lab is designed to help and nurture innovation among young innovators. The scheme enables students to explore new ideas, test them and follow 'learning by doing' approach. ATL (Atal Tinkering Lab) is an approach of the Central government of India to create an environment of scientific temperament, innovation. Atal Tinkering Lab is designed to help and nurture innovation among young innovators. The scheme enables students to explore new ideas, test them and follow 'learning by doing' approach. ATL (Atal Tinkering Lab) is an approach of the Central government of India to create an environment of scientific temperament, innovation, creativity among-st students. We are pleased to announce that 7 of our Isha Vidhya schools have been selected for the Atal Lab grant. This will surely help our students light up their creativity and would teach essential skills that will help them in developing their professional and personal skills.

Coding and Robotics:At Isha Vidhya, interested students of classes 6 and up until 12 are benefiting from the coding and robotics club activities that happen every week. Three of Isha Vidhya schools have already got a Lab 2.0 facility sponsored by the Tinkering Life Skills Charity. The Tinkering Life Skills activities cultivate life skills like creative and critical thinking skills, self-directed learning, digital media literacy, financial literacy, familiarity with emerging technology and more. An array of subjects are taught to students in the Tinkering Life skills classes which include - Thinking like an engineer, thinking like a scientist, tinkering with electronics, electronic art and craft, robotics, e-textile, animation and film making. Our heartfelt thanks to Atul , Founder & Trustee of Timeless Life skills Foundation who has given his time and effort to up-skill the students of Isha Vidhya.

30 October, 2018

Isha Education's Update


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Program Update

Need based scholarships and fee subsidies are provided to deserving students through this program. A comprehensive allocation process ensures only students truly in need receive scholarships/ fee subsidies. Even nominal fees are too much for some rural families. Recognizing this challenge, Isha Vidhya provides scholarships which cover students' tuition, notebooks and textbooks. Without the scholarship support; these children cannot access or afford the high-quality school education. Sponsors are matched with specific students and receive regular updates including photos, letters and progress reports.

Story from the field

Priyadarshini's father is an Electrician, and his meagre income is not sufficient enough to take care of the family expenses. Priyadarshini's has received a scholarship. She is excellent in academics and scores good marks in all the subjects. Her favourite subject is English. She is very interested in drawing and she shows a lot of interest in developing her skills. Her favourite game is Kho-Kho. She is also part of the school Kho-Kho team.

Expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19 7539
Number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program this year 7543

28 February, 2018

Inter-School Athletic Meet and Annual Day at Isha Schools


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The center at the Villupuram school celebrated their Annual Day on 12th January 2018. The evening turned colorful with a cultural program where children performed to classical, folk, contemporary, and Western dances.

To help our students to sharpen their athletic ability, an Inter-School Athletic Meet among Isha Vidhya schools was conducted in which the students participated very enthusiastically

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As a part of creating awareness among children on environmental issues, student members of the Eco Club at Erode School underwent a short training about environmental degradation, the need for tree cover, reducing pollution through trees, and growing saplings in Eco-friendly plastic bags.