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!
Thanks & Best Regards.
Since September of this year, two software
professionals (volunteers) have been training
300 students of grades 9-12 in two groups
thrice a week in website development. Students
in Group 1 login to watch pre-recorded videos
and self-learn akin to the Coursera website,
while Group 2 students attend live online classes.
After learning HTML and CSS – level 1, they
will create a website by themselves, thereby
gaining hands-on experience. They’ll then learn
Java, Python, and Angular, which will give
them an edge at college and even enable them
to freelance while pursuing undergraduate studies.
Kishore, a grade12 student of Isha Vidhya
Cuddalore, aspires to work as a software engineer
at Google and says the sessions are greatly
helping him develop and improve his coding skills.
Since last year, eight Isha Vidhya
volunteers have been coaching 16
grade12 students (including four
girl students) online for an hour
every day in preparation for the
NDA (National Defence Academy)
exams, which will be held on 14
November 2021. Students are
assessed every Sunday and the
results are analyzed and discussed
to help them improve. They also
play online games together once a
month to strengthen their bond. The
team has frequent telephonic
conversations with the students to
solicit feedback and to get to know
them better in order to best support
Nahul of Isha Vidhya Erode
is inspired to join the Indian Armed
Forces by his aunt, an IAF (Indian
Air Force) pilot. He says the sessions
are preparing him well for the entrance
exams as well as the Services Selection
We at Isha Vidhya are inspired by
the students' enthusiasm about taking
the NDA exam and their efforts on
preparing for it. We wish them all
the best for their success in their
Grade 12 students and Isha Vidhya alumni,
80 in all, are participating in a 9-week
Entrepreneurship & Leadership Development
Program conducted by Moonshot Junior Inc.
and sponsored by Day Anna (donor). Global
instructors and experts conduct the triweekly
sessions to train them in entrepreneurial and
leadership skills like starting a business from
scratch, launching a product, analyzing
employability prospects, and so on.
Hemalatha of Isha Vidhya Cuddalore aspires
to become a pastry chef and set up her own
business. She says, “The program has made
me more confident, developed my
communication skills, and I now think even
more about setting up my new venture,
because of this.”
It's absolutely essential for young generation
to be prepared for their entrepreural journey,
as more and more possibilities are opening
up for India and abroad towards the same.
Students who have the leadership capabilities
hone them by taking these trainings so that
they can excel in their entrepreneurship
journey. We wish these students and alumni
all the best in their future endeavors!
Isha Vidhya volunteers conduct
a one-hour online coaching session
every day for The National Eligibility
cum Entrance Test (NEET) and Joint
Entrance Examination (JEE) for over
400 Grade 11 and 12 students.
The volunteers are primarily concerned
with familiarizing students with the
examination patterns. They often give
students tips on becoming more proficient
and have also taught them several useful
and time-saving shortcut methods to solve
mathematical problems and derivations.
Adhi Keerthana of Isha Vidhya Coimbatore,
who aspires to become an orthopaedist, says,
"I find the sessions very helpful and grasp
the concepts and get any doubts cleared so
easily. I'm feeling more confident now
about taking the exams.”
We eagerly look forward for Isha Vidhya
students to prepare well for the NEET/JEE
exams and do well in the exams. Succeeding
in the entrance exams opens up the avenues
for the students to do their higher education
and being successful in life.
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