Founders Named 2013 Purpose Prize Fellows

The founders of Sahasra Deepika, T.V. and Vijaya Ramakrishna, have been named 2013 Purpose Prize Fellows by Encore.org. “Purpose Prize fellows are using their passion and experience to help solve some of society’s toughest problems,” said Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Encore.org and author of The Big Shift. “They represent a growing wave of people in their 60s and beyond who are using their know-how to change the world, while shifting perceptions of what is possible in this stage of life.” A panel of 21 judges – leaders in business, politics, politics, journalism and the nonprofit sector – selected the seven winners and 43 Purpose Prize Fellows from a pool of over 1000 nominees. “We are deeply honored by this recognition of our work, and wish to share our joy with all of those who have supported us through the years,” said Dr. Ramakrishna.    ...

15th Anniversary Celebration in Bangalore

  Over 250 guests gathered on the Sahasra Deepika Institute for Education campus to celebrate Sahasra Deepika’s 15th anniversary. The ten students who graduated this year were congratulated by the Chief Guests: former Chief Justice of India Honorable M.N. Venkatachalaiah; Karnataka High Court Justice Ram Mohan Reddy, and ex-MLA and President of the Karnataka Bar Association, Mr. K.N. Subba Reddy. All of the speakers expressed their admiration for the selfless dedication of the founders who have built the organization from the grassroots level. The guests enjoyed performances by the children, and speeches by three of the 2013 graduates—Jayashree, Chaitra and Sharada, who now study at Christ University in Bangalore. Jayashree, who topped her class, was awarded a High Achiever scholarship by Brady Company India Pvt. Ltd. The smiles and enthusiasm of the children touched the hearts of all assembled for the occasion. For those who couldn’t attend the program in Bangalore, Sahasra Deepika Foundation will host a celebration in the Washington, D.C. area on November 9; details will be made available...
10 Seniors Graduate

10 Seniors Graduate

Sahasra Deepika achieved a major milestone this spring. Our ten senior students, all girls, passed the SSLC exam with flying colors. Two students, Jayashree and Mamtha, achieved First Class with Distinction; five other girls achieved First Class. This was our biggest graduating class to date. All of the girls have been placed in pre-university college or vocational school and we are so proud of their...

4th Annual Spelling Bee

Over the past few months, the Sahasra Deepika Outreach Program has worked with 1800 students from 12 government high schools around Bangalore to help them improve their English skills. On February 9th, the 2012-2013 program ended with the 4th Annual Spelling Bee Contest at Hombegowda High School. Dawood Ibrahim, a 9th standard student from Gottigere Government High School emerged victorious by spelling “dermatology.” Dawood received a scholarship for pre-university. Additionally, the top 4 finishers were given Suphaalam’s SmartPad 7 tablets loaded with Smart Learning Suite software. Many thanks to Ms. Salma Khader, coordinator of the Outreach Program, the volunteers, school principals, and Mr. Arun Kumar, Director of Suphaalam Technologies Pvt. Ltd., for donating the...

Sahasra Deepika a Winner in Chase Giving

After all the votes were counted, Sahasra Deepika was named one of the top 196 charities in the Chase Community Giving 2012 contest  and will receive a grant of $10,000!  We are grateful to our friends from around the world who took the time to vote on Facebook and show their support for our...

5th Graders Give Back

The 5th grade class at Windermere Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida dedicated this year’s Touchpoints Fundraiser to the children of Sahasra Deepika. They held bake sales, competed in walkathons and sold homemade crafts to raise over $4600. “I was very impressed with the ingenuity all of our students showed to raise money for Sahasra Deepika along with their dedication and determination.  The connection that each student has towards the success of the Institute coupled with their desire to help others allowed them to succeed; proving that no matter how young one may be they can make a positive difference in our world.  All of their teachers enjoyed watching them and were inspired by all!” stated 5th grade teacher Gina...