In this issue of the Shine Newsletter, we’ve highlighted some notable happenings from around the Lily Foundation such as new school openings, upcoming events and program updates. We hope you’ll read through and catch up on the latest news and announcements from our organization’s various projects, efforts and happenings. As always, we truly appreciate your support of our mission and thank you for spending time on our website.
Two New Coaching Homes Added
High School – Bankadaha High School Coaching Home [AALO -40]
Bankadadha village, Bankura becomes our newest location for AALO-40 High School Coaching Home. It is 10 KM from Bishnupur railway station, which is about 3 1/2 hours by rail from Kolkata. Our Home is on the Matri Bhavan High Way which connects Joyrambati and Medinipur.
Classes are held at the premises of Mallabhum Adibasi Sagen Gauta Club in an area where the population is mostly Adibasis and low income families. Within a 5KM radius there is only one high school whose students we will serve.
Primary – Hijaldiha Primary Coaching Home [AALO -39]
Our newest Primary Coaching Home has opened in the premises of Hijaldiha Vivekananda Seva Samity, Bankura. This cluster location already hosts one Computer Center, one High School Coaching Home and a vocational training facility, all sponsored by Lily Foundation. Besides, the Samity has its own eye hospital and other opportunities of public services.
The Home, named AALO-39, has started operating from 1st April 2015. Bikash Paladhi is the Coordinator.
Lily Appreciation Dinner 2015 – September 12th at Park Plaza Tower
Lily Foundation’s Annual Gala event is approaching fast. We should never miss this once-a-year opportunity to freely socialize over a drink, while simultaneously help our joint community effort to support the unfortunate students back home.
This year we will honor one of our Indian community leaders in Dallas for his contribution, which was recognized by the Govt of India with a Padma award. Also, we will hear from one young entrepreneur (Shark Tank winner) about an innovation for those that are deprived of the minimum public utility service.
The dinner menu has been well-crafted by the specialists and the connoisseurs for the best exotic super menu of all times (really!) after much deliberation and several revisions.
At the end, you are the ultimate evaluator. Come with friends and family not to miss this one of a kind fun. Learn more
Other Upcoming Events
Feed the Needy Thanksgiving Lunch
Nov 22 at 9am
Our biannual homeless feeding program is running its 24th glorious year with enthusiastic volunteers from Dallas and Fort Worth. Could we ever know there is so much fun in group cooking? Yes, more so when we do it for our homeless guests.
EDCON Annual Education Conference
Dec 27 at 11am
The XII th Annual Education Conference is scheduled for 27th December this year at Dhulai, Bankura, West Bengal, India. The primary organization responsibility is upon DMS Institute, that hosts many of our projects, including a Computer Center, three AALO Coaching Homes, a Vocational center facility, and healthcare events.
AALO Homes News
STUDY HOME’s First Alumni Meet in 11 Years
The First Alumni Reunion of the students of AALO 1 & 16 Study Homes at Behala was held on 10th May 2015. About 120 students attended the gathering. Many guardians too were present.
It was held to celebrate the 10th anniversary of both the Homes. The journey began way back in 2004, and now it’s 2015, during when AALO 1 & 16 have produced scores of good and successful students.
Majority of these students would never dream of pursuing academics on a regular route because of their families’ economic condition but their tenure of study in AALO 1 & 16 had helped to change destiny.
HIGH SCHOOL COACHING HOMES Produce High Achievers out of Low Achievers
We all know High School Coaching Homes are meant for academically challenged students, who being low-achievers in school are not confident of crossing the formidable barrier of Secondary Board exam. With Lily Foundation’s special assistance through individual care, these students go for the first taste of success in life by passing the Madhyamik.
Although we are generally satisfied with our HSCH AALO project results every year, we attempt for better performance over last time. This year results encourage us more as we see scores of first divisioners brightening the image of our Homes.
Spelling Bee 2015 Results
The mothers and fathers were patient and eager in watching their own kids and other kids answering questions with confidence and steadiness one by one. The teamwork demonstrated by judges, parents and organizers set an example this year too, better so every year.
1st: Aadharrshi Sripathy
2nd: Revanth Kambhampati
3rd: Aarueshii Sripathy
Third & Fourth Grade
1st: Anubroto Saha
2nd: Syon Kundu
3rd: Rochan Vanam
First & Second Grade
1st: Aum Pahuja
2nd: Arman Kapoor
3rd: Sia Sreenivasan
Fifth thru Seventh Grade
1st: Nairit Sarkar
2nd: Pratyush Mahapatra
3rd: Pratyush Patra
SMILE Scholarship Program Testimonial
Very rarely you come across a charitable organization where you first hand get to see the results of your from the heart donation. You can see who the beneficiaries (Child’s name and the picture) are, amount they got it and their academic progress(Their actual and complete grade report)…….leaving no doubt about the impact of your philanthropy and the quality of the process for distribution of your dollars.
Please see the attachment for all the documents described above……and I am sure it bring a smile on your face for the good deed you did. On behalf of Lily Foundation, thank you (the sponsor group) very much.
I also thank Amal for giving us this opportunity to further this noble cause and, of course, the sumptuous dinner that Amal and Kamini ji host at their home every year. Lliy Foundation is a small organization making a big impact on the lives of these needy children.
Please distribute this report to other potential donors……testimonials like these are hard to come by. Thank you again!
Lily’s Corporate Social Responsibility Programs
At the sponsorship of Webel Informatics Ltd and West Bengal Electronics Industry Development Corporation, Lily Foundation will train 100 Higher Secondary Graduates in Office Computer Applications in four Lily computer centers at Amdanga, Dhulai, Hijaldiha and Kolkata. Training duration is 6 mos. Student selection through admission tests completed (picture shows students taking admission test at Lily Computer Kendra), all centers are starting the instruction phase and hands-on training from this month.
Through long association with sponsor Andrew Yule & Co, Lily Foundation established a cordial relationship upon which we are building our next group of vocational programs, namely 1) Mobile Phone Repairing & Servicing, 2) Servicing, Repairing & Maintenance of Home Appliances and 3) Airconditioner & Refrigerator Repair & Servicing. Each course is designed for 25 students in a class, totaling 75 for the session from September 2015 through March 2016.
Desktop Publishing is a popular computer course for businesses seeking expansion in printing industry. Even in India, all printing have become digital whether in cities or in villages. So, employment opportunities exist anywhere in the country. Hoogly Printing Works seeks to work with Lily Foundation in training 25 students in DTP this year. Negotiation is in work and a result is expected soon. The training will take place at Lily Computer Kendra, Kolkata. Haridevpur facility will go into recruiting mode soon.
Free Eye Glasses in Behala Eye Camp
At Behala, Kolkata, Free Eye & General Health Check up Camp was organized on 31st May with sponsorship from Tarak Das Banerjee & Gumdur Grewal Banerjee Charitabe Foundation, New York in association with Rotary Club of Geetanjali to provide the needy with physician specialist services, free primary care medicines and free eye glasses.
Dhulai Eye Camp at Birla Cement Sponsorship
Dhulai DMS Institute held Eye Camp on 12th May with full sponsorship of Birla Cement Works. A medical Team of 18 members of M. P. Birla Eye Clinic, Kolkata attended the camp, where 258 patients were examined. Out of all, 114 patients were selected for Cataract surgery. Birla company will provide the microsurgery, lens and transportation cost.
Gift of Pathology Lab for Hijaldiha Eye Hospital
Hijaldiha Vivekananda Seva Samity, an organization in close collaboration with Lily Foundation on several projects, recently openened an eye hospital in their premises. We, at opportunty, help the organization with donations.