In February, Mill Valley-based Tribe Rising India founders Annette and Paul Venables were able to return to India after three years to attend the inauguration of a new girls’ dormitory in West Bengal.
The dorm, on the campus of the first high school dedicated solely to the education of Santal children, is one of many projects that supports the mission of Tribe Rising to build schools, provide scholarships and create generational change for the Santal people. Construction of the three-story, modern facility provided jobs in the local community during the global pandemic.
A new high school that will serve 1,200 students will be completed in early 2024 and will open its doors to the first ninth grade class in January. In the spring of 2022, additional land surrounding the school was purchased for future expansion.
“These buildings make a powerful statement about optimism, strength and expansiveness,” Annette Venables said. “They reflect what we see happening in the children and their parents. The possibilities — the hope for the future of these children, a prosperous, healthy life — are tangible. Paul and I are deeply honored and grateful to have a role in helping to make this happen.”
For more information or provide a student scholarship, visit triberisingindia.org.