Shanti Bhavan Educational Trust - Children's Project

Project Brief: "Shanti Bhavan's mission is to fully develop the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children of India's "lowest caste" by providing them a world class education and high quality mentorship to enable them to aspire to careers and professions of their choice
Project Type: Residential School (description)
Primary Focus: children from slums (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Stanford
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Tim Lann
Project Partner(s): Ajit George
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , No. 502, 5th C Main, 5th Cross, 2nd Block ,HRBR Layout, Kalyan Nagar,Bangalore,
KARNATAKA  560043
Tel: 4102076672
Stewarding Chapter: Stanford
Nov 2017StanfordUSD 16264

Total = $16264

Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project, located in the rural South Indian village of Baliganapalli, is a residential school that serves children from India’s lowest socioeconomic communities and castes. The school provides children with a world-class education, completely free of cost, from pre-k through 12 th grade and continues to support students as they pursue their college education. The high academic rigor of the school paired with an equal emphasis on personal development has resulted in a holistic model that raises students to be well-rounded and confident young women and men, equipped with the necessary skills to make positive societal contributions once they are ready to enter the workforce.


Shanti Bhavan is working on a large expansion of their facilities and capacity for students. Shanti Bhavan accepts children from the lowest caste in Bangalore and the surrounding area into a program lasting from primary school until college. This program has been internationally recognized and was the recent focus of a Netflix Documentary, Daughters Of Destiny.

Starting in 2017, Asha Stanford will be supporting this expansion. We will do so by financially supporting 10 students with all education-related costs. Please contact Tim Lann (timlann@stanford.edu) for information regarding this, if necessary.

Once the facility expansion for Shanti Bhavan is complete, Shanti will be able to double the amount of students they are able to support.

For more information on the project, please visit (www.shantibhavanchildren.org).
The George Foundation believes no matter background, every child should have ability to learn. Its major project is a school, Shanti Bhavan, that provides an education to children who are historically impoverished and looked down upon because of their caste status. The school provides a holistic education program, more than just a basic literacy program and pays for all school including undergraduate education. Even after that, they provide support to their students all the way through work. Their ultimate goal is to end the cycle of poverty in India by providing this education because they believe that each student will bring 100 more with them.

"Our short term goal is to continue to provide the best possible education for the children who attend Shanti Bhavan, while increasing the enrollment capacity of our school."
Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project, located in the rural South Indian village of
Baliganapalli, is a residential school that serves children from India’s lowest socioeconomic
communities and castes. The school provides children with a world-class education, completely
free of cost, from pre-k through 12 th grade and continues to support students as they pursue
their college education. The high academic rigor of the school paired with an equal emphasis
on personal development has resulted in a holistic model that raises students to be well-
rounded and confident young women and men, equipped with the necessary skills to make
positive societal contributions once they are ready to enter the workforce.

Students who have graduated from Shanti Bhavan have not only gone on to attend
some of the finest academic institutions in India but have also secured positions within top
fortune 500 companies where they have demonstrated their ability to solve complex problems
while also maintaining a level of graciousness. Within their first year working, graduates often
yield incomes 10-15 times that of their parents and are able effectively build up their native
communities.
Winner of Stanford 2016 Innovation in Education Contest