Kanuru Poverty Trap school successes make HEAL so proud HEAL was proud to learn that one of its Poverty Trap schools, Anne Siva NageswaraRao & Arunakumari ZPH School, Kanuru, often noted for sporting prowess, has been recently been demonstrating its artistic side. In national and state-level drawing competitions held at Nellore and Tadigadapa respectively, the students from ASNRA ZPH School came home with an armful of prizes. A drawing competition on the topic ‘Water Pollution’ was conducted by Andhra Pradesh’s Water Resources Department and the Kanuru school swept the board as students Deepika Pandrangi, Prasanna Lakshmi Achanta and Jagadeesh Kuppili secured first, second and third prizes respectively. Kanuru High School benefactor Anne Siva NageswaraRao Meanwhile, the Art Academy has been conducting national level competitions, where Jyothsna and Varalakshmi secured first and second places respectively. And the LV Prasad Eye Institute also held a drawing competition, in which Ch.Triveni, Sk.Haseena and T.Pravallika again secured first, second and third prizes respectively. “Headmaster Mr Braham can be rightly proud of his school’s talented young artists. We would like to join him in conveying best wishes to all the prize-winners,” said HEAL director Jem King. “I was lucky enough to visit Kanuru with my friend and school benefactor Siva in recent weeks and spent time visiting classrooms and watching some spectacular volleyball on the school grounds. HEAL director Jem King visits one of the classrooms at Kanuru High School “The very first time I visited the school they were holding a big sports event and I know they have achieved success and recognition at national, district and state level in volleyball, kho-kho, archery and athletics. “HEAL has seen the school go from strength to strength in recent years, achieving a consistently high pass rate at final exam time, so these recent brilliant successes in art come as no surprise. “We take great pride in the achievements of our Poverty Trap schools. With somebody like Siva behind them, they are always going to be heading in the right direction, but HEAL is pleased to play its part by donating things like books, uniforms, bags and sports equipment. “I was shown around the library and science room, and the students were pleased to point out books and new lab equipment purchased with money donated by HEAL. Kanuru High School has achieved sporting recognition at national, state and district level “Siva’s support has made such a difference to the school. In fact, until he became involved there were no facilities at all for students from 6th Class upwards. To save them having to walk miles to other schools he gave his own land to start construction of a high school, which was completed 10 years ago. “While construction work was still going on, classes were held in a local marriage function hall belonging to Siva, but today Kanuru is one of the biggest high schools in the Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh, with well over 500 students. HEAL has helped provide books and other school equipment at Kanuru “Siva even took me to see his old primary school in the town and he is rightly proud of where he comes from and what has been achieved with his support in the town. We look forward to hearing many more success stories from Kanuru.” To learn more about how to sponsor a Poverty Trap child, please visit the How to Help section of the HEAL website.