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December 2014

On 13th of this month, Founder trustee R. Shreedhar was invited to be Chief Guest for Sukriti Social Foundation on the occasion of International Day of Person with Disability. Mr. Shreedhar spoke about the progress of SSF, its Founder trustee Ms. Sowmya Simhan and her noble efforts in bringing in employment and opportunities and providing training to persons with disability from rural areas. Other V.I.Ps who graced the occasion was Mrs. Indirani Rajadurai, Hon. Spl. Advisor. Helpage India and Mr. V. Ram Gopal, Exe Dir (ret) IOC. Mr. Shreedhar along with other V.I.Ps presented equipments, calipers and other aids for the disable and self-business starters. All children were given snacks and drinks. Ms. Sowmya Simhan thanked one and all who made the function "a grand success" despite heavy rains.

On 27th of Dec., the book release function of Madam, Mathioli Saraswathi (head of Nandalala Trust, Mylapore) was held in T.Nagar in the premise of Vaanathi Pathipagam. During this occasion, 10 Maithri students received the copy of the book, which contains several interesting, short stories from foreign countries. Some were similar to bed time stories and many carried interesting messages to the young and the old. Maithri founder trustee was invited to be the part of the function and to receive a 'memento'. On his behalf Maithri students spoke about the various Maithri Trust activities and how the successful students repay Maithri in various ways mainly, by taking Tuitions to their fellow students. All the students received her books as gift.

November 2014

On Sunday, Nov 2nd, the founder trustee Shreedhan Rajaram's birthday (Nov 4th) was celebrated in a grand manner. More than 65 students, parents, volunteers and well wishers attended the function. A cake that had the founder's face (see pic below) was cut with loud and clear singing of "Happy birthday". A nice and sumptuous lunch was organized for all the attendees and cake was distributed along with lunch. Gifts of various kinds and cash of Rs. 7,800 were given by past students for the education. The function went off very well loads of fun and no formal speeches.

On Nov 14th, children's day was celebrated with more than 25 students. Many students from the Tuition class stayed back to participate and spoke on "Clean India" campaign and took pledge to do their part by keeping their surrounding areas clean. They were all given pen and sweets. The children showed their interests by stating to collect all the sweet wrappers and disposed them in a black bag and deposited in the bin provided.

October 2014

On October 22, Deepavali, the festival of lights was celebrated by students and parents with fire-crackers, food and new clothes. Maithri donated rice bags of 200 Kgs. to Good Life Centre for the Homeless and Helpless. Maithri thanks all the donors who made it possible.

In the third week of October, M. Gopinath the first student of Maithri graduated with a Commerce degree. He has been with Maithri since his first standard and it's endearing to see our first student to complete his graduate degree from D. G. Vaishnava College, Chennai. This has been a proud moment for "Maithri". Under the umbrella of Maithri, he not only thrived as an exemplary student but also, as a sincere social worker. When Mr. Gopinath was introduced to Maithri, he was small and would walk coyly behind his mother Shanthi who would always accompany him for every Maithri event and function. He had been a model student of Maithri who presented necessary documents like mark sheet, etc in a timely manner. Congratulations Gopi!

September 2014

On 5th September, Maithri celebrated Teachers' Day to mark our former president Dr. Radhakrishnan's birthday. About forty students took part in this quickly put together program arranged by the students. The program began with a Prayer Song and students welcomed other students and emphasized on showing some respect towards their teachers. Very heart-warming to see students still feeling respect and regard for their teachers. Also, the older students spoke about their college experiences and the young ones talked about their school, teachers and usefulness of gaining knowledge. The students exchanged their future plans with their teachers so that the teachers could guide them in their goals. The program ended with a skit that dealt with alcohol addiction.

On 20th September, Maithri Sukhavarsha (a wing of Maithri) conducted a medical camp with Kaveri Hospitals, Chennai. The chief surgeon with three other doctors participated in the camp. More than 25 adults got checked for osteoporosis, bone density, and arthritis. The doctors used digital instruments that gave immediate results for many tests. Elders with knee problems got free medicines and prescription. Maithri honored the doctors with mementos for devoting their valuable time. The medical camp has been a good awareness for the public on osteoporosis and osteopenia.

August 2014

On Sunday, 3rd Aug, Maithri with twenty students and 15 volunteers headed by Founder Trustee Mr. Shreedhar took part in the Citizens Run for the 16th consecutive year. The Run was from Queen Maris College to War memorial close to Marina beach on a cool and drizzling rainy day. The run finished in thirty minutes and all the participating NGOs were entertained with music and dance by John Britto Group from a very famous and established dance training school in Chennai. The founder trustee spoke a few words about the significance of this Citizens Run. Ms. V.R. Devika of Citizen's Run Trust praised Mr. Shreedhar for his regular contributions since starting of Citizens Run Trust. In the initial years the run was about 6 Km from Gandhi Mandapam, Guindy to Gandhi Statue in Marina beach

On 24th Sunday at 6:30 PM, a Chennai based service centre awarded CHANDAR award to Mr. Shreedhar for the educational services rendered to the rural areas. Along with Shreedhar, two other eminent persons received award; Mr.Abhirami Ramanathan for contribution to Indian culture and Mr. Mani for keeping alive traditional music in Konnakool. Award consisted of a citation plaque and a certificate duly framed.

Maithri is helping two of the college students in getting drivers' training and procuring a Drivers' License.

July 2014

On the 1st of this month, Maithri sponsored two students from the Corporation School, CIT Nagar, who are the toppers in the 12th exams for their college education. Founder, trustee of Maithri Mr. R. Shreedhar presented the cheques to the students. The Head Mistress who presided over the function praised the coordinator Mr. R.SUBRAMANIYAM an old student of the school and who is patron of Maithri.

On the 20th, Mr. R. Shreedhar, Founder, trustee of Maithri along with a team of students and volunteers visited Kalanjiyam trust. Maithri gave away cheques for this academic year to Maithri sponsored students and wished them an excellent future. Maithri took part in the various educational and welfare projects of Kalanjiyam trust.

Maithri ends this month on a very sad note. Four of its closely associates and large hearted noble people joined the eternal abode. Maithri prays for their eternal peace. Mr.C.R.Sundaram, Mr.R.Govindarajan (visually Impaired), Ms. Anandhi Seshadri and Ms. Reshma Sharma.

June 2014

On June 6th, Maithri founder trustee Mr. Shreedhar along with four students and volunteers went to Sri Ramana Matriculation school in the outskirts of Chennai city, as like the last 4 years issued fees and books to 23 students. Some of these students have scored very high grades and this is mainly possible because of Mr. Rajkumar and Mr. Praveen who entrusted this project to Maithri and monitoring the progress of these students. Six students from Sri Ramakrishna H.S.C also got the support. The head of the institution thanked Maithri and appreciated the follow up they do after helping in fees.

May 2014

May has been a busy month for school students; in the first two weekends, 50% of those supported by Maithri got their school fees for the next academic year.

On 30th May, Maithri was pleased to welcome our friends from Marc Saquet Foundation, Spain. Three of our friends from Barcelona, Spain came over to for their annual visit. On the cool, early morning, in a specially arranged hall, students came in good numbers to interact with the visitors. Friends were requested to present the award (Rs1000/ worth gift voucher) for the best student, Sandhya from Maithri for scoring 1094 marks in the school board. Mark Saquet Foundation members also, gave away prizes to other top scoring students. The visiting friends were happy with the students' progress and wished the students the very best for this academic year. They exchanged ideas with senior students who are in job and helping Maithri.

April 2014

This is the time Maithri looks back and thanks the major supporting organizations, those that made it possible for Maithri to have a "Successful Year" by sponsoring number of students and encouraging them to pursue their studies and enjoy the progress.

Handicare International (HCI) - Canada

Mark Saquet Foundation - Spain

Jana Seva Foundation - U.S.A

Taaratech LLC. - U.S.A.

We salute them as mere "thanks" will not suffice to express our gratitude for their continued support.

Joining hands with these are many regular and new individual contributors whose support had swelled our support to many students. A special Thanks to all our individual contributors. Without their support, it's very difficult to show (with pride) that Maithri supported 244 students in total for the year 2013-14.

Students who are taken up employment after completing their studies successfully in Maithri, started helping back by contributing some portion of their earnings to provide aid to their fellow students. This is encouraging to the current students to follow their peers' footsteps in future.

Maithri not only supported in the field of education but also helped the family of some of the students in medical and emotional grounds when need aroused. This is very vital for the emotional well-being of the students so that the students are able to concentrate in studies with assurance and security.

March 2014

On 10th March, Shreedhar was requested to present a bus on behalf of United Way of Chennai .to Amar Seva Sangam Secretary. Mr. Sankara Raman in Park Sheraton, Chamiers Road. Chennai

Annual visit to religious worship place near Chingelpet by Students of X, Xi and Xii standard

February 2014

A very Happy New Year to one an all.

On 8th February, Founder Trustee Mr. Shreedhar was invited to be the Chief Guest by Aruve Trust, (a NGO working for destitutes) to distribute award and certificates to Social Work students of Chennai city colleges: Stella Maris, Queen Mary, MOP Vaishnav College, etc., The presentation was followed by a musical extravaganza.

On 22nd Mrs.Sudha Raghunathan , Trustee, Samudhaya Foundation, gave Rs.6.Lakhs to Ms. Sowmya Simhan Founder Trustee Of Sukriti Social Foundation (NGO) for Aids and Appliances for the needy children. Maithri Congratulate SSF.

Mock examinations were conducted by Maithri tuition center on all the Sundays of this month for school students of X, XI and XII standard was conducted.

January 2014

A very Happy New Year to one an all.

On 27th Jan, Eric Auzoux, founder of Citizens' Run and former director of Alliance Francaise of Madras not only put up his collection of photographs at the auction but also, narrated the story behind each photograph. This was done as an initiative of the Citizens' Run Trust as 'People for People' in Amethyst venue in Chennai. This event raised over Rs. 3 lakhs which was distributed among 3 NGOs with Maithri being one of them.


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