Here is a poser. Guess who recently donated towards college sponsorships (Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science, Manjakkudi, Tamil Nadu) or helped raise funds for our students living and studying across 18 of our Chatralayams in Tamil Nadu?
In the first instance, Indian American high school students who are part of GYLP-2019 raised Rs.31 lakhs (USD 45,000) recently that would go towards supporting deserving students in the form of college sponsorships to the 11th standard students of the Swami Dayananda Matric Higher Secondary School, Manjakkudi in order for them to attend the Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science, Manjakkudi, Tamil Nadu.
These students are part of GYLP (Global Youth Leadership Programme)—2019. This is the 9th edition of the programme. The vision of this programme is to shape global leaders of the future. This is achieved by providing volunteering opportunities to students from USA. GYLP participants work with students for two weeks every year in Manjakkudi ( a tiny hamlet in the Kaveri delta and birthplace of the founder of our movement, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati) and partake in cultural exchange. The GYLP students travel to rural India, stay in Manjakkudi village and teach and learn with our students in our school (Swami Dayananda Matric Higher Secondary School, Manjakkudi, Tamil) and Chatralayams in Manjakkudi and Semmangudi in Tamil Nadu. The whole objective is to ‘give and receive’ so that students eventually become contributing members in society. Each GYLP participant is given a class of students to teach spoken English, written English, hands on science concepts, Indian classical music and dance, history of USA and US sports.
Similarly, 29 students from CLM Sishya, OMR, Chennai, Tamil Nadu participated in a crowd funding campaign where they raised Rs. 8,31,668 for their peers living and studying across 18 Chatralayams in Tamil Nadu.