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Weekend Video: Penny’s Heart


This weekend’s video is a heartwarming documentary about a little girl Penny who received a heart transplant on March 31, 2010. Penelope Gorman or Penny as people call her lovingly,  is a beautiful and charming little girl who developed heart complications at the age of 2. Her heart was enlarged and doctors diagnosed her with Dilated Cardiomyopathy. When all medications failed, doctors had no other options left but to attach an external device called Berlin Heart from outside which would assist her heart in pumping. She was kept on heart transplant list and then onwards the family kept waiting for the call that would tell them they got a heart available for their daughter. Watch the documentary to know more about the story.

Penny is healthy now with her new heart but then again there is always a risk of body rejecting the new heart. But the good news is that she is progressing well and we hope for the best.

Leave a Comment December 11, 2010

Asha Varta 2010- Asha UFlorida Newsletter

Asha UFlorida chapter has released it’s annual newsletter AshaVarta2010 and the volunteers have done an awesome job of compiling all the information regarding various projects and activities. You can access the pdf version of newsletter here. Kudos to efforts of all Asha UFlorida volunteers. If you are planning to donate this season of giving, Asha for Education is another great organization you should consider.

Leave a Comment December 11, 2010

Recipe For Hope Campaign

After a long break from blogging, I am back! During this break, I visited my family in India and as always the trip was awesome. Getting back to blogging, there’s lots of catching up to be done as lots have happened in the science world over the past month. Without any further delay lets get started.

During the past few years lots of research has been done in understanding Autism, but still lots more to be done and good research needs funding. Along with research, its also important to raise awareness about autism spectrum related disorders and help out families affected by autism. Autism Science Foundation aims to achieve these objectives and needs support of generous donors. During this season of giving, you have got an opportunity to be part of Autism Science Foundation’s RecipeForHope campaign. Visit their website and helpout in whatever way you can. Happy Giving!!

http://www.recipe4hope.org/

Leave a Comment December 10, 2010

DonorsChoose.org

DonorsChoose.org is a great organization which is in it’s 10th year of connecting public school classrooms and general public like us so that classroom needs can be met. Public school teachers in US spend lots of money from their own pocket for providing quality education and making learning fun and innovative. Requirements of classroom can range anything from pencils, books to computers , musical instruments and so on. Teachers send their class requirements to Donorschoose.org, people donate on specific projects and then funds are sent to the school.  You’ll get photos of your project taking place, a thank-you letter from the teacher, and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent. If you give over $100, you’ll also receive hand-written thank-you letters from the students. Donation amount can be as little as $5.

I have set up a Science is Beautiful giving page and you can donate any amount to any of those selected classroom projects or any other project you want. I have selected projects from Florida and Ohio; take a look at them and start giving!! Happy giving!

Leave a Comment October 15, 2010

Sad Picture of The Day

The picture is sad and disturbing. They need to have books in their hands not spade, cricket ball not stones and pebbles. The picture was taken at one of the construction sites in front of Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium, New Delhi during Jan 30, 2010, the month India celebrates Republic Day. I am not sure if the construction site was related to Commmonwealth Games, but its very much possible that it was. Commonwealth games brought many migrant workers to New Delhi looking for work and with them they also brought their children and they could be seen working in these sites and many organizations tried to help out these children and families. Even Asha for Education UFlorida chapter recevied a proposal from one of the NGOs for these kids but due to various reasons the project couldn’t be funded, one of them being lack of volunteer bandwidth. Kids working for bread and milk, its sad 🙁 If this picture stirs you inside, do join any of your nearby organization which works for children and do whatever minimum you can do. Committed volunteers needed!!

“We must be the change we wish to see in the world”- Gandhi
 

Picture credit: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images/ Boston.com Bigpicture

Leave a Comment September 30, 2010

The Girl Effect


Give a girl a chance and she can change the world, that’s The Girl Effect. The conditions of girl child living in poverty in developing countries is miserable. It’s hard for most of us to even imagine what they have to go through just becase they were born in a poor family. I am glad various organizations have taken up the cause of focusing on girl child, but still a lot need to be done which calls for collective action from not-for-profit organizations, policy makers and individuals. A girl child if given a chance can change the whole scenario drastically, what she needs is just an opportunity. So spread the word and do your bit. Here are some facts compiled by girleffect.org .

  • Approximately one-quarter of girls in developing countries are not in school.
  • Out of the world’s 130 million out-of-school youth, 70 percent are girls.
  • When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children.
  • Research in developing countries has shown a consistent relationship between better infant and child health and higher levels of schooling among mothers.
  • When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90 percentof it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 percent for a man.
  • One girl in seven in developing countries marries before age 15.
  • One-quarter to one-half of girls in developing countries become mothers before age 18; 14 million girls aged 15 to 19 give birth in developing countries each year.
  • A survey in India found that girls who married before age18 were twice as likely to report being beaten, slapped, or threatened by their husbands as were girls who married later.
  • Medical complications from pregnancy are the leading cause of death among girls ages 15 to 19 worldwide. Compared with women ages 20 to 24, girls ages 10 to 14 are five times more likely to die from childbirth, and girls 15 to 19 are up to twice as likely, worldwide.
  • 75 percent of 15- to 24-year-olds living with HIV in Africa are female, up from 62 percent in 2001.

 Video: girleffect.org | Patty| Mighty Nice

1 Comment September 27, 2010

Empowered By The Bicycle

Link Tv is running ViewChange Online Film contest for short films which showcases strong and powerful stories of empowerment, progress and development in developing countries. There are many amazing movies; you can vote for them till Sep 15. This particular  film is a part of feature length documentary ” With My Own Two wheels” which tells stories of individuals who have been empowered by humble bicycle, the same bicycle which for many of us is a choice of lifestyle , while for some it can be a tool for empowerment.  The film shows that for empowering people large amounts of funds are not required, what is required is a group of dedicated people and proper vision and good things will happen. Dedication and motivation of Bharati is incredible and I wish her all the best. Such kids need our help and support and they will achieve great heights in life. Such stories make me feel how lucky I am to have to all the opportunities in life and I should stop complaining about little things I don’t have.

Leave a Comment September 5, 2010

Help Empower – Work An Hour

Your donation of $10-20 can have far reaching impact on lives of hundreds and thousands of underprivileged children in India.  There are 13 projects this year which have been selected for Work an Hour, annual fund-raising campaign by Asha for Education. These projects need your support and I request you to donate symbolically one hour of your salary or more and also ask your friends to do the same. Let’s be the change we wish to see in the world.

PS: You can choose project as “Rehabilitation center for Blind Women” and chapter affiliation as “Cincinnati” in donation forms.

Leave a Comment September 1, 2010

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