In 2021 December, Ashakiran Coordinator GLY Mendon along with working President JP and Coordinator Kusum Shettigar visited more than 35 families of Ashakiran Children in Mangalore, Karkala, Belthangady and Bangalore to review the effectiveness of our program and to understand the problems and challenges faced by students and their families in getting a decent education.

Site Visit Photos.


Gly Mendon, Chairman Ashakiran India, visited India. He conducted a Board Meeting of Ashakiran India and inducted few members into the board. Mr. Mendon visited at least 35 beneficiaries in Mangalore, around.

Site Visit Photos.

January, 2018

Gly Mendon, Chairman Ashakiran India, visited India. He conducted a Board Meeting and recruited new volunteers and overhauled the Ashakiran India Board. Ashakiran Board in India appointed new treasurers. Mr. Mendon visited atleast 50 beneficiaries in Mangalore, Bangalore and around.

Many of the Ashakiran beneficiaries have secured jobs in recent years. Some of them like Sushma/Suhana/Trupti are lecturers in Engineering Colleges. Apoorva, Vinith have obtained jobs in Private companies. Manish and Raksha went on to complete CA. At least 15-20 students have reached their final year in Engineering/MBA/MSc and courses and ready to jump into the job market. Eventhough we are not able to keep track of the careers of all beneficiaries who passed out from their courses of study, we believe that we have given them enough education and confident to succeed in their life. We will keep updating their progress as and when it is available.

Site Visit Photos.

December, 2016

During his India visit in December 2016, Mr. Gly Mendon visited the sponsored children in and around Mangalore. Site Visit Photos.

August, 2016

During his India visit in August 2016, Mr. Ramana Regulapati met with all the sponsored children in Telangana, children in SMEC Trust Siricilla and children at Sai Seva Trust Hanamkonda. Spoke to the parent[s]/guardians of the children and gave education counselling. Site Visit Photos

September, 2012

One of our beloved founder member Ms. Shusheela Puthran, has expired in Mangalore in late 2011 due to old age. She left behind a "WILL" leaving all her monetary belongings to Asha Kiran India. We could receive apprx. Rs 1,22,000 from her WILL proceedings till now and it has been kept as fixed deposit in the name of Asha Kiran and the interest from the fixed deposit will be used to support poor children's education. Ms. Shusheela Puthran's concern for betterment of Indian society was par excellence in her life and death. She donated all her life savings to different educational and social institutions in Mangalore and Bombay. We salute her soul and pray for her soul to rest in peace.

September, 2012

During his India visit in Feb 2012, Mr. Ramana Regulapati visited all the beneficiaries in SMEC Trust and met with the trsut board members and discussed about the developments in the trust and also visited the children in Warangal Dt of Telangana along with the local volunteer Mr Prathap . He also met with the parent(s) and guardians of the children and discussed about their progress.

February, 2012

During his India visit in Feb 2012, Mr. GLY Mendon visited more than hundred children in nearby villages and towns of Mangalore to understand the effect and short coming of Ashakiran India's program along with other board members and volunteers Mr. Krishna Shetty, Mohandas Suvarna, Naveen Kulal, Rashmi Amin, Ashwita Anand, Gayathri Prabhu and V K Mendon . He also discussed with other board members about improving the coordination and reach. He attended the AK India Board meeting held on March 14, 2012.

Here is the link for pictures of site visits of students.

December, 2010

Asha Kiran India has taken over the education of about 158 students, who were beneficiaries of now defunct SMILE Trust. We have inducted Mr. Ramana Regulapati, Ex. President of SMILE Trust to the Board of Asha Kiran We hope to tap into his vast experience of handling SMILE Trust and the network of sponsors and make Asha Kiran more resourceful and efficient to chug into the next decade.

June, 2010

Asha Kiran added 55 students to our long list of beneficiaries.

March, 2010

Asha Kiran's New Delhi Module is fully operational with 6 students, thanks to the efforts of Mr. Sharad Srivastav and Ms. Prithvi Shetty.

January, 2010

Ashakiran, USA chairperson Ms.Prithvi Shetty visited New Delhi en route to Mangalore, to kick-start the Ashakiran Delhi module (part of the Ashakiran India project) and the new scheme for one-to-one sponsorship of poor families. She was assisted there by Mr. and Mrs. Jain, and Mr. Sharad Shrivastav. Ms.Shetty visited some poor areas near Bindapur, Delhi and identified 25 families for aid. 5 of these families have since been identified for immediate family help. We proudly announce that within 2 months of her visit, we were able to enlist the aid of 5 sponsors for these 5 families who are willing to spend the $250 required for one family to be able to pay for the education of all the children in that household.
There are also plans in place to set up a tailoring center with help from Ashakiran, to help increase the income of the women from the sponsored families. This scheme will be administered by Mr. and Mrs. Jain and Mr.Shrivastav and is expected to be up and running soon.

June, 2009

Ashakiran's US board members Aarti Kumar and GLY Mendon visited Bellary, Karnataka, to review the progress of the sponsored children during their visit to India. Ashakiran India's annual meeting was held in Mangalore, India. The meeting was attended by AK India project's Vice Chairman Mr.Krishna Shetty, and co-ordinators Mr.Ciprian Lobo, Mr.Mohandas Suvarna, Mr.Satish Kotian, Ms.Sahana Suvarna, Ms. Ashwita Anand, Ms.Rekha Boloor, Mr.V K Mendon, and AK India chairman Mr.GLY Mendon.

January, 2009

Ashakiran's UK Coordinator Dr. Prutha Shetty and sponsor Dr. Girdhar Reddy visited India and held a get-together with Ashakiran, India sponsored Children and their parents. The event was attended by a large number of children and some sponsors like Mr. Rajagopal from Bangalore. The get-together was coordinated by Vice President Mr. Krishna Shetty, coordinators Mr. Ciprian Lobo, Mr. Mohandas Suvarna, Mr. Satish Kotian, Rekha Boloor and V K Mendon. Our sponsored senior students like Ashwita Anand and Sahana Suvarna also chipped in to make the event a success.

October, 2007

22 children have passed out from their courses of study and some of them are gainfully employed.

Sahana Suvarna, an engineering student, has been recruited by Wipro.

Three former beneficiaries, Preethi, Jyothi and Ramesh Alva, are now employed, and have started sponsoring children! We thank them for their spirit in giving back to Ashakiran.

Three more students completed their courses. Two of them are currently employed as teachers.

43 more students were added to Ashakiran's fold in 2007, most of them either orphans, or with a single parent. Ashakiran currently has 113 children studying in different courses. 75% of them are girls.

Our area of operation now spreads to Bellary in Karnataka and Rayadurga in Andhra Pradesh.

Ms. Prutha Shetty has been nominated to be our new coordinator in the United Kingdom.

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Two students, Jyothi and Preethi, sponsored by Asha Kiran, graduated successfully with engineering degrees. They are now both gainfully employed in their field of education.