School for Missionaries’ children
Santhosha Vidhyalaya  

Founded in 1981

Amy Carmichael wanted The Dohnavur Fellowship to be ‘the servant of the churches‘. In 1981 The Fellowship, in partnership with other Christians, formed the Santhosha Educational Society,  an independent organization (although drawing the majority of its board Members from The Dohnavur Fellowship) and separately financed to administer a co-educational English-medium boarding-school,primarily for the benefit of the children of missionaries of Indian nationality, but also open to those of other Faiths.
             The Santhosha Vidhyalaya School opened in 1982 on The Fellowship’s own premises in what had once been the schoolrooms and accommodation for our boys’ work, which ran from 1918 to 1984. This present school now provides Christian education and home care for over 570 children aged between five and seventeen. Their parents are with a number of different missions and organizations working in many parts of India, especially with the under-privileged in remote areas. In many cases the environment is unsuitable for them to have their children with them. They also have the problem of providing education in different, and sometimes changing, language areas as they move to different locations. Currently, we have children speaking 13 different languages and representing 26 out of the 32 States of India. A boarding-school, such as the Santhosha Vidhyalaya School, enables parents to continue their service, satisfied that their children will be well-educated and lovingly cared for .
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