Sunday, May 27, 2012

Vote for Aarti Home here and help them win the Impact Awards

I received this letter from a friend, and this is definitely a worthy cause. Do vote for this if you support the girl child.

Hi Kiran.

How art thou?! Long time!

You know about Aarti Home, the NGO I volunteer with? Well, we are trying to get something called Impact Awards - it is decided based on the number of votes it gets online. This will give us enough money for food for our children at the orphanage for a year. This as you know is our most basic need.

Sandhya Aunty (who is the founder-president) has been working for the girl child for 20 years now. She has pumped in huge amounts of her own money and continues do do so, and her energy and commitment to the cause - it has to seen to be believed. 

She is a normal person like you and me - used to hold a teaching job, had two daughters (one of who was my IIT batchmate) and ran a house always full of visiting relatives and friends. What is different about her is that she has saved at least a few thousand girl babies from being killed or sold and abused, helped hundreds of students who did not have money to study further, helped thousands of women earn their own money and explained to lakhs why a girl is as good as a boy. I can go on and on about her team's selflessness - something I have personally experienced, truly a very rare thing in today's world. They have spread it so much that it has actually impacted the gender ratio in Kadapa district.

As you know, Aarti runs an orphanage for abandoned girls, a school for kids who cannot pay fees, a skills development program to make women able to earn their own money and therefore dignity, and many many programs to tell folks why the girl child deserves to live with dignity.

Folks in Kadapa district recognise this and there are long queues there wanting to vote, however they are unable to do so because of erratic electricty and pathetic net connection.

So a request - please can you vote and help get us votes via your blog and FB? Also tell other people?

It is a super simple process - just click on this link above after signing into FB, click on 'Vote for this Entry' and you are done! We need to do this in the next one week.
Please help!
Thanks & cheers,

Monday, May 21, 2012

Fw: ‘If you would lift me up, you must be on higher ground’ - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sent from BlackBerry® on Airtel

From: Subrat Goswami <>
Date: Mon, 21 May 2012 17:57:08 +0530
To: Subrat Goswami<>
Subject: 'If you would lift me up, you must be on higher ground' - Ralph Waldo Emerson

'If you would lift me up, you must be on higher ground' - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The last I wrote about the dire need for a transport minivan to be able to carry out the  expanding activities of NGO Ahambhumika into Mohabadia, Bodakho and surrounding villages, was in mid February (1). Three months on, I am still seeking funds for it.

I would be deluding you if I said I had not made good collections towards it. Some rather magnanimous donors have come forward with funds – all of which are equally worthy towards Ahambhumika's purpose of purchasing the minivan.

The Tata Venture minivan worth INR 4,60,000 we had set to procure can be a reality for us if we can make a further collection of INR 1, 25, 000.

This is an honest, urgent and a beseeching plea for the balance funds for the minivan. Come summer and some of Ahambhumika's critical work awaits the need of a minivan. I have stood outside of the Tata showroom looking at the minivan Ahambhumika needs but cannot afford as of now.

From the very core of my belief in Ahambhumika's work I hope there will not be many more miles to making the transport minivan a reality.

NOTE: Those who have already donated towards this purpose MAY NOT contribute again.



1.      Widening The Embrace Of The Cloth Bank;; Web May 2012;


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Via FundACause- School & Hostel Fees for a Hearing Impaired Student - Shillong

From: Shailaja Rajayyan <>
Cc: Mercy Roy <>
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2012
Subject: please help this "Special Boy" to continue to study..The Big Gift Foundation

I would like to request you to kindly lend your kind support to the young boy Mr Lairikyengbam Beelu Roy,  who took admission in a good English medium school located in Shillong - SCHOOL AND CENTRE FOR THE HEARING HANDICAPPED CHILDREN, Laitumkhrah, shillong in 9th standard. Now since the family is not able to support him financially for his education would like to request you to kindly help the young talented boy for leading a life towards growth, development and prosperity.The first installment is to be paid by the end of this month (also an amount ofRs.10,000/- which is the hostel fee refundable deposit money)  is to be paid by the 20th of this month.They have requested the hostel authority that they will pay the 1st installment along with the Rs 10,000/- deposit by the 30th May'2012.
I For fees payment if you would like to get in touch directly with the hostel authorities , the contact person is the hostel warden, Mrs H.Birohini and her contact details is 09612255799.
The details for the boy is:
Name: Lairikyengbam Beelu Roy ( Deaf & Dumb since birth)
Date of Birth: 02-06-1998
* Have represented the state in many National Level Football Tournaments and also a national level participant in 
Manipuri Traditional Dance
The financial support required is for the hostel charges which includes all his food and other daily expenses. He currently reside in a Hostel run by one of his teacher - Biro's boarding and residential Music Dance  School, Upper Nongrim Hills, Shillong-3 ( Documents is attached with the mail) . His monthly expenses details are :
1 ) Hostel Charges                           : Rs 5000
2 ) Tuition Fees                                : Rs 500
3 ) Pocket Money                             : Rs 300
4 ) Washing Clothes                         : Rs 400
5 ) warm water & electric charge        : Rs 500
6 ) Computer class tuition fee            : Free
Total                                              :  Rs 6,700/- per month.
 His parents are very poor and cannot afford his fees and expenses, the boy's father is a driver who earns a mere amount of Rs 25,000- per year , mother is a housewife and also has an elder brother who is still very young.
All required documents has been attached with the mail. Please let me know incase you need any kind of assistance. Looking forward to your generous support .

Shailaja R.
The Big Gift Foundation,
B/707,Vaibhav,Holy Cross Rd Extn.,IC Colony,Borivli-W,Mumbai 400103.
More details here