The Foundation sends another $20,000 to the Sacred Trust Project this past week, and we are happy to share with you the progress photos from the construction that is well underway. Thank you for your continued support and feedback is always welcome at our Contact Us page. The following photos depict the earth and foundation work, as well as the Bishop's blessing. Click the image below to scroll through the gallery.
Nithya Sakthivel met with The Steele Family Foundation's BOD this past week in Seattle, WA to discuss her detailed plans and visions for the school site and program. Nithya comes to us as an Architect in India and with a Masters of Architecture from the University of Oregon in Portland. What is also valuable and very helpful is that Nithya is from Banglaore, a major city only hours outside of the school site. Our meeting was very constructive and highlighted many new and exciting plans. We are very happy to have Nithya as part of our growing team.
We enjoyed a lovely event yesterday, at Saint Michael's Cathedral Basilica, celebrating the Archdiocese of Toronto's 175 year anniversary, with the main celebrant, His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto. A beautiful luncheon followed at the Marriott hotel, where a large crowd gathered to give thanks and praise as a community of faith. Special guest, Mayor of Toronto John Tory, was there to commemorate.
We invite you to take a look at the work being done for the Sacred Trust School Project below. There is still lots of work to be done, but progress is well underway. We are eager to share more updates with you, our fellow supporters and donors, as we go along. Check back for progress updates and feel free to reach out to us anytime with inquiries as we love to hear from you. The Steele Family Foundation has recently sent a second donation of $30,000 dollars to this cause, bringing the total to $60,000 donated so far this year (2017), and close to $200,000 to date.
Take a look at what's going on...
The entry road progress:
The entrance gate progress:
The office room progress:
The area around church:
We are incredibly fortunate to have Nithya on board to help with the SFF Sacred Trust project. Nithya is originally from India, pursuing her Masters of Architecture at the University of Portland, in Oregon, USA . She has lived in India for 24 yrs and worked as an architect for two years. She contacted us last year with the hopes of conducting her final year thesis project on an elementary school in India, due to her close knit ties and emotional connection to the country and its people. We graciously accepted.
On her last visit to Mathigiri, Hosur, she took several photos of the surrounding village for us to share with you. If you are interested in helping with this project in any way, we welcome you to connect with us here.
You will see from the photos the level of poverty in the area, and the poor condition of the current classroom. The need is very real and we are excited as we continue to work on this project and get planning and construction underway.