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September 2013
VT Seva
Your Support is our Strength to Serve

Latest Activities in US
Message from VT Seva CEO

VT Seva will be entering into 5th year soon. It has become a role model by supporting various service pillars - Empowerment of Visually Challenged using latest technology, Transforming the lives of tribal communities by providing quality education, Cancer prevention & screening and Environmental Protection. VT Seva has also supported healthcare needs of underprivileged patients by providing required financial assistance for the treatment.


All the team members of VT Seva are doing their part in taking the organization forward and it is making a steady progress in serving the society. All the branches are motivating local volunteer teams and philanthropists by organizing walk-a-thons, awareness activities, cultural programs and health seminars, all aimed towards benefiting the underprivileged and local communities.


Youth is actively participating in all these programs and it adds a great meaning to the final result. We have observed that some branches are setting a good trend by not only accomplishing the objectives of their projects but also by exceeding them. For instance, Vasantham event in Parsipanny, NJ initiated by Smt. Anjani, started with a goal of supporting the education of Netra Degree College only, but ended up with supporting most of the students from Netra Junior College too.  We have observed similar results through Utsav in Seattle and Tarangini in Dallas. This shows how volunteers are dedicated to the causes and committed to the results with good support from all the team members and local people. We need to consolidate all these individual efforts and results to effectively present as overall accomplishments of the organization.


This is right time to set goals for ourselves as an organization and stride towards the targets. We should make the existing branches stronger and also plan to add two to three branches in every state in the upcoming year.  This will enable us in doing more activities by building new volunteer teams. Any activity we do should not be a firefighting activity. Consistency is very important. Planning annual events well ahead is a good practice to follow. While conducting an activity, we should engage one and all. Communication is the key. Everyone should know about it. So, reach out to all.


Our volunteers are really dedicated and hardworking. All the teams are doing yeomen services. However, there is a scope for improvement in presentation skills. With proper presentation, we can engage more like minded people to make a bigger impact on the society through service.


Our mangalasasanams to you all!


Jai Srimannarayana!



Sport meets Service in New York and Detroit
"They may not be able to see, but they have vision." speaks for the cause. VT Seva Albany in partnership with Albany Telugu Association is organizing 2nd annual Volleyball tournament on Sep 14th and Sep 15th to raise awareness and funds towards education of visually challenged. Click here for more details. 
VT Seva Detroit is conducting Volleyball tournament on Sep 15th at Founders Sports Park. Click here for more details.
5K Walk for the Visually Challenged
Boston team is organizing 3rd annual 5K walk on Sep 28th at Hopkinton State Park to raise awareness and funds to educate visually challenged students of Netra Junior College. Click here for more details.


Click on 2012 and 2011 for pictures of previous walk-a-thons.
Step Into Color - 5K Run/Walk-A-Thon, Environmental Fair
VT Seva Houston received a grant of $5000 United EcoSkies community grant to raise awareness about the use of biodegradable and reusable material and organize a walkathon to emphasize environmental protection.  
Houston team is organizing the 5K Run/Walk-A-Thon on Sep 28th at Oyster Creek Park. Click here for more details.



3rd Annual Cancer Awareness Walk-A-Thon
Dallas team is organizing 3rd annual Cancer awareness walk-a-thon on Oct 5th at Russell Creek Park to battle against Cancer to support the fighters, admire the survivors and honor the taken. Click here for more details. Click on pictures and videos of 2012 walk-a-thon.
Celebrate Success of the Visually Challenged
Seattle team is organizing Utsav (2nd annual event) to celebrate success of the blind on October 26th. Utsav 2012 was a huge success. The event raised funds to support the education of 100% of the students of Netra Vidyalaya at Vizag.



Invasive Plant Removal
Tampa team has taken up a volunteer project at Hillsborough River State Park for September 28th, dealing with exotic invasive plant removal by hand (Environmental Protection).

The team has successfully done "Feeding America" on August 24th. Click here for more details. They have also volunteered for food distribution on July 20th at a local temple.



Bay Area and Washington DC teams are also regularly organizing programs to serve homeless by engaging youth volunteers.
'Vasantham' lived to its name - Spring of Joy and Hope
VT Seva, NJ Parsipanny team organized its 2nd annual fundraising cultural event VASANTHAM 2013', a fun filled evening with dance, music and food on Saturday, June 15th 2013 at Madison High School, Madison, New Jersey. 

Click here for pictures of the event. For detailed report, click here.

Youth Empowerment - Volunteering in local community
June 2013 - Hunger/homeless Relief: We volunteered at San Antonio Food Bank by involving on food packagin. This was the first event in San Antonio with 26 volunteers, organized and led by Praneetha Billa. This event was a great success and the enthusiasm in the youngsters was noteworthy.

August 2013 - Education: ST.PJ's children's home, to tutor. The event was organized by Dr.Mrudula Thangada and led by youngster Gopinath Thangada to tutor kids between the ages of 6 to 12. The team covered 4 subjects - Math, English, Science and Geography. All the youngsters participated in this event showed positive attitude and are excited to be part of tutoring. Kids at St.PJs enjoyed time spent with VT Seva volunteers. Our team is looking forward for more activities in future.

Click here for pictures of the event. For detailed report, click here.
Latest Activities & Updates from India
State First in Singing Competition 
A visually challenged student of Netra Vidyalaya, Parameshwar Rao won state 1st in Singing competition competing with regular singers. He attributed his success to the encouragement by VT Seva founder HH Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji, School In-charge team and the teaching faculty.
Seattle team is sponsoring the education of all students of this school and Pennsylvania team has sponsored the school supplies (shoes and socks) this year.
On a relevant note, Netra Vidyalaya moved from Vizianagaram to Vizag and has started classes for this academic year. 
Academic Excellence and Awesome Job Placements
Recently the first batch of Netra Degree College students recorded 100% pass rate where as the Osmania University (the one we are affiliated to)  pass rate throughout the state is only 50%. Cheers to teachers and students! 
50% of total students of Intermediate 2nd year, Netra Junior College got Central Board Scholarship.
All the B.Com (Computers) students secured distinction, 8 B.A. (HEP) secured 1st division and remaining 3 secured second division.

Here are job placement details of our alumni -
  1. Ms. Vijaya Durga - Assistant Director for Disabled Office, Nizamabad
  2. Ms. Vara Laxmi - P.W.D. Office, Zaheerabad, Medak
  3. M. Ramesh - Central Bank of India, H.O. Koti, Hyderabad
  4. Mr. Rajasekhar - State Bank of Hyderabad
  5. Ms. Swathi - Assistant Director for Disabled, Ranga Reddy District
  6. Ms. Salma - Primary School Teacher, Ananthapur
  7. Ms. Laxmi - Selected for Group IV, APPSC
  8. Mr. Srinivas - Selected for Group IV, APPSC
Here are the details of our alumni graduates who are pursuing further studies -
  1. Mr. Ranganna - Central University, Hyderabad
  2. Mr. Eswar Rao - D.I.E.T., Srikakulam
  3. Mr. Sai Kumar - Selected for PG in Political Science, 7th Rank in Central University, Hyderabad
  4. Mr. Shashidhar  Babu - Selected for PG in M.Com - 5th Rank in S.K.U. University, Ananthapur. PG in M.Com - 152nd Rank in Osmania University, Hyderabad
  5. Ms. Prajwala Rani - Selected for PG (MA History) - 22nd Rank, Andhra Univsersity, Vizag
Internships at SOAIS (MNC), Bengaluru - Mr. Shashidhar Babu, Mr. Ramanjaneyulu, Mr. Nagendra, Mr. Venkatesh
Cancer Prevention & Screening Camps
Vizianagaram has conducted a free cancer awareness medical camp in Konda Kerakam village in Vizianagaram mandal on September 3rd at 3 PM. About 160 Women of the village have attended and underwent different medical tests. Dr Sudhakumari (Women and child) of P V R Hospitals has conducted a number of required tests pertaining to chest and uterus problems.
Sri Cherukuri Sridhar, Organising Secretary, Srirama Bhakta Tarangini donated medicines to the patients on behalf of Cherukuri trust. Smt N Sakuntala Naidu co-ordinator of VT Seva, Arogya Vikas Vizianagaram and members of VT Seva organized this medical camp successfully. 

Shri P Gouri Naidu Village Sarpanch cooperated in organizing this free medical camp. Dr Sudhakumari has also expressed her wilingness to impart training to the members of VT Seva to bring awareness in women about different cancer diseases.
Few more Medical Camps are done by JIMS (VT) in collaboration with Omega Cancer Hospital and Maxivision eye Hospital. 
JIMS Hospital Updates
The JIMS charitable hospital in Hyderabad has performed it's first laproscopic hernia. The 80 bed state-of-the-art hospital offers a unique combination of Homeopathy & Allopathy in treating patients from ailments. It is also equipped with a Trauma Center to deal with casualties.

Holistic Change to develop Role Model Villages
Using the Chase Community Giving Grant, VT Seva is making a good positive impact in more than 70 thandas (tribal settlements).
The youngsters appointed as facilitators for this project are actively going to thandas on daily basis in groups and making a positive impact. They are trained thoroughly and sent to the project onsite. The progress is being monitored meticulously by VT India team and VT Seva. Our US board members and few young volunteers have visited the thandas in person sites to have a first hand experience how the project is making progress. Focus is mainly on the following areas.
  • Education - Our facilitators have joined many school dropouts back in school. Most of them are admitted into schools for tribals supported by VT Seva. Night classes are conducted in various thandas to educate not only the children, but also illiterate adults.
  • Health Care - The villagers/tribals are counselled by our facilitators in the local tribal dialect to improve hygiene and health. First aid treatment training is offered to all of them.
  • Environmental Protection - The tribals are educated not to cut the trees. They are counselled by our facilitators. We have also involved them in planting saplings. The Department of Forest is also engaged in this initiative.
  • Tribal Rights - The tribals are educated about their rights by engaging Department of Tribal Welfare, Senior IAS officers, relelvant Government officials etc. Our facilitators have been successful in not only educating them, but also in approaching and getting their deserved government funds for new mothers, disaster relief funds for farmers, sewing machines for unemployed etc.