The Kids of Juanga


In 1999, the largest cyclone to hit India in over 100 years ripped through the coastal region of Odisha for three days. This cyclone was in the same region where CITTA had been running the local hospital since 1996. The cyclone also destroyed the few small government schools that existed. Odisha, one of the poorest states in India where only 10% of the local population has received any formal education, was already at a disadvantage.

In 2001, CITTA responded to the lack of educational resources in the community by constructing The Vivekananda Primary School. This public school opened with 140 students in KG-1, 2 and 1st and 2nd grades. Now, after 20 years, the school has grown to include all classes from KG-1 to 10th.

To accommodate the approximately 420 students presently enrolled, CITTA constructed a second larger structure for a high school.

Presently, we have 31 staff, of which 23 are teachers. The curriculum includes math, science, social studies, art, music, ethics, Oriya, English, Hindi, and Sanskrit. On Saturdays, the entire student body gathers under the canopy of the school’s banyan tree for their yoga class.

The majority of the students come from families who rely on subsistence farming, fall well below the poverty line established by the Indian government, and live on less than $2 per day. The students show great enthusiasm for their education and travel to the school from many local villages as far away as 8km (5 miles) by foot or bicycle. The school offers underprivileged children, both boys and girls (the latter of whom were previously kept home), the only opportunity for an education in the area.

Sponsor a child's education for only $20 per month.

Rashmikanta Das
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Aditya Mohanty
Asit kumar Swain
Surya Kanta Swain
Rasmita Sahoo
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Deba Prasad Swain
Manasmita Swain
Sachin Kumar Nayak
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Soumya Ranjan Das
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