I am reaching out to you this year to seek your support for Isha Vidhya – a rural education initiative of Isha Foundation (www.ishavidhya.org), with which I am associated as a volunteer.
I am running <21Km> for Isha Vidhya on Sunday, 19th Jan 2014 in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, to raise funds for this cause. Last year, about 500 volunteers ran for Isha Vidhya and helped to raise Rs.1 crore which was used to support 237 children with scholarships/ noon-meals and to build 9 new classrooms, which will educate 360 underprivileged rural children every year.
Some facts about Isha Vidhya:
Ø 9 rural schools (8 in TN in districts of Coimbatore, Erode, Salem, Cuddalore, Villupuram, Tuticorin, Nagarkoil and Dharmapuri, and 1 in AP in Chittoor Dt.) are creating a bright future for over 5200 children
Ø Many of the students are first-generation school-goers
Ø About 56% of the students are supported by full tuition scholarships. The rest pay a subsidised fee
Ø Actively promoting education of female children
Ø Transforming parental attitudes to education & increasing educational awareness in rural communities while striving to preserve village identities and culture
Ø Adopted of 32 Govt. schools to improve the quality of education in these schools as well.
You can make a big difference by contributing to
Ø Construction of classrooms & labs for higher classes, purchase of school bus, furniture, computers & library books
Ø Hiring teachers & creating facilities for adopted Govt. schools
Ø Scholarships (for full tuition, books & notebooks) – Rs. 10000 per child per year
Income Tax benefits are available under Sec 80G & in US (501c(3)) for donations from the respective countries.
You will receive regular updates through a monthly Newsletter. Besides, for child sponsorships, photo, details of the child and term-wise progress reports will also be sent to you.
How can you make your donations?
1. Online Donations – pl click the following link to my Fund-raising page (on the website of United Way of Mumbai, the official charity partners for the Mumbai Marathon. They will provide you with a receipt for your donation and also transfer the funds to Isha Vidhya.) http://www.unitedwaymumbai.org/2911-rajasudhan.htm
2. Online donations from US – If donors would like to avail tax benefits in the US for their donations, please use the following link:http://www.ishavidhya.org/marathon/index.php?marathon=mumbai2014
3. Cheques – Cheques favouring 'United Way of Mumbai' may be given to me. Please reach it to me along with a slip containing your name, address, phone/mobile no. & email ID. My address is:
Raja Sudhan, Flat No.32, Bldg No.23-B, Brindavan Society, Thane West, Mumbai – 400601; Maharashtra
Your donation can transform the life of an underprivileged rural child.
Looking forward to your support