The Stella Mary School in Bangalore, India was one of the first projects that SQ Foundation supported. To date, the school has taken in over 650 highly vulnerable street children, ranging in age from 2 years up to about 16. Having been sold or abandoned, these children are brought from the cruelty of the streets into an environment that provides love, support and compassion as well as a top quality education.
SQ Foundation purchased a van in July 2011 to transport children and parents from the slum areas to the school. This makes it possible for them to reach the school safely, especially during the rainy season. Having a van that runs regularly ensures that more children are willing and able to come to school and attend classes consistently. It also makes it safe for the children to attend extra-curricular activities like dance, band, etc. and be returned home safely. Having an extended program of activities at the school helps to increase the scope of the children’s skills and increase their confidence.
SQ Foundation continues to support the school as it expands to take in and care for more and more children in the Bangalore area.
ABOUT STELLA MARY SCHOOL – Established in 1998 with just 14 students by The Infant Jesus Trust, Stella Mary School was started to help poor young children who were dropping out of school to support their parents in manual and scavenging work return to school affordably. The school promotes diverse co-curricular activities centered around a values-based education, with Awareness Programs to enable all around development and support both students and parents to become self-reliant. Today, the student body has grown to over 600 students, and has received awards for best results in public exams in the state of Karnataka, with its students also representing Karnataka and India in a national & international level football tournament, illustrating both the success as well as the continued economic need for the school’s low fee structure.
See the incredible school, students and staff here in this special StellaMarySchool slideshow presentation Sister Nirmala of Stella Mary shared at recent Charity Dinner at Creacon Wellness Retreat in County Wexford, Ireland.
Shared on our Facebook page: “This is an inspiring school full of LOVE and JOY a real example of the teachings in action. I have been graced to spend time with the teachers and teenage pupils there and was so humbled by their focus on service and compassion, their eagerness to give back to their community when they complete their schooling and help others and their keen awareness of God in their life and their gratitude for the opportunity this school has given them. The teachers led by Sr. Nirmila are a true example of dedication going the extra mile to support and develop or these wonderful kids. Its such an blessing for Sr. Nirimla to present to us all this wonderful SQ project.”