The Shri Amasaheb Sahastrabuddhe Adivasi Ashram School,
Shantivan Wakadi was established on the 15th of October,
1994 in the
jungles of Maharashtra, one of the larges states in India. The children who go
to the school are those of the Adivasi tribe. Their parents sole aim was
for the children to learn to read and write. Forget about subjects such as
math, chemistry, and geography. One reason why the parents were so desperate
for their children to learn to read and write was so that they would not become
bonded-laborers and go into modern-day slavery. This tragedy was
why I felt the need to help the children.
school enrolls 385 Adivasi students plus 90 from nearby villages who come just
for the education. The Adivasi students live, eat, sleep, and get educated in
the same room. The school first started with 1st grade.
As the years
went by 2nd, 3rd…9th grade were started. Next school year
10th grade will start. When the children first arrive,
given the essential articles necessary for day-today living. They get clothing,
soap, toothbrush, blanket, floor mat for sleeping, plate and glass, school
books and notebooks, and uniforms. When it is time for school the belongings
are put aside on a trunk.
total staff equals 22. There are 12 teachers, 1 superintendent, and 1
headmaster. The rest are all cooks. The superintendent is on duty 24 hours a
school is partly funded by the government but most of the money comes from
donations. The school is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bombay.
Shri Annasaheb Sahastrabuddhe Ashram School
Names [left to right]: Prashant Jadhav, Shrikanth Solappa, Ratnakar Marutikini, Krishna Patil, Surendra Shelke,
Isak Shaikh, Ganpat Valvi, Vaibhav Kamble, Usha Jadhav, Kranti Patil, Vijayshree Patil, and Vaishala Kamble