Cape Town in South Africa faced an unprecedented drought situation a few years back and was gearing up for what its government termed Day 0, a day when every single tap in the city would run dry

Chennai is not new to water woes, but this summer, the situation took a turn for the worse when the alarmingly depleted ground water and lack of rain could have lead the city to have its very own Day 0. Global warming and rapid urbanization makes one believe it is a very real possibility in the near future. 

In 1893, Chennai had about 60 water bodies over an area of 12.6 sq.km. In 2017, There are only 28 remaining and cover an area of only 3.2 sq.km. 

But there is still hope. There are many water bodies in the suburbs of Chennai that could be restored. Restoring water bodies not only recharges ground water but also stabilises temperature. 

We at Chennai Runners believe that restoring water bodies is a fantastic way of giving back to the city, a way to clean up the city we call home. 

Come join us and run for Chennai, run for her lakes, and away from the alarming possibility of Day 0.

As a part of Isha’s social outreach programs, IshaVidhya rural schools have been established in villages (under the umbrella of Isha Education, founded in 2005) to provide high-quality school education to underprivileged rural children, who cannot otherwise access or afford it. In addition, in 2012, IshaVidhya began to carry out critical interventions to improve the quality of education in rural Government schools, for which IshaVidhya created its ‘Government School Support Program’ (GSSP)

Isha Vidhya currently operates 10 schools, 9 in Tamil Nadu & 1 in Andhra Pradesh. The schools presently have 8,523 children (47% girls), with about 60% of students on free education supported by donations under the IshaVidhya scholarship program.

UUnder the ‘Government School Support Program’, Isha Vidhya has currently adopted 32 Govt. schools in Tamil Nadu, which impact over 10,000 children.

The donation will be used for:

  • Full educational support: Your donation provides a child with all their educational needs including tuition, books, notebooks, uniforms, transport and nutritious noon meals for one academic year.

  • Scholarships: Even nominal school fees are beyond the means of some rural families. Recognizing this challenge, IshaVidhya provides scholarships which cover students’ tuition, notebooks and textbooks for one academic year.

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