Jun 21, 2016

Update on Girls' education

Swapna
Swapna

We are delighted to inform that 11 children from Sphoorti appeared for STD X examinations in March and all of them passed with good grades. 

Our girls Sunita, Swapna and Swarna scored GPAs of 8.8, 8.0 and 7.6 on a 10.0 point scale. 

We are sending these children to residential Junior Colleges in Hyderabad as there are no good colleges near Sphoorti campus.

Your support all these years has worked wonders for these girls. Sunita has lost both parents, Swapna and Swarna have no father. With your blessings, they are looking forward to a great future. 

Sunita and Swapna will work hard to become scientists or engineers while Swarna will work towards a career in Commerce/Business. 

The cost of education for each student in STD XI and above is $1000 (tuition fee + living). Your blessings help us move ahead without fear or doubt.

We request you to continue your support to this very important project of Sphoorti. 

Thanks again for investing in the future of our society.

Swarna
Swarna
Sunita
Sunita
May 23, 2016

Project Update March 2016 - May 2016

Sunita
Sunita

It is indeed a great news to share with each of you. 

Thirteen Sphoorti children appeared for Grade X examinations this March and all of them successfully cleared the examinations. 

Out of these, three girl children have received your support through our GlobalGiving campaign. We express our heartfelt gratitude for proving these girls a chance to chalk out their own destinies.

Sunita scored 8.8 and she wishes to pursue higher studies in Engineering or Applied Science. Swarna scored 8.5 and is sure about becoming an entrepreneur in future. She wants to set up a company, earn loads of money and sponsor girls like her. Swapna who scored 7.5 wants to be a software professional.

Just a few years ago, all these children were in traumatic conditions. Sunita lost her parents and her elder sister Rosy to AIDS. Swarna's father was an AIDS patient and died of Tuberculosis in 2012. Swapna's father had a heart attack and passed away in 2010. 

While Sphoorti is implementing the project, it is the financial and moral support extended by people like you from a distance that saves the day. 

Now our responsibility has increased many-fold. We require support for each of these girls to send them to Junior College (equivalent to Grade XI and Grade XII). All the thirteen children including Sunita, Swarna and Swapna will join a residential Junior College. We request our friends to support our endeavor to help these children finish their studies to the extent they are capable. And trust us, each of them can very well pursue Masters Degree and beyond. 

Thanks a lot for providing us an opportunity to change lives. We are basking in the glory of our children's suceess.  

Swarna
Swarna
Swapna
Swapna
Feb 24, 2016

Project Update Dec 2015 - Feb 2016

New Year 2016
New Year 2016

Dear friends,

First off, Sphoorti wishes you a very happy new year. 

Our children signed off 2015 in style with a big celebration on Dec 31st 2015. Our children gave song and dance performances to welcome 2016.

We celebrated all important festivals like Christmas and Sankranthi with enthusiasm. We gave all of them new clothes as part of the celebrations.

From Jan 22nd to 24th, 100 children attended the  IGNITE 2016 program in BITS-Hyd campus. It was a three day event consisting of culutural programs and science workshops. 
We celebrated Republic Day in our premises on Jan 26th. On Jan 30, Concern India Foundation conducted Sports event in Hyderabad and won 9 prizes including the Prize for Best March Past. Sphoorti children bagged the highest number of prizes among all the participating contingents.
In this report, we wish to highlight the impact of your support on the life of Soumya who joined Sphoorti 5 years ago.

This case study is about Sowmya who grew from a very diffident girl into a confident student.

Childhood can be a curse if the parents do not discharge their responsibilities properly.  Sowmya is such example of a child with hardships right in the beginning of life. Her story is one of moving from trauma to happiness and hope in life. Her story holds a lot of life’s lessons.

Sowmya (11) hails from a locality near Ameerpet, Hyderabad. Her father Ravi was a compulsive drunkard. Her mother Renuka had to leave the house with her children because of continued domestic violence in 2009. Sowmya came to Sphoorti in 2010. She was born in March 2004. She is in STD VI now and is a very active girl. She plays skipping and badminton and likes reading books in the library.

When Sowmya joined Sphoorti, she had vitamin deficiency and her left eye had a serious problem. She comes from a dismembered family fraught with domestic violence which left some deep scars in her psyche.

It took us about 3-4 months to help her deal with all her physical, mental and emotional health issues. We took the help of staff members, school teacher and some volunteers to deal to sort them out. 

Sowmya underwent eye operation in 2014 with the help of local Lions Club and now has clear vision. She is now able to concentrate on studies and other activities.

Sowmya wants to study science in future. She feels very comfortable and secure staying with Sphoorti inmates. She is slowly learning to speak in English.

As you can notice, Sowmya’s story is that of transformation of an impoverished illiterate child to a confident school going child.

The staff members have to be particularly commended for their commitment and hard work in dealing with children like Sowmya. 

Though she is just in STD VI, she is mentally matured beyond her age. 

Over the last several years, the collaboration of our donors, well-wishers and other stake-holders has helped us provide a safe and secure childhood with facilities on par with those of a middle class family. 

There are several such stories at Sphoorti and through your support, we can create more success stories and gift able citizens to the world. 

Inter NGO Sports Meet
Inter NGO Sports Meet
new dresses for festivals
new dresses for festivals
Sowmya
Sowmya
Republic Day 2016
Republic Day 2016
 
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