April 30, 2023
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In this edition...

Are we successful? - President's remarks
ABC Project Evaluations - Assessments & Independent study results
BMI level normalizes in nutrition project beneficiaries
Educational Scholarships - April 2023 Update

Bay Area kicks off 2023 chapter events with a bang!
Upcoming Chapter Events - Don't miss them!
Join American Tamil Medical Association Convention

Enrich this summer for your child with TNF internship
Register for Presidential Volunteer Service Award 2023
Monthly Project Highlight!

Special Occasion

Encourage your children to make a difference on their special day! Teach them the magic to turn their gifts into generosity by buying school supplies to the under-privileged!

Are we successful?

As schools get ready to end their academic year, it is a good time for us to evaluate whether our money and efforts are indeed making a difference. We continuously evaluate the progress made by ABC students through various assessments and the results have been very encouraging. Results of recent evaluation is shared below. We spoke to Tmt. Selvi, Head Mistress, Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Thirumayam, Pudukottai district. During the conversation, she mentioned that the impact that ABC project and teachers continue to make will result in the School having no slow learners in the future. This sentiment is echoed by many school staff across Tamil Nadu and thank you for all your support in making this happen.

TNF board is working hard to make our 49th annual convention a memorable one. I hope to meet you on the cruise ship and discuss how we can expand our reach and impact in the coming years. If you are not able to join us, stay tuned for more information about our future plans as we step into our Golden Jubilee year.
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M Subramaniya Siva, an 8th grade ABC student from Thoothukudi district received a scholarship amount of Rs. 12,000 per annum by writing National Means cum Merit Scholarship test. Congratulations to Siva and his ABC teacher who coached him to improve his English and Math skills! From a slow learner to a winner of a prestigious scholarship is a true success story for him, the ABC teacher, ABC project and Tamil Nadu Foundation.

ABC Project Evaluations - Assessments & Independent study results

We evaluated ABC student's performance during 2022-23 by assessing their reading, writing and math skills continuously. As the year progressed, we saw a consistent improvement across the board with an overall improvement of 30% as of Feb 28, 2023. Out of 5431 ABC students we helped, 1673 were moved to regular classes. Thoothukudi district recorded the maximum improvement of 66.7%.

Students pursuing Masters degree in Social work at Madras School of Social Work conducted a study on the effectiveness of ABC Project in Government Boys High School, Mogappair East, Chennai. Following are some of the encouraging data points they shared in their findings:

  • 33.3% of ABC students score relatively higher now
  • 32.5% of ABC students are able to solve math problems with confidence.
  • 35% of ABC students are proficient in English reading
  • 62.5% of ABC students are proficient in Tamil reading.  

BMI level normalizes in nutrition project beneficiaries

  A student trainee conducted a study on the effectiveness of nutrition supplement project at Government Boys High School, Mogappair East, Chennai, has found that 48.5% of the 6th grade students who took the porridge every day show an improved and normal BMI level compared to the beginning of the academic year. The study further suggests to expand for other grades also. 

Educational Scholarships - April 2023 update

During the month, 102 students received scholarships totaling an amount of
₹ 13,61,300.
Description # of Beneficiaries Scholarship Amount
(in Rupees)
Educational Assistance to Orphaned Girl students 21 ₹ 2,88,000.00
Arumugam & Gurunatha Educational Scholarship 3 ₹ 65,000.00
Senthil Mahadevan & Uma Senthil Educational Scholarship 3 ₹ 60,000.00
VTK Memorial Educational Scholarship 17 ₹ 85,000.00
Sivasubramaniam Memorial Educational Scholarship 1 ₹ 15,300.00
Dr Ramadass Abboy Memorial Educational Scholarship 57 ₹ 8,48,000.00
  102 ₹ 13,61,300.00

Bay Area kicks off 2023 chapter events with a bang!

Bay Area hosted its 5k Walkathon amidst a lot of enthusiasm from supporters at Quarry Lakes Park, Fremont, CA on April 1st. "No one was fooled on this day" reports Ms Meena Natesan, the Chairperson. The weather made it a "do good, feel good" event. The stunning view of lakes and hills motivated the walkers to raise $7,000 (and counting) to support the ABC project at Government schools of Chennai, sponsored by Bay Area chapter. Thank you to all walkers, donors, supporters and volunteers! A special thanks to event sponsors!  

Upcoming Chapter Events - Show up! Show your support!

Join ATMA Convention 2023

Enrich this summer for your child with TNF internship

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Presidential Volunteer Service Award - 2023 registration is open

TNF is a certifying organization to recognize volunteers. More than ten youngsters across three chapters spent hours volunteering in TNF activities and in their local community and qualify to receive the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. We are now opening registrations for the year 2023. Encourage your children to register, volunteer and get recognized for their efforts.  Learn more and register at https://tnfusa.org/tnf-presidents-volunteer-service-award-pvsa/ 

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