Dear donors, friends, and well-wishers,
It has been over a month since I came from India. I am still busy with my personal matters (my brother's death is still bothering me a lot) and so I could not devote time to give information on my Indian trip or work on FFEI projects. I have yet to finalize the accounts for 2009. I will complete it ASAP.
Please check 2009 accounts here http://www.friends4education.org/scholarship/0YrActs/2009activities.htm .
So, I am appealing for donations for 2010. Please send them as early as possible so that we will make arrangements. You have been patronizing FFEI (Ambedkar Scholarships) since 2003 and I expect the same this year as well. Our responsibility has greatly increased as we have adopted kids for education at 5 different states and we need your help. Please come forward with whatever you can spare. We need your help.
In the past one month, the following activities have been taken place:
We sent advertisement to all schools in AP and expecting to get the applications by the end of October.
We disbursed Rs. 1,00,000 to Sakya Hostel for its maintenance. As the funds are running out, its maintenance is worrying its managers. I was very impressed of its working when I visited the hostel. Thanks to Prof Shiva's initiative, the donation was made by Prof David Mumford of US. Thanks to both.
We disbursed Rs.50,000 to a microloan project (called "Centring" in building construction), thanks to Prof Anandswarup of Australia. A group of 10 construction workers will become owners with this donation in a year or so. I met them, listened carefully the proposal, and requested help. Prof Anandswarup, as usual came forward. Thanks Professor.
We also planning to buy a computer for the library in Veluru, again with the donation of Rs.20,000 by Prof Anandswarup.
We are pleased to announce that Dr Siddoji Rao, Director, AP Study Circle (IAS coaching center run by AP Government) is willing to associate with FFEI. He is a young and dynamic. He studied in JNU, USA, Australia and gold medalist all through his academic career. He was a dean in an Australian university before coming to India to do social work. I saw his dedication and sincerity from close quarters. We may officially induct him at a later date. Thanks, Dr Siddoji for coming on board.
I have been in dialogue with individuals and organizations I visited during my trip on how we can work together to help the most needy children.
So, friends, please come forward with you generous donations for 2010. We have 501(c)(3) in USA and your donation is tax deductible. We are hoping to get Income Tax exemption in India as well, most probably by the end of this year.
We are planning to wind this drive by Dec 31, 2010. Please rush your donations.
Please send your donations to one of the following methods:
In favor of :FFEI (Friends for Education International)
In favor of: Friends for Education International (India Chapter)
Benjamin P Kaila
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