August 31, 2023
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In this edition...

President's Remarks
Know your board member
Chicago kicks off Golden Jubilee celebration
ABC explands into more districts
Educational Scholarships - August 2023 Update
VTK Memorial Fund Educational &  Service Award
NY brings digital learning to Vellore ABC schools
North East Ohio rocks with its first fundraiser walkathon
ilter coffee to Nannari sherbet treats Central Ohio Walkers
Chapters continue summer fund raisers

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President's Remarks

The TNF journey is progressing well as we continue making strides in our ABC program by adding more schools to the program.  Our upskilling endeavors for our current teachers concluded before the start of school year. This will equip them well to educate the students based on the latest curriculum updates for this year.

As you are aware, we are in the midst of our annual fund raising events. Most of our chapters are planning various events. Please join these events and support us in all ways which will give us some momentum going into year 2024.  

On October 7th we will be hosting a grand kickoff event in Chicago. The fliers for the event are attached. We invite you to join us with family and friends to attend this event.   

Our team of volunteers are coming together and we could use support from more volunteers. Do reach out to us if you are willing to volunteer, email us to

The school year has begun for all the US students and here’s wishing good luck to all of them.

- Veera

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Know your board member!

 Charity and Service have been part of our Director of Youth Mannar Dhandapani's life, since his young age. Right from his middle school enabling his cricket club turn into a sports-cum-service club to serving on TNF USA board, he has touched many lives through several organizations across India and USA in various roles. He served on the committee that developed India Cultural Garden and installed Mahatma Gandhi Statue in Cleveland, Ohio. His recent works include coaching youngsters to develop public speaking and leadership skills as part of Toastmasters International and co-founding Thamizhosai, a non-profit to promote the use of Tamil in our households.
"During Columbus convention, I learnt how TNF solved the typical logistical and accountability challenges of a non-profit such as ours back in 80's and I knew my next chapter serving the mankind should be written in TNF”, says Mannar who currently focuses on empowering and engaging youth through our TNF Youth LOVES efforts and coaching young professionals committee to be tomorrow’s leaders. He also serves as an editor of our monthly newsletter, Eegai.

Chicago set to kick off Golden Jubilee year celebrations

TNF caught the attention of thousands of spectators along the India day Parade with more than 100 TNF women draped in uniform sarees walked/danced in the parade. The event kicked off the awareness campaign about the upcoming Golden Jubilee celebrations amongst the Chicago community.
The official kick off event for the Golden Jubilee convention will be held on October 7th 2023 at Yellow Box, Naperville IL. Attendees will get a Chicago-style double treat. (see flier in upcoming chapter events)

ABC expands into more districts

TNF is proud to share that ABC project has reached two new districts: Trichy and Thanjavur. With the new school additions (details below), ABC is now serving students in 95 schools across 29 districts. With generous support from TNF donors, we hope to reach the remaining 9 districts soon. The list of schools that join the ever-growing ABC project schools are:
  • ABC project was launched at Government Higher Secondary School, Arasangudi, Trichy district - supported by North East Ohio chapter 
  • Government Higher Secondary School, Kuruvikkarambai, Thanjavur district.
  • Government High School, Chengamangalam, Thanjavur district
  • Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Villivakkam, Chennai district
If you are interested in initiating an ABC project in any of the 9 districts (Chengalpattu, Erode, Kanyakumari, Nilgiris, Perambalur, Thirupathur, Thiruvallur, Villupuram and Virudhunagar), please email

During the current academic year, the soft skills program has taken off in the first quarter itself. A total 2082 students preparing for the public examination in 31 schools have undergone the training, which helps them learn tips to prepare for exams, manage time, build self confidence and gain motivation. More students will receive training the upcoming months.

Educational Scholarships - August 2023 update

During the month, 103 students received scholarships totaling an amount of ₹ 7,23,240/-.
Description # of Beneficiaries Scholarship Amount
(in Rupees)

Educational Assistance to the Destitute and socially abandoned school children 2 ₹ 40,000.00
Educational Assistance to Orphaned Girl Students Project 21 ₹ 1,79,600.00
Manickam & Padmavathy Educational Scholarship Project 1 ₹ 20,000.00
CM Educational Assistance and Rural Development Project 1 ₹ 10,000.00
Scholarship support to Government Aided school students 40 ₹ 2,93,500.00
Savithiri Rani & Venkatachalam Educational Scholarship 2 ₹ 40,000.00
TNF Scholarship for orphaned/semi-orphaned children due to COVID 19 pandemic - GATS 31 ₹ 85,000.00
TNF Scholarship for orphaned/semi-orphaned children due to COVID 19 pandemic 2 ₹ 32,140.00
Kavignar S Karunandham Memorial Educational Scholarship 2 ₹ 13,000.00
TNF TN Chapter 1 ₹ 10,000.00
  103 ₹ 7,23.240.00

VTK Memorial Fund Educational and Service Award

The VTK Memorial Fund Educational and Service awards were given to five students.
District ABC School Student Name Marks
(Out of 500)
Service rendered
Sivagangai Government Higher
Secondary School,
R Sakthivel 487 National Green
Corps, Social
Coimbatore              TSA Government Higher
Secondary School,
R. Kanishka 485 Social activities
Tenkasi AMC Government
Higher Secondary School,
K. Kavisha 477 Social activities
Dindigul Nehruji Government
Model Higher
Secondary School,
R. Mohanapriya                     477 Tree planting
Cuddalore Government Adi
Dravidar Welfare Higher
Secondary School,
M. Nithyasri 456 Block level
held by Government

Each awardee received a sum of ₹ 20,000 in the form of a fixed deposit certificate on August 15th 2023 during the Independence day celebrations. Upon maturity, they will be able to use the funds for their higher studies. This award has created lot of enthusiasm amongst the students.

NY brings digital learning to Vellore ABC schools

Digital learning plays a critical component in students growth in the recent times, yet the facility is out of reach for many. Thanks to Mr Roopak and his son Mr Dilan from New York chapter who came forward to change it in the three ABC schools in Vellore district and set an example.

Each ABC school supported by New York chapter in Vellore district received 10 nos of chrome books along with headphones and speakers. This project help establish digital class rooms in the schools. Mr Roopak, who not only opened his heart but also provided his personal time, effort and expertise in procuring/setting up the computers, on completion of the project, said "It It was overwhelming in so many ways, it's changed us forever, hard to convey the emotions".  

The first of its kind project took a lot of effort from many, but the seamless coordination amongst the donors, NY chapter committee, TNF USA Board and TNF Chennai made it possible. We hope this will be beginning of helping all the ABC schools get digital classrooms.

North East Ohio rocks with its first fundraiser walkathon!

Much like the 90's soundtrack Cleveland Rocks, TNF North East Ohio (Cleveland, Akron & Canton) chapter created a new track North East Ohio Rocks during its first fundraiser walkathon. 100+ supporters came together for the first time to celebrate the chapter's successful journey so far and addition of a new School at Arasangudi, Trichy to its portfolio. The Mayor of City of Richfield Michael Wheeler flagged off the walk, awarded Presidential Volunteer Service Awards to the Youth LOVES kids and recognized the summer interns who served in Chennai during summer. The attendees enjoyed a traditional breakfast while opening their hearts to  help ABC project.

Filter coffee to Nannari sherbet treats Central Ohio Walkers

Central Ohio welcomed 160+ walkers who helped raise more than 10,000 dollars with traditional breakfast, filter coffee and nannari sherbet to its 7th Annual Walkathon. The funds raised will continue to support ABC projects at six schools in Nagapttinam district. The event was filled with information sharing and youth activities. 

Chapters continue summer fund raisers - Support your nearest one!

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