Our history

In 1999, Sri M procured a plot of land in Nakaladinne, a tribal settlement on the outskirts of Madanapalle. One day while on a walk, he saw kids wandering in the nearby fields grazing cattle. He had his trademark friendly chat with them and was dismayed to find they weren’t enrolled in any school!

On further prodding, he found out that the community was indeed willing to educate their children but lacked the opportunities or the means for doing so. This proved to be enough of a catalyst for Sri M. Along with a friend and a modest sum of capital he started a free school primarily for the local community kids – with free hot-lunch for all the students.
Sri M with an early batch of students and teachers from 1999
 This initiative has proven to be profoundly transformative for a community that is completely and totally isolated from the rest of civic life and society due to many prevailing social constraints (read more on about the Lambani community). After more than a decade of not uninterrupted schooling, Satsang Vidyalaya is well on its way to becoming a model school implementing the all important “Right to Education” philosophy in the local state of Andhra Pradesh.


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