Between 2012 and 2017, over 200 students exchanged more than 300 essays and photo essays. They discussed the essays on Skype calls. The 14 sets of essays have been compiled by theme as indicated in the links below.
Students in the US came from Ayden-Griften High School, Forsyth Country Day School, Grimsley High School and Northeast Guilford High School.
Ashram Shalla in Chikhale Village
Chikhale Ashram Shalla provides residential opportunities for 700 tribal students grades 1 -12. The school was established in 1989 by the Institute of Cultural Affairs India in conjunction with the Government of India. Students in the 11th and 12th standard can focus either on arts and commerce or on science. The first three upper level classes have had nearly 100% pass rate on their state supported final exams.
On January 24, 2015, the school celebrated its 25th Anniversary. See "The Faces of Chikhale" by downloading a .pdf file with pictures from the celebration. On January 14, 2016, the school held its 2016 Annual Day to commemorate winners in the previous days' athletic competitions. The festivities included awards and a 2-hour cultural program. Highlights are available on-line.
During the first half of January, 2016, a group of 6 Guilford College Students along with Dr. Lavon Williams, head of the Sports Studies Department at Guilford College, spent 12 days in India as a part of their collegiate curriculum. One of the students prepared the highlights of their trip.
During 2017 Guilford students again visited Chikhale. Pictures during their trip are also available (this set of pictures is called Faces Of Chikhale 2017).
Since 2011, the science students have participated in Skype conversations with groups of students in North Carolina. In 2015, conversations were held with students from Forsyth Country Day School in Winston-Salem, Northeast Guilford High School in Guilford County and Ayden-Grifton High School near Greenville, North Carolina.
Additional information is available on the ICA India website.
Emerging Ecology accepts tax-deductible contributions from US donors to support the work of the Adivasi Ashram Shalla in Chikhale.