Sanjyot Foundation

Sanjyot Foundation

About

We have established a Childrens' Home (Orphanage) for taking care of young boys who
have lost their parents. The young boys are in the age group 6 to 12 years.
We provide them sound academic education, sports, Yoga, Meditation, Music etc to
make them well rounded individuals. We are planning to educate them till their college degrees.

The children's home is located in a rural area about 80 miles from Bangalore.

Founded
2018

Reviews

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Srinivasan
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The host are a well experienced couple, who know the needs of the volunteers from abroad.

One would receive excellent support in all activities and also in being served with local food, including plenty of vegetables and fruits. The hosts Niranjan and Vijaya are dedicated to the service to the children.

One would get the experience of guiding the children with challenging background and also teach in local schools, helping children of the community.

The children in the area are bright and enthusiastic, providing a sense of satisfaction for our contribution as volunteers.

Punganur is a small village, with a beautiful community with good weather and good water supply.

I am happy to be contacted for any additional information regarding Sanjyot Childrens Home

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Hannah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had a wonderful experience volunteering at The Sanjyot Orphanage. I taught english and lived with three wonderful little boys who were eager to learn! The Sanjyot Foundation is working tirelessly to provide a safe and nurturing environment for orphans. I am eager to return and encourage others to serve! It is a life changing experience. I feel I have made a difference in the children's lives and they have made a lasting impact on my life.

Tips for future travelers:
Bring a camera
Bring children's books and workbooks
Pack lightly and for tropical weather
Bring your own feminine products (can be hard to find)
Bring a book for your personal time
Bring a debit card because you will need pill out the Indian currency at the local ATM
Bring a fanny pack or money belt to keep you money safe
Make sure you have multiple copies of your visa
Make sure you get travel medical insurance (it is inexpensive and could be very important)
Make sure you bring pepto bismol or other stomach remedies (probiotics etc.)
( I did not get sick but it is very common when traveling to India)
Make sure you drink bottled or filtered water

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
You will be living in a rural village so be prepared to truly live the authentic Indian lifestyle! Embrace it! The foundation will take great care of you and will be well fed and have western world amenities in your room such as a toilet, shower and wifi.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Gopinath Chanda

Job Title
Trustee

Gopi Chandra is a Software Engineering Director for a major multinational company and is a resident of California for the last 26 years. His passion for helping the poor and needy made him set up a private foundation in the U.S to serve both the local homeless shelters as well as support the charity initiatives in India. Sanjyot Foundation, a registered charitable trust, set up in India in 2016, now has started operating a children's home for the poor orphans.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Although I have traveled extensively through several tourist destinations across the world, my most favorite one would be the one I took in 2012.

I happened to spend some time with a local orphanage in India and had interaction with the poor children. Devoid of good food, clothes, and basic needs, these children were struggling in life instead of spending time playing with friends or going to school. This incident triggered me to work towards setting up an orphanage where poor orphans would be given not just food, shelter, and clothing but also strong academic education, sports, music, etc.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Ever since I started working on the orphanage project, I have always been thinking of ideas to make these orphans productive citizens of the world. I now put myself in their shoes loudly thinking about what I need so I can lead a wholesome life. To realize this vision, I firmly believe that these kids need a strong foundation academically which, for me, should begin with acquiring basic English skills.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would certainly love to spend some time in the orphanage educating these kids the 3 Rs – reading, writing, and arithmetic. It would offer immense satisfaction to see these kids show remarkable progress in their academics as well as extra-curricular activities like sports, music, meditation, yoga, etc.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

My foundation is unique since it offers the children education until their college degrees. Most of the orphanages take care of their basic needs like food, shelter, and clothing, and ask them to leave when they turn 18. My organization would make sure the kids grow up into wonderful human beings and support them until they become independent.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Strong passion and dedication are a must for a company to be successful. My company has the vision, mission, and the passion to make this happen. I am sure that with support from like-minded volunteers, we can bring a major change in the lives of these poor souls who have lost their parents. By grooming these kids at a young age, they are likely to grow into wonderful human beings and continue the good work.