Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Year 2014 Updates

Toilet facility for Thulasenthirapuram Govt. School:
The toilet in a government school is a very basic necessity, particularly for girl students. It is one of the main reasons for school drop-outs. Helping Minds trust has given Rs. 25,000 for the toilet for the Govt.Hr.Sec.School, Thulasenthirapuram in Nagapattinam district. This school does not have any toilet facility, there are 350 girl students studying in this school. Sneham from Infosys is helping with Rs. 25,000 for this school. The toilet construction for this school has been now completed.

While the Government is the primary responsible for the school toilets, we are making our small efforts so that the children are not penalized for the inactivity/delay from Govt.

Heartfelt Thanks for the many members who donate to Helping Minds regularly. These donations are the only reason enabling us to take up such activities.

The below news article mentions that there are 3 crore students in India who don't have toilet facilities as per a research from UNICEF.

Continuing support for Final year Engineering student:
HM has helped Kanraj, who is doing final year engineering, for his mess fees with Rs. 4500. We had helped him for the mess fees for the earlier semesters too.

Water purifier for Karur Govt.School:
Helping Minds trust provided Water purifier for Govt Hr.Sec School, Renganathampettai, Karur Dt. Thanks to Balamanikandan Krishnan for refering and co-ordinating this activity.

Remarkable results from this Govt school  (3 students scored marks above 1100 out of 1200) 

Press articles about the 100% pass results at Renganathampettai, Karur Dt

Overcoming challenges in life - a success story!
A girl student from Rajapalayam, completed 10th grade by 2008 with 439/500 marks, but didn't attend college due to poor family background. She approached our Helping Minds member T.Subramanian around 2011 (after 3 years gap during which she was working as a winding worker). Her father is partially disabled and not fit to do any active physical job. After heavy persuasion by Subramanian, PACR Polytehnic, Rajapalayam gave a seat to her in Diploma in Textile Engg.

HM Trust paid her 1st year diploma college fees. As she had a arrear in one of the first year papers, we didn't pay her 2nd year fees, but set a target of 80% to get our financial support for the next semester. She then scored 79% in her 2nd year, so we paid her 3yr term fee.

Now she has got a job through campus placement - for a pay of 6k to a company named Saravana Spinning Mills/ Dindugal. It really doesn't matter how many students get job from her dept / what pay etc, but for her it should be a great moment. Hope she works for a long period and take care of her family well.. After gaining some experience, chances of getting a job locally in her native (Rajapalayam) shouldn't be that difficult.

It gives immense happiness to share this great news with you friends. Kudos to all the members who continue to support HM trust through voluntarism and finanical support.

New Library for Tirupur Panchayath Union Middle School:
Helping Minds seeds another tree of wisdom at Panchayath Union Middle School, Soriyankinathupalayam, Tirupur Dt. A new library and a new ray of hope. We provided library books for this school in Tirupur district along with India Sudar trust. This benefits 148 students.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Year 2013 updates

Library setup for a Government school 
Helping Minds has decided to help regarding the library setup for a Government school - Panchayath Union Middle School, Soriyankinathupalayam,Tirupur District. School Strength is 148 students. The number of classes in the school: 1st to 8th standard. No of teachers available : 7.

Continuing support for Naveen and Kanraj:
HM has helped Naveen, who is doing final year MBBS for his mess fees with Rs. 6277 and Kanraj, who is doing 3rd year engineering, for his mess fees with Rs. 7200.

Magazines for school library
Helping Minds has provided the monthly subscription for the magazines Namadhu Nambikkai, Thulir, Chutti Vikatan, Gokulam (Tamil & English) for the school library of Government Middle school, Kenganayakkanpalayam, Tirupur Dt. We have been continuing this for past 3 years.

Continuing support for Edapalayam Village tuition centers
HM trust has decided to continue to support for the tuition centers at Edapalayam Village, Alathur Panchayat, Palavedu Post. We have been paying the teacher salary for four tuition centers at this location for past 3 years.

Support for 2 BSC students
HM trust provides partial support of Rs. 20,000 to two students of Girls Government Home for their BSc in Nursing course at an institute in Chennai (Rs. 10000 each). HM trust thanks partner organization India Sudar team including Udhay and Balamani for refering these students.

Support for a BE Student from Karur District
Another inspirational story from a girl studying in a rural area in a Government school.  Helping Minds trust has got a request for help from a girl, who studies in +2 Govt Higher Secondary School, Renganathampettai, Karur Dt. She has got 1047/1200 in 12th, her BE cut off is 177.25 out of 200, she belongs to SC Community.She got seat in University Departments of Anna University Trichy, BIT campus, Trichy.
Her father is a daily wage earner, earning about Rs. 3000 per month. HM trust has decided to help her with Rs. 15000 towards her college fees.

Support for a rural school in Andhra Pradesh
Helping Minds has given Rs. 10000 towards the notebooks, school books, uniforms for the rural schools in Andhra Pradesh, this activity is being done along with Devinatha Mission.

Final Year Books for the Medical student
Helping Minds trust is helping this MBBS Student for the past three years on his mess bill. Mess bills come to about Rs 3000/- per month. He  mentioned that he has done all exams well and he will pass with good percentage. He requested us whether we can help him with buying books for the final year. We have helped him for the same. Muppi Murugesan from Helping Minds presented the books to the student on May 2013.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

NCLP Schools Fans donation Apr 2013

Helping Minds donated 23 Fans, out of them 7 went for Coimbatore National Child Labor Project (NCLP) schools and 16 for Tirupur NCLP schools. — inTirupur, Tamil Nadu.

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First graduate in the family from Chatrapatti

First graduate in the family from a rural area: HM got a request for help from a girl from Chatrapatti near Rajapalayam. She has got 1014/1200 in 12th std, she had got 90% in 10th std. She got selected in regular seat BA-English , Thiyagaraja college of arts, Madurai. The college fees is Rs 1500 only. It is one of the best colleges in Madurai. As this college is away from her home, she will have to stay in hostel which will come around Rs. 10000 per semester for room rent + another 2000 for mess bill. Her family is also supporting his brother's education who is in polytechnic. HM has decided to support her with Rs. 7000 for her hostel fees. 

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College education guidance

The 12th standard results are declared and the Engineering college counselling has started yesterday. Here are few useful links to help in choosing the college.
Engineering Counselling 101
Which college to choose for my cut-off marks?
Engineering vs Medical vs Other options

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Continued support for PACR diploma student

HM had helped a girl doing Textile tech diploma in PACR Polytechnic College, Rajapalayam, for her third year college fees of Rs. 9630 last week. She has scored 79.5% in the second year.  
More details about her is here.

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Saturday, June 08, 2013

Rajapalayam diploma student doing Textile Tech in PACR

Helping Minds received a request for help from a girl who is supported only by her grandfather. Her parents are no more. She has got a seat in Textile Technology in PAC Ramasamy Raja polytechnic in Rajapalayam. HM trust has decided to help her and gave Rs. 9152 towards her college fees. Thanks to our member Subramani for referring this request.

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Sunday, June 02, 2013

Thanks Letter from NCLP

Helping Minds donated 23 Fans, out of them 7 went for Coimbatore National Child Labor Project (NCLP) schools and 16 for Tirupur NCLP schools.

Thanks letter from the project co-ordinator of National Child Labour Project (NCLP) to Helping Minds Trust for the support provided for 23 fans to NCLP schools in Coimbatore and Tirupur.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Amazing story of a Nagore nursing student

We got a request for help from a student who is studying B.Sc Nursing at Madras Medical College. Our member Venkatramani Balasubramanian referred this student. He is from Nagore (Nagapattinam dt) and secured 488/500 in SSLC. His father, a fisherman, is a drunkard and is not with the family now. His mother is mentally challenged and is in an asylum. He has a younger brother studying +2 now. Bala's father published a special story about him in Indian Express after the SSLC exam as he emerged the district topper amid all difficulties in life. That article fetched him support from the District Collector for his HSC expenses.

This boy faced some health problems right after the +2 practical exam and was hospitalized. So, he could not attend the public exam. He later appeared for supplementary exam. He secured around 1050 and got admission for BDS, but chose B.SC Nursing as job opportunities are very bright. He is in the first year now.

His uncle, a school teacher was paying his fees and mess bill. Since his uncle's daughter has also joined Engineering, he is not in a position to support him now. He is an amazing boy and we decided to help him for his mess bills. HM trust sent DD for Rs. 10000 towards his 4 months mess bill on March 28th.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Sports materials for Mayanoor Government primary school

Helping Minds Trust has helped the Mayanoor Government primary school over the years in many ways - including getting a water tank, uniforms for the students, bio gas model project. Now we have provided support for getting sports materials.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Inspiring story of a Ramanathapuram girl

Here is an inspiring story of a girl who has fought against all odds in her life: The girl student belongs to Ramanathapuram and hails from a family of town cleaning workers. Her father fell ill due to stomach problems and is bedridden now. Her mother is collecting plastic articles from garbage and selling them. The student has two younger brothers who have stopped studying and are collecting garbage now.
She secured 977/1200 in HSC - Tamil 180, English 134, History 175, Economics 166, Commerce 141 and Accountancy 181 and got admission to D.TEd in District Institute of Education and Training, Vadalur in Cuddalore district.
Her mother had planned to send her to Tirupur for a job in a factory as they could not afford college fee. However, her friend, who also belongs to the same community and is doing social work through Safai Garamchari Andolan (eradicating manual scavenging) sought the help of another social worker Murugesh, who helped in paying the initial fees and hostel fees so far from Aug 2011 to Sep 2012.
Now he is not in a position to help further and she has been sent out the hostel. Our Helping Minds member Bala brought this request to Helping Minds. HM trust has provided Rs. 13215 towards her hostel fees and exam fees and she has joined the hostel again and continuing her studies.

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Daughter of a watchman in Namakkal gets BE CSE seat

HM trust got a request for help from a girl, who hails from Velur, Namakkal Dt. She has scored 463/500 ( 92.6%) in 10th std. She had studied in Govt school.
Then a nearby private school gave her education with ZERO tuition fee. She had scored 1128/1200 (94%) in Plus two. Her marks are : 
Physics-194,Chemistry-194,Maths-191,Biology-188,English-175,Tamil-186. She has got BE Computer science in Madurai Thiyagaraja (Govt) engineering college.
She has one brother who is studying 10th std now. Her family income: 8000 Rs (father -watch man Rs.5000 and mother 3000 Rs) 
They are staying in a rental house. They do not have own land and own house.
HM trust has provided Rs. 10000 towards her hostel fees.

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Monday, January 07, 2013

Scholarships for the year 2012

0116-Apr-2012Mess fees for Parthasarathy2000
0216-Apr-2012Mess fees for Kanraj2600
0327-Apr-2012Mess fees for Naveen6576
0413-Jun-2012College fees for Radhika20000
0521-Jun-2012Mess fees for Parthasarathy1985
0621-Jun-2012Mess fees for Kanraj1300
0729-Jun-2012Hostel fees for Vaishnavi13132
0829-Jun-2012Mess fees for Naveen5639
0927-Jul-2012Mess fees for Sindhu10000
1010-Aug-2012Mess fees for Naveen3238
1113-Aug-2012College fees for Prasanna10000
1224-Aug-2012Mess fees for Parthasarathy2688
1324-Aug-2012Mess fees for Kanraj2550
1413-Sep-2012Mess fees for Naveen6427
151-Nov-2012Mess fees for Naveen3124
161-Nov-2012Mess fees for Parthasarathy2780
171-Nov-2012Mess fees for Kanraj2434
1827-Nov-2012College fees for Kuppammal6000
1917-Dec-2012Mess fees for Parthasarathy6000
2017-Dec-2012Mess fees for Kanraj6000
2119-Dec-2012Mess fees for Jothilakshmi13215
2219-Dec-2012Mess fees for Naveen5854
234-Oct-2012Children Magazine for Govt School-Tirupur716
242-Jan-2013Mess fees for Naveen3208
252-Jan-2013Hostel fees for Vaishnavi13132
262-Feb-2013RO water plant for Panchayat Union Middle School Samichettipalayam, Coimbatore16000
2715-Feb-2013Library books for Govt Hr.Sec School, Renganathampettai, Karur Dt2500
284-Mar-2013Medical books for Naveen5550
2927-Feb-2013Mess fees for Naveen7562
3028-Feb-2013College fees for Ramesh Kannan10000
3128-Mar-2013Hostel fees for Manibala10000
3228-Mar-2013Fans(23) for NCLP School27600
3330-Mar-2013Suyam Trust School for orphans food expenses15000
3431-Mar-2013Tuition center teacher salary for Tiruvallur school20000
The details of the scholarships for the year 2011 is available here, for the year 2010 is available here for the year 2009 is available here for the year 2008 is available here and for the year 2007 is at here

Friday, December 28, 2012

Mess fees in December 2012

In December, Helping Minds trust has paid the mess fees for the below students: Kanraj (for 5 months) - Rs. 6000, Parthasarathy (for 5 months) - Rs. 6000

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Sunday, November 04, 2012

Useful article on Education loan

An useful and interesting article on Education loan. An interesting quote: "The banks cant deny the education loan even if the student has scored low marks. In an earlier court judgement, the court had cited that Ambedkar had got 287 out of 750, the erstwhile Baroda king had given him help to study further. "

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