A day when the laughter of happy kids is louder than crackers bursted.
A day eagerly awaited by the kids as they get their only new dress for the year other than the school uniform they get at the beginning of the school year.
A day of colors
A day of fun
A day of happiness
Children at Vanavil come from nomadic tribes who are traditionally very poor and extremely marginalized. Most of them beg for a living. Without Vanavil, these kids would go out begging for crackers and sweets during Deepavali time.
Vanavil has been providing a safe haven to such children for the last 12 years. For Deepavali, we provide a new set of clothes (the child gets to pick what he/she likes), crackers and a sumptuous meal (of course, sweets included) to all the children. Despite rising costs, we have managed to provide this magical experience at Rs. 1000/child.
Please join us in creating another magical day for all the beautiful children of Vanavil. Your contribution will add color to the kids. About Vanavil:
is an alternative school working closely with two of the most marginalized communities in Tamil Nadu. Boom Boom Mattukarars and Narikuravars are ancient nomadic tribes who have been forced to eke out a living through begging and selling minor wares. Vanavil was started in 2005 in the aftermath of the Tsunami by a handful of youngsters and has grown with the help of individual donors and foundations who are committed to the cause of education of marginalized and underprivileged children. Visit us at www.vanavil.org
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Press coverage of our 2015 Deepavali