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April 2, 2006

Swami School

Swami Vivekananda Vidyalaya, Nandyala.

School Kids

Education and health are the most required facilities for any society to prosper. Our villages, towns and cities have these facilities. But are not adequate or of very poor quality. In our higher education system we have some of the best institutions in the world. When it comes to primary and high school education, our villages and towns don’t have many good schools. There are good schools, but most of them are not accessible to children who are born into low to mid range income families. Children shouldn’t be deprived of good education because of their parents’ economical potential. The children did not create their parents’ financial conditions or they did not choose their parents. The children who are not able to get good education because of their parents’ financial conditions are unjustly put in this condition. Majority of children in our country fall in to this category. All children must get good education and medical services. This must be the primary responsibility of our governments and societies. If we are talented and strong we can create all the other things ourselves. That is why we need good education and good medical facilities. These were my thoughts always.

One of my brothers, Kiran, who also shares similar ideas put a proposal before me about four and half years ago. That was, “How about developing an educational institution?” There was no second thought in my mind. I accepted his proposal immediately and we started the project which we called ‘Mabadi’. (’mabadi’ means ‘our school’.) We have put a lot of effort and most of our resources into this. Constructed building for the school with all the required furniture, teaching materials, books and toys. We started the classes in June 2003. Started with Nursery and kindergarten classes. Now there are classes up to 3rd class. The school will be successfully completing three academic years by 15 April 2006. Children studying in the school are getting the best education and facilities. Total expenses, including tuition fee, books and two pairs of school uniform is Rs.2,200 (kindergarten) and Rs.2,900 (for 1st, 2nd and 3rd classes).

The people who made this project a reality are my brother Kiran, my father and the teachers who are working for the school. There was also great support from Indira and there will always be. This is just a beginning and we have to go a long way.

School Name

School Building
School building in June 2003, before beginning regular classes.

Filed under: People — Singari Vijay @ 8:33 pm

20 Comments »

  1. Vijay:

    Came here from Indira’s post on her Website. This is such a noble cause and I appreciate your effort in taking the inititiative that a lot of people think they should take but never do in their lives. Please let me know if I can help in anyway to support your efforts.

    Comment by Luv2cook — April 3, 2006 @ 9:29 am

  2. Hi Vijay,
    This is amazing…Hats off to you guys !
    Plz let me know if there’s any way we could help financially since that’s all i can offer at this time.
    My best wishes are with you all !

    Comment by Sonal — April 3, 2006 @ 10:06 am

  3. Vijay and Indira: This is an extremely worthy endevour you and your family has undertaken! I applaud you for the intiative and the effort taken to see your plan morph to reality. Truly, education is the strongest foundation you can impart to the younger generation.

    Wish you more progressive ideas and opportunities in the future!

    Comment by Garam Masala — April 3, 2006 @ 10:48 am

  4. Our best wishes are with you.

    Comment by Lakshmi — April 3, 2006 @ 1:06 pm

  5. Hi Vijay! Now a days it is so hard to find people to keep up their duties itself. But you guys have proved that there is still humanity left outthere.we would always appreciate to help and support you to put some effort into this mission.Congrats and Good luck.

    Comment by Bharghavi — April 3, 2006 @ 2:16 pm

  6. Hello Vijay,

    surprised to see a website with name nandyala. Though I am not from there…My best gril friend is from there and I have visited the place once. Also I have very many good friends from the same place….4 of them. They will be happy to see a website with this name.

    Where do u live in nandyala….where are u now?

    Just curious. U don’t have answer this if U don’t want to.

    ALso, I am looking fwd to help u guys in any way I can with this project… Great work Hats off to all ur family members

    Regards
    Sameera

    Comment by sameera — April 8, 2006 @ 4:36 pm

  7. Hai Indira and Vijay,
    I would like to convey my regards for your endeavour. Please let me know if I can help in anyway and contribute my share towards such a good cause. By the way,you are a “Made for Each Other” couple. Keep it up.
    Regards,
    srivani.

    Comment by srivani — May 5, 2006 @ 1:07 pm

  8. Great effort for a great cause..I am thrilled to see your passion and service towards your native place. That is really very nice of you. Keep up the good work.

    Thanks,
    Ramesh Adabala

    Comment by Ramesh Adabala — May 22, 2006 @ 2:44 pm

  9. Hats off to you guys.

    Comment by Jyotsna — September 9, 2006 @ 12:01 am

  10. Hi guys, just discovered Indira’s fabulous cooking site when googling for a potato recipe for my Diwali potluck, and my curiosity about the name of the site, nandyala.org led me to this web page. The reason i got so curious was that my hubby is from Nandyala, and i’m sooooo happy to find this site, and proud of the good work u couple r doing.

    Comment by vipra — October 17, 2006 @ 11:14 pm

  11. wow…Hats off to you guys.

    Comment by radhika — March 28, 2007 @ 4:12 pm

  12. Hi Vijay and Indira,

    We also trace our roots to a small town near nandyal - koilakuntla. What I would like to know is if there is anyway we can sponsor children’s education. Or is there a one time setup that we can fund - pls let us know. I would really like to take this idea further. Pls let us know what are your intentions for the school and we can see where we can contribute.

    Thanks
    Hema

    Hello Hema,

    Thank you for your good words and coming forward to contribute to the school. This year, we are doing OK. We are planning to do some expansion next year, and we’ll contact you at that time.

    It is nice to know that you are from Koilakuntla. We have some very good friends and relations from there too.

    Best regards,
    Vijay & Indira

    Comment by Hema — April 2, 2007 @ 4:56 am

  13. Hi Indira & Vijay,
    This is a very noble cause and I would like to lend some assistance to a needy student. I will be happy to sponsor the yearly education of a needy student. Please let me know how I can do this.
    Thanks,
    -Indy

    Comment by Indy — July 28, 2007 @ 2:37 pm

  14. While most of us just think how big a house we should move into or how big a plot to buy.
    Attend boring parties where no one has a worth while agenda in life beyond making more money
    working less.

    You really stand out of the crowd and do things that remind us life has a very beautiful purpose,
    To give back to the society and you have certainly inspired us to get to do something good like this.
    I admire your passion for art and pride you take in being an Indian.
    God bless you both and all the best.

    Comment by Vandana — August 17, 2007 @ 4:14 pm

  15. I am also from nandyal, I have seen the school many times on my way to uncle’s home but never knew that it was run by such nice people with broader mind towards poor people, if any assitance from my side towards any thing in Nandyal u can contact me at my mail ID.

    u have mentioned AV Prasad, who donated library, is it present TDP floor leader prasad……

    Comment by suri — October 2, 2007 @ 11:19 pm

  16. hi Vijay,

    The Mahanandi pictures are deceptively delectable. I guess this is what our elders say, food, must first please the eye, the nose and then the palate. Pellipustakam pelli chuupulu coffee scene succinctly describes this. just out of curiosity what kind of camera, lens, lighting and tripod do you use for your pictures - both Mahanandi ones and the others. Your composition of the pictures is good. Please email w/ your reply.

    -Nanda

    Comment by Nanda — October 26, 2007 @ 11:51 am

  17. I am leaving a comment in the hopes that you will be able to read it right away, since I could not find your email address on the website.

    Reading about the school made me think of the educational initiative to donate one laptop per child (founded by the guy who started MITs media lab). I would suggest that you contact this organization right away!!

    Go to www.laptop.org OR www.laptopgiving.org OR wiki.laptop.org/go/Home

    Or just google One Laptop Per Child

    Comment by rose williams — November 18, 2007 @ 10:42 am

  18. Dear Indira and Vijay,

    May the MahaNandi bless you to do more such wonderful karma. But then, you both are blessed already (since you know what matters in life).

    Best wishes to you, and thank you for making my day,
    Reema.

    Comment by Reema Sriganesh — February 14, 2008 @ 10:06 pm

  19. Have been reading your blog for some time. I share the same passion and the scientific fervour for nourishing food and like to get into the depth of the reasons of why and how of traditions.
    Have been fortunate to read such good quality reading on the internet.
    Thanks for that.
    I would like to contibute to the good cause of the school.
    So please let me know how i can contribute.

    Comment by Sonal Kothari — February 19, 2008 @ 12:08 pm

  20. Very nice to read about your iniative. I was wondering if you had some of the Chinmaya mission childrens books like ‘Krishna rocks’ etc by Nishita Chaitanya in your library. If not, would you pl send me the school’s address - I would be happy to order them for you. These are great books that I am always looking to share.

    Comment by Pranathi — June 2, 2010 @ 9:00 am

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