Finding Sisterhood at Sahasra Deepika

Finding Sisterhood at Sahasra Deepika

“…we shared a bond: a bond centered in a love for education and a will to fight and work until girls around the world are given what they deserve.” In my life, I am lucky enough to have my own little sister Riya who calls me Didi, meaning elder sister in Hindi. Living in an area where we are a minority, hearing the word Didi or encountering people who know what that means is very rare. We have run into countless situations where people are confused or on some occasions think my name actually is Didi and have started to call me that. After we exchange a quick smile and explain why we do this, usually people still do not understand the significance that this specific word has to our lives. For us, it is a symbol that we are connected, not only to our heritage, but to each other. While it is just a small thing, calling someone Didi, it highlights our sisterly bond. Didi, Akka, and Sister are words with different underlying meanings for every person and every relationship. Being called “Akka,” or “big sister,” while I was at Sahasra Deepika really meant something to me. It meant that me and the girls I met at Sahasra Deepika were truly connected. I had never experienced something so meaningful in such a short amount of time in my life. The feeling of a sisterhood  is exactly what I took away from my visit to Sahasra Deepika. I loved exchanging stories with Nagashree, learning from Kavya, and laughing with Triveni. It was not only these small interactions that impacted...
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...
Founders Awarded Karmaveer Global Fellowship

Founders Awarded Karmaveer Global Fellowship

T.V. and Vijaya Ramakrishna, founders of Sahasra Deepika International for Education, were awarded the  Rex Karmaveer Global Fellowship at the REX Conclive held at Delhi Public School, Gurgaon, on November 25th – 27th, 2016.  “REX KARMAVEER GLOBAL FELLOWS are people who have the intent to make a difference and are already making a difference by being voices of conscience and trying to make a difference in our world with their significant actions to be the change. We firmly believe at RKGF that to change the world we must first change ourselves and then help inspire the change with everyone we meet, know, work and live with. This is the bedrock of the fellowships and is based on this thought by REX founder Jeroninio Almeida: ‘I believe that everyone is a hero, a leader, a volunteer, a teacher and a champion of change. All we need to do is acknowledge and understand this and then help others to also understand the same. That’s all it takes to be a hero, a leader, a volunteer, a teacher and a champion of change. The whole idea of the REX KARMAVEER GLOBAL FELLOWSHIP (RKGF) is to recognize people who have the courage of conviction to think differently and walk the path less trodden and to act on alternative/ innovative ideas which may make a difference in our world.'”  RKGF helps life-changing innovators from around the globe to integrate within the REX and Karmaveer community. It helps them share their impactful ideas for action with a million audiences and transform lives through projects and ideas of hope. The idea is to bring together like minded,...
“Suma’s Story” to be Shown at DC SAFF

“Suma’s Story” to be Shown at DC SAFF

“Suma’s Story,” A moving short film about one of Sahasra Deepika’s first students, will be screened at the DC South Asian Film Festival on Sunday, September 11th. The film, produced and directed by Ms. Media Productions, shows the impact of Sahasra Deepika on the life of a young girl who was left at Sahasra Deepika by her mother–a mother who never returned. On September 10th, Sahasra Deepika Foundation for Education President Sarva Rajendra will participate in a panel discussion on human trafficking after a screening of SOLD the movie. All events will be held at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center in Rockville,...
7th Annual Spelling Bee

7th Annual Spelling Bee

Every year, Sahasra Deepika volunteers and staff go into 9th standard classrooms in the community. The visit disadvantaged government high schools around Bangalore where children are taught in the state language, Kannada. Without English proficiency, their chances of getting a job in such a cosmopolitan city are severely curtailed. The English tutoring done through our Outreach Program helps students gain confidence, and better understanding of the language. The program culminates annually in a Spelling Bee Contest, in which the top spellers at each school vie for a scholarship, prizes, and most of all, recognition for their talents. This year, nearly 2500 students from 26 schools participated in the program. On January 24th, 95 finalists took the stage at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. This was the longest Spelling Bee ever–35 rounds, ending in a dramatic tiebreaker between classmates Priyanka and Chandan from Honnaganna Hatti High School. Priyanka emerged the winner, saying, “Each year our school has won a prize. This year, that we won 1st prize makes me very happy. I’ve learned so many words. In the future, speaking English will be easier.” Many thanks to all of the sponsors, volunteers, judges, moderator Dr. G. Sridhar, and most especially to the children and their teachers for this amazing...