About Sheryl Hoye

Sheryl Hoye is the President of the Kiran Anjali Project.
6 12, 2016

An Orphan Gets a Leg Up

By | December 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|

These girls have improved their English language skills thanks to a grant from The Kiran Anjali Project.

These girls have improved their English language skills thanks to a grant from The Kiran Anjali Project.

The Kiran Anjali Project was thrilled when our newest sponsored program, Baale Mane, a home for neglected girls, submitted a proposal to fund a summer English language intensive course for the girls at their facility. The lack of English ability was a major roadblock for many of the girls, preventing them from qualifying for admission into high-quality English-medium private schools. The girls’ only option became the local government school with a student to teacher ratio of 1:80. Baale Mane’s English intensive turned out to be a huge success. Each of the girls made progress, measured by pre-test and post-test scores.  In fact, some more than doubled their scores! By the time the program concluded, eight primary school girls were able to transfer to an English-medium school! English is important because it is required for government jobs and university admission in India.

Ten-year-old Maitreyee was one of the girls who benefited. This shy and withdrawn girl had a very rough start in life. Orphaned when she was a baby, Maitreyee was sent to live with an alcoholic aunt who forced her to beg on the streets.  After a few short-term intuitional placements, she came to live at Baale Mane in 2015. Being very bright and able, she started to do well in government school even though it was limiting. Once she started on the summer English intensive program, her confidence and language ability skyrocketed. She now attends an English-medium school where the possibilities for her are endless.

Maitreyee, and the other girls at Baale Mane now have brighter futures with the power of education. This incredible transformation would not have been possible without the generous support of the donors at The Kiran Anjali Project.  Take pride in their accomplishments and stay tuned for continued stories of changed lives. Thank you for your support!

7 06, 2016

Hats Off to Graduates!

By | June 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Carnation Learning Center celebrates their pint-sized graduates.

Carnation Learning Center celebrates their pint-sized graduates.

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” – Dr. Seuss

It is a proud occasion for The Kiran Anjali Project as we celebrate the 2016 graduates. All the girls from the 10th class at The Wings School for Girls have done well on the state exams and have qualified for junior college. The young students at Carnation Learning Center have graduated from preschool and are advancing to primary school with after-school support at the center. And our newest sponsored program, Baale Mane, will have 5 girls starting junior college in the new academic year. The students from The Wings School for Girls and Baale Mane are supported through the Kiran Anjali Project’s Plus2 Scholarship Program. We see this as a vital initiative since only 30% of girls in India continue in school past age 15.

The State Board of Secondary Education exam is the end-all-be-all for 10th class students in India. Over 500,000 students took the exam in Telangana, the state where The Wings School for Girls is located.  The threshold for passing is only 35%. The Wings’ students exceeded the minimum pass rate with scores ranging from 65% to 87%. Additionally, Wings was one of 2,379 schools that could boast a 100% pass rate. Most of the schools that achieved this distinction are elite high-tuition schools, making Wings’ performance all the more impressive.

The Carnation Learning Center results are equally admirable. Each of this year’s 12 graduates was required to take an entrance exam for admission into a private school near the center and they all did very well. Graduation day at Carnation Learning Center was a fun-filled event with awards and accolades as parents, teachers, and students celebrated together.

The Baale Mane students come from extremely disadvantaged backgrounds. Many have already scaled a metaphorical mountain just to survive, such as 17 year old Ayushi. She received high marks on her 10th standard exams and will be enrolled at St Theresa’s Triveni PUC College studying arts with a special focus on English. Ayushi’s mother had re-married and was neglecting her, working occasionally as an informal sex worker and the family was periodically homeless. It was very unsafe for Ayushi, who is now thriving at Baale Mane. She has aspirations to go on to college become an English teacher. Her dream is possible with support from the Plus2 Scholarship Program.

Together we will all celebrate the great places our students will go thanks to your generosity.  Three cheers for the graduates and the donors who made dreams their come true!

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