Our Community Work
We regularly donate school supplies and other necessities like towels and shoes to a boys’ and a girls’ orphanage in the Pondicherry area. Some of the children have a single parent while others have no parents or have been abandoned. Some are Tsunami orphans.
Supporting a senior’s home
Food and clothing distribution
When the Tsunami hit Asia in December 2004, the area around Nirvana school and Pondicherry was badly hit. There were around 300 deaths in the surrounding coastal region and the local fishing community was prohibited from fishing for three months.
Fortunately, Nirvana school was saved from being washed away thanks to a sea wall built just six months prior to the Tsunami. The wall bore the brunt of the Tsunami’s force and protected the school buildings which are only 40 metres away from the Indian Ocean.
Damage was caused in the surrounding area, mainly in a village named Kovalam, near Chennai, about 70 miles from Nirvana School. Another village about 10 miles along the seashore from Nirvana school was badly hit as well and has become to be known as Tsunami village.
After the Tsuanmi, Nirvana Trust donated food such as rice and potatoes and some clothing which was sent from the UK. They also donated household items such as sleeping mats and Nirvana School was used for a few days to accommodate villagers who didn’t have homes.
Nirvana Trust also visited schools close to the seashore in three other villages and donated school supplies to them. One school lost their desks and benches so the trust donated 24 of each.
Community Education Centre
The Nirvana Group of Education runs a Community Education Centre a few streets away from the school. The centre runs after-school classes for kids as well as adult education classes for the local residents – all at minimal fees. We recently started advertising the centre on TV to attract more local residents. The education centre offer a variety of services to students.
After-school tuition classes are taught daily in all major subjects for Nirvana kids and for children from other schools in the area. The classes are taught by four teachers from the school.
We offer various levels for adults and children:
DCA = Basic diploma course
DTP = Desktop Publisher
Tally = Accounting software
This course teaches women to create handicrafts such as pen-stands, wall hangings and paper bags which they can sell locally.
An outside teacher, employed by the school, comes in to teach a one-year sewing course to the local women. For the first six months, students learn basic sewing, followed by sewing dresses and full outfits. The tailor makes all the Nirvana school uniforms and employs the sewing students to create them. At the end of the course, each student is given a sewing machine.