Our grandfather is from the village of Chitrigi in Kumta (coastal Karnataka). Since he moved to Mumbai in the 1930s, we all considered Mumbai our home with not much connection to Kumta. About a decade earlier, our family decided to support a High School building in Kumta in memory of our grandfather, but our family remained uninvolved in the school management.
A few years ago when I visited Kumta, I was thrilled to see an institution bearing my grandfather’s name. And ecstatic on hearing eedy students grateful for the fine school in the area. For me this served as a call to action; to serve this area, the students and the school.
Now every time I visit India, I make a beeline to Kumta and work with the school management on the many educational opportunities. And there is so much need. Everything from scholarships for needy students, to tutoring, to books for the library and developing new courses. And even when I am in Boston, I am constantly working with my extended family, trying to develop consensus on new projects. A satisfying mission indeed.
The question I ask myself is: With all my education, training and skills, how do I help improve educational opportunities in Kumta, and ultimately the standard of living of the locals? In future posts I will share some of the work that we have done over the last few years. And when I recount the challenges, you will realize it is not as simple as donating a few old computers.
These are pictures I took at the school on my first visit there in 2004, with my
archaic Olympus point’n shoot.
The ground floor was first completed and classes commenced in 2002. Very soon the classrooms were at full capacity and construction was started on the upper floor. Note the ongoing construction.
Updates and Related Posts from Shanbhag School
- Lunch at the Shanbhag School
- Scholarships for the Needy
- Kumta School Kids
- Academic Update from the Shanbhag School 2007
- Academic Update from the Shanbhag School 2009
- Scholarship Activities at Shikshan.org