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Breaking the cycle of poverty

EFD Induction is supporting the charity “Shanti Bhavan”, an organization providing education and more to poor children in India. Recently, two girls from the school went on a tour of the US. In Seattle, they met up with two of our staff members from EHE Consumables.

MET IN THE US: Shanti Bhavan’s Director of Operations, Ajit George, and the two students, Visali and Shree, met accountant, Sandi Hanshew and Managing Director, Wil Johnston, from EHE Consumables.

 

Shanti Bhavan supports children from their first day of school to their first day of work. It is a non-religious, non-profit organization that was founded in 1997 by professor, entrepreneur, and author Dr. Abraham George, whose vision it is to empower children from India’s lowest socioeconomic class to break the cycle of generational poverty through education, leadership, and compassion.

Shanti Bhavan, which translates to “Place of peace”, has a boarding school located in Tamil Nadu, southeast of Bangalore. EFD Induction supports the school through our plant there. Both our Board of Directors and the Executive Committee have visited the school and it is followed up closely by the local management.

“We support the school by donating under corporate social responsibility and we participate in football events they conduct to bring people together and raise funds for the school”, says Managing Director of EFD Induction India, Mahesh Gupta.

 

FOOTBALL is a popular pastime for the students. EFD Induction participates in football events to raise funds.

 

Children recruited to Shanti Bhavan come from families that earn less than $2 a day. 60% of them come from rural villages and 40% from urban slums. 95% of the children also belong to the Dalit caste, formerly known as the “untouchables”. For these children, it would have been almost impossible to grow up to be business leaders, but this organization thinks that there should be no glass ceiling for the poor. The school boasts unparalleled success with 98% of the students graduating from college and 97% employed in full time jobs.

Such fantastic numbers are due to a revolutionary approach where empowerment is viewed as more than just education. Shanti Bhavan goes beyond basic literacy and teaches their students to be global citizens and leaders who change the world with integrity, compassion, and focus. Each child receives 17 years of educational intervention, from the age of four until they graduate from college and begin their career. In fact, one of the former students of Shanti Bhavan is now employed at the product development department of EFD Induction India.

Two of Shanti Bhavan’s 11th graders, Shree and Visali, recently visited the United States along with Director of Operations, Ajit George. At an event in Bellevue, Seattle, the students shared their stories and the impact that Shanti Bhavan has had on their lives.

“The event was a luncheon that allowed for time to meet the girls and Ajit and talk to them personally”, says Wil Johnston.

Both girls took time to tell their personal stories, and directly connect with the audience on a personal level.  Each of their families has benefited greatly from their admission to Shanti Bhavan and it has changed the trajectory of their entire families’ lives. 

“These girls will go on to professions that will enable them to support their families and potentially lift the entire family unit out of the poverty cycle permanently”, Wil Johnston says. “Listening to the girls tell their stories, I was very proud to be associated with a company like EFD Induction, that puts into action our core value of being “Passionate” through supporting worthy causes like Shanti Bhavan.”