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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!

AshvatthaJune 2017 Update
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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!

 

AshvatthaSeptember 2016 Update
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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.

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July 2016 Update

“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice”

Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom – Nelson Mandela

Every request that comes to Ashvattha, has a painful story behind it, where the characters are fighting with all their strength to just Live their Life. No wonder “Life is a struggle”! At the end, we can only hope for a “Happy Ending” to every story. And, without doubt, it gives immense pleasure to be a part of that happy ending.
Here is one such story of a wife trying to save her husband and requested Ashvattha for help.

Team ‘ASHVATTHA’ received a request to help Mr.CH Ramesh (aged 36) who met with an accident and had to undergo a Brain Surgery in 2014 in NIMS Hospital, Hyderabad. Our Team stood by Ramesh’s family and helped them in 2014. By god’s grace surgery was successful and he was out of life threat danger.
But post surgery, Ramesh was completely bed ridden with paralyzed left leg and left hand. His wife works as a maid in near by houses in Sunipenta village (near Srisailam) and takes care of him . There is no one else in their family to take care of bed ridden Ramesh. Per Doctors suggestion, Ramesh’s wife wants to take her husband to Kerala for Ayurvedic Physiotherapy Treatment and was looking for financial assistance and contacted Ashvattha Team again for help.

Ashvattha Volunteers visited Ramesh in Sunipenta (near srisailam) and inquired about his current health status and donated a check of 40,000 INR (Forty Thousand) for his treatment. Hope Ramesh will recover soon and the family will live happily ever after.

 

AshvatthaJuly 2016 Update
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