Humanity – Thy name is Aashayein Foundation

This photo blog is part of Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity.

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Seeing a hand go up in despair, there were more hands ready to hold. I saw several times a hand dipped in warmth satiating a hungry stomach. Smiles have been shared with bountiful of joys – relieving of pain and sorrows, however momentarily it may be. I have come across many familiar faces who opened the doors of world – book – for these not-so-fortunate children who always wanted to study. These cute innocent faces are so unaware of the worldly materialism that a warm hug is just enough to win their sobbing hearts. I feel blessed to have often heard words like ‘brother’ or ‘sister’ from these little angels and fairies.

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It is not that any of us ever aspired to be remembered as ‘good Samaritan’. But we definitely wanted to touch the right chords of life, known as Humanity. And that’s what few of us have always aspired to do in Aashayein Foundation – be closer to hearts and humanity.

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Aashayein Foundation (AF) is a non-profit organization started in 2007, which aims to provide education to the underprivileged students. I have been running Hyderabad (India) chapter of the Foundation since its inception in 2008. There are a number of dedicated and passionate members, mostly youngsters their twenties or early thirties. Without them, the several stories of humanity in Aashayein Foundation would have been difficult to achieve.

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Bacche Mann ke Sacche (BMKS) is the major project run in AF. In this project, we DSC05460are currently sponsoring the education of 65 underprivileged students in Hyderabad and over 200 students in Bangalore (India). These students come from poor families, having constraints to fulfill the needs of their kid’s education. They are admitted in various government, government-aided and private schools of the city. During last few years, students have passed their school examinations with flying colors. They have now colors of education in their life. Some of them now dream to become doctor someday, some aspire to act, few wants to join police forces and serve the society, and some study to become scientist. Each of them is finding his / her sky. They all are enjoying the fresh air of education, and so many parents have a sense of pride in their hearts. This project would not have been conceived without our generous donors who have adopted the education of students. You can also be part of this project and hold a child’s hand in its journey towards stars.

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All these years, we have run and celebrated the success of several projects, events, fund-raisers, and campaigns. They are all aimed to spread smile on every child’s face and for “nurturing hopes”, as we proudly call it.

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This photo blog is dedicated to the efforts of all those hands and hearts, who have contributed – time, money, efforts and wishes – during our journey. Credit for some of these photos goes to other volunteers of AF as well – Rajesh, Animesh, Snehith, Phani, Srinath, Varun, Bharath, Rakesh. Let me know in case I missed anyone else.

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During this journey of last 8 years, we have come across and visited more than 200 orphanages in Hyderabad where we served Sunday morning breakfast to the children, and spent productive time with them, creatively. These photos capture some of those memories.

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Let me name few children’s homes and NGOs who are doing amazing work in Hyderabad. DSC05469Sphoorti, Sadhana Welfare Home for Mentally challenged children, Serve The Needy (an NGO), Ashray Akruti, Aman Vedika, Aadarana Foundation, Care & Love Children’s Home, Amma Foundation, SriVidhya Center for Special Children, Vaidehi Home for Destitute Girls, Forum for Street Children, HCHW, Shanti Ashram for HIV Kids, GM Foundation Special School.

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52 Responses to Humanity – Thy name is Aashayein Foundation

  1. Pingback: Humanity – Thy name is Aashayein Foundation | Aashayein Foundation Hyderabad

  2. Nice photos and a great project.

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  3. mukhamani says:

    Thank you for sharing and all the best to the whole team who are becoming a part of the lives of so many children.

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  4. csroth3 says:

    Lovely! I am blessed to be able to see such good work and the beautiful faces of happy children.

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  5. nowathome says:

    Education and caring for children will always be close to my heart! Great photo’s

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  6. Ahh… humanity looks its best through the eyes of a child!
    It’s that very gaze that led me to my career as an elementary school teacher. I never thought of my work as a “job.” I’m happy you are blessed with connections to children. I can imagine no better task than contributing to the education of children…
    -Jane

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    • Thanks a lot Jane for your inspiring words. It makes my day.

      You are so true. Its amazing to be amidst them and enjoy seeing their smiles. For me, capturing those smiles is a step forward so that I can share it with everyone. You are so fortunate to enjoy your role as a mentor and guide for these children. 🙂

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  7. Tina says:

    Wonderfull work, I like your photos 🙂

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  8. Wow is the word, all images are a reflection of the theme. Every image is so touching and so human.. great work.

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  9. Aditya says:

    Wow. Just wow. Wonderful work. 🙂

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  10. Anita says:

    Very touching pictures, Suyash. Makes one feel warm inside…

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  11. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Suyash such wonderful photos of the children, very well done 🙂

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  12. Ese' s Voice says:

    So beautiful and touching photos, full of raw, precious emotions. You are doing truly amazing work with the foundation. I think among all the entries I have seen for this week’ s prompt, yours has moved me the most.

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  13. Follygirl says:

    simply wonderful!!!

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  14. thirdeyemom says:

    What a gorgeous entry! The photos are spectacular and the work you are doing is so amazing. I have been to India twice just for a short while but I loved it. I did a social good blogging trip to Delhi last year where I learned of some of the many issues. I would love to meet with you and your wife! How wonderful you live in my hometown! You can email me at: thirdeyemom@yahoo.com and we can talk about a meeting time. I would love to hear more about your work! Nicole

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  15. Wonderful photos and post but even more wonderful is the work your doing. We support some children in India through Compassion International and some years ago, our younger daughter went with a sponsor trip to India and met the girl she’d been sponsoring. She loved it. Keep up the great work!

    janet

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    • suyashchopra says:

      Thanks a lot, Janet for your encouraging words. Glad to know she visited India and appreciated the work done BT Compassion International. So nice to hear that. Thanks once again, Janet. 🙂

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    • Tom says:

      The goal of “Compassion” is to transform a Hindu-society into a Christian society. The children are only tools: “Every child who participates in a Compassion program is given the opportunity to learn about Jesus and discover how to develop a lifelong relationship with God.” And I know how corrupt this organisation is in North Sulawesi, where a Muslim-society has to be transformed in a Christian one It’s part of a worldwide Christian imperialism.

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    • It’s true that Compassion is a Christian group, but they will help any child, Christian or not, and no one is forced to become Christian. They provide food and education to children who wouldn’t be able to afford it otherwise. I’m sorry you think that’s imperialism. I think that’s love.

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    • Tom says:

      It’s a very limited and functionalized love: “The Church is God’s chosen instrument to bring hope to a hurting world and to deliver justice to the poor and oppressed. That’s why Compassion works exclusively in partnership with local churches in developing nations to deliver a holistic child development program.”

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    • It seems to me that it’s a love that meets people where they are and ministers to their needs. Compassion uses local people to do this. That’s the model for many successful programs that “owned” by the people of that country. In India, Compassion helps even the untouchables, who are scorned by many of their own people.

      I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree in this regard. I appreciate your feedback, though.

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    • Tom says:

      The Mother Theresa-syndrom is not about to fight poverty but to save souls. The most holy sacrament is to permanently collect money for the pockets of the priests and church-buildings. Religion splits societies into hostile pieces and by that it is nourishing unrest, civil war and terrorism in underdeveloped countries.
      While I’m sponsoring 4 very poor Muslim-girls, Compassion sponsors the son of a high-rank official because he’s a Christian. And Compassion recomends to be photographed without shoes and not in sunday-clothing because it does look poorer.

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    • All the children we’ve seen for sponsorship, including our two, are from very poor families. Compassion as one of the best records (as certified by an independent group) of money going directly to the care of the children. The Islamic religion also tries to save souls according to their beliefs, as do all religions, so it’s disingenuous to say that it’s OK for Muslims but not for Christians. Compassion doesn’t build churches or pay pastors. It helps the children and their families.

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    • As for photos, all the photos we received from our children show them and their families in their very best.

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    • Thats really nice. Be it any religion, any country, if the children require any needs terms of education, we in Aashayein Foundation definitely tries to help them. We are currently sponsoring students from all faith, without any discrimination.

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    • I agree with you Tom that of late, religion is more involved in dividing people and its true with all religion. Be it Hindus, islamic or christian society, I have seen all of them in India. Today, this whole fight and war around globe is fuelled by religious sentiments and provoked by few individuals with vested interest. I find humanity at stakes till such powers exist. And children are the worst sufferers of war-torn regions. Let’s hope there will be a change, there will be an evolution.

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    • Tom says:

      There are 25-30 Christian sects in Indonesia – mostly US based – which are trying to take over because their invented god has told them to do. They don’t care about Indonesian laws but are trying to make the world believe that they are prosecuted. Most important is a permanent cash-flow to build the biggest church of all. Same situation in China.
      http://insellos.wordpress.com/2014/09/07/parasitre-architektur/

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    • This situation is really deplorable and should not happen. I wish better sense prevails and let humanity choose their own path. Thanks for bringing this to our notice.

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  16. Vee dC says:

    I love the vibrancy of these photographs — and I don’t mean just the colors. 🙂

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  17. words4jp says:

    Your photos are lovely. A perfect capture for the humanity theme:)

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  18. Wonderful work you all do for everyone. May the sun continue to shine on your lives.. wonderful photos!
    lynne

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  19. seeker says:

    Love all your photos.

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