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Happy 7th Anniversary

“Thank you for being a part of Ashvattha! Happy 7th Anniversary”
Achievements of any organization are the results of the combined effort of each and every individual who works for it. Ashvattha is now 7 years old and it definitely is your effort that kept us going all these years. We are proud to say that the YOU – the members, donors and volunteers of Ashvattha are the reason for all the achievements we had in these 7 years. All the donations we made to help with education, health and well-being of the underprivileged, are possible only because of you. We hope and wish the happiness that we added in these people’s lives reflects back into your lives. Team Ashvattha sincerely thanks all of you for travelling with us and helping us move forward in this amazing journey. We look forward to doing much more in the coming years and we hope your support will remain with us. 
A very happy Anniversary to Team Ashvattha! Thank you all members, donors and volunteers of Ashvattha for making a difference in the world!
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January 2020 Update

“Helping others, without expecting anything in return is what true self-worth is about” ~ Gaving Bird

This is the story of another young kid who is a victim of cancer. Nithin is a 13 year old, from Lakkampally, Nadhipet Mandal. He is the only son of Gangasailu and Godavari who comes from a very poor background. One day he suddenly had a sever fever and was admitted to a nearby hospital immediately. After many tests he was diagnosed with blood cancer and the cost of treatment was estimated to 20 Lakhs. 

As the family is not in a state to pay for such high expenses and they had to reach out to many non-profit organizations outside to help them. Ashvattha also came to know about this from one the volunteers and our team members visited the family at Rainbow Children’s Hospital in Hyderabad. We talked to Godavari, Nithin’s mother, who is taking care of her son staying in hospital for about 6 months now. She is very grateful for all the people coming forward to help her son. The doctors are performing chemotherapy but it is a long process which takes a lot of patience, energy and cost. Specially, it was very difficult as Nithin was having some digestion problems and he couldn’t eat enough to withstand the process of chemotherapy. It was very disheartening to see Nithin lay on bed helpless, at this very young age. We feel really sorry for Nithin and his family who has to go through these tiring process. From Ashvattha, we donated a check of Rs.25,000. We sincerely pray and hope that Nithin recovers soon to continue his schooling and education. 

A big Thank you for all the Donors and Volunteers for coming forward to help Nithin!
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July 2017 Update

“Difficulties mastered are opportunities won” – Winston Churchill

In today’s world there are very few people who chase after their dreams to reach their goals. They find their way out of all the obstacles and prove that if one has the will power to do it, other things will just fall in place. Team Ashvattha came across one such girl who is striving to complete her education irrespective of her financial and social status.

Archana comes from a poor family living in Endapalli Village, Kareemnagar Disctrict. Her father works as a daily labour and mother is a homemaker. She completed her SSC from ZPHS, a government highschool in Endapally. With her marks in SSC she got a free seat for Intermediate in a private college and scored 97.3 percentage, which is quite extraordinary. Though she is very much interested in pursuing further education, her parents got her married as they cannot afford to pay for her higher education. Her husband is also in a similar financial state but they are all willing to let her pursue her dreams if she receives some financial support. With help of a volunteer Archana approached Team Ashvattha and requested for help. Our volunteers gathered more information talking to her and her family. She looks very committed to her goal and she is very dedicated. Ashvattha is always willing to help such people and we strongly believe in better education for a better tomorrow. Ashvattha volunteers visited her place and donated a check of Rs.30,000 to help her with tuition fee for one year. We are very happy to be able to contribute to her education and we wish her all the best. There is a lot to learn from Archana in terms of determination and strength to fight against all odds. Thank you Archana for inspiring us!

Team Ashvattha would like to thank all its volunteers and donors for making this possible.

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June 2017 Update

“Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize…they were the big things!”

Do you remember the story “The new blue dress” from 8th standard in school? If you like to read it once more.. please checkout the story here: The New Blue Dress

It is short story were the teacher gifts a new blue dress to one of her poor students, and the happy face of the little girl in that dress changes the thinking of her family and all other families that live in her street. It is surprising how the smallest of the acts makes a huge difference. We never can predict how the little things we do for others change their lives forever.

As we keep grow old, we might stop appreciating little things in life, but seeing kids enjoy those moments definitely reminds us of our childhood. The smile on a child’s face wearing a new dress and showing it off to their friends and family… is priceless! Team Ashvattha decided to create that moment for all the children of Aaradya foundation. We decided to sponsor for new school uniforms to them which would make them happy and also be useful to them. Ashvattha volunteers visited the orphanage, talked to the kids and got a count of the uniforms they need. There are a total of 33 kids and each of them needed 2 sets of uniforms. Based on that we got estimates and donated a check of Rs.19,000 to the orphanage.

We are happy to see the kids wearing those uniforms and all ready for their schools. We are sure, this brings a smile on the face of every donor and member of Ashvattha. Thank you for making this happen!

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May 2017 Update

“Never get tired of doing little things for others.
Sometimes, those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts!”

Let’s start with a short story this time….

One day, a father was teaching his son about God and he started telling how God loves us all and he treats us all equally. The kid was young enough to understand the suffering in the world and was not ready to accept the fact that God treats all human beings equally. He has seen people who are begging for food, sleeping on the foot paths and not even having good clothes to cover their body. With that pain and anger in his heart, he questioned his father on how this is considered to be equality when so many people are suffering in the world. His father was surprised by the anger on his son’s face but he also understood where those questions were coming from. He smiled at the kid and replied “It is good that you have compassion for people around you and you feel sorry for them. It will help you grow as a good human being. But, you also need to understand that they are not as unhappy as you think they are. A beggar is able to satisfy his hunger with whatever he earns for every meal, a person sleeping on the footpath is resting and dreaming as you do, a person wearing torn clothes is not as much concerned about his dress as you think. God might not have given equal money and luxury for all mankind, but He gave equal opportunists for every one to feel the happiness, share love and enjoy life. Once you start replacing your sympathy with love and respect, you will see the real strength of people and how happy they are. The world is more beautiful than you think it is.

This story reminds us to change our perception and see things in a more positive way. Like the man said, every small thing we are doing for the people around us should come out of love and respect. That is how we can build a strong and positive future for a better tomorrow. The day we are able to respect the strength of the disabled person, love an orphaned kid and be there for a person in need… will be the day we grow as human beings. In Ashvattha, our goal as a team has always been to move in that direction.

This month, as the schools started, Ashvattha team decided to help some kids with basic needs for schooling. We chose an orphanage with 33 kids in Medchal, Hyderabad: Caring Community for Children (Aaradya foundation).These children are   studying in various grades, starting from UKG to 10th standard. We took a list from the orphanage on what these kids need for one year of their schooling and as per the list we distributed stationary (pens, pencils, sharpers, erasers, scales, geometry boxes, pencil boxes), note books, school bags, lunch baskets, water bottles, a pair of black shoes and a pair of white shoes along with two pairs of socks. All these items amounted to a total of Rs.28,000A special ‘thank you’ to the team who put so much time and effort in purchasing all these items on a very short notice. This wouldn’t have been possible possible without your help!

It was an amazing feeling… talking to those kids, playing with them and getting to know them. It definitely took us back to our school days where the world was plain and simple and we just have to listen to classes, do our homework and play. For a moment, the kids made us forget all the complexities of the grown up world. We gave them just the basic things they need, but we believe we have learned even more important things from them. To love unconditionally, to live in today, to believe in tomorrow and to hope for a better future… their innocent and happy faces reminded us to appreciate and enjoy life even more. It is unbelievable how this equation works!

Thank you kids for reminding us the magic of a smile. And, thank you volunteers and donors for bringing smile on the faces of these kids.

We are happy to share that multiple newspapers have covered this news on Jun 18th in their district editions.

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April 2017 Update

“Never be afraid to help others in their time of need.
You never know when you may need that shoulder to lean on!”

There are some words which mean the same in any sentence but their value keeps changing with context. HELP is one such word. Based on the context and situation some times just an smile or a gentle word can be of great help and make a huge difference. That is the kind of difference that the society needs to grow and move forward in a positive direction. As a team we believe in this and always strive to make that difference.

We recently came across a case where a single woman as a wife is struggling hard to save her paralyzed husband and also support her family. We may not be able to solve all of her problems but we wanted to stand by her and support her. After all, that is a HELP which improves her trust on the society, gain some strength and also helps us smile with satisfaction.

Mr.Nageshwar Rao was a carpenter who worked as a Daily labor until he was paralyzed and bedridden a couple of years back. His wife is working as a maid to earn their living and also support her spouse. He is currently undergoing treatment at Mamta Hospital in Khammam. As per the doctors his kidneys and heart might be infected and he is in critical condition. Ashvattha volunteers visited him at his residence and after talking to the couple Ashvattha donated Rs.15,000 for Nageshwar Rao’s treatment.

Thank you donors and volunteers of Ashvattha for making this possible!

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December 2016 Update

Ashvattha was approached by one of our member’s friend Mr. T. Srinivas who is a teacher in Dharmapuri village, Jagatiyal District of Telangana. His 3rd Grade student Master. Syed Irfan of age 9 was suffering from Urethral Stricture, it is an abnormal narrowing of the tube that carries urine out of the body from the bladder. Team Ashvattha connected with Irfan’s Family to get all the details, He stopped urinating for a week, His father Mr. Yonus visited to local hospital in Karimnagar where they referred him to Care Hospitals, Hyderabad. Doctors at Care advised him to visit Asian Institute of Nephrology and Urology (AINU), Hyderabad as treatment at Care is very expensive (for total treatment approx. cost – 8 lakhs rupees was estimated), Dr.Mallikarjun from AINU conducted a surgery for Irfan and they have attached him with a tube to pass urine, The Surgery was Successful and Irfan will undergo a last minor surgery to get back to normal which will clear the tissues formed in the tube which is scheduled for next week in Raja Rajeshwara Hospital, were we Consulted Dr.S.V.Rama Chandra Murthy. The surgery is estimated for approximately ₹ 90,000/-. Ashvattha has donated ₹ 35,000/- (thirty-five thousand rupees -) to Irfan’s father Mr. Yonus for Irfan’s treatment.

 

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September 2016 Update

Charity sees the NEED, not the CAUSE – German Proverb

Ashvattha is and will always be grateful to all the donors you have realized the NEED and stepped forward to help and make sure the need is met. A famous Native American Proverb says “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. We certainly bear the responsibility of giving it back to the future generation in a better form.

Last month, our team received a request through one of our volunteer to help a 13 year old girl named Manjusha who is diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (A type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow with excess immature white blood cells).

Manjusha’s father Mahender works in travel agency at Metpally, Karimnagar. He earns Rs:5000/- per month and he’s the only source of income for his family. Manjusha was initially diagnosed with fever in Chelamada Hospital in Karimnagar and later referred to Niloufer Hospital in Hyderabad. Here after performing blood work and other lab tests she was diagnosed with 2nd stage of Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Manjusha currently referred to MNJ Institute Of Oncology Regional Cancer Centre from Niloufer Hospital. Ashvatta volunteers met Manjusha and her father (Mahender) and donated a check of Rs:30,000/- for her further treatment. Hope this little girl will find the cure and fight the destiny to survive and find a better future!

 

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May 2016 Update

“You are precious in every way, the sunshine in my day, the joy in my soul, and the love of my life” – Mom

Here is the story of a Mother trying to save the sunshine, joy and love of her life….

Vanita Sinha, W/O Premjit Kumar Sinha was expecting their first baby, after 10 years of a long wait. To their surprise doctor’s said she was carrying triplets and per doctor’s suggestion, she had to go through the multi-fetal reduction of triplets to twins. Due to the mother’s health conditions, twins (a boy and a girl) were born though IVF (In Verto Fertilization) and had a premature birth by almost three months. Due to their early birth, these little twins had the problem of respiratory distress syndrome, sepsis and extremely low birth weight (female with 595gms and male with 705gms). Unfortunately, the couple lost their little girl (with under-developed lungs) after a week of her birth. The male baby, a fighter by birth, is still fighting to gain weight and survive. He reached 790gms, but he has to reach 1.7 KG in 10 weeks to get back to normal.

Coming from a lower middle class family, the parents are spending every penny they have to save their little bundle of joy. They spend around INR 3,00,000 on the female baby and now spending INR 20,000 per day on an average to save their little boy. We came to know about this from one of our volunteers and the team came forward to donate INR 60,000 to pay the hospital bills. Ashvattha’s donors and volunteers are more than happy to help this little fighter and we sincerely hope he will gain the weight real soon and be a survivor to spread more joy and hope. We also wish a great strength to the mother and the family to face this difficult situation.

 

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June 2016 Update

A book is a gift you can open again and again – Garrison Keillor

Remember those days when summer holidays were coming to an end and it is time to go back to school? Though ending holidays was the sad part, entering new class and meeting old friends was always most awaited.  Little things like buying a new bag, getting new books, spending time to cover those books always excited us. Those were the days when the smallest things in the world brought biggest smile on our faces. Now that we have moved to the real world and can’t go back to enjoy those little things, we decided to see that happiness on faces of children who can’t afford to pay for a new bag or buy new books. Of course, Happiness shared is happiness doubled!

One of our donors approached Ashvattha with a request to supply books and stationary to few poor students of Dharmapuri Government School, Karimnagar Dist. Our volunteers visited the school, gathered some details with help of school teachers  and prepared a list of items that those students need for one academic year. Ashvattha decided to donate a set of items containing a bag, 14 note books, a compass box, pens, pencils, writing pad, a dictionary and a plate for mid-day meals to about 72 students from that school. On June 25th these sets were distributed by the volunteers at the school and we couldn’t be more happier to see the smiles of their faces. We are also happy to share that few newspapers published this news in their Karimnagar edition.

AshvatthaJune 2016 Update
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