Meganathan is an above average student in the 6th standard. He’s been studyng at Nirvana since Kingergarten. His father is a labourer, his mother is a housewife and he has two younger brothers. His ambition is to become an engineer and help his family. His favourite subject is Science and his favourite game is Cricket. He really loves Nirvana School for having friendly teachers and a great Computer Lab to access.
Divya is a very confident 4th standard student who is brilliant at her studies. Her father is a cobbler and her mother is a housewife that also helps her father make shoes. Divya’s ambition is to become an I.A.S. officer where she can help others in need – something she is passionate about. She is at the top of her class, achieving 1st position in all her recent term examinations. When she isn’t studying, her favourite game to play is Dodgeball.
Elumalai has been with Nirvana School since its inception. He was one of the first students Mrs. Samani started tutoring outside her home at the age of six, and he’s been part of the school ever since.
Mrs. Samani took Elumalai under her wing and coached him over the years. After completing school at Nirvana, he went on to complete a Bachelor in Physics at the University of Madras. After he finished his degree, he started working at Nirvana School as an Administrator. While working there, Mrs. Samani encouraged him to study further and Nirvana Trust sponsored him to complete a Bachelor in Education at the Pondicherry University while working at the school part-time. .
Today Elumalai plays a big role as the Nirvana School Manager. Some of his duties include:
- Annual planning
- Teaching English and Physical Training
- Managing the Adult Education Centre
- Meeting with parents and visitors
- Managing sponsorships
- Coordinating volunteers
In addition to his full-time job at Nirvana School, Elumalai runs his own part-time greeting cards company called Jenem Cards with two other former Nirvana students – Jeeva and Selvam. Nirvana Trust helped him set up the company and a portion of the profits are donated back to the school. He’s also studying part-time to complete a Masters in English at Annamalai University.
Through his hard work and savings, Elumalai has built a big house for him and his family close to the school and next door to Mrs. Samani.
Elumalai is a true Nirvana School success story. He is energetic, intelligent, hard-working, persevering and best of all – always smiling and ready to help a helping hand!
Jeeva also started school with Elumalai in the first class outside Mrs. Samani’s home. He was Elumalai’s childhood friend and the one who introduced Elumalai to Mrs. Samani and the school when they were both six years old.
Jeeva studied until 12th standard at Nirvana but failed that year and decided to start working in a watch company. During the summer holidays, Elumalai was working at the school but Mrs. Samani encouraged him to also work part-time at a greeting cards company to gain some additional work experience.
While working at the cards company, Elumalai used to send work to a particular printer. That printer asked Elumalai if he would like to work for him full-time. As he was still in school, Elumalai decided to recommend Jeeva for the job instead.
So in 2001, Jeeva started working at that printer and thanks to his hard work and perseverance; he has now become the Chief Operator of the whole company.
Jeeva does all the printing for Nirvana School and plays an active role in Jenem cards. He’s also continuing his education part-time at the Nirvana Adult Education Centre and helps out at the school whenever needed. He’s also in the middle of building a new house for him and his family.
Laxmi is Elumalai’s sister’s daughter. She lost both of her parents at the age of three to different illnesses. She was then raised by her grandparents and also helped considerably by Mrs. Samani.
Nirvana School allowed her to enroll in the middle of the year when she lost her parents – something that other schools refused. She attended Nirvana until 8th standard and then went on to another school for higher studies.
Laxmi is now in the 12th standard and is going on to college in June where she will be supported by Nirvana Trust financially. She has been the second top student in her school since the 10th standard and is expected to finish the 12th standard as the top student.
She now lives with her mother’s younger sister and her family where she has cousins to grow up with.
Laxmi has done extremely well in her studies and we wish her great success at college!