Shanti Bhavan Joins in Cantor Fitzgerald
We were proud to have Padma Lakshmi represent Shanti Bhavan in Cantor Fitzgerald’s Charity Day on Friday, September 11th.
Padma spoke eloquently and passionately on behalf of our children and their successes, along with Shanti Bhavan’s Directorof Operations, Ajit George, and long-time supporter, William Collins, for the annual Cantor Fitzgerald Charity Day. Padma manned the phones at Cantor Fitzgerald’s New York offices, selling stocks and making trades, all in the name of Shanti Bhavan and the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund. This was Shanti Bhavan’s first year at the Charity Day fundraiser, and we couldn’t have been happier to have been part of this special event. Originally founded to assist the families of the 658 Cantor Fitzgerald and 61 Eurobrokers employees who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001, the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund has since expanded its mission to include hundreds of charitable institutions around the world, including Shanti Bhavan.
Meet Our New Preschoolers!
Our new batch of Shanti Bhavan Preschoolers are here! These 26 boys and girls come from local villages and towns surrounding Shanti Bhavan and Bangalore, in both Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. According to Auntie Raji, Shanti Bhavan’s matron of caregivers, the parents of these new children are happy to give their child a fresh start: “They are 100% confident that their child will be well looked after and become someone great!” The Preschoolers have now been at Shanti Bhavan for nearly 2 months and are adjusting very well. They are learning to introduce themselves in English, to sing nursery rhymes and songs, and practicing good manners. A day in the life of a Shanti Bhavan Preschooler includes a variety of fun enrichment activities such as PT on the playground, listening to stories read by volunteer teachers, English lessons, nature walks, and watching educational videos. It is an exciting and rewarding time for these new Shanti Bhavan children! Here is a little video of our kids practicing Rolly Polly as they learn English!
You can make a difference
We know that none of these accomplishments would have been possible without the generosity and support of our donors. No matter how large or small, your contribution will make a difference. Every year Shanti Bhavan pledges to support a new class of children as they grow to their full potential. Your contribution will ensure we are able to continue their high quality education, housing, clothing, food and medical care. The staff and children of Shanti Bhavan wish you a safe and happy summer vacation!