This school gives them free access to education, food, and shelter.
The Vivekananda Residential Tribal Vidyalaya is located in the foothills of the Western Ghats, in Kerala, India. It is home to around 250 students, and provides free education.
The school runs on donations, and was built for children from various indigenous communities. Most of these communities live in very remote areas, and the children would otherwise have no access to proper education.
The journey to school often requires walking long distances, which leads to high dropout rates. To address these issues, the school offers the children a nurturing environment where they study, eat, and live.
It is run by a small but dedicated group of teachers who have become parental figures in the children’s lives. There is a real atmosphere of the school being one large family. The older students help to look after the younger ones, and everyone takes on responsibilities with daily chores. The children are brimming with energy, with so much potential and hope to reach their dreams.
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