Bhuvana Foundation seeks to enhance life and well being of tribal and underprivileged communities through comprehensive education of all individuals.
Non-residential school for rural children from tribal and underprivileged families and is the first initiative of the Bhuvana Foundation.
Vidya Vanam is located about 45km northeast of Coimbatore, in Anaikatti, at the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The school serves children from 28 surrounding villages. It is our endeavor to help children of illiterate or uneducated parents to become self-confident, motivated, knowledgeable, and emotionally stable adults. Vidya Vanam provides children with the tools for self-learning while simultaneously recognizing the rich cultural traditions of their villages and the world in which they live. They are encouraged to imagine a world outside of the classroom walls and their rural environment. Vidya Vanam strives to educate with respect for a broad cultural identity and instills pride in the children for their roots as well as their accomplishments. Teachers learn how to educate using methods of Montessori, language immersion, arts/creative expression, and project-based activities all centered around the child.
In 2013, the Vidya Vanam launched its first vocational school program aimed at providing job skills to women from the villages. Most of the women have completed either tenth of twelfth grade education but find themselves without a job. In affiliation with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOUI) and Pratham Bhuvana Foundation initiated the Vidya Vanam Community College initiative. Vidya Vanam partnered with Pratham an internationally acclaimed non-government organization working towards improving educational skills of marginalized people. The certificate involves training women in nurturing children in the early years and providing a spring board for them to become teachers and leaders in the villages. So far 40 women have graduated and some have come as teacher assistants in Vidya Vanam.
During the first part of COVID 2020-2021 there was complete cessation of commerce around the villages of Aniakatti, Tamil Nadu. This resulted in lack of food and food supplies to those families without transportation.
For the year 2020 -2021 Bhuvana Foundation Tennessee supported 14 villages, 900 families with providing rice, lentils and cooking oil = $3800
Additional supplies of $1400 was given to individual families who asked for additional help
In 2021-2022 we also supported the delivery of food packets consisting cooked food of $1000.
The total COVID relief given was $6200.
Additional amounts totaling $40,000 were
given to 1052 artists and artisans who were unable to perform. This amount was given to artists in the state of Tamil Nadu for the two years 2020 -2022.
Before the pandemic in 2020 Bhuvana Foundation Tennessee also supported the arts and artisans of the villages and regional tribal communities. Total amount per year $2500.
Vidya Vanam (school supported by Bhuvana Foundation TN) arranges an annual Svanubhava festival of arts for three days. The festival of Svanubhava brings into focus for the community and the children of the school of their heritage and an opportunity to be participate and appreciated all the different art forms.
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