Greetings for the holidays and the end of the year. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year in advance as we look back at our crowdfunding journey through GlobalGiving for the past 8 years.
We started fundraising in GlobalGiving in 2013, and our first donation was made on September 3rd, 2013! We have had a fabulous dream run of fundraising for the past 8 years raising more than US$ 1.1 million, raising funds for two full-time projects, and 2 microprojects (which got fully funded).
With your support and contributions, we had been able to make wonderful transformations in the lives of thousands of Indian rural children by offering them quality English medium education where it is not available or affordable.
Several of our students have passed out of Isha Vidhya and are pursuing higher education as well as gainfully employed in companies. This has all been possible because of your unrelenting support!
We have procured critical infrastructre needed for the schools like learning aids, school buses, sports equipment, computers, etc., as well as built classrooms and other necessary structures like water tanks and toilets.
Our student education sponsorship has been a huge success along with the subsidies for noon meal and transportation. Noon meal and transportation are two very important reasons for the students and parents to stay motivated on children's education.
We have participated over the course of years in several of GlobalGiving's campaigns and contests, and have had the honours of being winners and finishing in the top ranks. We won a photo contest in an year, and also got recognized as a top ranking project in GlobalGiving in an year.
We would like to assure you that the donations that you have made have been put to the intended purposes, and will be in the future too. We thank you for all that you have done for our project.
From my side personally, and from the entire Isha Vidhya team, we once again wish you a great holiday session and a very happy New Year 2022!
Krishma is studying in Grade 12 at the Isha Vidhya Nagercoil school. Her aspiration is to excel as a Space Researcher! Here's her sharing:
"I want to pursue astronomy. I get excited and curious at the mere mention of the subject. I am already preparing for higher studies abroad, and brushing up on my English in case I decide to take IELTS (International English Language Testing System). I also like learning via educative apps and online classes in my own time."
We are quite excited to hear her sharing. We are so glad that Isha Vidhya is producing students who want to contribute to worldwide research and who want to pursue their higher education at the international level!
We wish Krishma all the best in her endeavors and wish her success in her exams that she is planning for.
We thank the donors who have made Isha Vidhya possible and lighting the lamp of education in the students' lives. We thank you for all you have done for educating India rural children through Isha Vidhya, and we look forward for your continued support.
If you have any questions or feedback, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bhavadharni works as a support executive in TCS's Citibank project. She was hired on campus at Sri Krishna Adithya College of Arts & Science, Coimbatore, where she had completed her B.Sc. Computer Science out of her eagerness to gain more knowledge about computer technology. Bhavadharni says, “My journey as an employee is different from what it was at Isha Vidhya Coimbatore – I feel more responsible now, working in a multi-national company.
But the things I learned at Isha Vidhya, like discipline, punctuality, and speaking in English, help me immensely now.” She loves her job which gives her an opportunity to interact with people.
Bhavadharni says that her teachers played a major role in motivating her to study well and instilling confidence in her to make sound decisions in life.
Velam landed a job at India Post based on her excellent Class 10 score of 96%. She is currently working as a Dak Sevak (postal officer) and aspires to rise to a higher post in the future.
Velam scored 91% in Grade 12 at Isha Vidhya Nagercoil and studied B.Sc. Maths at Pioneer Kumaraswamy College, Nagercoil, but she grabbed the India Post job for the stability a government job provides. This means a lot to her considering that her father runs the house with his earnings as an auto driver.
Velam acknowledges the vital role her Isha Vidhya teachers played both academically as well as in preparing her to face any challenge.
She is pleased to have this secure job and being in a position to support her family financially.
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