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Venkatraman Memorial Trust

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The Venkat Trust provides and improves educational facilities for school children and young people in the poor fishing village of Kovalam, near Chennai, in Tamil Nadu, South India.   Every penny donated goes to Kovalam - all UK costs are met by the trustees.

Since 2004 when the Venkat Trust was set up, education in Kovalam has been transformed.  The bottom of the pile primary school is now an award winning school with new classrooms, qualified teachers, a dining hall, playground uniforms, books and stationery.  A 1000-pupil high school has been built in partnership with the Tamil Nadu Government with state of the art facilities and 400 of the poorest children in the village have been or are sponsored by individuals, 62 students are at university and 25 have already graduated and have good careers and a bright future ahead.  The literacy rate has gone up from 60% to 95%. Generations to come will benefit from the opportunities now given to Kovalam's children to realise their potential and to see an end to the poverty which has blighted their families for generations.   

Charity No: 1104363

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