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A KelOptic Collaboration

For more than a year now, KelOptic–a company specializing in online sales of optical lenses, founded by 2 business school graduates, Quentin and Charles who know Sharana well–has been offering free glasses  for disadvantaged children.

For every purchase over 50 € made ​​via the KelOptic website, the company sends a new frame to Sharana. Continue reading

Rajkala in Paris.

Rajkala speaking to french supporters.


On november 10th Rajkala – the founder and president of Sharana – came to Paris to meet about 150 supporter from France. Throughout the event which took place at l’Eglise Réformée de la Rencontre, Rajkala spoke about the status of the current programs and illustrated this with plenty of moving case studies and stories from the field. Moreover her presentation discussed four focal points Sharana will have in the time to come: Expanding rural development, ensuring the right to education, developing vocational training and leading more children to higher education.


Some of the slides which were presented throughout the day:


Impressive facts and figures.



Majority of donations come under the collective sponsorship program and were spent mainly in the village program of Mathur, followed by Angalakuppam.


In the section „Vision“ Rajkala pointed out, how important it is using the already existing social centers and building facilities to provide more community members with greater access to educational, health, sanitation and training rescources. Expanding the micro-credit programms in the villages will support this goal. Beside that Sharana will focus more on the development of ist human resources among the existing Sharana staff and build capacities, develop skills and ensure that staff undergoes appropriate professional training necessary for their ever more demanding jobs. Finally Rajkala pointed out, that the development of new partnerships will be crucial to continue the successful work. Partnering with government agencies in india, partnering also with international development agencies (i.e. ADMCF, AFID, Tulane University). Already today Sharana maintains partnerships with organisations in the US, UK, the Netherlands and Germany – not to speak about the strong ties Sharana has to its French parter organisation. All participants of the meeting had lunch together and many participants were continuing the conversations long after the official ending oft he event. Some nice pictures from the gathering done by our German friend Peter can be viewed on Flickr. In a way it was a historic moment, since first time in more then 10 years of Sharanas history there was a meeting held in the capital of france.


Lead more children to higher education - the number of children who qualify to higher education is growing strongly. We see this as a result of the good work we do with younger children.


Spirulina is a blue-green algae that thrives in warm, alkaline fresh-water bodies, and is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids (a type of antioxidant that can help protect cells from damage). It contains nutrients, including B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid). Spirulina’s nutrients are in an easily assimilable form. Studies show that it has histamine-blocking, pro-biotic properties that serve to boost the body’s immune system and make Spirulina a natural nutritional supplement.

For Sharana’s beneficiaries, Spirulina supplements are one way by which to boost the nutritional content of their daily food. Although some research shows that nuts, legumes, and meat provide efficient nutrition, making these available to large numbers of village children is expensive and not always possible. Spirulina, on the other hand, is inexpensive to cultivate throughout the year, requires minimal water, has a considerable shelf-life, and can easily be added to snacks and “mixtures” which Indian children invariably love. From production, cost, accessibility, and nutritional perspectives, therefore, Spirulina is an ideal supplement to what are otherwise normally poor diets.

The objectives of the Spirulina Project are four-fold:

  1. To address the problem of malnourishment by providing regular nutritional supplements to children;
  2. To develop a project that is self-financed through sales of part of the produce;
  3. To commit to sustainable development through using environmentally friendly methods of cultivation; and
  4. To promote the role and involvement of women in the production process.

Sharana’s spirulina is produced at a unit at the Aranganur resource center. The production, hygiene, and regular testing of water and spirulina produce are overseen by a designated social worker. About 70% of spirulina produced at Aranganur goes to nutrition programs sponsored by Sharana in Puducherry Town, Angalakuppam, Aranganur, and Mathur, but also those initiated by other NGOs such as: Lead Society for Children, Arul Ashram and Jeeva Nivas (for AIDS orphans), and Sandosham Nanban (which works with street children), and Chemin d’enfance which conducts a Ludo Mobile project for children’s development.