Ashakiran India

Overview    Beneficiary Selection    Board and Volunteers    Goals and Achievements    Sponsors    Finances


Overview

Asha Kiran India is a charitable organization primarily dedicated to supporting poor children and enabling them to go to school to obtain an education. A large part of Asha Kiran India's income is obtained from donations made by the general public and the rest from interest from fixed deposits. Asha Kiran India was founded and registered in June 12, 2000 as a charitable organization in India under Section 80-G of the Indian Income Tax Act, 1961, by GLY Mendon and Krishna Shetty.

Activities that Asha Kiran undertakes:
Asha Kiran India's primary function is to collect funds from the general public and distribute them as needed to poor families that are unable to put their children through school without financial assistance. Poor children are identified by Asha Kiran India volunteers. They pay a visit to the family to assess the average income of the family and their economic condition. If a family qualifies for sponsorship through Ashakiran India, sponsorship money is allocated to one child in the family.

The amount of money given towards the student's education depends on the current grade of the student. As the student progresses in school, the amount of money allocated for the student's education is varied according to his or her grade level. The Asha Kiran India volunteers follow up regularly to encourage the family to continue the education of their child, monitor the progress of the student and provide advice on career opportunities as the student completes high school. The annual disbursement of funds is contingent upon the child obtaining a passing grade each year. If a child does not progress to the next grade level, the schools in India generally allow the student to rewrite the same exams the following year by studying at home that year. Sponsorship is suspended for that year and until he or she passes the current grade.



Beneficiary Selection

Asha Kiran Inc. requires Ashakiran India to adhere to the following criteria for selection of beneficiaries that will receive funds through Asha Kiran Inc.
  • The beneficiaries will be selected depending on the family's economic conditions. The candidate will be a from a poor family with an annual income of no more than Rs 1.5 lakh per year for formal education and 3 lakhs per year for medical/engineering/management and other professional courses or higher studies.
  • Asha Kiran India representatives will meet the family, visit their home and verify the occupation of the candidate's guardians or parents. The visit will also enable them to verify the living conditions.
  • Asha Kiran India will encourage girl children to go to school and may give them preference for sponsorship.
  • Asha Kiran India will also consider orphans for sponsorship preferentially.
  • As a secular and non-discriminatory organization, Asha Kiran India will not preferentially select beneficiaries based upon religion, region, caste or color.
  • A beneficiary's progress will be monitored by obtaining the progress report card with the grades of the student, each year.
  • If a beneficiary fails to graduate to the next grade, sponsorship for the student will be suspended and the student will be required to reappear and pass the exam next year for sponsorship to be renewed.
  • If a current beneficiary fails to report to their Asha Kiran India contact for renewal of sponsorship, then Asha Kiran India will inquire into the case to check the beneficiary's progress in school. If the beneficiary has not enrolled him or herself into school for the year, Asha Kiran India volunteers will encourage the beneficiary and the family to do so.
  • Asha Kiran India will accept a beneficiary for sponsorship with the goal of having the beneficiary obtain at least a high school degree. If a beneficiary completes high school, Asha Kiran India will provide the students with career counseling for further enrollment into college or/and obtain a job.
The Ashakiran India Board

G.L.Y Mendon, born in 1962, is a Mechanical Engineer and is the chairperson and founder of Ashakiran, India. He resides in Maryland, USA and he coordinates activities between Ashakiran, India and Asha Kiran, USA. He also oversees the accounts of Ashakiran along with other Treasurers.

Mr. Mohandas Suvarna, born in 1952, resides in Mangalore, India. He enrolls and coordinates with beneficiaries, monitors their progress and disburses funds to the beneficiaries. He is currently the Joint Treasurer of Ashakiran.

Mr. Ciprian Lobo, born in 1951, is a retired manager from Vijaya bank and resides in Mangalore, India. Mr. Lobo enrolls and coordinates with the beneficiaries.

Mr. Satish Kotian, born in 1955, resides in Mangalore, India. He enrolls and coordinates with beneficiaries and monitors their progress.

Revati Suresh is resident of Mangalore and is recruited as a Board Member in 2018. She is the Joint Treasurer of Ashakiran. She was working as Ashakiran Volunteer before.

Volunteers

Ms. Kusum Shettigar- She resides in Mangalore and largely responsible for scrutinizing and recruiting the students. She also helps to maintain the accounts and communicates between the treasurers and banks. She is responsible for coordinating with Ashakiran USA team.

Mr. Pratap Sangamareddy resides in Karimnagar, Telangana. He looks after Asha Kiran's charitable activities in Karimnagar and Warangal in Telangana. He enrolls new students, monitors their progress, and coordinates with Asha Kiran India and Asha Kiran USA.

Mr. Sharad Srivastav resides in Bindapur, New Delhi. He looks after Asha Kiran's charitable activities in New Delhi. He enrolls new students, monitors their progress, and coordinates with Asha Kiran India and Asha Kiran USA.

Mr. Vinod Kumar Mendon: Resides in Mangalore, is helping with handling Ashakiran activities in Mangalore. He runs his small business.

Mr. Naveen Kulal: Resides in Mangalore, is helping with handling Ashakiran activities in Mangalore. He works in Private Company.

Mr. Krishananda KV: He resides in Mangalore and acts as volunteer of Ashakiran. He is recruited in 2018 to augment our capabilities to reach out to general public for sponsorships in Mangalore and around.

Ex Board Members and Volunteers

Mr. Krishna Shetty, was Board Member, Vice President and Treasurer of Ashakiran India from 2000 thru 2017. He has helped to build Ashakiran as a formidable charitable organization in the region and his contribution is immense and would be remembered by Ashakiran. He retires from the position for personal reasons.

Dr. Prutha Shetty, was a Volunteer and a coordinator for UK and Europe and instrumental in getting funds from that region. Now she is opted out due to personal reasons.

Goals and Achievements

Currently Ashakiran India sponsors the education & clothing of 376 primary, high school, college and professional students as of 2017. Many of them are studying in professional courses such as Engineering, Medical, Management and Computer Science.
In total, Ashakiran India has sponsored 976 students, since its inception, majority of them are girls.
Asha Kiran India established an Ashakiran module Bellary in Karnataka, and Bindapur in New Delhi.
Asha Kiran added 30 students from Sai Seva Trust, Telangana.
Asha Kiran supported 50 students from the Rangineni Trust (SMEC) for the last 12 years. The Rangneni Trust is a well-organized charitable institution founded by Mr. Mohan Rao and Ms. Sujatha Rao. It is located near Siricilla town of Karimnagar DT, Telangana.
Ashakiran India established a scheme for full sponsorship of students studying in professional courses from poor families. Till now we supported atleast 50 children under this scheme with enhanced financial aid and focused attention.
Apart from the above achievements, Ashakiran India also provided shelters for two homeless families with a contribution of approximately Rs.20,000 in 2001.


Near Term Goals

Asha Kiran India aims to increase the number of sponsors by 30 this year.
Add more volunteers to work in the field in India.
Create Independent Asha-Kiran Branch in Telangana state.


Long term goals

Continue the new one-to-one sponsorship scheme and add 5 family sponsors every year.
Continue to increase the number of poor children supported by sponsorships
Establish a guidance centre for job oriented education
Establish a boarding school for orphans and street children
Establish old age homes
Establish an institution for mentally and physically challenged children.
Fight social evils like the dowry system and female infanticide
Continue to establish more branches at different Indian cities and abroad with the association of like minded individuals



Finances

Annual Reports

  • Asha Kiran India Annual Report 2008
  • Asha Kiran India Annual Report 2009
  • Asha Kiran India Annual Report 2010
  • Asha Kiran India Annual Report 2011
  • Asha Kiran India Annual Report 2012
  • Asha Kiran India Annual Report 2013
  • Asha Kiran India Annual Report 2014
  • Asha Kiran India Annual Report 2015
  • Asha Kiran India Annual Report 2016
  • Asha Kiran India Annual Report 2017

    Annual Budgets

  • Asha Kiran India Annual Budget 2009
  • Asha Kiran India Annual Budget 2010
  • Asha Kiran India Annual Budget 2011
  • Asha Kiran India Annual Budget 2012
  • Asha Kiran India Annual Budget 2013
  • Asha Kiran India Annual Budget 2014
  • Asha Kiran India Annual Budget 2015
  • Asha Kiran India Annual Budget 2016
  • Asha Kiran India Annual Budget 2017
  • Asha Kiran India Annual Budget 2018

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