Leaders Light the Way honors International Women’s Day

Leaders Light the Way honors International Women’s Day

Leaders Light the Way is a speaker series that Sahasra Deepika launched in Washington, DC in March 2017. Our first event was held in honor of International Women’s Day. Our special guests were award winning journalists Andrea Roane of WUSA-9, and Hillary Howard of WTOP. Over 120 attendees enjoyed a lively and inspiring panel discussion moderated by Monika Samtani of Ms.Media on the changing roles of women in journalism– and how the theme of International Women’s Day, Be Bold for Change, resonated with the panelists. Youth Ambassador Neha Mukherjee also spoke at the event, stating “I wish for a world where girls have education. I wish for a world where girls are valued and judged on who they are as people, not only their gender. I wish for a world of equality. This is why I stand with Sahasra Deepika.” Many thanks to all who supported and volunteered at the event.  Leaders Light the Way is a series of events hosted by Sahasra Deepika to celebrate prominent women who epitomize the spirit of resilience, leadership, and hope. Women who have broken barriers and risen to the pinnacle of their fields. Women who’ve led lives of significance and inspire us all. These women represent what we at Sahasra Deepika strive to do: empower girls to productively participate in their communities and shape the future of the...
A Window to Sahasra Deepika

A Window to Sahasra Deepika

“No matter where a human being is on the planet we all have a common thread. We want to be loved and we want to have opportunities that make us grow and learn.” My summer internship experience with Ms. Media exceeded my expectations. A big reason it was so special was because I was introduced to the Sahasra Deepika Foundation for Education. Upon my arrival to Washington DC, the first client of Ms. Media that I had the pleasure of meeting was Sarva Rajendra. Sarva is the executive director of Sahasra Deepika, a school for underprivileged girls in India. I have always had a passion for work with the underprivileged. Hearing Sarva talk so passionately about Sahasra Deepika instantly captivated me and enchanted my heart. We were not just having a conversation about poverty, we were talking about education, girls and hope. I knew that I wanted to contribute to Sarva and her cause from that moment. Monika Samtani, my boss and mentor for my summer internship, entrusted me with the task of looking through all of the footage that she and her Ms. Media team filmed when they visited Sahasra Deepika a few years back. She handed over the hard drives to me and asked me to organize the footage and create vignettes for three of the girls who attend Sahasra Deepika. It was something I never done before, but I was eager to try it and make the most of the learning experience. I thought this is how I can contribute to the impeccable purpose of Sahasra Deepika. As I looked through the footage I saw the depth, the...
A Night of One Thousand Spotlights

A Night of One Thousand Spotlights

Youth Ambassador Caitlin McGuire was so inspired by the film “Suma’s Story,” that she decided to take action.”When we support global education, we support global communications, and the breaking down of language barriers. Moreover, we support the health of future children, and the creation of potential future leaders of the world,” said Caitlin. “I have been dancing since I was three, so I also have a very strong connection to performing arts. This opportunity gave me the perfect idea to create an arts showcase to raise funds for the theater.” With the support of friends and family, Caitlin’s vision for  “A Night of One Thousand Spotlights” came true. Guests gathered at Temple Soleil in Rancho Santa Fe, California on March 25, 2017 for an evening of inspiring music and dance performances. “The young women performing tonight are special because they have learned that coming together to support a cause, like girls education, is a powerful thing. They are supporting the girls of Sahasra Deepika,” said  Foundation President Sarva Rajendra. We are grateful to Caitlin and her mother Roni McGuire, Shamala Saripalli, and all of the sponsors and volunteers for a wonderful evening. Funds raised will go towards building an outdoor theater on the Sahasra Deepika...
Scripps National Spelling Bee Director Visits

Scripps National Spelling Bee Director Visits

In March, Sahasra Deepika Institute were honored by the visit of  Paige Kimble, the Executive Director of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, and Corrie Loeffler, Director of Editorial Content at Scripps. Paige and Corrie recognized the efforts that Sahasra Deepika has been making through its Outreach Program to bring not only English instruction, but confidence and opportunity, to kids in underserved schools. They spent time speaking with the girls not only about the National Spelling Bee, but their love of reading and literature, and their favorite words. Paige and Corrie donated copies of  Scripps’ “Feed Me Words,” to our library. It was a truly inspiring and memorable...
Time Flies

Time Flies

By educating a thousand girls, you create ripples of light which are felt by the subsequent generations of girls who are taught and inspired by the thousand points of light that preceded them. And they will continue the cycle of progress… Well, sophomore year is over.  This school year truly went by the fastest, but I know that I will say the same thing next year as I conclude junior year.  What makes time whoosh by almost imperceptibly, and why does the experience of time passing seem to only astonish me when I am reflecting upon it?  Although pinpointing one precise answer isn’t possible, I believe a substantial portion of the answer resides in the very experiences and activities that fill my time. I am a girl who lives without feeling the overbearing presence of a glass ceiling or the seemingly unshakable chains of socio-cultural stereotypes.  I am a student who has the privilege of attending a school in which I am encouraged and expected to thrive and succeed, both during and after high school. I am a daughter who comes home every day to a mother and father who love me unconditionally and provide me with all the opportunities I need to grow and learn.  I am a sister to my younger sister, who is treated and loved in the same ways.  I am spoiled.  Yet, I came into these extremely fortunate circumstances completely by chance—I had no control over the life into which I was born.  And neither does the girl who is forced into marriage at an age younger than me, the student who never has the...