Thus far, The Steele Family Foundation has donated $128,480 toward the construction and planning of the Sacred Trust Project.
Together with donors who understand the need for education, we will match all donations up to $500,000 towards the construction of the 3-storey school in Tamil Nadu, India until it is complete.
Together with Sacred Trust (a registered charity in Tamil Nadu, India), the Foundation plans to fund the construction of a 3-storey school in the village of Mathigiri, which is located in an impoverished area of Tamil Nadu. The goals of the Sacred Trust Project are:
Through many town gatherings and meetings, the local community has expressed the basic needs of having a school in this area. Since the majority of the people are illiterate and economically poor, they are unable to provide basic primary education to their children to fulfill their educational rights.
This is mainly due to the following reasons:
Krishnagiri district is carved out of the Dharmapuri district as the 30th district of Tamil Nadu in South India. Its area is 5143 square kilometres, consisting of 2 Revenue divisions, 5 Revenue Taluks, 10 Panchayat Unions, 352 Village Panchayats and 636 Revenue villages. The project location, Mathigiri is located 65 kms away from the district headquarters, Krishnagiri, and 5 kms away from Hosur Town, the Taluk headquarters. It is one of the oldest parishes of the Dharmapuri diocese, whose pioneers were French Missionaries.
Children from about 35 nearby villages from the age group of 4 to 18 will be able to benefit from the education provided by this project.
The diocese of Dharmapuri, along with the generosity of a few benefactors, has purchased 10 acres of land for the construction of the school.
Due to economic constraints, Sacred Trust was unable to construct the school building and realize their dream.
The infrastructure is a huge expense which the diocese is unable to shoulder fully.
Blueprint for the ground floor of the school.
Blueprint for the second and third floors of the school.
Artist rendering of the completed 3-storey school.