Saturday, June 29, 2013

Helping Krutika

Operation Shanti's Project Street has worked on the streets of Mysore for years, helping the women and kids who live there, particularly near the government hospital in the city. Since 2005, we've gotten to know well many of the kids who used to live on the streets, most of whom now stay with us at our children's home, Karunya Mane.

Today, Project Street continues to help our kids' moms and other destitute kids and women who need assistance. Krutika, one of our new friends, is a 15-year-old girl from a very poor family in Chamarajnagar (about an hour from Mysore). She was diagnosed with childhood (Type 1) diabetes a few years ago and needs daily insulin shots.

Krutika's dad is a day laborer. Insulin injections cost about $12 a month (Rs. 600), not much for most people but a huge chunk of dad's monthly income.

Since November 2012, we've been providing Krutika with her monthly insulin injections to help ease the financial burden on her family.

If you'd like to make a donation to Operation Shanti so that we can help more kids like Krutika with life-saving medicines that they simply can't afford, you can do so here:

Thanks so much!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Prema's photos

Prema, one of our girls at Karunya Mane, has been with us at Operation Shanti since 2005. She's now 15 and is growing up quite nicely.

Prema is also responsible for taking care of the cats, filling their food and water bowls, and keeping the room clean.A couple of weeks ago, Prema took some photos in our "cat room" -- the room where we keep the kids' three kitties. We thought these photos were pretty good for her first time behind the camera!

Taken in June 2013 with the girls' iPad.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Best boy/best girl catch-up

Recent months' "Best Boys" and "Best Girls" (a prize given out each month to the kid who displayed the best behavior for that month) at Karunya Mane were:

March - Prajwal / Shwetha
April - Sreenivasa / Sowmya
May - Surya / Mamatha

Prajwal started 7th grade this year, in English medium. Always polite, neat, well-behaved, and disciplined, he's an outstanding kid who has the potential to great things in this world.

Shwetha started 5th grade this year. She gets very good grades in school and her behavior has improved tremendously -- the temper tantrums that she once displayed have disappeared and she's improved in all areas of behavior.

Sreenivasa, who attends boarding school and is now in 11th grade, returns to Karunya Mane on the holidays. When he's back, he provides great relief to our boys' house mother by helping her out with the little boys. Sreenivasa has grown into a responsible, mature young man and we're quite pleased to see that he seems to have outgrown his "street boy" behavior.

Sreenivasa (right) with Shashidhar Sir (one of our teachers) during the Holi madness fun!
The May best kids were repeat "bests" -- Mamatha and Surya -- who are consistently high performers in all areas -- school performance, behavior, chores, overall demeanor -- and as their prize, they got to go shopping with us at Easy Day for the sports equipment that we donated to the kids' school!

Surya doing his homework during tuition time. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

UK donors (and potential donors)! This is for you!

We're pleased to announce that our UK donors may now 
receive tax deductions when donating to Operation Shanti! 
Here's a letter that we're sending out to our UK donors.

Dear Friend of Operation Shanti,

Thank you for your continued support of Operation Shanti.

We want to let you know that we have a new channel for UK donors to make donations and receive tax benefits. You can be a part of our monthly donation program, by using the GiveIndia donation website.

UK donors may now receive tax deductions when donating to Operation Shanti! Just donate through GiveIndia to Operation Shanti (listed under our Indian charity's name, Akhanda Seva for International Shanti), either one-time or on a recurring monthly basis. 

Visit our online donation page on GiveIndia and make a donation:

You can choose to make monthly donations through Google Wallet (Google Checkout) or by using your credit card.

Once again, thank you for your continued support!


The Operation Shanti Team