Resident Homes & Schools


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Project: Resident Homes & Schools
Grassroots Asia helps to fund and develop quality Resident Homes and Schools for orphans and extremely impoverished women and children.

Odisha, India

Gandhi Benowa Primary School  : Located near Puri, this primary school for grades 1-5 serves 30 children from surrounding villages. The schoolhouse is a small building with no furnishings and the children's families cannot afford basic educational supplies. Grassroots Asia re-constructed their roof after it was destroyed several years ago and has contributed school textbooks and other supplies.


Hariharananda Balashram Resident Home & School  : The Hariharananda Balashram is managed by Prajnana Mission and has been established as a resident home and school for destitute children from odisha. The Balashram accepts 40 nursery age children each year and offers free education and quality care. Their holistic approach to development(physical, emotional, mental and spiritual) blends the best of the east and west. The school curriculum is a CBSE (Certified Board of Secondary Education)English medium education. Grassroots Asia has funded general operating costs, a dairy, capital equipment, tube wells, generators and solar energy, and construction for this well managed project. There are now 360 children residing at the school.


Kendrapara School for the Blind & Kendrapara School for the Mentally Retarded  : Grassroots Asia initiated a Rotary International matching grant with the Kendrapara Rotary in Orissa and the Snowmass Village Rotary in Colorado when we found 70 children in dire need of food, furnishings, clothing, educational materials and construction. The grant added sanitation, beds and other furnishings to the two schools. This solid infrastructure helps to insure the basic supplies needed for the children's continued care. Educational supplies are contributed upon occasion. Grassroots Asia also visits these two schools to bring occasional fruit (a big treat) and love. It was unfortunate that we found the Kendrapara Rotary less than ethical in its dealings and we have discontinued all relations with this Rotary Club.


Mahu High School  : Scholarship funds are provided at Mahu High School for students who cannot afford the basic costs of education. A borrowed book program and college scholarships are offered to deserving students.


Orissa Children's Orphanage  : 25 children reside at the Orissa Children's Orphanage, a very poor orphanage located in Cuttack, Orissa. Grassroots Asia offers limited support on an on-going basis to supplement their meager existence. In 2006 we purchased a cycle rickshaw for them so that they would have transport to school and to the doctor. Occasional food deliveries and medications for the children are provided.


Patitapaban High School  : Grassroots Asia recently developed a library and community reading room for villagers in this rural school in Ambery, Orissa. The bookshelves were filled with locally bought Oriya books and English books shipped from Colorado. Six toilets were also constructed for the 400 children and staff, grades 1-10 who cannot afford basic education materials or teacher's salaries. Grassroots Asia has also donated science & sports equipment and honorariums for the teachers.


Ruchika Sraddha Bhawan  : Ruchika Sraddha Bhawan is a rescue home which provides basic care to women and children in Bhubaneswar, Orissa. The home, sponsored by Grassroots Asia and managed by Ruchika Social Services, offers food, shelter, clothing, music and dance classes, educational and vocational training opportunities, counseling, basic medical expenses and a loving and safe environment for the women and children to build a sustainable future.


Saraswati Charitable Foundation  : More than 100 handicapped children live and study at this resident school outside Puri, Orissa. Grassroots Asia has contributed ceiling fans and lighting for the school as well as 5 cows to start their dairy. The cows now total 20 and the dairy is turning a 50% profit! It will supply the children with milk and subsidize school operating expenses. Grassroots Asia has also made periodic contributions to their vocational training programs.


Save A Life Ministry  : This Cuttack, Orissa home houses more than 60 abandoned children in its three small rooms. Grassroots Asia makes donations for the children's medications and for food supplies. We have also donated three sewing machines for a small wholesale clothing business so that the nine oldest daughters can contribute to expenses.


WISH (Women's Independent Self-Help) Network  : The Women's Independent Self-Help Network (W.I.S.H.) has been developed by Grassroots India to help women become personally, socially and economically independent. We are helping to develop housing projects cum vocational training centers and small businesses for women from rural areas that are in need of housing, economic assistance, and income generation. Our resident homes offer counseling, medical aid, vocational training and enhancement of life skills. We seek to establish a solid foundation for each women to develop a peaceful inner life and a successful outer life. Social service is also emphasized and their are opportunities to also give back to society.