Gyana Rainbow English School is a small school on the edge of the Salia Sahi slum, which has the dubious distinction of being the largest slum in the city and in Orissa.

Wendy and Mary
Wendy and Mary
Satya & Mary
Satya & Mary

Mary, above with Satya, in painting clothes after they had given his classroom a makeover.  He was delighted at the transformation.  

 

Gyana Rainbow

Gyana Rainbow English School pupils

Gyana Rainbow English School was set up in 2010 by a Korean group the Milal Heart Foundation after  careful, full consultation with community leaders.  It consists of just six small classrooms (one of which doubles up as the office) and four toilets – ie it’s tiny.  However, it provides English-medium schooling to 200 youngsters from the slum, the majority of whom are from Hindu-background families.   Some are from families who fled the anti-Christian violence that engulfed the jungles of Kandhamal in Orissa in 2008.   The alternative for all these youngsters would be to run around the streets. 

Initially there was opposition to the school, even though this is what the community leaders had said they wanted.  Relations are still delicate since Hindu community leaders are very wary of Christian work; presumably they are fearful of the long-term effects.

Mark and Mary spent a week here and had the joy of giving training to the teachers, most of whom are unqualified.  We also invited them to join us on their free Saturday morning to paint some of the classrooms.  Everyone turned up and the whole school was given an enthusiastic make-over.  Mark has been for two more visits with other team members to consolidate the training given initially and to encourage the leadership and the staff.


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