Shakti Empowerment Education

Foundation for Children and Women.
Ramkrishna Vedanta Society Vidyapith, Pal-Chaudhuri School

We provide free quality education for 300 children, literacy, vocational classes
and microfinancing for women,
a clinic,
and hope for the poor
in West Bengal, India.

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  • $25 Provides 5 children with clothing (uniform) for a year.
  • $50 Provides 10 children with textbooks for an entire school year.
  • $150 Support a Mother provides a mother with literacy and vocational training for one year, with the opportunity to join a village women's collective that receives micro-financing support.
  • $350 Support a Child provides for a child's education for a year, including tuition, books, supplies, uniforms, school lunches, and supplementary tutoring.
    We will send you updates, photos and letters from your child.
  • $1000 Named Scholarships Establish a Scholarship in the name of a loved one. You will receive a large print of the children, signed by photographers Markus Klinko & Indrani.
  • $10,000 Needed to complete the computer lab to provide computers and Internet access for the students.

Special thanks to Deepak Chopra's foundation:

For generously donating many books to the library at

About Shakti Empowerment Education

Our History: SEEschool was established in 1994, in the Pal-Chaudhuri family home.
The current modernized school building was dedicated in 2002 as the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society Vidyapith School. High School classes are also held at the Pal-Chaudhuri Gupinath Mandir. Women's Education classes are also held in the nearby villages.
At first, we had to go door-to door, asking families to let at least one of their children have an education instead of working in the fields and factories; now there's a long waiting list of children eager to escape the cycle of poverty and despair.


Our Staff

  • 15 teachers,
  • 5 teaching assistants,
  • 2 administrators, and
  • 1 medical doctor who prescribes homeopathic medicines at our Free Clinic.

Ajay Pal-Chaudhuri grew up at his family's 350 year-old home in Ranaghat and studied at Ramakrishna Ashram Vidyapith and received his degree from Calcutta University, becoming a Chartered Accountant in London, England, before returning to Calcutta with his wife who volunteered for Mother Theresa and taught at the Ramakrishna Mission, before moving to England and Canada. Upon retirement, Ajay returned to India with his daughter, Indrani, and they decided together to create a charitable school in their historic home.

Krishna Pal-Chaudhuri dedicated her entire life to teaching children in Ranaghat. SEE School has been fortunate to have her as its strong-minded, kind-hearted headmistress for over a decade.

Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri is an award-winning photographer, director and author, based in New York. Born and raised in Calcutta, she became an international fashion model at 15 and returned at 18 to build the school with her father. She graduated with a magna cum laude (high honors) AB from Princeton University. She is the subject of an American TV docu-series, Double Exposure which features her work in New York, Paris and India at in the 6th episode, airing in over 100 countries. As a director of films and commercials, she also supports many NGOs: she directed the UN's Nothing But Nets campaign in Bangui, Central African Republic, a campaign for Keep A Child Alive against AIDS in India and Africa, which won 2 Gold Lions at Cannes, and she directed the top Bollywood stars for the Indian Girl Rising campaign, currently airing in India on Star TV. 

“Not only does award winning photographer Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri, star of BRAVO TV’S DOUBLE EXPOSURE create magnificent images in an incredible atmosphere...Indrani also grasps the meaning of giving-back! Indrani and her father, Ajay Pal-Chaudhuri started S.E.E., a school in West Bengal, which provides free quality education and vocational training for women and children... Indrani embodies talent and social conscience.”
— Iman, Supermodel, TV host and wife of David Bowie

Children's Education

We provide free quality education. As well as liberal arts, English, Bengali and Hindi,
we teach self-discipline, appreciation for all religions and points of view, problem-solving skills,
and taking responsibility to make positive changes in the world around us.

All of our students are impoverished, many are refugees, whose families fled persecution across the border with nothing but hope. Yet these are some of the happiest, most generous children you will ever meet. The majority of India's children are enrolled in government schools, but up to 50% of children enrolled in government schools don't attend school regularly, as they are pressured to work seven days a week instead, resulting in very high drop-out rates. Our school's drop-out rate is 0%.
Many of our students are the first in their families to become literate; many teach the rest of their families what they've learned at school each day.

School Dropout Rates

2 Centers: 

Children's School provides a well-rounded education,
including English language education, to children aged 3 to 9.
Secondary School at Gupinath House provides free tuition for students aged 10 to 16
(Class 5 - Class 10). We also have games and gardening classes on the premises.

We provide all books, materials and uniforms for our children in the school.
A lending library provides textbooks and other materials for 400+ student members,
for school and college.

For most of our history we provided nutritious school meals for our children as well,
however we've had to suspend this program in order to take in more children in need.
We need funds to be able to reinstate this program soon.
To create a well nourished mind, a growing body needs to be well nourished.



Community Outreach  


We provide for the community:
A free Homeopathic clinic and an MD doctor, who serves more than 70 people from the community each weekend.

We provide our safe walled school grounds for use by the Veteran Club Volleyball Team, the local sports club, the Karate club, A free library of English language books and textbooks and other wholesome community activities.
Soon to come: Juma Computer Lab.
We also hope to add a Women's Exercise Club soon.

We also provide literacy and vocational training, and microfinancing, for women.

Founder Indrani Greets Some Of See School's Grateful Children.


Educating Women  

Adult literacy and vocational training, evening programs for approximately 50 women. Many of our women are mothers of the children at our school. Many had to work as children themselves. After graduating from our programs, equipped with knowledge, confidence, and business skills, they have been able to build new lives for themselves and their families.

Microfinancing for 50-100 village women, is also provided by the foundation. Women qualify by taking 7 months of literacy classes and training, after which they can become part of the finance groups.

Our women show great courage, in spite of their dire conditions, they have a great ambition to get ahead, and they do all they can to learn and send their children to our school.
Though they live without electricity, without plumbing or drinking water,
many women walk for several miles to attend the school.
Education has also helped for family planning.

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