Sunday, March 14, 2010
'We Care' is a public charitable trust in Bangalore, India. It is non-secular and non-governmental has touched many peoples lives since its inception in 1999. In its 10th Anniversary, the 'Kardel Education Trust Fund' was formed to educate children from all walks of life. The simple belief is that children are our future and educating one child today will go a long way in educating a future generation.
'KARDEL' stands for Karen, Delon, Deloitte and Elizabeth, a trust fund in honour of all my siblings. This is a simple token of gratitude for something we got so freely from our parents - A good education.
This trust fund will be set up by Fr. Trevor D'Souza at We Care, Bangalore. The fund will educated children every year and provide basic education for children from grade 1 through 10 in English and Kannada medium. Children who will be eligible for education funding will come from underprivileged backgrounds irrespective of religion, caste or creed.
In life when we take a moment to "Count" our blessings, the word "Count" is overtaken by the word "Showered". My siblings and I have been blessed abundantly and in gratitude for all the blessings my family and I have received this is just a small and sincere token to help educate one child and one generation at a time.
Thanks to Fr. Trevor and all the volunteers and supporters of We Care in making it possible for us to give back to our community.
Thank you for your support and encouragement.
That was a long hiatus. A little update - in the last year a lot of work was done in assessing the direction of the Karen Maryann Scholarship. I am happy to tell you that a Trust Fund is in the works to make the scholarship permanent and sustainable over the years.
I came upon this article by Greg Mortensen, the author of "Three Cups of tea", www.threecupsoftea.com, amazing book. I had not heard of this author before and his work with educating children in Afghanistan and Pakistan appealed to me so much, that I sent an e-mail out to friends to donate their spare pennies for his "Pennies for Peace" project. I was amazed at the response especially from children. Thanks to Simran Lasrado who parted with her whole Piggy bank and to Supriya Tyagi for her contribution.
It was something small in the spirit of Christmas, but will go a long way for some child in a war-torn country.
Thanks again to everyone who supported me in this last minute appeal.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
In November 2007, I was accepted to be a mentor at the Toronto Public Library's- Leading to Reading Program. I now mentor a 7 year old boy once a week for an hour. This experience is unbelievable. I learn more every day.
I wish you the very best in 2008 and invite each and every one of you to take the time to reach out to a child in need. You could give of your time, resources or a positive word.
I am a mentor for a 7 year old child. In reality, he is my mentor.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
St. Mary's Girls High School, Mangalore
Sl. No. Name of the Student Class
1 Sajida VIII A
2 Asma VIII A
3 Anitha D’Souza VIII A
4 Shilpa VIII A
5 Ayishathul VIII A
6 Saraswathi VIII A
7 Sabeena Begum VIII A
8 Ayshathl VIII A
9 Faiza VIII A
10 Swaliha VIII A
11 Fairoza IX A
12 Marzana IX A
13 Shanthi D’Souza IX A
14 Joyline Pereira IX A
15 Diana D’Souza IX A
16 Laveena Priya D’Souza X A
17 Elvisha Fernandes X A
18 Thasleena X A
19 Nisha Pereira X A
20 Haseena Banu X A
Students of St. Mary's Girls High School- Kannada Primary
Sl. No. Name of the Student Class
1 Supriya I
2 Srinidhi I
3 Zahir II
4 Chandrika III
5 Tasriya III
6 Alimamamma Mubina III
7 Mohammed Muzambik III
8 Siddayya IV
9 Taslina IV
10 Veerish IV
11 Manish IV
12 Saphar IV
13 Sonaaz V
14 Vibha V
15 Riyaz V
16 Sudhindra Shenoi V
17 Reema D’Souza VI
18 Mithilesh VI
19 Sham Prakash VI
20 Rameeza Banu VII
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
If you are planning for a decade; plant trees
If you are planning for a lifetime; educate people
Three years ago an idea was born; it came to fruition on January 17, 2007. When Karen Maryann Pereira passed away on October 26, 2003, I knew she wanted her legacy to live on. Her legacy lives on through her children- Kane and Candice, but more through her commitment during her lifetime to educate children.
Where: The Karen Maryann Scholarship was started at St. Mary's Girls High School in Mangalore, India. This was Karen's alma mater and where Karen studied from grade 3 to 10. This was a place where she got her foundation in faith and education.
What: This scholarship will benefit 30 deserving students from the Kannada medium, where tuition fees, school supplies etc, will be provided for the first year.
This is a small beginning but dedicated one. This scholarship will be sustained over the years as there are plans to open a trust in her name where proceeds will go to various schools all over India.
Please feel free to e-mail me your suggestions, questions, feedback etc