2017 Priority Projects

Global Village Renewal has prioritized three projects that will have an immediate life-changing, and life-saving, impact on the Dalit people they serve.

Translated literally, Dalit means “oppressed,” India’s “untouchables.”

These projects are designated as Global Village Renewal Priority Projects because the need is great and because they will make a difference now, a difference that will carry through future generations.

Pidaripattu is a village near Villupuram, Tamil Nadu, India. A small convent runs a “Standard School” with students in grades 1-5.  That means the government pays the convent to hire teachers and pays those teachers but the school building is not paid for by the government.

The school was built in 1940. It has only one room. About 70 students in all five grades are taught together in this room. You can imagine the difficulties teachers face trying to teach 75 students of varying ages in a single classroom.

In 2017, Global Village Renewal plans to build a 3-room school in Pidaripattu. The school will provide the needed space and teaching environment for all the children.

Looking to the future, the school’s construction plan will allow Global Village Renewal to add two additional classrooms.

How can you help?

The total cost to construct and equip this 3-room elementary school is $35,000.

Your one-time directed gift for Pidaripattu School will help make it possible for Global Village Renewal to build this school in 2017.

Find out more about the Pidaripattu elementary school

Global Village Renewal knows that in order to make changes that will impact future generations, we have to keep Dalit girls and boys in school through the 12th standard.

To help make this possible, the Pidaripattu school will be built with restrooms and a midday meal will be served. Not only will this help the students succeed, it will help their families. With the children in school and fed, parents can focus on earning wages.

For the children, completing grade 12 will prepare them for college or a trade and a better future for themselves and their children.

To provide this future for the families of Pidaripattu, we’re starting with a 3-room elementary school that will grow as the children move into higher grades.

How you can help

Our goal is to complete this school in 2017 but we must break ground in December of 2016. Your one-time gift to Global Village Renewal designated for Pidaripattu School is the critical first step.

Periyathur is a poverty-stricken village in India’s Villupuram district. A two-room building dating to 1940 serves as the village’s grade school.

More than 100 students in grades 1-5 attend this school run by a small convent. A divider wall, that does not completely separate the room, does help. Children in grades 1-3 meet on one side and grades 4-5 on the other.

Even with the partial wall and tremendously gifted teachers, the environment is not conducive to learning. There are too many students at varying grade and learning levels squeezed into this old building.

How can you help?

With your help, Global Village Renewal can provide these children and teachers a place made for learning. Together, we can build an elementary school with five independent classrooms, each room designed for grade-appropriate teaching and learning.

The cost to design, build and equip this 5 classroom school is $55,000. Your one-time designated gift will help make it possible for the children of Periyathur to move into their new school in 2017.

Find out more about the Periyathur elementary school

The new school in Periyathur will include a kitchen and toilet facilities.

The kitchen is nothing more than a small building where food is stored and prepared. Instead of using a wood fire, food will be prepared with a gas fire. The kitchen will be stocked with aluminum plates and utensils because they are durable and resistant to bacteria.

The meal the Dalit children receive at school will be the only meal of the day for many of them. Global Village Renewal understands children who are starving cannot succeed in school.  That’s why we’re making it a priority to build this kitchen and committing resources to supply it for years to come.

How you can help

Our goal is to see the children move into their new school building equipped with a kitchen in 2017. Your one-time gift to Global Village Renewal designated for Periyathur School will help us achieve this goal.


The Global Village Renewal team is extremely excited about this project. As far as we have been able to determine, our concept for this orphan-widow home will be the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.

Orphan-Widow Home

Global Village Renewal is moving toward building this home in Perani, a Tamil Nadu village. Here, there is a desperate orphan and widow population.

This will be a home where widows help raise orphaned children. A home where children are nurtured and loved. Where meals are shared. Where new families are formed.

A home where hope replaces despair.

How can you help?

Acquiring land for the orphan-widow home by July 1, 2017 is Global Village Renewal’s immediate need for this priority project.

We have identified a plot of land large enough for the home and for a garden which will provide fresh vegetables. There is also room for a future school.

Land is scarce in India. The cost to purchase this property is $80,000.

Your donation to Global Village Renewal designated for this purpose will help make the first step possible.

Find out more about the orphan-widow home

Global Village Renewal has selected Perani as the site for its orphan-widow home because its Dalit population includes a large number of orphans and widows.

For most of India’s untouchables, just surviving requires two working adults in a household. This provides the barest of necessities: one daily meal, a mud/thatch house, and one or two sets of clothing. If the father is deceased, the mother alone cannot provide for her children’s and her own survival.

The mortality rate is heartbreaking. Often, the surviving mother literally sacrifices her life for her children. For the orphaned children, there is little hope. To say their future is grim is optimistic. Most have no future.

Replacing despair with hope

Where none exists today, the orphan-widow home in Perani will sow hope. Besides having a safe place to live and healthy food to eat, the orphans and widows will find new families. They will be given a future that otherwise wouldn’t be possible.

The home will be a cooperative. Widows will help raise the children. Residents will work the garden, they will sit together and share their mealtimes. A school will prepare the children for their future place in India’s society.

This is an ambitious undertaking, but one we are called to pursue. We can’t turn away. Widows and children are dying every day.

Step one: Acquiring land

A place where hope is planted.

Acquiring land for the orphan-widow home is Global Village Renewal’s immediate need for this priority project. We have identified a 2-acre plot of land large enough for the home and for a garden which will provide fresh vegetables. There is also room for a future school.

Land is scarce in India. The cost to purchase this property is $80,000. Your donation to Global Village Renewal designated for this purpose will help make the first step possible.

Step two: Building the home

A place where hope lives.

After purchasing the land, Global Village renewal will move forward with construction. This will be completed in stages.

To construct the home, Global Village Renewal will employ village residents who need the work and income to provide for their families. This will allow us to apply resources most effectively in a way that benefits the greatest number of locals.  Our goal is to house 10 widows and 20 children initially.  The home will have 2 bathrooms, several toilets, a shared kitchen and most of all LOVE.

Global Village Renewal will staff the home with a professional social worker. The social worker will provide oversight and ensure the home is safe and nurturing.

Step three: Building the school

A place where hope learns.

After establishing the home, Global Village Renewal will create a better future for the orphan children of Perani by constructing a school on the property, property we have identified but not yet purchased.

How you can help

Our goal is to purchase this land for the orphan-widow home by July 1, 2017. Your one-time gift to Global Village Renewal designated for this purpose is an important first step.