Happy Holidays from the Ashraya Initiative for Children!
We hope that your year has been a happy, healthy and productive one.

A photo of Poonam This year has been full of blessings and we have much to be thankful for. We are so proud of our kids and all of their accomplishments.

This year, we welcomed the addition of Poonam, a six year-old who is vibrant and energetic, into the Residential Program. She has been a wonderful addition to our AIC family. Aakash was accepted to Phillips Exeter Academy Summer Program and in spite of visa issues preventing him from attending, we are proud of how he handled it and the hope he has for next year.

While there is much to celebrate over the past year, we mourn the loss of one of the first children in the Education Outreach Program, Bharti, due to dengue fever. She is constantly missed, and we are doing everything in our power to prevent this from happening to others in our community.

We would not be able to make such progress or persevere through hard times without your continuous support, and for that we are forever grateful. Your support has allowed our children to succeed in school, and to grow into wonderful, responsible, educated and healthy young adults. With so much to be thankful for, we owe a big, big thank you to you - our valued supporters.

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Holiday Season Giving

An example of e-card With the holiday season quickly approaching, we are excited to announce the beginning of our Holiday Campaign!

As in past years, we invite you to celebrate this holiday season in a meaningful way by making a donation in the name of a friend or a relative as a holiday gift; in return, you will be able to send a card to your intended recipient explaining the gift.

This year, we are happy to announce new ways that you can get involved.

* Upon making your donation, you will be able to select and send AIC holiday cards online. Our e-cards can reach your friends and family far and wide!
Make your donation then send the e-card(s).

* We are also offering our annual holiday cards in hardcopy for our supporters in the United States and Canada. Start ordering your cards.

* As always, you may make a donation to AIC through our website. AIC is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, and the gift will be tax-deductible for US taxpayers. Make a donation.

* We're also very excited to offer free Best Wishes e-cards for our supporters. Without donating, you can help AIC this holiday season by e-mailing a free e-card to your friends, relatives and co-workers to help get the word out about AIC! Send free Best Wishes e-cards.

* If you're interested in more creative ways of getting involved, please see our list of fundraising ideas.

We hope you will consider giving to AIC this holiday season. Your donations are integral to ensuring vulnerable and underprivileged children get access to the holistic care they so desperately need. To learn more about our holiday cards, click here.

Education Outreach Program girls with their Diwali gifts Recent updates from Pune
The past few months have been exciting ones for AIC! We are so proud of Pooja, one of the children in our home, who was able to skip from 3rd standard to 5th standard this year! All of her hard work paid off! In addition, we celebrated Diwali with the AIC kids by lighting sparklers, drawing and eating sweets. You may read more about our recent and older updates on our website.

A photo of some of the Residential Program children Thank you for your participation in the Chase Community Giving contest!
We would like to extend a great big thank you to our supporters that voted for us on Facebook for the Chase Community Giving contest. Because of your help in getting the word out and voting for us on Facebook, AIC received $20,000 for Chase Community Giving! Also, we have been selected as one of 17 charities to receive an Advisory Board grant of $30,000. This money will go directly to provide education and support for extremely underprivileged and vulnerable children in Pune, and we cannot thank you enough!

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