2017 SABHA Newsletter



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IN MEMORIAM





(December 30, 2009- November 24, 2017)

It is with grief that we announce 8 year old Hariprasad Eswaran’s demise on November 24th 2017 after contracting viral fever. He was a 2nd grade student at Lakshmi Narayana School. Hariprasad was a sponsorship beneficiary of SABHA’s Educational Development Fund. A lively and happy child, he will be dearly missed by his teachers and classmates.



IN MEMORIAM





It is with great sadness that we announce the demise of SABHA Beneficiary – Vignesh Govindaswamy (August 24, 1998 – July 22, 2017)

Vignesh, eighteen lived with his widowed mother. He had completed 11th grade, but due to recurrent bleeds, was not able to continue with his education. Vignesh who had severe Factor VIII deficiency with inhibitors suffered a severe spinal cord bleed a few years ago, leaving him a paraplegic. Inhibitors are a serious medical problem that can happen when a person with Hemophilia is resistant to treatment with clotting factor concentrates.

Last year, Vignesh was given FEIBA, an Anti-Inhibitor Coagulant Complex. With treatment and care, he began using a walker for a short time and was looking forward to going back to school in the near future. Unfortunately, being an inhibitor, he had a relapse was bed ridden again.

On July 22nd 2017, he suffered a severe and fatal gastrointestinal bleed. His mother has been through unbelievable hardship. She is a widow who lost one son to Hemophilia some years ago, another son who committed suicide a few months ago leaving behind a very young child. She has now lost Vignesh. Our hearts go out to her.



SABHA APPEAL



APPEAL for Hemophilia Project



An annual sponsorship costs $264 and it will save the life of a child with Hemophilia.

1. Please donate towards our annual sponsorship fund.
Any amount you donate will make a difference.

• There are currently five children waiting for sponsors.


A Tailoring Sewing Machine costs $62.


2. Pleased donate towards the purchase of sewing machines for mothers of children with Hemophilia who have been:

• Abandoned by their husbands.
• Have two or more children with Hemophilia.
• Are widows with two or more children with Hemophilia.




APPEAL for Lakshmi Narayana School Project



Please support the Educational Development Fund.
Help -

• Support the education of girls from underprivileged families.
• Support after school language programs.

•Annual cost to educate a child is $235
•Annual cost to fund an extra class is $215.
•Any amount you donate will make a difference.



2016 SABHA Highlights




HEMOPHILIA


BAKING to SAVE LIVES





Once again, Mrs Christiane Box and her incredible German Bake Team went all out to support SABHA’s Hemophilia Project. Thanks to their compassion and commitment, three mothers of children with hemophilia have been lifted from poverty, abandonment and despair and now have the means to put their skills to use and help support their children. Modest start up funds from SABHA has helped mothers use their skills (jewelry making and tailoring) to support their families. Some women have been abandoned by their husbands and others have husbands who earn less than $50 a month.










LAKSHMI NARAYANA NURSERY and PRIMARY SCHOOL



SABHA‘s Educational Development Fund helps children, particularly girls, to get a good education. With incredible support, we received funding for four children from underprivileged families. Three girls and a boy are now studying at Lakshmi Narayana Nursery and Primary School. We also received funding to augment the salary of a teacher to teach a Hindi language class to prepare 5th grade students to take the State Hindi Exam. This exam opens doors to middle schools anywhere in the country.



Alumna Returns to LNS as a Teacher




Keerthana Kesavan, one of the first female students to graduate from LNS in the 5th Grade in 2004, went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology. She worked for a year as Senior Support Engineer for CSS Corp in Chennai. CSS Corp is a global IT Services and Technology Support company that connects the power of AI, automation, analytics, cloud and digital to address customer needs. Lakshmi Narayana School is extremely proud to welcome her back as a faculty member.









2016 SABHA Newsletter



The 2016 SABHA Newsletter is here. Please download it and share it with friends and family!


SABHA APPEAL



APPEAL for Hemophilia Project



Any amount you donate will make a difference.



1. Donate towards our annual sponsorship fund.

• There are currently four children waiting for sponsors.


2. Donate towards the purchase of sewing machines for mothers of children with Hemophilia who have been:

• Abandoned by their husbands.
• Have two or more children with Hemophilia.
• Are widows with two or more children with Hemophilia




An annual sponsorship costs $264 and it will save the life of a child with Hemophilia. A Tailoring Sewing Machine costs $62.


SABHA Beneficiary - Vignesh Govindaswamy

Vignesh is seventeen and lives with his widowed mother. He has completed 11th grade, but due to recurrent bleeds, has not been able to continue with his education. His mother is unemployed because she cannot leave Vignesh unattended. Vignesh is completely dependent upon his mother. Vignesh and his mother receive a very small amount of money from the Government. The amount is not enough to support them. Vignesh is now an annual SABHA sponsorship recipient, which ensures that he gets nutritious food and funds for transportation to clinics or hospitals. Last year alone, he had about 20 bleeding episodes and was treated with fresh frozen plasma at the closest clinic, which is located 75 miles from his home. Fresh frozen plasma and clotting factor concentrate treatments are free for all hemophiliacs in India.

However, Vignesh who has severe Factor VIII deficiency with inhibitors also suffered a severe spinal cord bleed resulting in paraplegia (paralysis of his legs) and pyelonephritis (kidney infection.)

Inhibitors are a serious medical problem that can happen when a person with Hemophilia is resistant to treatment with clotting factor concentrates. Vignesh has been given FEIBA, an Anti-Inhibitor Coagulant Complex, prescribed for use in hemophilia A and B patients with inhibitors and is given to Hemophilia patients at no charge. The most important objective is to stop the bleeding. FEIBA works to control and prevent bleeding episodes. It is also used as a routine prophylaxis to prevent or reduce the occurrence of bleeding episodes.

Vignesh is now mobile and uses a walker. It is not certain when he will resume his education, but he is healthier and looks forward to going back to school in the near future. Thank you for sponsoring Vignesh!

APPEAL for Lakshmi Narayana School Project




Please support the Educational Development Fund to help -

• Educate children from underprivileged families.
• Augment the salary of a teacher to teach a 3rd language class.

Annual cost to educate a child is $235.

Annual salary for an extra class is$215.

Any amount you donate will make a difference.










2015 SABHA Highlights



HEMOPHILIA





SABHA’s Hemophilia Program now sponsors nine children with genetic bleeding disorders. SABHA has also assisted the mother of a child with Hemophilia in transforming her circumstances and that of her family. The 2015 newsletter highlights her story and that of her son.
On October 27, guest speaker Usha Parthasarathy, former Vice President of Development -Hemophilia Federation of India and currently Coordinator for Save One Life in India, addressed 11th and 12th grade students at Atlanta International School. She spoke about the impact of poverty on the lives of people with Hemophilia.


Usha Parthasarathy with SABHA President, Shanta Kalyanasundaram
and AIS teacher, Tony Locke.






LAKSHMI NARAYANA NURSERY and PRIMARY SCHOOL



Equal education for girls and boys, small class sizes, a well equipped computer lab, library and Smart class technology have all been possible because of competent administration and committed faculty. The school has extended its extra-curricular activities to include community service projects and a vibrant sports program.

Lakshmi2015 Lakshmi2015






ANNUAL GERMAN BAKE SALE



Bake sale Bake sale


Heartfelt thanks go out to Christiane Box, the German bake team, Helga Colella, Katherine Turman, Nadine Marfurt, Urmilla Sethuraman, and many others who have supported the annual German bake sale over the past 5 years.


2014 SABHA Highlights



HEMOPHILIA



• By January 2015 SABHA will support nine children with Hemophilia.


LAKSHMI NARAYANA NURSERY and PRIMARY SCHOOL



• The school has adopted a Community Service Program.
• The Food Fest and Shopper’s Mart fund raising event was a huge success.
• Upgrade of software for the computer lab and library has enhanced learning.


Please read our newsletters (click on the Newsletter tab above) for more information on the work that SABHA does.



Feature Story on Hemophilia



Kristine Vanijcharoenkarn graduated from Atlanta International School in 2005, Co-Founded SABHA with SABHA President Shanta Kalyanasundaram in 2007, completed her Pre-Med at Yale (2005-2009) and went on to Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta. Kristine is now doing her residency at Emory. In 2008, while at Yale, She served at Vijayawada Hemophilia Chapter in India. Kristine is an active advocate for SABHA’s Hemophilia Program.

The Plight of Hemophiliac Children

Imagine being born without the fundamental capability to clot your blood, being unable to run around a playground without the fear that you may bruise your knee or have a brain bleed if you hit your head against the side of the jungle gym. Around 400,000 boys are born with hemophilia around the world each year, and an estimated 75% of these patients do not have access to adequate medication. Many organizations including Save One Life, The Hemophilia Federation of India and SABHA are working to provide rescue [clotting] factor for such patients in the hopes that even without the ability to prevent bleeds in regions that lack factor, the ability to stem life and limb-threatening bleeds exists.

In addition to providing factor, through education SABHA aims to provide hemophiliac children with the means to a sustainable productive life. These children have suffered - physically, mentally, emotionally, and psychologically. Yet, they continue to persevere with hopes and dreams to contribute something to society (many by helping other hemophiliacs), to support their families, and to make something of their lives.

With an incredibly small sum of 73 cents a day (or less than $5.50/week), you could sponsor the education of a hemophiliac child for an entire year.

Any little bit helps, and you would be helping a child take another step closer to meeting his goal against the many odds stacked against him."


Much happened in 2013



2013 SABHA Newsletter



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Personal Initiatives in 2012



2012 SABHA Newsletter



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Hemophilia



SABHA Director, Suzanne Sanborn initiated raising funds to support one more child through the Save One Life Foundation. To learn more about how Safe One Life began click here.


SABHA News



Lakshmi Narayana Nursery and Primary School



In January 2012, SABHA funded the purchase of a generator for Lakshmi Narayanan Nursery and Primary School. The generator provides enough power to support the regular functioning of the school, the school office, and the new EduComp Smart Class that started in June 2012.

LNS LNS classroom


Hemophilia



Through our partnership with Save One Life foundation in Boston, we currently sponsor seven children with hemophilia in South India. Our hope is to grow this annual sponsorship to at least ten children by June 2013. Together, we can serve to transform the lives of poverty stricken families who also face the added burden of supporting a child with hemophilia.


SABHA president, Shanta Kalyanasundaram visited the Chennai, Trichy, and Thirunelveli Hemophilia chapters in Tamil Nadu in March 2012.

Thirunelveli Hemophilia Chapter Chennai Hemophilia Chapter Parents - Tynke ten Lohuis and Sabine Meister
Thirunelveli Hemophilia Chapter Chennai Hemophilia Chapter Trichy Hemophilia Chapter



Thank You!



A special thanks to all our supporters who have helped us to create brighter futures for the children that we serve.


Personal Initiatives in October 2011



Mrs. Rhonda Mott Hill, Director of The International School Winterthur, Zurich took time off her busy schedule to travel to India. She visited Lakshmi Narayana Nursery and Primary School and conducted workshops for teachers and students. She also shared half the cost of the photocopier* that the school needed.

Mrs. Christiane Box of Atlanta International School once again mobilized her German language students and their parents to bake cakes for the annual German Bake Sale to support Bethania. Thank you for the two milking cows with calves in 2009 and your continued dedication and committed support this year to strengthen the Education Trust Fund.

The entire Emory School of Medicine -Class of 2014 came together to sponsor a Hemophilia sufferer from Chennai, Tamil Nadu.


Lakshmi Narayana Nursery and Primary School



This year, we converted and helped to furnish an existing room into a library for the school and have begun to stock it with books. We also donated two computers and a photocopier*. Our goal for 2012 is to build and equip a science class room as well as an art room so that young minds can learn how to perform scientific tasks, observe the results of their experimentation, and tap into their creative skills.


Hemophilia



Through our partnership with Save One Life foundation in Boston, we currently sponsor two children with hemophilia in South India. We have already finalized sponsorship arrangements for three more children and this will begin in January 2012. Our hope is to grow this annual sponsorship to at least ten children by the end of 2012. Together, we can serve to transform the lives of poverty stricken families who also face the added burden of supporting a child with hemophilia.
To learn more about how Safe One Life began click here.


Learn more about Hemophilia



Kristine Vanijcharoenkarn, a founding member and now director of SABHA has spent much time researching the issues and challenges of people living with Hemophilia.

She writes:
"When we think of global health, AIDS, malaria, flu, obesity and diabetes come to mind, but what about hemophilia? Affecting only 205,000 worldwide, it is hardly regarded to be on the same scale as diseases like AIDS, which affects 33.2 million around the globe (World Hemophilia Federation, Youth Aids). Precisely because of its rarity, however, hemophilia has struggled to obtain the type of awareness, support, and funding from the medical and public communities which are present for other disorders. The complications of the disease, like any other health problem, are exacerbated in countries with few resources and a developing infrastructure. Even in the U.S., coverage for hemophilia is extremely costly and unaffordable for some families. Yet somehow in a clinic located in rural Mangalagiri, a town of 100,000 nestled on the coast of Southern India, medical service is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week for these hemophiliacs (also known as sufferers), and medicine is available for free.

Read her entire article, published originally in P.H. The Yale Journal of Public Health, Volume 6, Number 1 in Fall 2008




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