Deepa’s Story

By Joseph Sebastian, Head Faizal and Shabana Foundation

28-year old Deepa, was keen to study further after she passed high school, but was married off at the age of 18. Her parents believed that a woman should be confined to the home and domestic duties. Deepa was married to Chinnakannan, 11 years her senior. He hailed from Periyapulivarisai which belongs to Ennegollu panchayat, Krishnagiri District. Incidentally, this is one of the villages where the Faizal and Shabana,

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Women Power

By Faizal Kottikollon, Co-Founder Faizal and Shabana Foundation

A few months back I watched this film Hidden Figures, based on the real-life story of three brilliant African-American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – who serve as the brains behind one of the most significant operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit in 1961. Like any movie some of the scenes are fiction but for most the film is an accurate depiction of their lives.

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Sustainable Village Development Program

The Krishnagiri Development Project (KDP) is an integrated community development project being implemented by the Faizal and Shabana Foundation in the Ennegollu Gram Panchayat 1, in Krishnagiri district, Tamil Nadu, India. It is one among the backward Panchayats and consists of eight villages. Supported by the Faizal and Shabana Foundation, KDP is implemented by a team of professionals from the Development Promotion Group.

Reaching out at the family level, the goal of the project is to enhance the quality of life for the community.

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Transforming Government Education in India

An old, dilapidated building, with brick walls and minimal essential furniture, facilities and unkept toilets. A chorus of resonating repetitions. A playground with broken or no equipment and unkempt children running around, kicking up clouds of dust, which almost never settles during the entire school day. This is the image that comes to most of our minds when we think of a government school.

In a country where a majority of children attend school,

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