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Everything YOU NEED TO KNOW about #GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday is a global day of giving celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States. To help raise awareness of charitable causes and amplify donors’ generosity, Facebook is matching up to $7 million in eligible donations made on Facebook during GivingTuesday 2019.

#GivingTuesday 2019 begins at 8:00 AM Eastern Time, 7:00 AM Central Time, 5:00 AM Pacific Time on Tuesday, December 3rd. For a few precious moments, Facebook will match up to $100,000 USD of donations made to SMVA Trust. Donations are matched dollar for dollar on a first-come, first-served basis until $7,000,000 USD in eligible donations are made on Facebook. In years prior, that amount was met in seconds. To have your donation to SMVA Trust matched by Facebook, you must act fast! Find your time to donate here.

Education For All

SMVA Trusts’s two schools offer free education to hundreds of children who would otherwise be confined to a life of daily labor. And while most of these children are the first in their families to ever go to school, their scores rank well above state averages.

Over 600 students, ranging in age from four to sixteen years, attend one of two free schools in the remote regions of Andhra Pradesh. In this rural area where the literacy rate is below the national average, the SMVA Trust is enabling lasting change through the power of education. From as early as 1995, boys and girls have been able to attend school free of cost, receiving textbooks, uniforms, and learning materials without ever having to pay a tuition.

In keeping with Amma Sri Karunamayi’s philosophy that education should be whole and complete, students attend a rich, holistic curriculum that includes learning three languages (Telugu, English and Hindi), sciences, math, social studies, the arts, dance, yoga and silent meditation. “But beyond that,” Amma says, “students must be instructed in basic human values. Their hands must become helping hands, so that they may benefit the world.”

Healthcare for All

Through the Sri Karunamayi Free Hospital, the SMVA Trust has been able to provide vital medical care to a community of about 500,000 people living in the rural regions of the Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh. Before the opening of the hospital, a simple injury could result in the loss of an arm or leg, and mothers would pass away during their child’s birth due to the lack of proper sanitary conditions and emergency medical care. Too often the members of these marginalized neighborhoods would have to face the agonizing choice of whether to pay for desperately needed medicines or to buy food.

Today the hospital and the dedicated doctors, nurses, and volunteers that serve there provide a variety of medical specialties including orthopedics, pediatrics, dentistry, ophthalmology, radiology, oncology, cardiology, pulmonology, ENT, and OB/gynecology. Please help support this Global Giving Project to sustain this free hospital and the annual medical camps and help us transform the lives of the underprivileged.

Water for All

Clean drinking water. Can anything be more basic or more essential to life? Yet for millions of people in the South Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana there is no access to clean drinking water—a fact that has created a dire situation with often heart-wrenching consequences.

From newborn infants to the elderly, millions are suffering from the inescapable effects of drinking unclean water and water contaminated with high amounts of fluoride or arsenic. This situation was brought to the attention of SMVA Trust in the year 2010 when water tests confirmed that contaminated water had plagued generations for countless years in the rural areas surrounding the ashram. To remedy this situation and allow communities to stand healthy and strong, Amma made the firm resolve to provide clean, potable water to those in need. The SMVA Trust took immediate action and began what is now know as the Water Project, a program to install water treatment plants that provide accessible and safe drinking water to communities in need in South India.

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