Hello friends, 
How are you all doing? This year has been really good so far for our family with some memorable events like moving to New home, new project and so much more exciting news which I been sharing with you all via websites and other communication avenues. Hope everything is going well for you all and if I missed anything exciting, please don’t hesitate to share with me.  
 
It is the time of the year again. Yes, one year has come and gone. Like every year, I am contacting you at this time to start our annual charitable giving campaign/fund-raiser. It is our Ninth year joining hands together as one family to make a difference in few under-privileged and orphaned kids back in India. Last year, we were able to raise $2950 in total through all forms of payment which was $430 higher than previous year total of $2520 which was equivalent to 1 Lakh, 50 thousands Indian Rupees.  Out of that funds, we used Rs.80000 to create one more endowment/fixed deposit account to sponsor one kid education forever and rest of the amount was used to continue to sponsor 11 long time kids in our pool, total 13 kids including previous year endowment. Below are those kids pictures and their grades as of this year. You can also read about their profile by clicking here.

So far, we have 2 endowments created and we are slowly inching towards the goal of 10 endowments.  I am hoping to create one or may be two more endowment account this year with continued sponsorship to rest of kids in our pool with you all gracious contributions.

It has been 10 years since I first started to work with Sevalaya, a great active non-profit organization in TamilNadu, India. We will continue to sponsor the kids education this year as well through them. It is a great organization which not only educates hundreds of local village kids and orphans, also guides them to stand in their feet by placing them in qualified professions and help them start a new life by arranging weddings with a right partner. That’s totally unique and will never see in any organizations. 

 
Like previous years Sevalaya continue to receive numerous awards every year for various accomplishments and their extraordinary support to the local community. You can learn more about them by checking out Students success stories, view some video about the organization and their media coverage here. Sevalaya kids continue to prove in their academic skill year and year again by giving 100% pass result in 10th and 12th grade public exams. I strongly urge you to check out Sevalaya’s annual report which has full details about last year activities.  
 

Many of you been supporting this effort for some time now and become part of our Sevalaya family now. Being a family, it is our unbound responsibility to continue to help those education hungry kids. Like the past, I kindly request you all to open your heart and contribute graciously and continue the tradition of giving by making a difference in these kids life. Every dollar you contribute goes directly to help the kid’s education, no layer involved. Whether it is $10 or $100, there is no limit. A small help goes long way in making a big difference.

You can contribute in two ways easily,

a)  Cash/Cheque - Make check payable to my name for amount  less than $100 and send to my home address is 5818 Tarpon Bay Ct, Sugar Land, TX – 77479 If you are donating more than $100 and need a tax receipt, you can make the check payable to ASTI (AMERICAN SERVICE TO INDIA). 

b) Credit card - Use  Paypal account helpindia2007@yahoo.com Only use this method if you cannot pay by check because there is a 7% commission charged by paypal from your donation since we don’t have US non-profit status yet.

Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” I am sure we all are grateful for what we have and we are thankful for it. Let’s also make a good life by sharing a little bit of what we have, and also welcome the New year in a good way by giving back to the world.  

Do not just think about making a difference in others life, Take action and JUST DO IT!! Please try to send your contributions before  Jan 10, 2013 if possible. Meanwhile if you can kindly send me a quick email with your planned contribution amount that would help me to plan and seek for more help to reach this year’s goal. 

Please do forward to friends and spread the word around. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
 

Thank you and Have a great Holiday Season!!!

Your friend,

Vijai