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 M.com 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.
During his India visit in December 2016, Mr. Gly
Mendon visited the sponsored children in and around Mangalore.
Site Visit Photos.
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
Site Visit Photos
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.
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.
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.
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
Asha Kiran's 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.
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.
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.
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.