Infant Jesus High School

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In order to provide and to promote secondary school education in a rural area, Infant Jesus High School was started in June 2002 by Millennium Educational and Environmental Trust. As there was no high school of any type within radius of 10Kms from the Village of Maravanur, the school enrollment has increased year after year. The school now enrolls 581 boys and girls.

All these students come from more than 40 villages and their parents are daily wages earners or cattle raisers. 42% of them are from Dalit families. Education is freely given to all. Infant Jesus High School is a Tamil Medium School, recognized by the Government of Tamil Nadu. The Government gives free text books to all students, free lunch for 340 students and free bus pass for 360 students. The school’s standard result is always above 92% and their service at this rural area is well appreciated.

It has become an immediate and urgent need to dig a bore-well and construct over head tank for the school’s students.

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03/24/2011: The well in Maravanur is completed

Infant Jesus High School in Maravanur has 580 students currently and has been seeking intervention from some time now concerning its fresh water needs.  Thankfully Wells for Life was finally able to do something about this need through the generosity of The Water Project and its funding source, Northview Christian Church.  In addition to the contribution from Northview, The Dykes family from Leavenworth KS gave funds as a memorial to their young daughter who passed away several years ago.
Knowing the history of those that gave made the experience of dedicating this project even more special for me and as we drove up to the school all the kids were running to greet us and an entire program had been prepared just for us.  The water needs in that area are great and so even more satisfying is the knowledge that the school can now concentrate on its other needs without concern for safe drinking water for the kids, teachers, staff or even any nearby village inhabitants.

The students, teachers and staff were so very appreciative for the assistance in meeting their water needs and wanted me to communicate to the donors their thanks for the life giving water.

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Project Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Maravanur - Manaparai Tk - Tiruchirappalli Dt - Tamil Nadu - India
ProjectID: 8010
Install Date:  02/28/2011

Country Details


Population: 1.16 Billion
Lacking clean water: 11%
Below poverty line: 25%
Climate: Varies from tropical monsoon in south to temperate in north
Languages: English, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Urdu
Ethnic Groups: Indo-Aryan 72%, Dravidian 25%, Mongoloid and other 3%
Life Expectancy: 69 years
Infant Mortality Rate: 55 deaths per 1000 live births

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Wells for Life® is seeking to address the problem in India one well
at a time, and to do so from a holistic perspective by first addressing
the physical needs of the individual and then their community. We are
seeking to accomplish this task through forming partnerships with other
organizations that share the same passion we do for meeting one of the
most basic needs: the need for water.

Wells for Life® continues to receive requests for water wells in
different rural villages and communities throughout India. It is our
vision to meet every viable request presented to us, and to do it in a
sustainable way with lasting impact. We seek to carry out our projects
with the wholehearted participation of the receiving community and to
work with the community. Taking ownership of the well project, they
will keep it a life giving source of water for years to come.

With each of our projects we utilize the expertise of Indian
professionals trained in engineering, hydrogeology, and construction as
well gain the help of the receiving community to carry out the project.
Furthermore, it is our goal to establish the location of each project
on property that will afford equal access to all those within the
village or community, regardless of one's faith or caste.

Finally, it is our hope that each project initiated will bring immediate relief and be a building block for future projects for all those we are in partnership with.