For all these expenses we raise funds from the public. We are a registered society and we provide 80G benefit for our donors. All the students we sponsor are from the poor background ranging from kids who don't have both parents to families where kid's education has been neglected for years.
It was an initiative by my friends Ms. Madhavi Bandreddy, Ms. Anita Madhuri, Ms. Parvati Sridevi who were colleagues of my friend Mr. V Sai Vamsi Vardhan in TCS in 2011 and me.
It was started by a common motive we had then - to give back to the society from which we have received a lot and are settled well in our lives (barring few personal problems that few of us are still facing).
The women behind this initiative are so resilient that they never took a back step despite facing harsh difficulties in their life and one girl is still facing the most difficult times that a person can face. But those difficulties didn't deter their conviction to sustain this organization.
We knew that students with financial difficulties may not concentrate on their studies and so we wanted to be their second set of parents who can support them when they need us the most. We provide not just financial support but also love and moral support. We mentor them, we guide them and we stand by them when they face any failures.
We started with one student of warangal District of Telangana and only five donors. But now we are supporting around 70 students under our sponsorship program and 300+ students in Rural government schools through our Digital AaSha project.
All in all we are impacting around 400 students and the same number of families so that they can have a bright future ahead. You can check all our activities as covered by New Indian Express Main Page below:
Now, it's the right time for us to start GURUKUL HOME for the parentless and homeless distressed kids. We have started the construction banking on the support of people like you. We have almost exploited all the funds that we have raised in the year 2020 due to our Covid19 Relief efforts.
We would like to share the happy news that our Gurukul Home for the children from less privileged families is open now. The home is built with a capacity to host 50 such children. Gurukul Home is one such place where we take the utmost case of those children just as we take care of our offspring. We provide them –
- school admission in the nearby school,
- provide them food and nutrition,
- safe shelter,
- health monitoring,
- sports training especially in athletics,
- mentoring support until they are settled in their careers.
Under our mentorship, in our V25 Learning Center located in the same village, students have been so far provided with post and pre school tutoring, life skills, access to hundreds of variety of books, visits to educational and recreational places, participation in science exhibitions etc. Under our mentorship, students have –
- Planted and taking care of more than 3000 saplings
- Been Performing comparatively well in academics compared to their friends in the schools
- Read 300+ books provided to them in our library
- Gained access to computers and digital equipment like laptops, projectors etc.,
- Got crafts training and developed the skill of making various crafts on their own.
- Got a dedicated sports coach to train them in athletics and are actually performing much better than other students of at least 15 different schools in the district.
We have already 10 students with us in Gurukul Home by the end of November 2021, majority of whom have either single parent or no parent at all. Of those, who are having both the parents, either they are divorced/living separate due to various reasons or either one or both the parents are facing severe illness/bedridden.
We are expecting that around 25 students will join us soon taking the strength of our Home to 35. I hope you know that it is not an easy task to manage 35 children when it is difficult for many of us to even manage 1 or 2 kids of ours. It is difficult to manage them physically as well as financially.
Physically it would be difficult to manage such a huge chunk of children without the help of more care takers. We need to have more staff so as to keep monitoring and give sufficient time to listen to each of the kids.
Further, financially it would be not so easy without the support of friends and supporters like you. With the current level prices of vegetables, oil and dal, it is roughly costing us more than Rs. 1000/- per month per kid to provide them with food and shelter. Rs. 1000/- may be a movie outing for many of us or may be a restaurant bill for some others. But its minimum food and safe shelter for our kids.
So, I earnestly urge you to kindly come forward and support us in providing them with shelter, food and education. We believe in the strength of the people around us, their support and their conviction. We have many times were successful in fund raising for our initiatives.
We wish to reach our goal by the start of the next academic year. We wish the world comes out of this Covid menace soon with the help of technological innovation and humanity prospers well in this year.
Please support us. Please join us. Whatever you can contribute will definitely leave a mark in making the lives of the poor people around us.
Team - AaKanKsha.