About Vidyarambam Trust
The year - 2002. The place – a typical little village named Vattakottai in Kanyakumari district, in the state of Tamil Nadu. The government of that time was working very hard to support and enhance education throughout Tamil Nadu, but the little hamlet of Vatakottai saw no signs of development. The children of the village were apathetic to the idea of education, and the parents could not afford the very meager sum of ten rupees a month to support the education of their children.

It was at this time that Mr. Ranganathan entered the scene, from far away shores of the Middle East. Once he saw students on a village road, returning from a day at school, toting bulky school bags. Books? Atlas? Geometry box? What came out were plates – steel plates that the students carried to school for their noon meal provided by the government. And that was a turning point for Mr. Ranganathan. He was appalled by the marked lack of interest in education in rural areas, and was determined to do something about it.

He realized that the challenge was two fold – enough interest had to be kindled among the children to want to go to school, and it has to be done without expecting the family to provide money for it. Mr. Ranganathan jumped into the fray and took up the challenge. The initial days were back breaking ones, but soon the tide turned. A learning center was born, catering to 17 students. Mr.Ranganath himself paid for the teacher’s salary and made sure that the children had access to good learning material, which included activity books, posters, toys and much more. Children loved coming to the learning center – in fact, they seemed to prefer this place over their regular school.

Soon interest spread to the neighbouring village too. The demand was growing, so Mr.Ranganathan and a few of his close friends came together to formally establish the Vidyarambam Trust, a non-profit organization. What started in a small way, as one man’s dream, has today reached out to over 5100+ villages. The task is not yet complete – Vidyarambam wants to spread this joy of education to more rural schools, and perhaps bring in more urban schools under its umbrella.
Read more at vidyarambam.org

Geographical Presence and Impact
1) More than 7 lakh children have received quality education.
2) More than 6000 young women were transformed into good teachers. About 30 young women equipped themselves with higher qualifications while being in the service of VT, and 7 of them have found a job as a Government teacher.

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