July 16, 2014
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This year Vishuddhi reached out to 22 students from The Children’s Garden Higher Secondary School, Chennai and helped them with a part of their school fee. The girls were from class XI and XII.
This year’s scholarships were made possible by these benevolent people – The Patnekars (Rohit, Monica and little Mahi) and Rohit’s friends who joined in the cause started by Rohit where he said he would prefer money to charity instead of gifts to little Mahi on her birthday. So, all that collected money went to these deserving girls – (2 were absent on the 14th of July and hence there are only 20 of them in the picture). Thanks a lot folks.
September 25, 2013
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Vishuddhi reached out to 20 students this year in helping them pay a part of their school fee. The students were selected and awarded scholarships in the 1st week of September (This post comes in a little late!). Wishing the girls the best in Life and a great future!
Heartfelt Thanks to the contributors: Rohit Patnekar, Ganesh Kumar Jayabalan, Karan Karia, Mona Paul and Sampath Kumar Tatipamula.
And of course to my bestie Sangeetha for being there for me !
September 13, 2011
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August 15th 2011 – Along with the Independence Day celebration, Vishuddhi stepped into the 2nd year of Awarding Scholarships. This year it was 10 benefactors (Last year 8 students were selected for scholarship) out which 8 were from classes 11 and 12, 1 from class 6 (She was about to drop out of school due to lack of funds for education) and 1 UKG kid (His father committed suicide and his mother is a house-maid).
Thanks to Ravi Narayanan Sir for his support since the institution of Vishuddhi and to Rajkumar for sponsoring the Class 6 child with full fee. Thanks to my ex-Project Team The Hartford for the contribution (Prashanth had allocated a part for the Trust during the Feb 2011 CSR Drive). This time a gift was also included along with the Scholarship amount which constituted of stationery for the students. I am very happy and thankful to Nalini Teacher and Saraswathi Teacher for helping me identify the deserving students.
Though the students were not outstanding performers, it is their will to study overcoming all odds (Some don’t have fathers, one child’s dad is a drunkard, Children of house maids, etc.) that is to be appreciated and encouraged. Their warm smiles lit up my heart and I Hope and Pray that the number of benefactors should keep increasing with each passing year.
Could catch hold of only 3 out of 10 for the Picture!
Pictures in the following Link: https://picasaweb.google.com/108284899645087357361/Vishuddhi#5651910293769002898
June 20, 2011
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Long time! So it has been a year since Vishuddhi gave away its first set of scholarships ans it is time for the next one. Request all those who are interested to contribute funds to the Trust and like last year , this year too we would give them away on the 15th of August.
Do join hands and help in a child’s education. All contributions are exempted from TAX under the Income Tax Act of India.
Ways of contributing:
Cash : Pls hand them over to Sangeetha or Myself (or at my mum’s place as I have relocated to Bangalore now)
Cheque: Drawn in favor of – Vishuddhi Charitable Trust
Name:Vishuddhi Charitable Trust
Bank: Indian Bank
Acc No and IFSC Code : On Request
Receipts would be given in the name that you want as hard or soft copy. For any further clarifications pls contact me.
Details of events that took place till now:
I have not made entry for the orphanage and old-age home drive that we undertook. We collected clothes, books, bags, stationery, food items, etc. and donated it to Annai Illam in Chennai – a oldage home plus an orphanage in March this year. Tulasi was the one who contributed maximum for this drive. Thanks Tulasi!
August 18, 2010
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Vishuddhi’s first significant milestone of awarding scholarships to students was reached on the 15th of August 2010. Here’s a brief on the event –
Scholarship application forms were distributed to the XI and XII standard students of The Children’s Garden Hr. Sec. School. Eight deserving candidates were chosen from the higher secondary branch.
August 15th was chosen as a Prayer Meeting will be conducted every year in the school and it would be a good platform to call out the kids in front and award them. The teachers were all very happy to see us (Sangeetha, Tulasi and me) and wanted us to give a two-minute talk about Vishuddhi. So the stage was all set, children and teachers ready and at the strike of 8 in the morning, the function started with Invocation. The prayer and the patriotism were so deep that it invoked the Rain God! It started drizzling! The big trees in the 73-year-old school could protect the children only for a while. The programmes (Speeches on Independence Day, Debates etc.) were rescheduled to the next day in the auditorium and it was decided that only the Prize Distribution would take place (There were some prizes to be awarded as part of the school programme). As the children collected the prizes under various categories, it got windy thereby stopping the rain. That was one of the few occasions in Chennai where the sun shines to bring smile on the lips of Chennaites.
We were all happy that we would get some more time but it was short-lived. When there were 5 children left to collect the school prizes it started to rain again. So we dint have time to give a brief on Vishuddhi. I requested The Correspondent Chakku Akka and the HM Saraswathi Teacher to give away the Scholarships to the students. 6 students were given Rs.1000/- each and 2 were given Rs.900/- each. I presented a book to the school named “Holistic Education”. (The author of this book is the Income Tax Director in Chennai, one who works to abolish bribery and bring about all-round functional knowledge to children rather than just the theoretical knowledge.) We then quickly took a photograph with the students and took shelter in the classrooms. But it was a very fulfilling day to see the smiles on the faces of the kids and their promise to excel in their studies.
Thanks guys for your contributions. Expecting your support in all the coming years.
With the Scholarship Winners
More Pictures : http://picasaweb.google.co.in/pavithra.kbhat/Vishuddhi#
P.S: I don’t understand what’s the relationship of the Trust with the rain. When i went to the Registrar Office for Trust Registration amendment, it was the Laila day and i was a wet chicken. The next day was the Tax exemption case hearing and Chennai had knee-deep water! It rained this Sunday, 15th Aug, too!! Fishy!!!
August 17, 2010
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As an old adage goes – “Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you’ve fed him for a lifetime.” There’s an important life lesson in this simple statement which translates into “Education is the most important thing you can give someone to better his circumstances.”
Vishuddhi Charitable Trust is a non-profit organization which believes in making education available for all and primarily aims at providing educational scholarships to bright students and help them come up in the society through education.
The trustees are the alumni of The Children’s Garden Higher Secondary School. Students are selected based on their academic performances/their economic position. Every year the most deserving candidates will be provided with scholarships. As the first step the reach would be to the students of CGHS and as the Trust grows the operations would expand too.
If you would like to contribute to Vishuddhi and join us in our endeavor of brightening the future India, do get in touch with us – firstname.lastname@example.org./email@example.com.
(80G TAX Exemption can be claimed for all the contributions under the Income Tax Act, 1961.)
Pavithra, Founder & Managing Trustee