Shanti Ananda

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Shanti Ananda newsletter 4/2010

The temporary shelter – our first building on the new school area

Three months before the last newsletter was sent. Meanwhile – in the summer holidays and the start of the academic year 2010/2011– a lot of activities took place on the new school area. Under the extreme heat - exhausting for everybody - the whole area was enclosed by an iron fence; some weeks later we want to make it green – an opportunity for the students to become active may be within a project week. They were already very helpful by building up the temporary shelter.

Our students are helping with a lot of enthusiasm

The planning of the Nature School and the preparations for the building process change the daily life. New personal structures were created; project manager Horst Wagner and coordinator Chandra Mohan, before headmaster, are now responsible for the building process and the shaping of the new area.

Head mistress and Society president Sabitha, coordinator Chandra Mohan and project manager Horst Wagner

For the Shanti Ananda Education Society – expecting the FCRA from the Central Government in Delhi within the next months – we rented a silent flat very near to the school; it is planned to function as a head quarter and as room for guests as well. That means that we are able to provide space for trainees and other helpers as well…

Headmistress and art teacher Sabitha fixed new paintings in the old school buildings demonstrating very clearly that nature is our focus

New Nature paintings in the school building

She prolonged the creativity periods in the afternoon for all the students and extended the creativity timings for the kinder garden children. Yoga now is a regular activity already for the smallest students. Meditation – for a long time already a regular activity in the school – was differentiated; the kinder garden teachers receive a special training by our meditation teacher Raja Sekhar because the smallest children should practise special meditation forms for younger children. Now 130 students are present at the school; we had to select 22 children out of more than 60. It is very important to hold our quality standard “Not more than 20 children in one class” enabling the teachers to care for every single student.

Neem tree on the school area

When the school area was cleaned all the “Kampa” trees which have very deep roots were removed. This wonderful Neem tree now is the only tree on the area. Its leaves are well known for their disinfecting effect; the Indian people traditionally clean their teeth and gums with its twigs. Dental creams are enriched with Neem tree extract; and eco friendly farmers use the Neem tree cooking water for the natural prevention of plants against pests.

Workers setting granite stones for the iron fence

On this photo you can see very clearly the dryness of our area. It is located very near to the Mudigubba water tank which – however - has not been full for seven years… (Most of the water tanks in this area are seasonal lakes; in the rainy season they are may be full and after more and more empty…). It will take some efforts to make this land fertile and green according to our vision.

Two bore wells were planned on the area; but only one will be permitted. (In the Anantapur District now bore wells in agriculture are banned because of many illegal bore wells); but hopefully we will receive the permission for our construction works. Thick tubes have to transport big amounts of water into the basin – only for some hours daily the three phases current is available which is compulsory for this purpose. The current officer is in jail because of corruption; if the line officer gives the permission for an own transformer for the nature school the daily current cuttings will disappear…

The main gate with the entry area is planned to be completed in July; after a poojari (priest) with some knowledge of Vastu (the Indian FengShui) will inaugurate the area. A watchman house – already made in clay technique – will join; as soon as our bore well is present a new watchman has to start his duty and have an eye onto the tubes and the pumps…

Design of the main gate by Horst Wagner

The centre of the complete area and of the designed spiral – formed by the future buildings prepared with natural clay – will be a tree – suitable for a Nature School. We will visit architects with recent experiences of natural clay buildings in Auroville (Tamil Nadu); many clay buildings are present there. The Anantapur district is a clay area by nature; but within the last decades all the people built with cement and forget their own typical traditions. But it is much better for the health and more suitable for this climate to build with natural clay…

With cordial greetings from South India

Yours, Helga Shanti Fründt

Donation Accounts

Foreigners should give their donation to this FCRA account

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Andhra Bank, Mudigubba Branch

Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India

Account No: 185410100007532

IFSC: ANDB0001854

Indian persons should give their donation to the

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Geetha Nagar, Mudigubba 515511

Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank

Account No. 19073080607

Shanti Ananda newsletter 3/2010

On April 7th the teachers‘team went to the new school area for the very first time – it is located in about 15 minutes walking distance from our momentary school. Because of the burning heat we started already at 8o’clock am and went around the area. The teachers discovered a huge cactus with ripe fruits, and I came to enjoy them: they deep red with a sour taste and are told to purify the blood. This small excursion gave a first impression of what a Nature School can afford…

Teachers in front of a huge cactus

The solar cooker – very appropriate for our developing nature school - donated by Amar was introduced by the teachers preparing a sweet dish; everybody liked it very much. In the summer holidays every teacher will receive the cooker for one week – having the chance to test it in his/her own surrounding. Certainly this will become a big PR-action for the cooking with solar energy which is not only eco sustainable, but also much less expensive than the food preparation with wood or gas.

Cooking team in action

On April 3rd, Eastern Saturday, we had two workshops in the Shanti Ananda School guided by Angelika und Andrea– they are both art and yoga teachers. They did not shy away because of the extreme heat and offered Yoga for Kinder garden children and a water colouring Workshop. First the small children had the opportunity to practise simple yoga exercises inspired by animals’ movements.

So many supple cats stretching themselves…

The most Yoga Schools teach that children should start with yogasanas (yoga exercises) not before the age of eight years. Yoga for small children is very meaningful to lead the children to their centre; aggressive children become more silent and less concentrated children will become more focused, Angelika und Andrea told. Andrea exercises yoga for kinder garden children regularly in Germany…

Yoga teacher Chandra Mohan is fond…

Water is important: wet papers and cups with fluid colours…

After the yoga a water colouring workshop took place; five teachers and ten students participated. Besides their wide know how Angelika und Andrea had taken with them a big range of materials, for example fluid colours manufactured on the base of plant ingredients.

The painting process with wet colours onto wet papers caused certain fears because of the uncontrollability of the dissolving colours. I think that this is a good life school: do we not often plan something and have to experience that the universe is planning something different for us? Painting with these water colours is practised at many clinics to confront the patients with their fears…

First you have to paint with the light colours

Passing through three painting times with different colour combinations the participants developed amazing pictures vibrating with colours. At the end everybody received the opportunity to present the results to the others.

Angelika and Andrea are satisfied…

On April 14th I said „Good Bye“ to the teachers – I will go to Germany for some time. They have to conduct the examinations before the academic year will be completed 10 days later. The school will open again on June 14th. Chandra Mohan, up to now headmaster, is our new coordinator for the developing Nature School; he will arrange an iron fence around the school area; a beautiful gate will enrich the view to the land as well…

German-Indian communication…

Herbert Müller – who visited the school the very first time – and Klaus (www.myspace.com/premaeol/) who already led some Bhajan Workshops in the school – were present and talked with the students.

With cordial greetings from South India

Yours, Helga Shanti Fründt

Donation Accounts

Foreigners should give their donation to this FCRA account

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Andhra Bank, Mudigubba Branch

Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India

Account No: 185410100007532

IFSC: ANDB0001854

Indian persons should give their donation to the

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Geetha Nagar, Mudigubba 515511

Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank

Account No. 19073080607

Shanti Ananda newsletter 1/2010

On Republic Day (January 26th) my brother Herbert – one of our main donors and visiting India the very first time – was a special guest of the school. He had the opportunity to hoist the flag and to distribute sweets to the students. We took photos of the students in their new school uniforms all stitched by two of our teachers, Raja Sekhar und Munemma!

My brother Herbert hoisting the flag of India

Teachers and students with their new school uniforms in front of the school


On January 12th the third Cultural Presentation of the Shanti Ananda School had taken place. In the presence of 15 special guests, for example the Mandal Education Officer (M.E.O) – who spoke very positively about the school in his speech – as well as the Surpanch (mayor) – and the Chief of the Police in Mudigubba, our students had the opportunity to prove their skills and talents. A big variety of dances, small theatre plays and songs inspired the auditorium. Before, speeches had been held, presents been given and the school uniforms had been distributed.

From l. to r.: Herbert, me, M. E. O., Gabriele, Klaus, Sheila, Surpanch

 

Saraswathi Dance (Saraswathi is the Goddess of Arts and of Education)

Rajesh, a student of the 3rd class, danced very nicely and received as a reward two bank notes: one 50 Rupee bank note and one 100 Rupee bank note were fixed at the reverse of his jacket. Immediately after the completion of the dance he ran to the headmaster and donated the 100 Rupees for our Shanti Ananda Society! Everybody was very fond of this behaviour which seems to be a very good example. I had mentioned in my initial speech that the school project now exists more than three years by donations only and that they are very necessary for the further existence of the school. I told the following story to the people as well:

“When Sathya Sai Baba planned the building of the big Super Speciality Hospital outside of Puttaparthy (it was built within seven months only – a real miracle) the students of the Sathya Sai Baba University knew about this plan. One day Sai Baba received a letter of one of the students including a 100 Rupee bank note.

In the text the student wrote that he was very inspired by the vision of this Super Speciality Hospital and that he wanted to give a donation. He had thought very deeply – but he was a poor student and had no financial means he could give. At last an idea came to him: he washed his laundry by himself for two months and saved 100 Rupees by doing like this. He was writing that he wanted to give this amount for the building of the Super Speciality Hospital.

All present people were deeply touched. Sai Baba said that this donation was worth more than one crow of Rupees – because it came directly from the heart…

This true story seems to have touched the heart of our Rajesh very deeply…

How much are 100 Rupees for a child, especially for a child from a poor Indian family! (For 100 Rupees you can buy 50 to 60 bananas or several flower chains or 8 to 10 packages of biscuits!) For me it was very touching as well that two school children gave a flower chain to me – it was their own idea, and they had bought this flower chain from their own money!

Shanti Ananda newsletter 2/2010

First some very good news: Thanks to our main donor - the AktuarData GmbH in Cologne - we were able to purchase land for our nature school! It has a size of more than 9 acres and is located at the water tank of Mudigubba. Of course all the teachers and students should participate in the planning process because it has to be as sustainable as possible. It is important to take enough time for the sighting of alternative ecologic materials as well – because our nature school should be built for the next 100 years! I suppose that the academic year 2010/2011 starting in June will be characterized by a common creativity towards planning and developing our nature school …

Aerial photo with (green marked) land

The buildings on the area should be arranged in the form of a spiral with a Saraswathi statue in the centre (Saraswathi is the goddess of arts and of education). We selected this form because it is one of the most dynamic (development) shapes of the universe existent in nearly all organic creations and symbolizing growth and extension.

View onto the land

Since March 15th the teachings are conducted with the timings of the so called Summer School: school starts at 7.30 a.m. and ends at 12.40 am – temporarily the afternoon creativity lessons cannot be offered. These measures are prescribed by the government in Andhra Pradesh because of the heat – in moment approximately 45 degrees Celsius; in April and May we could have 50 degrees… The heat is a consequence of the deforestation and the resulting desertification. These facts of course are an important argument for the erection of our nature school with a plantation planned according to perma culture as a central agenda.

On March 29th Amar Bedi, consultant of the company Interflex (www.interflex.de) and one of our donors, came to the school the very first time and brought five laptops and a solar cooker. Now a number of seven laptops can be used in the school; and the teachers have the opportunity to teach the children how to prepare food with solar energy. Amar who is building up an eco sustainable guest house in Goa gave some precious hints concerning ecologic building materials as well.

Amar explains the functioning of a solar cooker

Amar gave helpful inspirations for the usage of the medium computer as well; he informed the teachers about an experiment of a school located in Delhi: children without any computer experience coming from difficult social circumstances were given the opportunity to act completely free with the computer using play way methods; after some weeks they were very fit with a lot of knowledge and even able to surf in the internet!

Creative laptop chaos

On February 24th a special event took place in the Shanti Ananda School: Romula, Vice president of the Karuna Society (www.karunasociety.org) – she is also guiding the eco shop of the society in Puttaparthy – and teacher with a lot of experience in foreign countries informed the elder children about animals and animal protection. On the big computer screen the students could observe a lot of fascinating animal photos and films. Romula illustrated her teachings very clearly by showing some toys interacting with the children.

Romula in action with animal protection information

On March 21st a donations‘flea market was held on Gut Ophovennear Cologne, Germany (www.Naturgut-ophoven.de) – for the benefit of the Shanti Ananda School as well. Furthermore some special “Indian” creativity lessons like mandala painting and producing friendship ribbons were offered to the younger visitors…

With cordial greetings from South India,

Yours, Helga Shanti Fründt

Newspaper clippings

Donation Accounts

Foreigners should give their donation to this FCRA account

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Andhra Bank, Mudigubba Branch

Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India

Account No: 185410100007532

IFSC: ANDB0001854

Indian persons should give their donation to the

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Geetha Nagar, Mudigubba 515511

Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank

Account No. 19073080607

Shanti Ananda newsletter 6/2009

Dear friends, dear donors!

The following article was published on November 11th 2009 in the daily newspaper „Eenadu“ which is distributed in the whole Anantapur district. I think it is a good success for our social work in one of the poorest areas in South India.

But: the better quality in the school causes higher costs as well – our expenditures are no more covered by the regularly incoming donations. It would mean a precious help for us when more people could support us with donations. Every amount will help our students to grow into a good and happy future!

I wish you a merry Christmas and a good transfer into the next year 2010!

Your Helga Shanti Fründt

Zeitung1

Here is the English translation:

No boundary to Service

Establishment of English Medium School

She is not of our country. She does not know our language. She came here for a visit. Observing the miserable condition of the children in the rural areas she got a strong impulse to do something for them. On her way into this direction she established an English Medium school with high standards. She is imparting free education to poor students. She is none other than the German Helga Shanti.

An ideal German Lady Helga Shanti

Helga Shanti came to Puttaparthi to see Sri Bhagavan Sathya Sai Baba. She felt to help the rural poor children and adopted a private school in the mandal head quarter. Being a teacher she educates the children by giving training to the teachers on her own. She makes many efforts in her attempt to serve the poor children and is becoming an ideal to many.

Funds from Germany for Maintenance

Mme. Helga Shanti receives the donations from Germany by a few sponsors. She gives permission only to poor children in her school. Pupils are admitted on the base of the ration card. In present nearly two hundred pupils from LKG to VII. standard enjoy the the fruits of this free education. Furthermore the pupils are given school uniforms and books free of cost. The eligibility for the admission to the school is their poverty, says Mme. Helga Shanti.

Education with high standards

High quality education is given to the pupils. Computer education is a part of the education. In her opinion it is not sufficent to have book knowledge and rote learning; instead of this the children should get education triggering their interest. She is imparting education with play way and project methods. She feels that we can educate the pupils in a better way with these methods.

Nature school in Future

Helga Shanti: “There is no use to receive education within the four walls only. The children should become one with nature for their all sided development. We plan to start a nature school – in some distance from the air pollution. It will resemble an “Ashram patashala” of ancient times. It will be good if the government provides us with the needed land. The rest will be arranged by us. Man can live happily only when there is peace in him. We educate our children to live in peace, harmony and non violence instead of anger and hatred.”

Donation Accounts

Foreigners should give their donation to this FCRA account

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Andhra Bank, Mudigubba Branch

Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India

Account No: 185410100007532

IFSC: ANDB0001854

Indian persons should give their donation to the

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Geetha Nagar, Mudigubba 515511

Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank

Account No. 19073080607

Donations

Foreigners should give their donation to the

FCRA account:

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Account No.: 185410100007532

IFSC: ANDB0001854

Andhra Bank, Mudigubba Branch

India


German account:


Spendenkonto der Anahata Stiftung fuer Naturschule Mudigubba

Bank für Sozialwirtschaft

Kt-Nr.: 375 1241 124

BLZ: 700 205 00

IBAN: DE72700205003751241124

BIC: BFSWDE33MUE


Indian persons might give their donation to the

General account:

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Account No. 19073080607

Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank

Mudigubba Branch

India

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