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 Indiaís 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.
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.
Asha Kiran added 55 students to our long list of beneficiaries.
Asha Kiranís New Delhi Module is fully operational with 6 students, thanks to the efforts of Mr. Sharad Srivastav and Ms. Prithvi Shetty.
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.
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.