Click on short video above to see the school in action!
When you visit the Opportunity School, it is impressive to see the wonderful work that takes place here. The children are so well cared for in a land where most of them are left behind or neglected. The women who run the school are amazing -- loving the children, stretching their meager funds, creating opportunities for these children to have fruitful lives. The school provides education, life skills, and vocational
training across the lifespan (ages 3-18) for some of India’s most needy, vulnerable, and ostracized members of society.
Kasthuri Devaraj has devoted her life to the school. She joined in 1978 as a teacher and has been working selflessly since. In June 2015, she was awarded the Bharat Excellence award in New Delhi, and in December 2016, she won the Mother Teresa Sadbhavana Award. She has been an angel to these children. In August 2019, the Opportunity School received the Best Institution Award from the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in India.
The Opportunity School’s purpose
is to educate children with special
needs and help them become self sufficient members of society.
The population of special needs
children in Chennai is woefully
underserved. The Opportunity School is their only hope.
Since its inception in 1969, the
Opportunity School has enrolled
and helped over 800 students from all backgrounds.
Kasthuri Devaraj receiving school awards!
The Opportunity School was celebrated in the March/April 2020 issue of the response magazine, the international publication of UMW (United Methodist Women). Kasthuri Devaraj and the school's headmistress, Amali Vincent, were featured. Click here to see the 2-page article on pages 36-37.
A teacher helps a student learn to count money.