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FAHC~Nandyala : A Foodblogs~Family Project

This is an update on FAHC fundraising conducted on last October. The money raised through the fund-drive on Mahanandi went directly to the parent organization, VK Narayanan’s (VKN) - “Feed A Hungry Child(FAHC)”.

During November 07, VKN emailed us enquiring about opening a new FAHC chapter. I replied with details about our Nandyala school and the work we are doing. My husband, Vijay who manages the school showed interest. VKN and Vijay started talking. We also consulted my father-in-law who is a trustee of the Nandyala school. This is what happened next.

My father-in-law, Sri Venkata Subbaiah traveled to Kerala on November 16th, 07 to meet and see the good work FAHC doing. From Nandyala, he went to Palakkad and from there to Pattenchery village, FAHC location and VKN’s ancestral home.


My FIL, Sri Venkata Subbaiah with VKN’s guruji, Sri Vijayasekharan
at Pattenchery home, Kerala.


Greeting with gifts for FAHC-children, Pattenchery.


Sharing a meal with FAHC team, Pattenchery.


My Father-in-Law with FAHC Trustees and Team at Pattenchery.

Impressed with the FAHC work at Pattenchery, my father-in-law gave us the green signal. More talks about what, when, and how. Things started to come together, and during December 2007, ten children were selected from our school. Met with their parents and consent was taken. On January 26th 2008, on the Republic Day weekend, VKN, his wife and three sons, and FAHC team from Pattenchery, Kerala visited Nandyala, Andhra Pradesh.


VKN and FAHC Team with my father-in-law at Nandyala School.
(There are 10 children, but only 9 were present for the photo)


FAHC Kerala team, meeting with children and family members at Nandyala.


Eggs, Chana dal, Moong dal, Toor dal, Rice, Wheat Flour and Cooking oil ~ Food to be given to FAHC children’s family members, along with milk, fruits and vegetables.


FAHC ~ Nandyala: A Foodblogs~Family Project
Sharing food and smiles with children and family members.

FAHC Nandyala unit is providing essential groceries and food grains every month, starting from January 2008 to a total of ten children. The children are also getting good education at our school via the scholarship program we sponsor. The plan is to support the children until they finish their high school education.

This was possible only because of community effort by the wonderful food bloggers and the food blog readers. We thank you all for your generous contributions and support shown. I also thank my family members for their unconditional and wholehearted support and efforts. We hope to do this on a larger scale next year.

Happy Sri Rama Navami and Happy Vishu!

Note:
The money raised through the fund-drive on Mahanandi went directly to the parent organization, FAHC. All the transactions and expenditures are properly accounted, monitored and audited by the trust board established by FAHC. Before starting the dedicated unit at Nandyala, the trust members had personally visited and met with the children and their families to identify the genuinely needy children. All the expenses, payments and distribution process are properly documented and transparently maintained. For further details, please contact VK Narayanan at FAHC.

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30 comments for FAHC~Nandyala : A Foodblogs~Family Project »

  1. This is wonderful Indira. Kudos to those involved in this project !

    Comment by revathi — April 13, 2008 @ 10:47 pm

  2. Thank you, Indira! For this heart-warming report and for the work you, Vijay, your father-in-law and VKN are doing!

    Comment by Manisha — April 13, 2008 @ 10:56 pm

  3. This is such a great venture Indira. Kudos to all involved in this.

    And it brings me great pleasure to hear about this coz the place Pattencherry is very close to my native place, Nemmara, which is another village in Palakkad, Kerala.

    And Happy Vishu to you too :)

    Cheers
    Vidya

    Comment by Vidya Vaidyanath — April 13, 2008 @ 11:31 pm

  4. Thats amazing, Indira. Congrats to everyone involved. This is truly heartening to hear about.

    Comment by Arundathi — April 14, 2008 @ 4:23 am

  5. Amazing work you have done and the others too.
    Happy Vishu to you anf family

    Comment by Happy Cook — April 14, 2008 @ 4:39 am

  6. What a wonderful undertaking! Wishing you all, and the children, all the best :)

    Comment by Linda — April 14, 2008 @ 4:41 am

  7. Indira!! What an amazing family you’ve got there!!
    Its so inspiring to hear and read about the things you have done. So moved by this post.
    Amazing deed!!!

    Comment by Padmaja — April 14, 2008 @ 5:23 am

  8. Inira, Truly amazing to find that, in this day and world, still there are people who care about others and support the needy.May God Bless all of you involved in this project. Thank you Indira for inspriring us with your good deeds.

    Comment by Isha — April 14, 2008 @ 6:15 am

  9. This is such a heart-warming post Indira. Congratulations to you and Vijay and all the people involved in this effort.

    Comment by Mamatha — April 14, 2008 @ 6:19 am

  10. Such a wonderful thing that you and all the people involved had done to make a better life for the children and, ultimately, their families. I am trying to do the same thing in Vietnam, and you have inspired me to work harder to get this project underway.

    Comment by Valerie — April 14, 2008 @ 6:49 am

  11. congratulations to you and all the members involved in this project.

    shalini

    Comment by shalini — April 14, 2008 @ 8:41 am

  12. Hi Indira,
    I am new to food-blogging, but a regular reader of your blogs for quiet some time now. I should say that you have an amazing collection of recipes…i mean who would think about posting ragi kudumulu recipe…its really awesome work. And now this effort you started to raise money for a good cause , even people in India do not bother to take much effort. All the best and three cheers to you.

    Comment by Jai — April 14, 2008 @ 10:04 am

  13. Congratulations to your father in law, Vijay, yourself and all others who have dedicated their time, energy and money for such a noble cause. You are inspiring everybody not only with your cooking but also by your other social activities.

    Today being Blogger Appreciation Day, I take this opportunity to thank you for your guidance and wish you peace and joy forever.

    Comment by Madhuram — April 14, 2008 @ 10:32 am

  14. Dear Indira, thanks to you, your family, VKN and his team for this wonderful project.

    Happy Ram Navami and Vishu/Visakhi to you and yours too.

    Comment by musical — April 14, 2008 @ 10:37 am

  15. Great Commendable Job Indira& famly and VKN… My heartiest Congratulations for dedicating your efforts to this wonderful project.

    Comment by Dee — April 14, 2008 @ 12:13 pm

  16. i love your blog you and your family are wonderful!!!

    Comment by tiffany perez — April 14, 2008 @ 2:48 pm

  17. Hola,

    Mucho bom este site.Estou traduzindo para o portugûes divagar.
    Abraços e fiquem na paz
    Eliete

    Comment by eliete lages — April 14, 2008 @ 3:57 pm

  18. It’s great to read all this! Mahanandi is so much more than a food blog! It’s also lovely to read that your effort is inspiring people like Valerie (commenter above) who are doing similar important work in other parts of the world.

    Comment by Uma — April 14, 2008 @ 4:09 pm

  19. I have been a silent reader of your blog for couple of years atleast now. That is such a neat thing, you & your family are doing for your hometown - so very touching! Kudos goes to you & your family, VKV & FAHC. Thanks for sharing this with us!

    Comment by A-kay — April 14, 2008 @ 4:29 pm

  20. Happy Blogger Appreciation Day!!!

    I really appreciate Indira’s work, passion, style in her cooking.

    My hearty congratulations to Vijay and his father for their support.

    you guys are really great!!!

    Thanks, Padma.

    Comment by Padma — April 15, 2008 @ 5:25 am

  21. Dear Indira, You and your family are doing a great job. Hope you succeed in all your efforts for such a noble cause.
    Best wishes,
    Madhuri

    Comment by Madhuri.A — April 15, 2008 @ 10:24 am

  22. This is great work you ae doing Indira. Is there any way to contribute — if it is a tax-exempt org. giving will be much easier.

    Not that I am grudging the cut to the government, still…

    Comment by jillumadrasi — April 15, 2008 @ 10:53 am

  23. This is so wonderful. All the best to you and your family.

    Comment by Trupti — April 15, 2008 @ 12:36 pm

  24. Amazing Indira! A noble thought indeed. Our wishes to you,your supporting family and the kids .
    Sarada

    Comment by Sarada — April 15, 2008 @ 12:46 pm

  25. Thank you my friends! This was possible only because of you, the wonderful food blogging community (FBC) support and contributions. Thanks very much.
    Making a difference, FBC Rules!

    Jillumadrasi: FAHC is a nonprofit organization, registered in India. Please contact VKN for more details.

    Comment by Indira — April 15, 2008 @ 7:28 pm

  26. Amazing Indira,Really great work!!I have been a silent reader of your blog for a couple of years..You and your family are doing a great work..Wish u all the best for future.

    Comment by Kalyani — April 15, 2008 @ 9:00 pm

  27. Keep up the Good work and Kudos to all of you for keeping up the good work.

    Adios

    Comment by Sushma — April 15, 2008 @ 10:26 pm

  28. Kudos Indira for bringing this project to fruition. It feels wonderful to be able to see all the kids and the people doing all the hard work behind the scenes.
    Please convey my congratulations to Vijay, FAHC team and your in-laws. Great job!

    Comment by mandira — April 16, 2008 @ 10:39 am

  29. I am so happy for those little children Indira. Thanks for sharing such wonderful news with us!! Kudos to u, ur FIL, VKN and all others who are involved in this project!!!

    Siri

    Comment by Siri — April 20, 2008 @ 7:13 pm

  30. Hi Indira garu,

    This is Sandhya Again.I haven’t received your email about the VKN FHC.
    But I saw their web site.
    Can I directly send a check on your name so you transfer the funds to your Nandyala trust?

    Let me know if you are ok then I will send you a check.
    I need your address details.

    Talk to you soon,(I don’t have your phnoe no :) )
    bye
    Sandhya

    Hi Sandhya,
    After our talk last weekend, I emailed to your previous comment email id. Looks like it went to some other place.
    Please email me at mailmahanandi@gmail.com , or I will call you this weekend.
    Thanks and regards,
    Indira

    Comment by Sandhya — April 25, 2008 @ 10:13 am

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