Spring 2017 Newsletter


All activities of Aruna Partnership are inspired by the vision of Dr. Hugo Maier and his wife Anne Maier, founders of Shanthimalai Trust. We are unendingly grateful to the Maiers (affectionately called Appa and Amma), to the beloved people of India, and to you our donors for the privilege of participating in this work.

Newsletters will be emailed twice a year. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact us at info@arunapartnership.org.

Program Highlights

Program Highlights

Because Aruna Partnership is run entirely by volunteers, 100% of donations to our programs go directly to those in need in India. All of our programs depend on your generosity for their success. Read about the difference your gifts are making! Program updates.

A Closer Look: Alumni Teachers

A Closer Look at Kalai

Kalai Krishnan works closely with Aruna Designs on our handcraft orders from India. When asked what she likes best about her job, Kalai's eyes light up and she answers without hesitation, "Freedom! The freedom to work and to support my family, to make my own decisions, to be independent." Read about her life and work.

Spotlight on Sponsors

Spotlight on Sponsors

Betsy & Gordon Stevenson have sponsored Priya's education since 2005. They feel fortunate to have visited Priya at her school twice, and to have circumambulated the nearby Holy Mountain of Arunachala several times. "All precious moments," Betsy says. "We've been blessed." Read more.


Focus on Design

Aruna Designs, a project of Aruna Partnership, works with Shanthimalai Handicrafts Development Society in Tamil Nadu, South India, to develop beautifully made handcrafts for the US market. Sales provide income to local artisans, including widows and destitute women, so they can support themselves and their families. You can help! Read how.

Online Donations

It's easy to donate online to the program of your choice. Donations are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law in the United States. Donate now!