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The Jared Scott Miller Library - a project of love in Tamil Nadu

When Cheryl and Paul Miller of Cleveland Ohio were considering ways to memorialize their son Jared, who tragically died in 2013 at age 34, they knew that the project must involve helping the children in Tamil Nadu, India. Jared loved the Tamil language, he loved books, and he loved working with children of all ages. Jared’s parents, with the help of Gabriel Project Mumbai and the special people at the New Colors Children Educational Center in Tamil Nadu, brought Jared’s interests and loves together in establishing a new children’s library. The Jared Scott Miller Library, stocked with Tamil and English language books was opened in August 2014 on the New Color campus in Edayanchavady (population 5,000+), a local village in Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India. Currently, this is a small intermediate library with major plans to build a permanent structure in the very near future so more children in the surrounding villages will be able to enjoy the library.

The New Colors Children Educational Center
provides education for village children, sustainable community development and individual empowerment to the people of Tamil Nadu. Gabriel Project Mumbai, along with New Colors, are proud to be able to create a permanent home for the library, to ensure that Jared’s life will be remembered in a way that brings joy and learning to children of all ages.

The Jared Scott Miller Library is a central educational resource for children of all ages and their families living in the villages.

This correlates well with Jared’s viewpoint that it is important to encourage students of all ages to further their education.The library contains books, for all ages, in the Tamil and English languages to promote literacy in both languages. New Colors staff organizes story-telling sessions with the younger children, daily school homework support, puppet shows and writing work shops. Many other programs are envisioned by the Millers and the staff at New Colors to include programs for teenagers, high school students and even the parents of the children at New Colors. Indeed, The Jared Scott Miller Library is an exciting place for the children in the villages to grow and learn.


Read Cheryl and Paul Miller’s moving description of their son Jared’s life and passions.

Jared was only 34 years old when his life was cut short by a severe asthma attack. He was deeply loved by his family and friends who all remember his warm smile which lit up the room and his loyalty to them. A very important and meaningful legacy will be
“THE JARED SCOTT MILLER LIBRARY” at New Colors in Tamil Nadu, India. Jared’s story is as follows:

Jared is the only son of Paul and Cheryl Miller from Cleveland, Ohio. From a very early age he loved books and reading, creating and playing imaginative games, putting on puppet shows and writing poems and stories. He was passionate about his writing and gave careful thought to each word he put on a page whether it was in letters to friends or reports for school. Jared loved watching and playing sports and cheering on Cleveland’s basketball, baseball and football teams. Racquetball and kayaking were his special favorites. His favorite animal was the orangutan and many happy times were spent at the Cleveland Zoo visiting them. Summers were spent working as a camp counselor – he had a lot of fun working with children of all ages. He was an excellent musician and began playing the recorder at age 6. Jared played drums all through school and taught himself conga drums and the ukelele. Jared played congas with numerous bands in the Cleveland area and recorded CD’s.

Jared’s love of learning never stopped. He graduated high school from University School where he took accelerated classes in English and Writing. He made a movie about the inner city through a special grant project and was awarded the Alumni Book Prize in Government and Public Affairs. Jared attended Miami University in Ohio, transferring to Columbia College Chicago, in Illinois, where he graduated with honors in 2001 with degrees in Journalism and English. Jared was an adventurer – he traveled extensively to Israel, Vancouver and throughout the United States before returning to Cleveland where he worked as a substitute teacher. He then spent one semester at the University of Anchorage Graduate School in Anchorage, Alaska studying Rhetoric. He immersed himself in the study of the culture of the Alaskan Eskimos. The following year Jared enrolled in Cleveland State University where he received a certificate in Latin American Studies. Jared then earned a second undergraduate degree in Anthropology. He received the Anthropology High Academic Achievement Award and graduated Summa Cum Laude.

While in school he worked for 2 years as a Visitor Guide at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens – a job he loved. This position started his love of growing plants and flowers, in particular hot peppers which he also loved to eat. The hotter the better!! Jared then attended North Carolina State University Graduate School in the International Studies Program. While there he was invited to deliver a paper in Halifax, Nova Scotia and worked as the Editor of his department newspaper. Jared’s hard work led to being awarded a FLAS Fellowship to study the Tamil language. This was an area of very special interest to him. Jared’s dream was to go to Tamil Nadu one day and write a book.

The library at New Colors is our way of making Jared’s dream come true – a special part of him is now in India. Our hope as his parents is that Jared’s love of learning will inspire the children to follow their dreams and continue their education. The library building project and its completion, would have been extremely meaningful to Jared. We know how proud Jared would have been that he had a part in helping the children at New Colors learn and grow each day.


To make a donation to support the construction of a permanent library and to purchase much needed books and supplies, on-line donations can be made at: http://www.rootfunding.com/campaign/jareds-library  or press the 'Donate Now' button below.

Checks can be sent to:
Paul & Cheryl Miller
P.O Box 21703
Cleveland, OH 44121-4048

Please  make the check out to ‘Gabriel Project Mumbai’ for a US tax exempt receipt

For more information please email Cheryl & Paul Miller at clmiller17@roadrunner.com.
For more information on New Colors Children Education Center click HERE