Khyati is a sweet little 6 month-old girl who has been diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1 – a disease that affects kids and claims 95% of them before they turn 2 years of age.When Khyati was born her parents, Raman and Joshna, had tears of joy in their eyes. Childbirth is one of the most beautiful feelings of life. The bond children have with their parents is inexplicable. The doctors cut the umbilical cord of the child but the connection with the mother lasts for a lifetime.After Khyati turned 6 months of age, her parents couldn’t help but notice that she didn’t have any neck control and was not able to sit up on her own. They took her to the pediatrician who suggested waiting one more month to see if there were any improvements. However, when nothing changed even then, they were suggested to do some diagnostic tests. The doctor’s words when he announced the results to them still ring in their ears and haunt their lives.Khyati was suffering from a very very deadly and dangerous disease – SMA. In this, the gene responsible for the entire muscle function of the body is missing or severely defective. So the child keeps losing out on muscle functions until they eventually lose their life.Their hopes rose when they were told that not all was lost but it crashed even deeper when they were told that she will need the world’s most expensive drug.2.1 million USD is the ray of hope for Khyati, is something that a middle-class family can’t afford alone. Team Ashvattha donated Rs.35,000 to help with Khyati’s treatment.
We hope Khyati recovers soon to live a happy life with her family. Thank you donors and volunteers for your help!
Chandrakala is one such soul fighting this hard battle. Chandrakala, a 58 year old is suffering from Intestine Cancer (Adenocarcinoma). As per the scans, there is a huge chunk of flesh got stripped around the large intestine which can’t be removed directly through surgery but its thickness has to be reduced periodically thru some procedure at regular intervals and then they can plan for the surgery. No hospital was accepting her as the situation was critical, finally Continental Hospital, hyderabad accepted her for the treatment and to undergo surgery. The family has already spent so much money for the treatment and needs much more for the surgery. One of our regular donors brought this to our attention seeking help. With our volunteers’ help we are able to reach out to the family in continental hospital and hand over a check of Rs.40,000. We sincerely pray for Chandrakala to gain that strength and courage to fight back the monsters cancer and with great hope wish for him to win this battle.
We hope Chandrakala recovers soon to live a happy life with her family. Thank you donors and volunteers for your help!
We have all heard of the saying “Self help is the best help!”. Yes, it is true. We need to be willing to help others to prove worthy of others help. The quoted lines below are the best way to put it.
“Go on your journey, be willing to work on yourself, be willing to learn, to study, to work and if you need help on the way, if you will ask for guidance, you will definitely receive it. It takes time, it takes work, it takes patience but in the end it is all worth it”
‘Ashvattha’ is always willing to be part of that universe to help such people. We will go any far to give a little push or at the least clear little hurdles for the people who are willing to working hard to reach their destinations.
‘Ashvattha’ was approached with request to help Kalpana, a 16 year old girl, who is suffering from Tonsillitis for the past 3 years. She comes from a poor family, her father passed away when she was 9 and her mother works as a maid to support the family. This young lady is doing her Intermediate now and tutors the kids during her free time. We are more than happy to help brave souls like this, who are worthy of every penny we donate. ‘Ashvattha’ volunteers visited her in Bengaluru, to know more about Kalpana and her family. On enquiring, we came to know that doctors suggested a surgery which would relieve her of this pain. Team ‘Ashvattha’ donated Rs.35,000 for her operation and we are glad to hear that the operation was successful. Kalpana is recovering now and we wish her all the best for her future.
A special Thank you to all the donors who made this possible!
We are all fond of happy endings to any stories. It is not just in stories, we also hope for a peaceful and fulfilled ending to our life’s journey. If old age is the end of one life’s journey, one should be able to sit, relax and revisit all the memories of their life and share the greatest experiences with their next generations. It is unfortunate that not every one is lucky enough to have such a life due to various factors like health and financial reasons.
Recently, we came across one such story where Madhavi, a 75 year old women, from Raigiri Village (near Yadadri Bonagiri) is going through tough times at that age. She comes from a poor family, with one blind eye and one eye with 50% visibility. To add this is miserable situation, she fell down on her way to washroom and broken her left hand shoulder. Doctors initially planned for a surgery, but considering her age and blood pressure they backed off on the surgery. She is taking temporary treatment where a local doctor cleans up her shoulder and puts a new bandage around her shoulder twice a week. Unfortunately, she cannot afford this treatment as well. One of our well wishers brought this up to Ashvattha’s notice and requested to help her. Team Ashvattha responded immediately and visited her place and donated a check of Rs.10,000 for her weekly treatments.
Hope she will get better soon and gain her strength to do her daily activities. As always, we are blessed to have great donors and volunteers who help Ashvattha to do more for the society. Thank you and God bless you!
If you have any questions or concerns, you can always reach out to us on Facebook, Twitter or via email.
Anniversary – A moment to recollect an year’s worth of effort, contributions and more than anything the memories that made us happy, that taught us life, gratitude and satisfaction. This is how we define our Ashvattha’s anniversary. It also is the start of a new year with lots of motivation to reach out to the world and spread more joy.
Jan 26th – This is the day we started Ashvattha and it is hard to believe 4 years passed by. Every year, we try to come up with new plans to make this day more memorable. But sometimes, it is the simplest things that makes us more happy than the more complicated ideas. Everyone of us for sure can relate to some simple moments, like playing a game and winning a prize, dancing and singing like no one is watching, having a special lunch with friends, laughing out loud and just living in that moment. It is those moments that bring a smile even after years passed by. We took this occasion to re-live those moments with some kids from an Orphanage.
Our volunteers organized an event at Mahima Ministries Home, with 130 kids, to celebrate Ashvattha’s 4th anniversary. We conducted games like Kabadi, KoKo, Carroms, Chess, Musical Chairs, Skipping and so on., which are a combination of fun and talent to the kids. The kids also did singing and dancing to make the event more and more colorful. We had a competition for all these among the kids, makes it more challenging and driving their minds towards a winning spirit. These fun events were followed by a special lunch sponsored by Ashvattha.
As someone said, A picture is worth a thousand words! So, here are some for you, who made this event possible, who is behind the smiles of these kids, who contributed to making this event and every event in Ashvattha a success. Thank you all. As always, a special Thank you for our volunteers, who put their valuable time into this.
Team ASHVATTHA wishes you all a “Happy, healthy and prosperous new year 2016 “.
December 2015 – Update :
As informed in previous month’s update , Aadhya , a 7 month old infant girl is diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia(AML) / Blood Cancer. She is undergoing her treatment now and unfortunately it is in an advanced(M6) stage. As a part of treatment she is now undergoing Chemotherapy in Rainbow Children hospital in Hyderabad. She just completed her third sitting of chemo and is all set for fourth sitting which will be in few days. Each sitting approximately costs around 50,000 INR. On a good note , Doctors confirmed that she is slowly responding to treatment.
ASHVATTHA volunteers visited the baby in Rainbow hospital few days back in ICU and are constantly in touch with Aadhya’s family members to know about her progress. With great help from our donors and volunteers we were able to donate Rs 50,000 again for Aadhya’s treatment. Please feel free to reach out to Aadhya’s family @ 9866 250 788 to know more about her current health status.
We once again would like to thank you for all your support without which this wouldn’t have been possible.It is because of you ASHVATTHA is able to help and move forward with great strength and hope every month.
Any questions or concerns? You can always reach out to us on Facebook, Twitter or via email or contact our volunteers at below number.
Three years of Ashvattha have been the journey were we met many new people while helping them and in the process of making a concrete foundation for us. We are so proud of our donors and supporters for all the smiles we see when we put our helping hand forward.With all your love and support Ashvattha has completed three years and celebrated it with the Children of Friends Foundation Orphanage at Uppal, Hyderabad. INDIA.
Friends Foundation has approximately forty five orphan kids of age group two thru kids going to high school; they are doing a great job giving these kids a better life.
Team Ashvattha preplanned the trip to the orphanage on 26th January, 2016 to celebrate and enjoy the entire day with the kids. Served them a special Anniversary Lunch Interacted with the kids to know about their well being and inspire them for doing well in their interests. Team also indulged in activities with the children by participating in Cricket and Carom Board sports.
Ashvattha also donated 325 Kg’s of rice to the orphanage and plans to be of support to them for the good cause.
We thank all our donors and supporters for the journey so far and hope we see you with us all along the path.
Happy Anniversary to Ashvattha..! Happy Anniversary to all..!