Gates Foundation makes a big commitment to gender equality
today at the UN Women Generation Equality conference in Paris.
While we have seen progress over the past quarter century,
nowhere on earth are women on equal footing as men.
That's why we're committing $2.1 billion over the next 5 years
to advance gender equality. One can learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/actforequal
Our focus for 2021 and beyond will be
on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education
for girls. "We need...to break the glass ceiling and expand
opportunities for women and girls in science," says Batyrkanova,
who works to promote STEM education for young women and girls,
including courses on soldering, 3D-modeling, and 3D-printing.
Protashan is leading the efforts for STEM education for girls.
We're ecstatic for our girl champions and so proud of them! 30
girls graduated from our STEM courses, which prepare them for
digital, financial, and career-ready skills, between March and
June 2021. Taking steps towards becoming working professionals,
university students and, most significantly, digitally informed
and empowered youth. They continue to inspire us with their
magic every day!
Please join us and Kriti Sanon in supporting Protsahan
Foundation based in New Delhi to help the victims of Covid-19.
The lovely and humble Kriti Sanon - immensely celebrated and
loved Bollywood actor - stands in solidarity with Protsahan
India Foundation's work on the frontlines for most marginalized
children impacted by Covid-19. Listen to what she has to say!
My mother was an young widow facing enormous challenges of
bringing up four children by herself! Here is what we can do!
"Empower widows to support themselves and their families and
live with dignity by ensuring access to education and training
opportunities, decent work and equal pay, and by reversing
social stigmas that exclude, discriminate, or lead to harmful
and violent practices against widows."
Post Covid-19 initiative to introduce STEM education to girls
is a top priority for us. Please donate today!
The risk of regression is real. So it is crucial that, even if
governments of poor countries have to tighten their belts, they
prioritize spending on education and girls. Donors should help,
too. Persuading girls to stay in school longer is not only a way
to teach them Science and Maths; it is also a chance to
vaccinate them and teach them about birth control, consent and
self-assertion. It can even be an opportunity to advise parents
about the downsides of child marriage and sharing a COVID-19
Please donate generously, so we can reach more people in need,
impacted by Covid crisis in India.
You can do your share of addressing this critical issue
impacting women everywhere!
"Supporting girls to get 12 years of quality education is one
of the smartest investments we can make as the world recovers
from Covid-19. Otherwise we risk creating a lost pandemic
generation," said Mr Johnson.
Protsahan is based in New Delhi. Please support their efforts
to care for children without one or both parents impacted by
Covid tragedy in India.
As COVID claims thousands of victims, it creates a thousand more
in its wake. Countless children have lost one or both parents to
COVID and are left without any caregivers. Protsahan's frontline
workers are actively involved in identifying vulnerable children
in our communities and providing them shelter, support and care.
The Reuters covered our work today. To aid our efforts, please
consider donating to our Ketto campaign.
Protsahan, NGO based in New Delhi for disadvantaged girl
children is stepping up during COVID to help young children who
have lost their parents due to the Pandemic.
We need to educate and empower girls,
so that they can decide for themselves when it is appropriate to
In India, Tasmani, 15, stopped her impending marriage by
informing the local authorities. We need to empower girls to say
no to child marriage and strengthen systems that protect girls'
Story & photo: UNFPA - UNICEF
Young girls who understand the impact
of climate changes on planet earth better than some politicians!
You can help make a difference while
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the mobile app
Vinodini Sudhindran, President-ANEW, an
NGO we have supported since 2013, receives the NGO AWARD 2020 at
Infinity Social Welfare and Research (ISWAR) Foundation's CSR
Ms. Vinodini was also invited by them to be on their expert
panel for the event for a discussion on women empowerment.
Thank you ISWAR Foundation... we are humbled by the honor and
recognition. We would like to thank everyone involved in the
planning, organizing and conduction of the event
If you have a teenage daughter, you
might want to encourage her to seek a role with Girl UP!
Here are the 5 action plans that came
out for International Women's Day. Surya-Chandra Foundation is
engaged in a few of the activities:
1) Helping girls learn and thrive 2) Rehabilitating victims of
violence and abuse
There are many small things all of us can try to do for
advancing gender equality. Please read through the action plans
to learn more details.
Did you know you can generate
donations while shopping for your valentile or any other
occasion at no extra cost? Simply start your shopping at
smile.amazon.com to confirm "Surya-Chandra
Foundation" as your charity of choice, and AmazonSmile will
donate a portion of your eligible purchase price to our
We earned a 2021 Gold Seal of
Transparency! Learn more about our organization's impact at
Girls can do anything. Sometimes all
they need is the opportunity to shine and break the gender bias.
Our NGO partner ANEW had a successful
job fair. Please see the details in a
Today, Kamala Harris makes history as
the first woman sworn in as the Vice President of the United
Photo courtesy of Hillary Clinton January 20, 2021
Get to know
YouthInvest, a Jharkand based NGO
focused on girl education for school dropouts. January 16, 2021
Happy New Year, Everyone!
January 13, 2021
An excellent definition for Empathy
January 10, 2021
Sad but true!
Instagram posting January 5, 2021
An excellent analysis of lessons from
A blog posting January 5, 2021
You grow, girl
Did you know Girl Up's leadership development programs have
impacted 75,000 girls in over 125 countries around the world?
We are inspiring a generation of girls to be a force for
gender equality and social change. Tap the link below to learn
more about Girl Up today!
January 5, 2021
Very good advice to all young Parents
Do you know one of these women
personally? If so, please introduce our Foundation to her.
Article December 24, 2020
Season's Greetings to all our Patrons, Donors and Volunteers .
December 22, 2020
Girl Up announces STEM and S.T.E.A.M.
"We hoped to equip young activists with STEM and arts
(S.T.E.A.M.)-related entrepreneurship skills that could be
used to address community-based gender inequalities.
Additionally, we hoped to provide participants with a
welcoming environment in which they could create new
connections, share ideas with one another, and feel empowered
with their unique skill sets." - Girl Up Pacific Coast.
With 25 eager and ambitious participants, the Pacific Coast
Regional leadership team was set for the S.T.E.A.M. Into
Action program! Tap the link below to read more about their
December 13, 2020
Sangeeta Bhatia - an excellent role
model for young girls!
December 13, 2020
At Surya-Chandra Foundation, we focus
on goals 4 and 5 -- these are Quality Education for Girls and
Gender Equality in all walks of life.
December 3, 2020
ANEW opines on Gender Equality and
Gender Based Violence
"Talk to MEN and BOYS, include them in the discussion" says
Cani, a committed member of team ANEW. Being a mother of two
lovely boys, she feels the right place to start is at home !
Including men and boys in the discussion is crucial to end
Gender Based Violence.
GBV against women and girls, should be recognised as NOT A
WOMEN'S ISSUE ! The perpetrators of the crime, are the issue
!!! It is important that they are a part of the discussion on
Gender Based Violence is based on one gender feeling superior
to the other, whereas in reality, as humans, we are ALL equal!
Gender Equality is the state in which access to rights or
opportunities is unaffected by gender. For gender based
violence to stop, gender equality must be addressed.
The discussion must go on! December 1, 2020
Surya-Chandra Foundation solicits
November 29, 2020
You can make an impact while you shop
for Black Friday deals. Simply shop at
and Amazon Smile will donate a percentage of the sales amount
to Surya-Chandra Foundation at no cost to you. November 26, 2020
Happy Thanksgiving! We are grateful to
all of our friends, supporters, and volunteers who make our
November 7, 2020
We have supported PCVC in their
efforts to rehabilitate burn victims in Chennai, India.
November 1, 2020
Job Offers for Sarva Vidya's Nursing
Thanks to all our donors and
volunteers, Sarva Vidya batch of 2018-20 have all gained
employment in a very high sought after demand for Nursing
October 23, 2020
23rd Anniversary Message from our NGO
Partner ANEW in India
October 11, 2020
International Girls' Day
Today, we celebrate the day of
international girls everwhere! "Young girls need to see role
models in whatever careers they may choose, just so they can
picture themselves doing those jobs someday." - Sally Ride,
American Astronaut and Physicst.
August 20, 2020
Please join BollyX-The Bollywood
Workout fundraiser for our cause on Sunday, August 23rd at 11
July 30, 2020
July 30th is World Day for us to
raise our voice against human trafficking! Women and girls do
not have s price tag. Women and girls should not be sexually
June 12, 2020
ANEW entry level IT training course
students took their exam online due to Covid-19 lockdown in
February 14, 2020
We met with two waitresses at
Writer's Cafe - both rehabilitated burn victims from PCVC, an
NGO that needs support to rehabilitate more of these young
January 26, 2020
On January 26th, we met with Sarada
Vidyalaya high school students and interviewed several of them
to learn about their progress through Sarva Vidya After School
Program. Completing secondary school is a game-changer for
girls. But the odds are all too often stacked against them.
January 20, 2020
On January 20th, we met with
Ms.Prasanna Gettu of International Foundation for Crime
Prevention and Victim Care (PCVC) to learn more about her
untiring contributions to fighting gender based violence. She
recently received the Anne Klein Women's award for 2020 from
Heinrich Boell Stiftung in Germany.
Anne-Klein-womens-award-2020 January 13, 2020
On Monday, January 13th, in a hall
filled with Alumni Graduates, Current Students, Educators, and
Other Dignitaries, Sarva Vidya Success Stories Book (a
compliation of 50 heart warming stories) was released by
Director Sue Nakappan. Several Alumni spoke with enthusiasm
and gratitude to share their life journeys enabled by the
education as Care Givers received at Sarva Vidya.
November 2, 2019
Please visit our fundraiser to learn
about how you can help burn victims of domestic abuse.
29% of women aged 18 to 49 experience some form of domestic
violence in India!
Over 18,000 cases of stalking was registered between 2014 and
2017 in India. 4 out of 5 women faced some form of harassment
or violence in public in India. 92% women faced some form of
sexual violence in public spaces in their lifetimes. Can
workspaces support women in addressing sexual harassment in
October 13, 2019
Visit with Primary School Girls and
Boys in Iguazú, Brazil.
September 18, 2019
“Gender inequalities persist. Women
represent less than 40 per cent of those employed, occupy only
about a quarter of managerial positions in the world and
(according to data available from a limited set of countries)
face a gender pay gap of 12 per cent. About a fifth of those
aged 15 to 49 had experienced physical or sexual partner
violence in the past 12 months. There is simply no way that
the world can achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals
without also achieving gender equality and the empowerment of
women and girls.”
From the SDG Progress Report 2019 issued by the U.N.
September 10, 2019
September 10, 2019 Press Release
Contact: Murli Nakappan, Founder and CEO
Join in the Fun
September 10, 2019. Simi Valley, CA. The Surya-Chandra
Foundation, a charity that provides funding to help women
eclipse poverty and inequality in India, is celebrating its
sixth anniversary with a free and entertaining event. The
community is invited to join in the fun for an afternoon of
dance, music and food. Admission and parking are free.
The event will be held on Sunday, September 22, at the Rancho
Santa Susana Community Center, located at 5005 E. Los Angeles
Ave., Simi Valley from 3 pm to 6 pm.
The Foundation was started by Directors Murli and Sue
Nakappan to help young girls and women in India to overcome
extreme poverty. According to Murli Nakappan, founder and CEO
of the Surya-Chandra Foundation, “More than 1.3 billion people
live in extreme poverty on less than $1.25 a day, and more
than 30% of them—400 million people—live in India.”
The Foundation, whose mission is to stop violence against
women, empower underprivileged women to rise above poverty and
inequality through encouragement, basic education and
vocational skills, is a not-for profit corporation.
“Investing in girls' education is one of the most effective
ways to reduce poverty. Investments in secondary school
education for girls yield especially high dividends. Girls who
have been educated are likely to marry later and to have
smaller and healthier families,” says Director Nakappan.
Educated women recognize the importance of health care and
know how to seek it for themselves and their children.
“Education helps girls and women to know their rights and to
gain confidence to claim them,” Director Nakappan adds.
The Surya-Chandra Foundation, named after the founder’s two
sisters, began its operation by helping six female students to
pursue higher education in India. During the last five years,
the Foundation has raised over one hundred thousand dollars
and has helped 1143 girls and women to empower themselves by
overcoming gender inequality.
“Fighting against poverty and domestic violence is of global
importance,” says Director Sue Nakappan. “We hope the
community will come to support us as we work to eliminate
Please RSVP "Yes” to
For more information, call (818) 991-8895 or visit:
Donations are welcome.
Empowering women to eclipse poverty and inequality
Celebrating Sixth Anniversary An afternoon filled with music,
dance and snacks September 22nd, 2019 3 PM to 6 PM
Rancho Santa Susana Community Center
5005 E Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley, CA 93063
Event Sponsored by Sue and Murli Nakappan
Cultural Event Supported by Below Schools & Families
2:55 PM: Seating, please be seated by 2:55PM to help us start
the program on time
3:00 PM: Welcome by Sue and Murli Nakappan
3:10 PM: Invocation Songs by Sangeetha Sadhana Carnatic
Classical Music school
3:25 PM: Introduction to Surya-Chandra Foundation
3:40 PM: Bharatha Natyam by Natyadwani Dance School
4:05 PM: Presentation
4:15 PM: Dance by DanceBolloywoodDance School
4:30 PM: Break, snacks
4:45 PM: Presentation
5:15 PM: Dance by DanZiFit
5:30 PM: Q&A
Sangeetha Sadhana: Vijaya has been teaching music last 13
plus years, disciple of Sri Daruri Seshachary, Sangeetha Natak
academy awardee. Vijaya is a professional career woman for
past 25 plus years along with passion for music and fine arts
focusing on self-esteem of children through music and bringing
community together with a belief in women’s strength and
Natyadwani: Guru Arathi Srinivas, a disciple of Guru Smt.
Geetha Ananthanarayan, is a virtuoso in Bharatanatyam,
Kalakshetra Style. She is gifted with the talent and has
imbibed the artistic nuances of classical ballet dancing and
choreography skills. Arathi has been teaching through her
well-established school in Thousand Oaks. Along with dance,
Arathi has acted in theatre and teleseries. She has won awards
and accolades from many prestigious sabhas.
DanceBollywoodDance: Monica Sarin has been conducting classes
in local community and taught in UK for 15 years.
DanZiFit: Zini Joshi has been teaching Zumba and Bollywood
dance since 2016. DanZiFit is where FITNESS and PASSION for
BOLLYWOOD DANCE meet!!
*All contributions should be made as check payable to
July 19, 2019
We want to share some update(s) for 2nd quarter 2019.
Surya-Chandra Foundation is participating in the Gala
Committee for Boys & Girls Club of Conejo Valley.
The upcoming event is on September 14th at the Four Seasons
Hotel in Westlake Village, CA.
In other news, 180 girls attended the Bridge Course for
College Bound. Our NGO Partner, ANEW in India conducted
this productive training course and issued certificates for
Surya-Chandra Foundation congratulates ANEW graduates of
summer school program for 180 college bound girls!
The course saw 180 girl students go through varied sessions
on Digital literacy, Career guidance, Spoken english &
communications, Dance fitness and Self defense training.
April 19, 2019
We kicked off the year with a donation to ANEW for their new
vocational training for 10 Girls in Logistics
Operations. All ten of them are gainfully employed with
a median salary of Rs. 8,000 per month. We also supported the
summer bridge course at ANEW for 180 girls pursuing college
education. Their training included: Digital Literacy,
Career Guidance, Spoken English, Dance Fitness and Self
Our NGO partner ANEW receives an award from the Governor of
Proud to be the recipient of "The Women Achiever" Award under
the SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR (NGO) category, by FICCI FLO, Chennai
ANEW President, Vinodini Sudhindran, receiving the award from
the Honorable Governor, Mr. Banwarilal Purohit, at the awards
ceremony held on 25 February 2019 December 24, 2018
It's been a wonderful year for Surya-Chandra Foundation, but
we couldn't have done it without you, our loyal supporters.
Since inception, we have supported the education and
empowerment of 953 girls and women over five years.
We have helped hundreds of young women at ANEW to receive
vocational training as Home Nursing Assistants, IT entry
level, and Vision Care Technicians. This April, we sponsored a
bridge course for 150 Girls to prepare for and pursue college
admission after completing high school.
We have funded scholarships for 60 young women in 2-year
Nursing Certificate program at Sarva Vidya Nursing Institute
for 2017-19. We added scholarships for 60 more in the next
batch for 2018-20.
We provided full scholarships and nutritional meals for 78
girls in secondary schools for 2017-18. We continued similar
support for 71 Girls for 2018-19.
In 2018, we also started partnering with PCVC -- a non-profit
organization, based in Chennai, working for more than a decade
offering support services to women & children impacted by
domestic violence & interpersonal violence and creating
opportunities for understanding and stopping violence in
homes. They offer rehabilitation services for burn victims.
PCVC has provided the following support for 100 women in 2018:
• Wound Care Materials • Pressure Garments • Regular Medical
Tests • Food & Nutrition • Physical Therapy
We have the opportunity to expand our programs for hundreds
of deserving girls and women in 2019 and beyond.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
December 10, 2018
We support ANEW in their efforts to fight gender based
violence in India. 1. Voice your support against GENDER BASED
2. Speak to someone for help, if you are an ABUSED / an ABUSER
3. Form of violence can be PHYSICAL, SEXUAL or PSYCHOLOGICAL
4. BREAK the SILENCE.. Speak up against Violence
5. Do NOT normalize Violent Behavior
6. SUPPORT Survivors... Stand together for Human Rights
7. STOP Child Marriage
8. STOP Sexual Harassment
9. EDUCATE the Girl Child
10. Encourage women to become FINANCIALLY INDEPENDENT
11. Encourage women to MAKE DECISIONS at all levels (at home
& work !)
12. RAISE ASPIRATIONS of Girls & their Parents
13. Empower MOTHERS
14. Promote GENDER EQUALITY
15. Talk to MEN & BOYS
16. Raise the socio-economic STATUS of WOMEN
ORANGE DAY @ ANEW
We're committed to Empowering Women & promoting Gender
Equality - #Participate_SpreadAwareness - Participants are
encouraged to wear a touch of ORANGE on the 25th of every
month in solidarity with the cause.
Although school enrollments have shown an upward trend over
the past decades, retention and consequently transitions to
successive cycles of education are a matter of concern. The
number of girls who discontinue education before completing
Class 5 is 24.4% which increases to 41.3% at the level of
Class 8. Domestic duties, especially in the lower-income group
households mean that the girls have to stay back and cook, run
errands or take care of their younger siblings in order to
support parents, who are typically out at work.
November 20, 2018
We must educate our sons and daughters about these issues.
Sakshi is a great example for them to learn from.
September 30, 2018
A heart warming story from our NGO partner ANEW.
ALUMNI AWARDEE 2018 (Computer Skills)
Prathipa was born and brought up in Triplicane, Chennai. After
school she wanted to enroll for B.Com but as her older sister
was already studying in college & there was a severe
financial crunch in her family, she was unable to afford
college education. Instead, she found herself a job at a
department store and managed to use her first salary to fund
her B.Com enrollment fee in distance learning education. But
times were difficult and she wanted more. That is when a
relative suggested ANEW to her and she hoped for a chance to
grow through ANEW.
Prathipa joined ANEW for the three month course in computers
and completed her course by February 2008, after much
difficulty in being regular to classes. On nearing completion,
she took up part-time work at Imax Cinemas, City Centre, and
waited anxiously for a placement opportunity through ANEW.
Soon she successfully interviewed and got placed in Sudhindran
& co, Royapettah, in the admin department making use of
her computer skills, with a starting salary of Rs.5000 p.m.
She has stayed with the same company since, and now having
completed 9 years draws a salary of Rs.16,500 p.m.. Working in
an audit firm, Prathipa keenly learnt a lot about auditing,
accounting and taxation which helped her in clearing her B.Com
exams as well.
Prathipa considers ANEW her first home and her office her
second!! She is very grateful to both for supporting her in
everything she does. The exponential learning curve she has
had at her workplace has allowed her to dive deeper into
career advancement and she is currently pursuing MBA through
distance learning education! Confident and ever-willing to
learn, Prathipa is truly a role model for many young aspiring
students. She strongly recommends ANEW, for it’s ANEW that has
given her a life when she had nowhere to go. September 2, 2018
Early Marriage & Secondary Education in India
Early marriage is a common phenomenon in the Indian
subcontinent. It is estimated that as many as 47% of the women
were reported to have been married by 18 years of age.
Moreover, this phenomenon is certainly not losing ground. In
fact, estimates project that 130 million girls in South Asia
will be married as children between 2010 and 2030. The moment
a girl hits teenage, the parents want to get her married off.
Concern for safety of girls is one of the chief reasons why
girls are married off early. This looms large as chastity and
virginity of girls is greatly valued in Indian society.
Parents and community members feel that, “early marriage
protects the girl’s marriageability which can be destroyed by
pre- marital sexual violence or choice.” Traditionally, girls
from lower castes and poorer backgrounds constantly face
molestation and violence from the upper castes and child
marriage is seen as a strategy to protect girls from sexual
abuse. April 6,
Due diligence Meeting with Sarva Vidya Management, interviews
with Students, and performances.
In 2017, we supported 78 girls in the After School program for
tuition & nutrition. They also received 100 per cent
scholarships for their regular school fees for about $8,000.
We also supported 58 young women in the 2 year Nursing
Assistant Training program with partial scholarships at a cost
Vision Care at Sarva Vidya — with Sai Healing Trust Volunteer,
Priya Dharshini on January 30th, 2018.
In partnership with Sai Healing Trust we have also delivered
monthly medical Check ups for all Sarva Vidya Students since
The International Foundation for Crime Prevention and Victim
Care (PCVC) will launch a national support line for women burn
survivors and a national domestic violence hotline.
March 19, 2018
We all have scars, but not all of them are visible like
Yashodha’s. Like all scars, there is more to Yashodha’s story
than meets the eye, and she wants to share it with you.
Listen, as she tells you her story about being subjected to
domestic violence, feeling trapped, and how she finally found
the strength to put her darkest days behind her.
🎥: Pooja Batura Pathak, Lov Pathak
March 17, 2018
This short film captures the heart wrenching stories of
several women who have been rehabilitated at PCVC in Chennai.
Do you have 12 minutes which could help with supporting us in
the long term? Just watch & share this film which
describes in depth all of their work at PCVC.
February 21, 2018
Young Vision Care Technicians recently trained by ANEW. In
2017, we have supported the vocational training in Vision Care
for 10 Girls for about 800 Dollars.
January 31, 2018
India needs to get out of this awful practice of rejecting
girl children and the fear of dowry payments to get girls
married. This is only possible if boys and men start rejecting
dowry and start treating women as equal partners in life.
A truly inspiring story from Rajasthan.
January 30, 2018
Eye Camp for Sarva Vidya girls held on Jan 30th. Director Sue
and I were there in person to experience this annual event.
Venue: Sarada Vidyalaya Middle School Campus, Ramanathan
Street, T.Nagar, Chennai
Time: 10.10 AM to 12.45 PM
Sri Sankara Eye Hospital Pammal
Mr.Ganesan (Sankara Eye Hospital, Driver)
Priya Darshini (Shree Sai Healing Trust)
No. of Students Tested
A Total of 127 students were tested
Sarva Vidya Nursing Assistantship Course: 46
Sarada Vidyalaya Middle School: 81
Happy New Year to all of our friends and well wishers! December 24, 2017
Course : Tally Certification
Date - 22/12/2017
No. Certified - 50 trainees
Certificates distributed by Team ANEW
December 18, 2017
Chief guest : Rtn.Dr. Nandakumar. N,
Director - Community Service-Development, RI District 3232
Course : Basic Computers
No. Certified : 31 trainees
Date : 12.12. 2017
December 6, 2017
Did you know? Slavery still exists to this day.
We must stop the pervasive means that women and girls are
trafficked and sexually exploited.
5 things you can do to end violence against women.
November 18, 2017
Home Nursing Certification -
Chief guest : Mr. Johnson, HR, Madras Medical Mission (MMM)
No. Certified : 31 trainees
Batch no : 98
Date of certification : 10.11.2017
October 8, 2017
If you are in the area, please join us!
September 6, 2017
Christine La Garde, IMF Director speaking in Seoul, South
"One avenue that has worked in all countries around the world
is to boost the proportion of women in the workforce . Korea
and Japan, for example, could further increase their focus on
reforming secondary earner taxation and boosting childcare
benefits and tax incentives for part-time work.
Emerging and developing countries, such as Cambodia and India,
can benefit from expanding girls’ access to high-quality
education and promoting women’s access to finance.
Taken together, these initiatives could become an economic
game changer. By some estimates, closing the gender gap in the
labor market could boost GDP by 9 percent in Japan, 10 percent
in Korea, and 27 percent in India." May 29, 2017
Do you know some one who might be ignoring domestic violence?
Share this with them!
April 7, 2017
This real story has all the ingredients of 21st century
concepts -- manufacturing automation applied to an old line
industry, smart job creation, women employment, and made in
USA by an immigrant from India! I love this story!
March 23, 2017
"People say, 'I want to earn enough and then give back to
society.' I don't think there is ever enough one can get,
there is never a perfect time to do what you wish to do and
yet you can .. NOW. I don't want to become old and then
fulfill my wishes. I believe in POWER OF NOW and AGE is just a
NUMBER. - Sakshi Sharma 😊
Our awesome intern raised INR 25,000 in span of a month on
Bitgiving to add some lovely books to Protsahan's library for
our little girls. Kudos to her passion. And she is only 19
years old! ❤️
https://www.facebook.com/chennai.usconsulate/videos/10154282157265817/ March 18, 2017
A short film that delivers the message very succinctly!
This entry won the FIRST place in the Action Against Gender
Based Violence (GBV) film festival by
U.S. Consulate General Mumbai
: “Silence the Violence” - it’s not just the spouse who
suffers. Let’s #ActOnGBV to #EndViolence against women.
#16Days March 11, 2017
How one woman in Rajasthan is fighting early marriage through
education for young girls?
January 5, 2017
An eye opener for 2017!
Nasreen Sheikh lives with her parents and two siblings in a
Mumbai slum. She’d like to become a doctor, but already she
believes that being female is holding her back. “If I were a
boy,” she says, “I would have the chance to make money … and
to wear good clothes.” I expect Nasreen will learn that gender
alone doesn’t preclude a good life (or, for that matter,
ensure it). But let’s be clear: In many places girls are
uniquely at risk. At risk of being pulled out of school or
doused with acid if they dare to attend. At risk of genital
mutilation, child marriage, sexual assault. Yes, youngsters
worldwide, irrespective of gender, face challenges that have
only grown in the digital age. We hope these stories about
gender will spark thoughtful conversations about how far we
have come on this topic—and how far we have left to go.
Year-end report to IFA for 2016 Sarva Vidya Project
Project Scope & Objectives
Consistent with our mission -- to stop violence against women,
and empower underprivileged women to rise above poverty and
inequality through encouragement, basic education and
vocational skills -- we collaborated with IFA (India Friends
Association) to provide 50 per cent scholarships for 60 Girls
from the State of Tamil Nadu enrolled in the 2-year Nursing
Certiﬁcate program for the years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.
This program is offered by Sarva Vidya Institute to
prepare the girls for employment at the local hospitals.
Together, we provided half of the 2-year course fees for
each of a total of 60 girls. We required that the remaining
half must be paid by the students themselves thus
establishing their personal stake in this effort.
The total budget for this project, consisting entirely of
the course fees, was $8770 over two years. The cost of
providing this scholarship for all 60 girls is US$4,385 for
IFA made a commitment in the amount of US$5,000 for both
years (US$2,500 per year), and SCF agreed to contribute the
remaining balance of US$3,770 for both years (US$1,885 per
Without this scholarship, each girl would have had to pay
Rs.9,500 per year in fees for the program. All of these girls
came from disadvantaged families with monthly income less than
Rs.10000. By mandating each girl's family to pay the remaining
50 per cent (Rs.4250 per year) to be admitted into the
program, we made sure that all participants had personal
stakes in the program. This reduced the possibility of drop
outs any time during the two year program.
Accomplishments & Challenges
We are pleased to report that all 31 students in the 2015-
2017 Batch have progressed in their second year towards the
goal of completing the program as planned. There were 3 drop
outs from the 2016 -2018 Batch with 27 remaining from a total
of 30 students originally enrolled.
Following are the details about the 3 Drop Outs and the
reasons for the same:
13th Sep. 2016
Wanted to undergo Police Training and applied for the
same at Arakkonam
9th July 2016
To attend to her sick mother
9th Sep. 2016
Undergoing Teacher Training at Madhuranthagam
For Practical Training, all girls in both 1st and 2nd year of
the programs are assigned to hospitals that offer necessary
clinical experience and located at the nearest proximity to
the living quarters of the girls.
To monitor the progress on a continual basis for all
students, Sarva Vidya has administered monthly tests for all
theoretical class work as planned and observed steady progress
among all participants during the year 2016 since enrollment.
Sarva Vidya is also administering an effective annual
clinical evaluation program through feedback from Senior
Nursing Personal and/or Medical Officers at the hospitals
where practical training is received by the girls, and to
receive their clinical evaluation in the form provided by
them. One model evaluation form of two current 2nd year
students for their 1st year performance is attached
Plans and Expectations for 2017-2018
We expect that all 31 students of 2nd year will complete their
course work and graduate in June 2017 as planned. We are
confident that all 27 students in the first year of the
program will continue to stay in the program and progress to
the 2nd year in July 2017.
Photographs of Girls at Class rooms and Hospitals
August 13, 2016
Our Associates, Sai Healing Trust evaluated the evening snacks
with the help of a Nutritionist on August 8th. Attached is her
July 26, 2016
A local TV Station in Chennai is capturing the essence of
ANEW, an organization we have been supporting since the
launch of our Foundation.
We were featured on Thanthi TV today
Please circulate this video to help ANEW reach out to
ANEW hopes to train AND place 1000 girls per year .. 044
2621 0492 ( Anna Nagar, Chennai) July 24, 2016
India Friends Association (IFA) based in Camarillo, CA has
partnered with us in supporting 60 Girls in the 2-year
Nursing Certificate program for the years 2016-18. We have
jointly provided 50% scholarship for these girls at Sarva
July 24, 2016
Our associates, Sai Healing Trust in Chennai has provided
the following micro-nutrient supplements to Sarva Vidya, for
the 88 children of Sarada Vidyalaya Middle School on 18th
1) Vitamins A&D
2) Ferrous sulphate (Iron)
3) Vitamin B complex(as syrup)
July 10, 2016
Our Associates Sai Healing Trust in Chennai conducted the
first medical camp for the current school year at Sarva
Vidya on July 4th.
Shree Sai Healing Trust has commenced regular medical clinic
services for the students of the Nursing Assistant Course of
Sarva Vidya Trust, T.Nagar, and the students of Sarada
Vidyalaya Middle School, Chennai, on Monday, 4th July 2016.
Venue: The camp was conducted at the Sarada Vidyalaya Middle
School, Ramanathan Street, T.Nagar, Chennai, from 11.00 AM
to 1.00 PM.
Visiting Doctor: Dr. Lakshmi Ramanan
Mrs. Priya Darshini
A total of 60 students of the Nursing Course (I Year-16, II
Year-26, Graduating Group- 18) were examined by the doctor,
and medicines were prescribed as required.
The doctor spoke to the students on a one-to-one basis on
taking care of their health and counseled them regarding
common gynecology issues and how to manage them.
Micronutrient supplements were given to the students.
Shree Sai Healing Trust provided the students of the Nursing
course with female hygiene supplies.In the meanwhile, the 88
children of the Sarada Vidyalaya were provided with Vitamin
A and D, B-Complex and iron supplements, by the Trust,
through the headmistress of the school. 26 students of the
middle school, (and one member of the staff ), who had
various chronic complaints like stomach-ache, head-ache, eye
problems etc., were examined and required medicines were
provided to them. The doctor also counseled the children
during the course of examination on good habits and habits
The doctor’s visit is planned to be once every month for the
benefit of the students, and prescribed medicines,
supplements and female hygiene supplies will be provided to
the students of the Nursing course following the doctor’s
consultation. Shree Sai Healing Trust shall provide the
middle school students with micronutrient supplements on a
weekly basis, and any child requiring medical consultation
will be attended to during the doctor’s visit. June 11, 2016
We celebrated our 3rd Anniversary by holding an event for
our donors and associates in Agoura Hills at Isabelle and
Rajen Gupta's residence.
Son preference often causes parents to divert limited
resources to sons and neglect daughters.
In India, and around the world, son preference takes many
forms. It can cause families to divert limited resources to
boys and neglect girls and to marry their daughters off at a
young age. In India, 47 per cent of girls marry before age
18 – and child brides are much less likely to be in school
and much more likely to be victims of sexual and
gender-based violence than other women and girls.
A cultural preference for sons also results in pre-natal sex
selection and higher mortality of girls due to neglect – too
tragic but all-too common occurrences that have contributed
to 117 million women who should be alive today missing in
April 26, 2016
There is a shortage of 200,000 secondary schools in India.
40% of schools do not have a separate toilet for girls. At
Surya-Chandra Foundation, we want to encourage girls to
complete secondary school, because:
1) An additional year of schooling for adolescent girls
reduces infant mortality by 5% to 10%.
2) Girls with secondary schooling are up to six times less
likely to be child brides than those with little or no
3) An extra year of secondary school increases a girl’s
potential income by 15-25%.
India has 113 million adolescent girls – which is nearly 10%
of its population. Despite these numbers, they are a largely
They can become successful agents of change. When they are
empowered, educated and kept healthy, a range of issues such
as maternal mortality, child survival and gender-based
violence can be resolved, and the cycle of poverty broken.
Investing in girls translates into better futures for women,
children and families, which ultimately leads to
intergenerational impact. April 21, 2016
We can prevent Child marriages by keeping girls in Secondary
School! These are some important statistics about child
marriage in India:
1) If present trends continue, 28 million girls born between
2005 and 2010 will become child brides by 2030.
2) 22% of Indian girls have already given birth by age 18.
Girls under 15 are five times more likely to die during
childbirth than women in their early 20s. Infants of
adolescent mothers are 50% more likely to die during birth or
3) For those aged 15-19, the lifetime opportunity cost of
adolescent pregnancy will total 12% of India's annual GDP.
4) Child brides are twice as likely to report being beaten and
thrice as likely to report being subjected to forced sex. They
lack agency due to loss of peer networks and discontinued
April 1, 2016
Quarterly Field Report – Q1 2016
We strengthened our relationships with ANEW and Sarva Vidya
-- both organizations helping young women -- to educate and
empower girls from very low income families and distraught
segments of society.
Sarva Vidya On January 19th, we visited Sarva
Vidya in their new School location in T.Nagar, Chennai. Sue
and Murli met with Ms. Thenmozhi, Mrs. Saraswathi, and Mrs.
Namagiri. Ms. Thenmozhi is in charge of operations and
administration, while Mrs. Saraswathi and Mrs. Namagiri are
responsible for the education of girls in the Nursing and
After School programs respectively. There are about 70 girls
in the 2-year Nursing Certificate program, and about 85
girls in the After School Program called NCLB. The girls in
the After School program range in ages from 11 through 16
attending Grades 6 through 11. First, the girls are given
some Nutritious Snacks, and then they are tutored in
English, Mathematics, and Science subjects in separate
classes depending on their Grade level. Most of these girls
belong to poor disadvantaged families and they lack a
conducive environment at home to do their daily homework. We
spent some time talking to the girls, and interviewing a few
selected girls, specifically sponsored by the Boys &
Girls Club of Conejo Valley.
Please click on the link below to watch the short video of
Surya-Chandra Foundation is pleased to report the following:
1) We are fully covering the cost of the meal program for
the current school year. 2) We are also covering the tuition
fees for 20 deserving girls.
ANEW On January 20th, we visited ANEW in Anna
Nagar, Chennai. Sue and Murli met with Ms. Tanya, in charge
of Administration and Mrs. Vinodini Sudhindran, President.
We also met with 15 young women in the 6-month Home Nursing
program. Most of them were in their 20s or 30s, trying to
earn a livelihood especially coming from broken households
and heart-rending life experiences. You can click on the
links below to learn the stories of two such young women: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC37jaQPRLM
Surya-Chandra Foundation is pleased to report that we are
fully sponsoring the education of 15 girls in the Home
Nursing program. On March 8th, as part of International
Women's Day celebrations, Rotary International in Chennai
honored both Ms. Vinodini Sudhindran, ANEW President, and
Dr. Annalakshmi, ANEW Treasurer with Women Achiever Awards.
Boys & Girls Club We are partnering with the
Boys & Girls Club of Conejo Valley to increase awareness
among the young minds about the plight of girls in
developing countries. Several girls at the Johnston Club and
Sequoia Club have pledged monthly contributions through
their fundraising efforts to support the Sarva Vidya After
School and ANEW Home Nursing programs. Recently, Anderson
Club also participated through one time contribution of $110
for the girls in India.
Awareness through Social Media We are also focused on using
social media (Facebook and Twitter) to educate others about
the critical issues faced by women in developing countries
like India. These issues include the following social and
1) Female Feticide 2) Girl Trafficking 3) Early Marriage 4)
Poverty and Inequality of Women 5) Violence against Women 6)
Girl Education 7) Women's Health March 12, 2016
We interviewed 15 ANEW Home Nursing Students in January. Here
are two girls sharing their heart-rending life stories: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC37jaQPRLM
February 15, 2016
We are proud to sponsor 20 girls in Sarva Vidya 'NCLB'
After School Program for 2015-2016. We are also providing
Nutritional meals for all 85 girls in the same program.
January 10, 2016
The Boys & Girls Club of Conejo Valley is raising money
for us to support young girls stay in secondary school --
another powerful voice to educate and empower girls!
Surya-Chandra Foundation thanks the boys and girls at
Johnston and Sequoia Clubs for their contribution in 2015
and 2016 to help educate and empower girls half way across
the world in India.
In a world filled with greed, fear, anger, and hatred
towards fellow human beings, these children have shown
unconditional love and compassionate concern for the girls
they have chosen to help.
The girls in India are from impoverished families, who try
to eke out a living on less than two dollars a day. Without
the support from our boys & girls:,
1) they will not receive a nutritional meal every day in the
After School program 2) they will not have proper school
supplies including books, notebooks, pen, and pencils 3)
they will not stay in school until they complete high school
4) their parents might marry them off early without their
consent 5) they might be abused by others 6) they could
become victims of trafficking for slave labor or
prostitution 7) they might experience early pregnancy, and
worse yet die due to complications of unwanted pregnancy December 12, 2015
Truly inspiring life story!
Get to know the sustainable development goals (SDGs): http://www.culturalweekly.com/sustainable-development.../ November 29, 2015
Sarva Vidya 2015 Management Interview 2 of 2
Sarva Vidya 2015 Management Interview 1 of 2 https://www.facebook.com/empowergirleducation/videos/866083166841909
Sarva Vidya 2015 Students Interview 2 of 2 https://www.facebook.com/empowergirleducation/videos/866082946841931
Sarva Vidya 2015 Students Interview 1 of 2 https://www.facebook.com/empowergirleducation/videos/866082676841958
ANEW Management Interview 4 of 4 https://www.facebook.com/empowergirleducation/videos/866082280175331
ANEW2015 Management Interview 3 of 4 https://www.facebook.com/empowergirleducation/videos/866082006842025
ANEW2015 Management Interview 2 of 4 https://www.facebook.com/empowergirleducation/videos/866081703508722
ANEW2015 Management Interview 1 of 4 https://www.facebook.com/empowergirleducation/videos/866081373508755
ANEW 2015 Ambulance Driver Interview https://www.facebook.com/empowergirleducation/videos/866080786842147
2015 Alumni Interview Videoclip https://www.facebook.com/empowergirleducation/videos/866080276842198
November 29, 2015
We need your support to educate and empower girls, so they
can earn a livelihood and avoid early marriage!
Here are some facts that you need to know:
October 31, 2015
You probably know these facts -- Nearly 1/2 of the world’s
population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than
$2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty —
less than $1.25 a day. But, did you know that almost 30 per
cent of those living in extreme poverty are actually in
India, not Africa or China? That is almost 400 million
people! Mind boggling, is it not? How many of these are
girls and women? This is estimated somewhere between 60 to
70 per cent in India, amounting to roughly 250 million girls
October 9, 2015
This slide presentation provides a good overview of the
progress and impediments to empowering women in South India.
https://www.slideshare.net/Shabanajalal/women-empowerment-15657091?fbclid=IwAR0t_T5z7itfA0SRSAN-u4TiU6Tin826ITcatSxQm-9vhXEKzrm2YPlt1ik May 24, 2015
Second Anniversary of Surya-Chandra Foundation
April 25, 2015
With as little as $10 per month, a girl child is ensured a
nutritious meal and tuition to nurture the body and mind. By
committing to do this, you will impact her life in the most
positive way possible!
What happens if we don't help this poor girl? She becomes
one of the 31 million girls who do not complete secondary
school, could end up in early marriage between the ages of
12 and 16, become pregnant, and may become a victim of
What happens if you decide to help this poor girl? She
completes high school, marries at an appropriate age, has
fewer children, may even work outside the house, lead a
healthier life, and as a literate and educated woman, she
will ensure that her children are also educated to ensure a
better life for them!
You can make the choice today!
April 19, 2015
India unfortunately holds the top spot for trafficking
Very good analysis on Child Marriage issue! http://www.cfr.org/peace.../child-marriage/p32096
Five important steps to empower girls through education! https://blogs.worldbank.org/.../five-steps-improve-girls...
Gender inequality in India! http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_inequality_in_India
Education is the Great Equalizer! http://www.planusa.org/contentmgr/showdetails.php/id/3122253
April 1, 2015
Melinda Gates on the status of women's health!
March 22, 2015
As reported in Sunday March 22, 2015, issue of Hindustan
Times, we are happy to report that one of the charities
supported by Surya Chandra Foundation was nominated for
Dasra Girl Power Awards. Our hearty congratulations to ANEW
Management for this outstanding achievement.
January 13, 2015
On January 13, 2015, we met with Avvai Home Management to
discuss our potential participation to assist the girls in
their newly introduced computer science curriculum. We are
awaiting details of the Girls who need sponsorship from us.
January 1, 2015
We are happy to report that we met with Dr. Annalakshmi at
ANEW on December 17th, 2014 to discuss priorities for 2015
and our continued support for the Nursing Assistants
Training Program. ANEW offers need based training programs
in various areas, after a feasibility study involving the
number of beneficiaries and the employability rates on
completion of the course. The courses are of short duration,
considering the economic background of the students, so that
they are financially independent as quickly as
possible.Underprivileged women who have completed middle
school level education, are eligible to train as nursing
assistants at ANEW. This course is supplemented with spoken
English and Personality Development classes. The trainees
are required to attend orientation programs at the Banyan
(Home for destitute women), KarnaPrayag (adoption centre),
Little sisters of the poor (Home for the aged) and SCARF
(Centre for Schizophrenia), as part of their course work.
They also undergo practical training at Sundaram Medical
Foundation (SMF), Appasamy Hospitals and Bone and Joint
clinic in Annanagar for hands on training in speciality
care. Basic physio therapy sessions are also provided as
part of the course. On completing the 6 months course work,
they are certified by the SMF as nursing assistants. Alumni
students are provided with refresher courses to update their
skills. This course has the widest reach, among women who
are the most vulnerable and are at the lowest rung of the
social ladder. The trainees are in high demand for their
services, as nursing assistants to take care of the patients
at home. The average salary of a nursing assistant ranges
from Rs.7000 to Rs.9000/month. Since 2013, we have supported
this training program by sponsoring 10-12 students each
year. For 2015, we are funding 12 deserving young girls from
January 1, 2015
Sarva Vidya Nursing Students receive
On December 15th, 2014, we met with Sarva Vidya Management
to discuss the support for their 2-year Nursing training
programs with 31 students in the second year and 38 students
in the first year. Sarva Vidya Trust is an educational trust
started with an aim to empower and enable girl children to
enable the society. They believe that each child
successfully educated and enabled with a satisfying job will
contribute to the upliftment of their family as well as
their society. Thus they work towards imparting job oriented
value based education to receive training as Nursing
Assistants. Sarva Vidya provides this vocational training by
conducting a two year Diploma course for Nursing Assistants.
(There are 38 students for the first year and 31 students in
the second year program.) We provided scholarships for all
69 girls to partially cover the cost of their education in
the sum of Rs.2,250 for each student. Names and pictures of
these receipients can be seen in our
A complete roster of students receiving scholarships can be
seen here. September 2014
Some of the students from Department
of Sociology, University of Iowa did their internship at
ANEW and share their experience in the subject blog. Some of
the pictures of these interns engaging in two-way discussion
with the ANEW students can be seen in our
Our thanks to these interns for sharing their experience at
ANEW, in Chennai, India.