New computer lab launched

A new computer lab has just been set up at Satsang Vidyalaya! This mini computer lab is just the beginning of a bigger lab in the pipeline.

Internet course for our teachers

A workshop on the basics of the internet for our teachers at Satsang Vidyalaya conducted by a senior manager at a computer chip giant

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

A visit by Asha for Education, Silicon Valley - USA

A couple of days back, we received a few visitors from Asha for Education Foundation's Silicon Valley chapter.

Asha Silicon Valley is a chapter of Asha for Education, a not-for-profit, volunteer driven organization dedicated to bring socio-economic change in India. 

Mission: To catalyze socio-economic change in India through education of underprivileged children
While most of their efforts are focused around the education of underprivileged children, they also work on holistic solutions for communities they work with. Asha Silicon Valley currently works with 35 projects in 12 states of India in a wide range of areas of education and development. Asha Silicon Valley's annual budget is over $600,000 for 2012 and they are actively looking for ways and volunteers to meet their target.

Asha Silicon Valley is an early and continued supporter of Satsang Vidyalaya. They are represented by two lovely volunteers from Silicon Valley - Bhanu and Madhu - a wife/husband team.

More details of our cooperation with Asha Silicon Valley can be found here:

Now, onto their visit to our school in Madanapalle!

Craft work hanging from the ceiling in one of the classrooms!

For Christmas :-)

Spontaneous dancing! What fun to be kids.
— in Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh.

Makes you want to soooo pinch their cheeks!


Say cheese!

Photo-op 1

Photo-op 2

Photo-op 3...these kids love photos of themselves!

Hey there little monkey!

Siesta time!

I can't remember the last time I sat this quietly and had my lunch...

Madhu, from Asha Silicon Valley observing one of the classes in progress.

A class in progress.

Ooooo...I know the answer!

And this is Bhanu, also from Asha Silicon Valley. Too tough for you eh Bhanu? :P

This kid DOES know the answer!

Boom! Problem solved!

Bhanu is the project steward in charge of Satsang Vidyalaya's funding and progress updates with her chapter in Silicon Valley.

Hey Ms teacher! Playground = "PLAY" in the ground!


Either they're taking apart something...or they're putting it back together. Whatever it is, its broken!

Some of the classroom construction in progress. More students next year?! Yippee!

Stephen, our Director's office. The first time EVER we've seen toys in a director's room. Wonder if he plays with them when nobody's looking.

Another classroom construction in progress. Our guests were given a great tour by Mr Stephen.

The main gate at our school.
— in Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh.

Gotta love them kids!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Fun & Games Day in Satsang Vidyalaya

Today was fun and games day at Satsang Vidyalaya!

Wait, we just had Sports day, Teacher's day, and Independence day! Why another fun and games day?

Well, at Satsang Vidyalaya we believe that group based games fosters greater cooperation, team building, participation from everyone, in a fun filled, joyous and non competitive environment. We believe that its good to win, but its also "okay" to lose to the better person on their better day! Who knows, it might be "your" better day tomorrow :-)

First, the students were gotten together and organized into different teams based on their ages, and the kind of games that were created for them...

Though this does look like some kind of wasn't!

The teachers taking a breather before the games begin...

Our Director, Mr Stephen kicks things off in his usual fashion. This game is about stacking tomatoes one over the other until they collapse. The highest tomato skyscraper wins!

This game was a little more crazy. You had to cup water out of your hands and carry it to the other end! The one who empties all the water out of the bucket on one end to the other tumbler at the other end wins! You better have HUGE hands to win this one.

You can see the tumblers ahead of the cheerleaders here...

Our math teacher taking down the better add up sir!

We don't know what this pretty girl was doing, but decided to take a picture just because she was so darn pretty!

Looks like some kind of open air  bowling!

Now, THIS seems to be a very interesting game. Can you spot a string tied above the boys heads?

And do you see something hanging off them? And do you also see what the boys are doing?! We're getting excited just looking at these pictures!

We'll make it easy for you. Those are juicy (and in some cases sour ;-) orange pieces tied to a string high above your head. You have to jump up and grab the orange by your mouth with your hands tied behind your back!

Now the girls give it a shot...

Ah, those clothes aren't helping their cause...

Is the math teacher eating an orange out of his hands? That's a foul!

No, they aren't fighting over the scores...they're after the oranges!

We aren't exactly sure what this game was all about, but considering it didn't involve hands (duh!), has a piece of string, and does involve your mouth, its guaranteed to be tough!

Mr. Stephen getting into the swing of things...

We even had our very own water boys!

Phew! And that's it for the fun and games on this edition folks! We hope you had as much fun as we did! No, we definitely had a LOT more fun than you did! Haha!