The Journey begins... The maiden voyage of SCHOOL FRIENDS FOUNDATION commenced with tentative steps by way of understanding and gaining first hand experience on school education in the govt run educational institutions of rural Odisha. A government managed primary school near Nimapara, in the district of Puri was visited by the trustees to learn about the requirements of such schools and it's students. During our interaction with the small children, it came to our notice that, lack of opportunities and facilities were no impediment in the growth, intelligence, awareness and smart thinking amongst the students, which was a pleasant and welcome experience on our part, even though the sight of school infrastructure and lack of resources did take us aback, at first look. The lessons learnt from our maiden visit strengthened our resolve in reaching out to the needy students through SCHOOL FRIENDS FOUNDATION and provided a direction and impetus to our activities.