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Sep 27, 2016

Science internship program for Tuticorin students!

Tuticorin students who attended the Science camp
Tuticorin students who attended the Science camp

Internship programs are a great way of getting a glimpse of the
real world work even before getting into the real world!

Exceptional performance by Tuticorin school students got them
the opportunity to attend the 'Inspire Internship Science Camp'
conducted by the Department of Science and Technology of the
Government of India.

The program was held at V. O Chidambaram College for 4 days.
The students stayed in the college hostel and attended the camp.

The first day started with a Chemistry class. Later, Mr. Myilsamy
Annadurai, Director of ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), Bangalore
took a session on space. ISRO, the Indian Space Research
Organization, has had many successes including successful
launch of Mangalyan.

Mr. Annadurai shared information about the past programs at ISRO.
He explained the concept "Innovation + Crazy ideas = Systematic
innovation". Classes were conducted every day in subjects like
physics, chemistry, botany, geology, and zoology. Lecturers from
all over India taught the students.

In the afternoons,  practicals and experiments were conducted.
One of the days, the students were taken to the Science Centre
to collect more ideas. The camp ended with a culturals on the last
day.

The students had a great time, learning and working together!
Certicates were issued to the students for their participation.

Participation certificates
Participation certificates

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Sep 23, 2016

Your recurring donation triple matched till 27th!

Isha Vidhya students
Isha Vidhya students

Dear Patrons,

Earlier we had communicated about the recurring
donation campaign that's happening from 21st to 27th.

We got great news from Global Giving that your donations
during this campaign will be triple matched!

What it means is that if you donate $25, Global Giving
will be matching it with $75, which results in Isha Vidhya
getting $100!  The match is subject to the following conditions:

- It has to be a recurring donation.
- The recurring donations have to continue for minimum 4 months
- Only the first recurring donation will be matched
- The donation limit for match is $200. If you donate above $200,
  only $200 will be matched

Link to donate: Recurring donation link
When to donate: 

(1) India: Before Sep 27th 09:30 AM
(2) USA Eastern: Before Sep 27th 12:00 PM
(3) London: Before Sep 27th 05:00 AM 

We request you to make use of this opportunity, which will
create additional benefit for creating infrastructure of Isha Vidhya
schools!

If you have any questions or need clarifications about this 
opportunity, please email to global.giving@ishavidhya.org

More sharings related to Villupuram new school bus:

Aadhavan, 9th grade student, who uses the school bus shares:
"I 
travel a distance of 15 kms to school from Villupuram. My father John
is indisposed and my mother Latha works as a daily wager, taking care
of my family. My commute starts at 7.45 am. I am a scholarship student
and since my mother is unable to afford transportation, the school provides
it to me free. Despite my family difficulties, I am able to access education
giving me a chance of life and the opportunity to contribute towards my 
family when I grow up."

Caretaker Padmini shares:
"I come from a nearby village called Karuvepilaipalaiyam. I was working as
a housemaid in Chennai and have been with Isha Vidhya school since 4
years. Since I couldn’t bear children, my husband remarried. I feel blessed
to work with so many children and in my heart I feel, they are all mine.
I forget all my worries when I enter the school campus."

The Principal of Villupuram school shares:
"Riding in the school bus is the safest and most reliable way
for our students to come to school. Our heartfelt thanks to the
kind donors for providing this blessing to our children.

When we first saw the bus turning in through the gate slowly
rumbling down the campus, it was a beautiful sight. It then screeched to
a halt and the doors flung open. The children stood still for a moment and
one child took a step forward. Students inched toward the door. As they
started boarding the bus, we could immediately see the happiness on their
face. The bus driver smiled at them and the children sat back, relaxed,
ready to enjoy their new bus ride!"

Again, we thank you for everything that you have done for Isha Vidhya!

Aadhavan from Villupuram school
Aadhavan from Villupuram school
Namasthe from Isha Vidhya students!
Namasthe from Isha Vidhya students!

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Sep 20, 2016

A school gets a bus, and about a recurring donation campaign!

School Bus - 1
School Bus - 1

Dear Patrons,

We are glad to share that the funds donated by
patrons like you through Global Giving has been
used to partly fund a a 50 seater school bus for
the Villupuram School!  We thank you from the
bottom of our heart for the donations made by
you to make this happen.

Utilized funds raised through Global Giving: INR 683,407
Bus Registration no. : TN 15A 2701
Driver: Mr. Akkim / Caretaker: Mrs. Padmini
Villages served: Arasur (10 kms), Mamandhur (9 kms), 
Kanthalavadi (8 kms), Madapat (5 kms), Sirithanur (4 kms)

Boomika, a 6th grade student, who uses the bus shares:
"I travel a distance of nearly 74 kilometers every day to attend
school. My father got immobilized because of an accident and
my mother became the sole bread winner of the family. She
works as a housekeeper in Chennai leaving me in the care of
my maternal grandparents. Every morning I start from my
home in Panjamadevi by government bus at 6:45am and reach
Villupuram by 7.45am. From Villupuram, I board the school bus.
Being in scholarship, I am able to afford the bus fees. My family
feels happy and supported and considers the bus a lifeline. 
In my life, our school bus is the only thread for me for a bright
future...."

Bus driver Mr. Akkim shares:  "Both my parents passed away
when I was 4 years old and my aunt brought me up. Since they
were also very poor, I had to discontinue studies after grade 8.
I’ve been working with Isha Vidhya as a private van driver since
last year and feel really happy to see these poor children getting
a good education, which I didn’t have access to in my childhood.
I also get a lot of respect from people around me as I work for
Isha Vidhya."

We are attaching photographs of the bus, and the photographs
of Boomika, Akkim, and Padmini. We are sure you are pretty
happy learning that your donations are put to great use!

Your opportunity to get involved in Isha Vidhya's work:

Recurring donations are a great way to contribute small
amounts of money every month to be continuously involved
in Isha Vidhya's work, and making an impact on these
children's lives!

We are glad to share that Global Giving will be matching the
first donation of a recurring donation made between
September 21th and September 27th, if the donation was
continued for 4 months.  Please note that donations upto $200
will be matched dollar by dollar, and donations above $200 will
be matched with $200.

Link to donate: Recurring donation link
When to donate: 

(1) India: Between Sep 21st 09:31 AM and Sep 27th 09:29 AM
(2) USA Eastern: Between Sep 21th 00:01 AM and Sep 27th 11:59 PM
(3) London: Between Sep 21th 05:01 AM and Sep 27th 04:59 AM

We request you to make use of this opportunity, which will
create additional benefit for creating infrastructure of Isha Vidhya
schools!

If you have any questions or need clarifications about this 
opportunity, please email to global.giving@ishavidhya.org

Again, we thank you for everything that you have done for
Isha Vidhya!

Thanks & Best Regards

School Bus - 2
School Bus - 2
School Bus - 3
School Bus - 3
School Bus - 4
School Bus - 4
School Bus - 5
School Bus - 5
Boomika - a student who uses the bus
Boomika - a student who uses the bus
Bus driver Mr. Akkim
Bus driver Mr. Akkim
Caretaker Mrs. Padmini
Caretaker Mrs. Padmini

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