ABRAHAM GEORGE

Full-time philanthropist Abraham George has made it his mission to 

give equal opportunities to children from the poorest segment of 

the Indian population.

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George was born and brought up in the seaside city of Trivandrum Kerala, at the southwestern tip of India.

Due to a hearing disability that required specialized surgery and because his mother was already in the USA working as a research scientist for NASA and teaching physics, George relocated to America.

He attended New York University’s Stern School Of Business. He specialized in developmental economics and international finance, and soon after graduating he entered the teaching profession which he later changed for a job as a bank officer at Chemical Bank. In 1976 he started his own company, Multinational Computer Models, Inc.

In 1995, Dr. Abraham George returned to India with the goal of making his contribution to reducing the injustices and inequalities he had observed from his travels throughout India, the media, and published works he studied.His first initiative was The George Foundation (TGF), a non-profit organization based in Bangalore, dedicated to the welfare of economically and socially disadvantaged people. The first endeavor of the Foundation was the Shanti Bhavan Residential School which offers world-class education and care for children from India’s poorest segment, the so-called ‘untouchable’ caste (Dalit). As members of the lowest rank of Indian society, Dalits face discrimination at almost every level, from access to education and medical facilities to restrictions on where they can live and what jobs they can have.

As of 2017, after 20 years of the school’s operations, the first four batches have now graduated from college and are employed by global companies like Mercedes Benz, Goldman Sachs, Ernst & Young and others — an accomplishment that has no parallel in India’s social history. Shanti Bhavan graduates bring themselves out of poverty and carry hundreds of others with them. From day one, Shanti Bhavan instills in them the importance of fighting against social discrimination and poverty. Shanti Bhavan children uplift their communities by:

  • Paying off generational debt.
  • Funding education opportunities for younger brothers and sisters.
  • Serving as leaders of positive change in their communities.

Shanti Bhavan has been featured in media outlets including the New York Times, ABC World News, the Times of India, and Glamour.

A moving 4-part documentary by Oscar-winning director Vanessa Roth about the lives of children attending Shanti Bhavan is also available on Netflix.

There are more than 200 million people in India that are vulnerable to discrimination, exploitation and violence simply because of the caste into which they were born. 

According to unofficial estimates, as many as 1.3 million Indian Dalits are employed as manual scavengers to clear human waste from dry pit latrines, often with their bare hands and without protective gear. Manual scavengers are considered to be at the very bottom of the caste hierarchy and are treated as untouchables even by other Dalits.

The children of manual scavengers are particularly vulnerable to discrimination in their schools, where they are forced to perform cleaning and scavenging work, and where discrimination undermines all aspects of their education and often causes them to drop out of school altogether.

It is because of these things that Dr. Abraham George’s work is invaluable both for the families of the children attending his school and Indian society.

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