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Supporting the work of Pestalozzi World so that more children can get better opportunities


Shelja Thakur originates from a small village in Himachal Pradesh. She comes from a farming family. She joined the Pestalozzi Indian Village in 2005, and attended The Asian School in Dehradun under the Pestalozzi scholarship.


Once she graduated from school, she received a further scholarship and successfully completed an International Baccalaureate Diploma from the United World College, Norway.


In 2018, she graduated in Environmental Studies from Luther College in Iowa, US and from 2018 to 2021 worked as a Germination Technician for Seed Savers Exchange, also in Iowa.




Shelja returned to India in 2021 where she is currently working at her Alma Mater, Pestalozzi India, as the Local Alumni Coordinator and Senior Student Liaison Officer – here she is with the team in India and with the children she now looks after.


While in the US, Shelja raised funds to support Indian migrant workers adversely affected by the Covid lockdown. She also makes donations to Pestalozzi World and sits on the VIAC as the staff representative.

“It is important to support the work of Pestalozzi World so that more children can get better opportunities in life than they otherwise would have.”

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