The Mar Thoma Gram Jyoti Education and Development Society has evolved out of the actions and reflection by the Church in the evangelican field.
The Society has rendered noble and meritorious services to the poor and the needy through Ashrams, Mission Centres and Parishes.
The Society is working as a light to various villages of the northern part of the
country covering about 13 states, providing free basic education and other
development projects including development in slums with the generous assistance of NGOs like the Compassion International.
Our aim is to remove the darkness of ignorance, illiteracy, poverty, malnutrition, and unemployment among youths, children, women and the old and also to eradicate overall social backwardness.
The Society opened Gram Jyoti schools to impart value-based education to children, who are the future citizens of India. At a time when values of life are fast deteriorating in society, we want to give our children moral values and spiritual rearmaments. We intend to help them grow in mental, spiritual and physical capabilities aiming at wholesome development of childs personality.
Rev. Siju C. Philip is serving as the president of the Society from May 1, 2012. He stays in touch with the Vice-Patron of the Society, the Diocesan Secretary and all Schools/Development Centres and follows the instructions from the Diocese for the betterment of the downtrodden people
There are 83 Gram Jyoti schools which include: 1 Development centre, 2 Social action centres, 29 Balvadis, 1 Nursery School, 10 Primary Schools, 6 Middle Schools, 5 High Schools, 2 Senior Higher Secondary Schools and 1 tailoring unit.
One Padosi Child Development project continues at Nagpur assisted by Caruna Bal Vikas and another Compassion project was started at Munsiari, Tibetan Border in the last financial year.
The schools under the Society carry out various social welfare and charity work every year for the benefit of the villagers. Such programmes include village development, self employment classes, youth clubs, sports clubs, periodical medical camps and social awareness classes.
Agricultural training and other assistance are extended to the farmers in the villages around Kshipra. Tailoring classes for women and girls are arranged in some of the schools under the society. Women empowerment and child development programmes are arranged time to time. Free uniforms and text books are distributed to the students in some of the schools.
The Government facility of providing free uniforms and text books are availed in Temar school at Jabalpur to class V from LKG.
St. Pauls Mar Thoma School, Mundiya, Ramsar, Jaipur Rajasthan was upgraded to Class V from LKG. The schools at Temar Jabalpur, Khitola EMSHSS, Sihora and Beohari EMHS (Shahdol district) have brought outstanding results above 75% in the Xth and XIIth Board Examinations.
Caruna Bal Vikas Chennai has been kind enough to provide us another project for slum development and child development at the Tibetan border in Munsiari, Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand from October 2012. The project continues under Rev. Nebu K. Varghese. The Gram Jyoti School Students and their villages are also benefited through this development project.