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What If It Was You?

May 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on What If It Was You?

The Kiran Anjali Project provides educational scholarships to residents of Baale Mane, a home for needy girls outside Bangalore. Imagine yourself or any little girl you know growing up in the slums, to an HIV positive sex worker mother and a father [...]

An Orphan Gets a Leg Up

December 6th, 2016|Comments Off on An Orphan Gets a Leg Up

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 [...]

Hats Off to Graduates!

June 7th, 2016|Comments Off on Hats Off to 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 [...]

My School is My Family: The 2015 Site Visits

November 10th, 2015|Comments Off on My School is My Family: The 2015 Site Visits

KAP President, Sheryl Hoye, with the six Wings' graduates who have received KAP scholarships to attend high school. I look forward to our annual site visits; there is no substitute for chatting over chai with program leaders and hearing directly from the [...]

Celebrate a Girl

September 22nd, 2015|Comments Off on Celebrate a Girl

Artwork by Juliette Benazra October 11th is the third annual International Day of the Girl, an awareness day established by the United Nations to highlight the plight of poor girls in developing countries. The Kiran Anjali Project’s guiding principal is a belief [...]

Wings Girls Beat the Odds

June 1st, 2015|Comments Off on Wings Girls Beat the Odds

All of Wings School’s Class 10 girls passed their state board exams! This year's Class 10 girls when they started at Wings in 2009. That was the call I got at the crack of dawn a couple of weeks ago from Grace. “It’s [...]

In Honor of All Kinds of Mothers

May 6th, 2015|Comments Off on In Honor of All Kinds of Mothers

When I think back on all the mother figures I have had in my life there are too many to count. I have been fortunate enough to have a great mom, strong grandmothers, older cousins, doting aunts, inspiring teachers, female supervisors, and girlfriends to nurture [...]

Grace’s Great American Adventure

April 3rd, 2015|Comments Off on Grace’s Great American Adventure

Grace enjoyed meeting supporters at the Seattle fundraiser luncheon. In the summer of 2013 I was visiting the Wings School for KAP’s annual site visit. Grace, the school’s founder and director, said, “I want to visit America. Do you think it is possible?” [...]

In a Perfect World – Part 2

December 11th, 2014|Comments Off on In a Perfect World – Part 2

In a perfect world home is a safe place. Children do not fear their parent will harm them or worry their mother will be battered. Yet, sadly, domestic violence is a tragic reality for many of the girls who go to Wings School. The national [...]

Kick Like a Girl 2014

December 1st, 2014|Comments Off on Kick Like a Girl 2014

The Wings team competed in the 2013 National Tae Kwon Do Championships. Several girls won medals. My first trip to India was in 1994. Sunil, my husband, and I had a desert holiday in Rajasthan. Last stop was Udaipur, then back to Delhi [...]

Wings 5th Anniversary

October 2nd, 2014|Comments Off on Wings 5th Anniversary

Six years ago the Wings School was just a dream. When Grace Rajkumar shared her vision of a school for poor girls I said “Let’s do it!”  What a thrill to return to India to celebrate the school’s fifth anniversary. Linda, Grace, Kiran and [...]

First Day of School

May 12th, 2014|Comments Off on First Day of School

On a musty monsoon morning in June, mother and daughter are up early getting ready for the first day of school. It’s hard to tell which one is more nervous as Mother carefully grooms her daughter per Miss Grace’s instructions. Mother keeps looking over [...]

Periods and Potties: Two Reasons Wings’ Girls Rarely Miss School

February 11th, 2014|Comments Off on Periods and Potties: Two Reasons Wings’ Girls Rarely Miss School

Older Girls at Wings School Here are a couple of things you might not think of when it comes to access to education for poor girls in India: sanitary products and clean, functioning toilets. These aren’t factors that people want dwell on [...]

Running Challenge

December 17th, 2013|Comments Off on Running Challenge

Over the years our supporters have come up with some creative ways to raise funds for KAP. KAP supporters Jane Bove and Cheryl Dartt created the ultimate "feel good while doing good" running challenge at Microsoft (and beyond). Fellow runners were challenged to “step-it-up” by setting [...]

What is Eve Teasing?

December 8th, 2013|Comments Off on What is Eve Teasing?

Grace, the director of Wings, has made the comment that many of the girls at Wings are Eve-teased daily: on the bus, walking home, on the way to the village well to get water, and more. I found that term confusing and so I did [...]

Freedom Is Being In The Drivers Seat

November 7th, 2013|Comments Off on Freedom Is Being In The Drivers Seat

It had been one of those suburban mom days: I spent the entire day in my car.  Every mom has those days of shuffling kids, doing errands to keep the family afloat, running to appointments, etc.  By the end of the day I was exhausted [...]

Madam, Are You Doing Social Work?

September 12th, 2013|Comments Off on Madam, Are You Doing Social Work?

The day for the Wings site visit had arrived. Grace and Rupa, the managers of Wings, and the KAP board had been planning for months what we needed to accomplish. The previous day, in preparation for the visit, I purchased fresh fruit as a treat [...]