It's getting to that time of the year again here in Kerala, where there's a definite buzz in the air, flowers and fruits start getting more abundant (and more expensive by the looks of it), and family starts making travel plans to get home.
At The Ashoka Tree, we're getting together to collect clothes for women and children to be distributed in the high ranges, in Idukki district, for families that might otherwise not be able to afford new clothes for the festive season.
Get in touch with us to know more.
Here's to another "Athi-Sundar Library" in the temple town of Madurai in Tamil Nadu.
Let's get reading everyone!
"If you think education is expensive, try estimating the cost of ignorance."
This past week has been spent with continuing education and training for supervisors from the Integrated Child Development Scheme in South India.
We're grateful to be able to continue learning with people who inspire us to be better every day.
There are evenings that make you grateful for everything that you have, everything you can do and everything you were able to do today.
This evening was one of the best.
We're grateful to be alive, grateful to be able to work with likeminded folks and even more grateful to be able to help the number of people we do today.
It's the little things that make this ride worthwhile.
The first of our monthly career option discussions.
Thank you Mr. Jagadeesh Kanna for getting us started with so much fun - helping our children dream of getting their own wings, making them believe they can fly.
If anyone called out "Sundar!" (his name means beautiful in Hindi), he'd always reply
- "Athi-Sundar", which essentially meant 'beyond beautiful.'
In dedication to him, and what he started as a little girl's love for books, giving me my first books saying "this is for your library", the Athi-Sundar Library Project is dedicated to my dad. It's been over 4 years since he's been gone, but his memory keeps me striving to do more - and I know he'd be proud of where The Ashoka Tree is today and the projects we have. This particular project is something that means much more than people will ever know.
What began as a single book from my #Dad is now a whole community #library being built everywhere, across the country. The “Athi-Sundar Library” Project is something that’s always going to be special for all of us here at #TheAshokaTree - because we know that the first page is an entry to a whole new world, where great things can happen both in your mind and in the real world. Sweet dreams are made of these. Thank you to everyone who’s helped make this a reality. A first in the beginning of many. #earlychildhoodeducation #reading #bettertogether #tomorrow
So much to be worried about, and yet - so much to smile about too!
Let’s look at the brighter side of life - count our blessings - learn to be grateful for every extra day, every extra person we meet, every extra smile.
May this #holi bring you joy and happiness in abundance & the goodwill to be kinder to everyone you meet today & every day moving on.
#HappyHoli2022 #Smile#BecauseYoureWorthIt #TheAshokaTree