"GPS is more than a school. It's a method, a way of helping lift and build a community."

– Ashley Audrain

Operated by Village Community Foundation (VCF), the Global Pathways School (GPS) is creating pathways to opportunity for over 500 children and their families living in rural Chettipalayam, India. 

We understand that poverty is a multidimensional issue. Our school gives every child the very best chance to thrive by carefully integrating quality education with healthcare and community development.

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower children to forge pathways out of poverty by building an ecosystem of exceptional education, healthcare and community development. 

Our Vision

To create a world where all children are raised in thriving, collaborative communities rooted in quality education.

Our mission is to empower children to forge pathways out of poverty by building an ecosystem of exceptional education, healthcare and community development. 

To create a world where all children are raised in thriving, collaborative communities rooted in quality education.

Education

80% of our 550 students are now literate in English and Tamil.

Health

2-3% of our children are underweight, compared to 79% in 2009.

Community

Family income has increased to $7.31/day, compared to $2.80/day in 2009.

Our News

Truly Being Seen – Barbara Stoneham Captures GPS

Barbara Stoneham, a Toronto-based portrait photographer, is driven by a genuine and compassionate love for people. It’s this passion that piqued her interest in 2018 to collaborate with the Village Community Foundation (VCF) to photograph the Global Pathways School (GPS).
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Our Covid-19 Relief and Response: Facing the Worst Head-on and with your Help

Part of our promise at Global Pathways School is to show up for our community when they need us most. Covid-19 is an unprecedented situation that places the health and safety of our community at severe risk.
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Welcome to Nandri!

Our Founder and Executive Director, Theresa Mersky, invites you to explore and subscribe to our new blog. Nandri is our way of sharing the voices and successes of our school and community with our global village. Enjoy!
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GPS Gains a New Sports Arena Thanks to Dr. Flynn

We are thrilled to share that early 2022 will mark the opening of our brand new Flynn Sports Complex donated by the Flynn Foundation! The Flynn complex is named after Dr. John Flynn, who was an exceptional philanthropist in education in India.
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Sudalaimani Thrives as a Production Assistant

When Sudalaimani joined our school as a grade six student, he did not speak a word of English. Over the next six years, he became fully bilingual, developed into an exemplary student in all subject areas, excelled in athletics and music, served as Head Boy, and was a founding member of our Student Leadership Committee.
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Graduating Amidst a Pandemic

It has now been just over a year since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, and what amazes me the most about our school is the immense perseverance and determination of our GPS community. At just 12 years old, we are still a very young school, and I believe our ability to get through this with such strength and grace speaks to the exceptional nature of our staff, students and community.
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Sunbeams

It costs $2,000/year or $170/month to support a family at the Global Pathways School.

Become a Sunbeam and help our families create a brighter future with quality education, healthcare and community support.

We issue Canadian tax receipts. If you are a U.S. donor and would like a tax receipt, please contact Alice Milne.

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Our global community of Sunbeams is creating equal access to education for families living in poverty.

 

98% of your donation directly funds a child’s education.

Thank you to our
generous supporters