Venkatraman Memorial Trust



How can you help?

INTO Giving is supporting six girls from Kovalam, India to go on to higher education with grants totalling £12,500 (US $16,000) in partnership with the Venkat Trust.  In the COVID-19 pandemic, INTO Giving is providing £1,000 (US $1,300) of emergency support.


Top of her class

Chosen course: BCom Finance & Chartered Accountancy

Ambition: Accounts Auditor/Financial Analyst

Family: fisherman father, mother and younger sister

Hobbies: Dancing, singing, crafts

Answar Sowfia

Chosen course: BCom General Ambition:

Bank manager

Family: father who has a roadside stall, mother and two brothers

Hobbies: Singing


Chosen course: BCom in Bank Management

Ambition: Bank Manager

Family: gardener mother and younger brother, father deceased

Hobbies: Weaving wire baskets, tailoring


Chosen course: BCom Bank Management

Ambition: Company Secretary

Family: Father, a granite cutting machine operator, mother and sisters

Hobbies: Writing Tamil poetry, reading


Chosen course: BSc Psychology and then a post-grad degree

Family: Vishali is an orphan and lives with her older fisherman brother and sister

Hobbies: Crafts


Chosen course: BCom General

Ambition: Banking industry

Family: father, a casual boat operator, mother, brother and sister

Hobbies: Singing

About Venkat Trust

Venkat is a local education project in Kovalam, a small and impoverished fishing village in Tamil Nadu, on the south east coast of India.

Through the Venkat sponsorship scheme, 400 of the poorest children, 60% of them girls, are guaranteed improved welfare and the opportunity to realise their potential through further education.

Of the 65 now at university, 40 of them female. A further 62 have already graduated from university, of whom 36 are women.

£4 or $4 can help a girl with dreams go on to higher education

Support a young woman make her dreams come true today

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