Dec. 4, 2012
-- On December 15, T.V. and Vijaya Ramakrishna return to Charleston, WV to kick-off the 15th anniversary year of the charity they founded, Sahasra Deepika Foundation for Education. The Ramakrishnas, who lived in Charleston for four decades, started Sahasra Deepika to provide education and care for needy children in Bangalore, India. In September 1997 they presented their plan for Sahasra Deepika to friends in the Charleston community at an event at the India Center. They are returning to Charleston, 15 years later, in recognition of the community whose support was integral to bringing Sahasra Deepika from vision to reality.
The nonprofit organization currently provides residential care and education to 54 children ages 4-16, mostly girls, at Sahasra Deepika Institute in Bangalore. These children are either orphans or have only a destitute single parent. Seven of Sahasra Deepika's students are in college now, and ten more girls will be graduating in the spring. In addition to their residential program, Sahasra Deepika conducts an Outreach Program to provide English enrichment to children in the community.
Guests are invited to learn about the organization and participate in its future growth.
The event will be held at the India Center in Charleston, WV at 6:00 p.m. on December 15. It features dinner, screening of a short documentary film about Sahasra Deepika, and an opportunity to hear from the founders about their work. There is no charge to attend the program but advance registration is required. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details. If you can't attend but would like to support the organization, please visit our website, http://sdie.org