Greetings for the holidays and the end of the year. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year in advance as we look back at our crowdfunding journey through GlobalGiving for the past 8 years.
We started fundraising in GlobalGiving in 2013, and our first donation was made on September 3rd, 2013! We have had a fabulous dream run of fundraising for the past 8 years raising more than US$ 1.1 million, raising funds for two full-time projects, and 2 microprojects (which got fully funded).
With your support and contributions, we had been able to make wonderful transformations in the lives of thousands of Indian rural children by offering them quality English medium education where it is not available or affordable.
Several of our students have passed out of Isha Vidhya and are pursuing higher education as well as gainfully employed in companies. This has all been possible because of your unrelenting support!
We have procured critical infrastructre needed for the schools like learning aids, school buses, sports equipment, computers, etc., as well as built classrooms and other necessary structures like water tanks and toilets.
Our student education sponsorship has been a huge success along with the subsidies for noon meal and transportation. Noon meal and transportation are two very important reasons for the students and parents to stay motivated on children's education.
We have participated over the course of years in several of GlobalGiving's campaigns and contests, and have had the honours of being winners and finishing in the top ranks. We won a photo contest in an year, and also got recognized as a top ranking project in GlobalGiving in an year.
We would like to assure you that the donations that you have made have been put to the intended purposes, and will be in the future too. We thank you for all that you have done for our project.
From my side personally, and from the entire Isha Vidhya team, we once again wish you a great holiday session and a very happy New Year 2022!
Since September of this year, two software professionals (volunteers) have been training 300 students of grades 9-12 in two groups thrice a week in website development. Students in Group 1 login to watch pre-recorded videos and self-learn akin to the Coursera website, while Group 2 students attend live online classes.
After learning HTML and CSS – level 1, they will create a website by themselves, thereby gaining hands-on experience. They’ll then learn Java, Python, and Angular, which will give them an edge at college and even enable them to freelance while pursuing undergraduate studies.
Kishore, a grade12 student of Isha Vidhya Cuddalore, aspires to work as a software engineer at Google and says the sessions are greatly helping him develop and improve his coding skills.
Since last year, eight Isha Vidhya volunteers have been coaching 16 grade12 students (including four girl students) online for an hour every day in preparation for the NDA (National Defence Academy) exams, which will be held on 14 November 2021. Students are assessed every Sunday and the results are analyzed and discussed to help them improve. They also play online games together once a month to strengthen their bond. The team has frequent telephonic conversations with the students to solicit feedback and to get to know them better in order to best support them.
Nahul of Isha Vidhya Erode is inspired to join the Indian Armed Forces by his aunt, an IAF (Indian Air Force) pilot. He says the sessions are preparing him well for the entrance exams as well as the Services Selection Board Interview.
We at Isha Vidhya are inspired by the students' enthusiasm about taking the NDA exam and their efforts on preparing for it. We wish them all the best for their success in their exams!
Grade 12 students and Isha Vidhya alumni, 80 in all, are participating in a 9-week Entrepreneurship & Leadership Development Program conducted by Moonshot Junior Inc. and sponsored by Day Anna (donor). Global instructors and experts conduct the triweekly sessions to train them in entrepreneurial and leadership skills like starting a business from scratch, launching a product, analyzing employability prospects, and so on.
Hemalatha of Isha Vidhya Cuddalore aspires to become a pastry chef and set up her own business. She says, “The program has made me more confident, developed my communication skills, and I now think even more about setting up my new venture, because of this.”
It's absolutely essential for young generation to be prepared for their entrepreural journey, as more and more possibilities are opening up for India and abroad towards the same. Students who have the leadership capabilities hone them by taking these trainings so that they can excel in their entrepreneurship journey. We wish these students and alumni all the best in their future endeavors!
Isha Vidhya volunteers conduct a one-hour online coaching session every day for The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for over 400 Grade 11 and 12 students.
The volunteers are primarily concerned with familiarizing students with the examination patterns. They often give students tips on becoming more proficient and have also taught them several useful and time-saving shortcut methods to solve mathematical problems and derivations.
Adhi Keerthana of Isha Vidhya Coimbatore, who aspires to become an orthopaedist, says, "I find the sessions very helpful and grasp the concepts and get any doubts cleared so easily. I'm feeling more confident now about taking the exams.”
We eagerly look forward for Isha Vidhya students to prepare well for the NEET/JEE exams and do well in the exams. Succeeding in the entrance exams opens up the avenues for the students to do their higher education and being successful in life.
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