Dear Sponsors and my Friends,
Good afternoon. I just returned back from India recently (Last week of February 2011) on a 5 weeks mission trip for Uplift a Child International. During that time, I spent one week with my family members and the remaining 4 full weeks on our charity work. It was certainly a rewarding experience. I have a detailed report for you in the attachment or simply click on the webpage http://upliftachild.org/2012IndiaVisit.pdf
With my limited vacation time, I was able to accomplish a lot. I wish that more of you join me on these types of trips in the future. It is like a festival time for our children because all our programs are public events with a lot of visitors, government officials and important people who come and recognize our children and congratulate them for their hard work. It is certainly a rewarding experience for one and all and I recommend any one you to visit India during our events time to experience the happiness of our children.
I met most of your sponsored children and will be sending you those pictures in my next email to you individually.
Annual Sponsors Programs
Uplift a Child – Ukraine Annual Sponsors Program: We had our first sponsors program on 17th February, 2012 in Kiev hosted by Mr. & Mrs. Srinivas Polavarapu at Himalaya Restaurant. On the 18th February, we were invited by Sanskriti to present about Uplift a Child. I will be sending a detailed report on sponsors programs soon.
Uplift a Child – New Jersey Annual Sponsors Program: We had a wonderful sponsors program on 3rd March, 2012 at East Brunswick, NJ, USA – Hosted by Mahesh & Vani Dontamsetty at their residence. I will be sending a detailed report on sponsors programs soon.
Uplift a Child – Maryland Annual Sponsors Program: This is scheduled for 12th May, 2012 at 7pm at my office at Discovery World Headquarters Building in Silver Spring, MD, USA. I sent an invitation to most of our sponsors living in the Washington DC metro area. Thanks to those who have already confirmed your attendance. For those who did not get a chance, please email me with your names.
These are wonderful events where you get to see how your money is used towards our children (presentation by Sam & team), get a chance to meet our Board of Directors, meet new people and connect with like-minded people as most of them are sponsors and well-wishers of good work.
This is also a gentle reminder for the existing sponsors to start sending their contribution for this year. This week is the last week for most of our children’s schools in India. The new school year will begin in the first week of June 2012. We are currently working with our local volunteer teams in taking measurements for the children to stitch school uniforms for 1400 children, get their measurements for shoes sizes, plan on buying books, school tie, school belt and other things so that they will have everything by the last week of May and be prepared for school admission in the first week of June 2012. If you are not sure on the amount to send, please email me and I will update you.
Thank you for your support in 2011. I cannot believe that we have 1400 children as of today and they are able to go to school because of our team effort. We are working hard to get new sponsors for the 200 new children this year.
Sam Vonumu’s Initiatives
Even though I’m not a businessman but was able to put my little ideas which will surely create some revenue and I will be donating 100% of everything to Uplift a Child. That way, we will have back up money whenever we did not get enough sponsors.
Websites Business: http://bestwebsites1.com/
Best Websites 1 creates professional and personal websites. We are specialized creating simple websites (less than 10 pages) for a flat rate of $500 ($300 goes for the webmaster and $200 will be donated to Uplift a Child). Now a days, every one like to have their own website and we are specialized to cater to their website needs.
Baby Models: http://www.cutebabymodel.com/
God blessed us with a beautiful girl in 2011. She is very cute. I created a website for her and created a chance for others to add all the cute children’s profiles there for a chance to win a TV ad or a baby model contract. We will be donating 100% of any revenues which may come for our child. If other children get selected through our site and get a contract, we will make sure they donate 50% to Uplift a Child.
Online Maths Tuition: http://maths.upliftachild.org/
We started this business this year. We provide Maths tuition to children who are weak in Mathematics via Skype. We are charging US $200 per month for each student (for a 3 one hour classes a week ). US $100 will go for Maths tutors and administration expenses and the remaining US $100 will be donated directly to Uplift a Child International for which you will be getting a Tax Exemption receipt
Have a nice day
Sam & Rena Vonumu
2011 Annual Report
Dear Friends, Sponsors & Well wishers,
Uplift a Child International celebrated 11th year of service to less fortunate children in 2011 (2000 to 2011) during which 1,200 children have been benefited for school education. This was possible only with the help of our 350 dedicated sponsors, 55 Volunteers from east to west and friends from all over. Each year has been a great year for all of us where we could make a difference with our team work and individual contributions. As the saying goes, “Hard work always pays off at the end” and that is what we are seeing each year with exceptional success. Our time and efforts were never wasted all we could see are great results. That really makes all of us proud. 1,082 of our children are currently in schools (LKG – 10th grade), 16 of them in Junior college and 7 of them in Bachelors degree programs. We have 2 of our children in the top notch schools. One is in 4th year IIT Rourkee and the other one at NIIT Warangal.
Along with our success, we do have few failures. 0.05% of our children are not doing that well in their studies. They are dropping from schools due to family problems. Most of the drop-outs are generally from small towns as the parents are agricultural laborers and they move from place to place if they find a better job. That is impacting our children’s education and future. We do have a lot of plans on how to bring them back. But we need more money and time which we don’t have right now. It is our goal to resolve this in the days to come with everyone’s help.
Once again, we left NO child behind for education in 2011. We have a great hope in our future. The moment someone hears about us, they follow us and become a part of us to lead this noble mission. So far we have done well and continue to do so. The best we can say this year is, “We lead by example” and so is our organization.
A simple thank you is not enough for those who are working hard with their time and contribution. All we can say is welcome back and let’s serve till our last breath. Let’s add a new meaning to our existence with whatever little we can do while we still have life.
Merry Christmas for those who celebrate and Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year 2012
Founders – Uplift a Child International
Dear Sponsors & Friends,
We are very happy to share the good news of our children's result. Please look at the pdf document or simply click on the link for a detailed report.
We visit India every year to meet our children, talk to their parents, teachers and well wishers and inspire them to do well by giving gifts, certificates and cash awards for those who secured outstanding results in the year. Because of these type of events, we have seen a proven success of children from behind moving forward. A detailed report is available with pictures.
It is because of good people like you, we are able to make a difference.
Uplift a Child International thank you for your donations. You will be very happy to see your donation put into action in the months of June & July. These 2 months are the busiest months for us as schools re-opens and we process the admissions.
We are very busy with the following below
School Uniforms: All our volunteers in India are currently working with the children and parents to get more than 2500 pairs of school uniforms stitched. They have already completed taking measurements. By next week, all our children should be getting their new school uniforms so that they can go to school.
Text Books/Note Books: We have partnered with 40 local schools all over India to buy books behalf of us and give them to our children. That will be done in the next 2 weeks.
Shoes/Socks/Tie/Belt: Our Volunteers partnered with local vendors who do not take profit from us and give the shoes, socks, tie and belt for very nominal prices. This is how everyone is making a difference by giving us a helping hand.
School Fee: We rose close to $6500 through Globalgiving.org and $55000 through our regular sponsors (300 families from all over USA and 9 other countries) who sends us checks every year. We will be paying a portion of the school fee to all the schools. We do have 6 more months to pay the rest. We are hoping to get help from the public as our goal is to raise $150,000 to support 1000 children.
Director & Founder
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