Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Notebooks for Jeevika

We received a request for notebooks from an orphanage - Jeevika, with around 60 kids, in Padur, Chennai. The caretaker of this home had requested help for the notebooks to help for the study for these children.

Gopal and myself have visited this home many times before. They are running this home with lot of difficulties. The Sneham Social Welfare Foundation is funding this group for their day to day food.

Murali and Thiagu went to Jeevika last weekend; got the below notebooks from a local shop and handed over to Jeevika inmates.

25 School bags - Rs. 2100
10 Physics records - Rs. 35
02 Chemistry records - Rs. 70
30 Pens - Rs. 75
15 Slates - Rs. 225
22 80 page unruled note - Rs. 192
50 192 page unruled note - Rs. 1000
Total -> Rs. 4012

Thanks for your efforts, Murali and Thiagu.

Monday, July 24, 2006


Mahendran comes from a family of Beedi Rollers – his father is the third generation beedi roller. This boy is the first one to enter technical education.

He belongs to MBC category; in his +2, he has got 186 in Maths, 175 in Chemistry and 156 in Physics. Could have easily got an Engineering seat, atleast in a private college, but did not apply due to poor financial situation. He has joined second year of polytechnic last year and is studying in final year now. They managed to pay the fee (Rs 5500) from family savings last year.

He is looking for assistance (Rs 5500) this year as they have already run out of resources. Helping Minds has paid his fees - Muppi has taken a DD in the name of the college and given to Bala. Thanks Bala for bringing this request to HM!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Thanasekaran - an MBBS student

We got to know about a really great student Thanasekaran, studying II year MBBS in Chengalpattu Medical College. Our member V.Bala of Adventnet, brought this request to HM. His parents are agricultural labourers. He has also done farming activities while doing his +2. He has got the medical seat through pure merit. His annual fees comes to around Rs 11,000 and mess bill is around Rs 15,000. He is at present meeting the expenses through help from friends and by obtaining loan from various persons. Bala's colleague is giving him money whenever she could.

HM has decided to help Thanasekaran. Muppi has taken a DD for Rs. 10000 in the name of the college and given to Bala.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Education help for nursing student Usha

We have recieved a requisition from our member Sundar, regarding a nursing student Ms. Usha.

Usha is the only girl from her village who opted for higher education. She was rescued by Suyam Charitable trust 5 years before, from her early marriage. Suyam got her enrolled in XI Std. After successful completion of XII Std, as per her wish, Suyam enrolled her in Vel RS Medical College forB.Sc.Nursing course and she is doing well in her education.

Now she needs help for paying the fees. Suyam is already running a school for the poor children and hence looking for support from others for Usha's education. We from Helping Minds have paid Rs. 10000 towards her fees. Muppi has taken the DD and sent it to Usha.

Usha's Achievements:Scored 68% marks in I year, Scored 75% marks in II yearIII year University exam will be held in August'06

Her Special Records:Class first in the subject Microbiology (III semester and scored 74% marks), Got Distinction in Sociology in IV Semester (Scored 76%)

Thanks Sundar for bringing Usha's request to Helping Minds.

This year we are able to cater to more education requests compared to last year because of the continued support of our members. Thanks to you all!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Uniform and notebooks for Slum children - through PARD

PARD organization in Madurai is working for the education of the slum children. Last year Helping Minds has supported for the uniform for few slum children.

PARD is at present involved in "Compulsory Education Campaign" to find out the number of children that are eligible to join in the schools, dropouts and child labourers. They have identified nearly 90 children who need notebooks and uniforms. PARD has brought a request to Helping Minds, for providing uniforms and notebooks for this children as an incentive to make them go to the school.

Helping Minds has provided Rs. 10000 towards this request. Our friend Ragavendra from Madurai (he is a member of Sneham, which has provided another Rs. 10000 for this request) has bought the uniforms and the notebooks for the children and arranged to be given to PARD.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Requests for the year 2006 - Precious Ones and Karthick

The academic year is starting. HM is actively finding and helping the needy students for their studies. HM paid Rs 10000/- for annual fees for the kids of Precious Ones home last year. This year too we have got the request for help from them. HM has provided with a cheque of Rs. 10000 in the name of the school where the kids study.

Karthick S who had got placed at CTS, got his scholarship recently and he thought of managing his 7th sem fees with that. But unfortunately, his mother had fallen ill and he had to spend that amount for her mother's hospital expenses. So he requested the help from HM. HM has provided with Rs. 6755 towards his fees.

We are in the process of helping few more students. We will send an update to you shortly regarding those requests once the ground work is complete. And one other update: Easwar (MCA from Anna University), one of the students we helped, has joined Cognizant technologies limited at Navalur last month.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Two of our students got placed in CTS

The campus recruitments have started and our students are landing in great jobs.

S.Karthick, from Chemical Engineering, Anna Univerity, has got placed in Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS).

Anand from MIT Instrumentation, Anna University, too has got placed CTS.

Best student award for Praveen

Praveen has got "Best outgoing student award" & Best student award in his department for the year 2005-2006 in his college. HM is proud that we have helped praveen for his final year studies. Some of the achievements of Praveen: - Overall 84% in his degree- Placed in Allfon Systems Pvt Ltd through campus interview- School first in 10th standard (473/500)- 1131/1200 in +2- Department second in II & III Semesters- Department first in IV SemesterOn behalf of Helping Minds, we wish Praveen all success