KSS Charity

Kannada Sangha of Sacramento (KSS) selects one charity to support every year from Karantaka, India. The donations from all KSS patrons towards the charity is collected throughout the year and then sent to the selected charity.

KSS requests its community to provide the names of the charities for selection and then selects one of the charities. These donations are tax deductible and KSS will provide the receipts for the same. For more information on charity please contact KSS Charity Team

KSS Charity of the Year for 2016 – Samiksha  Foundation

KSS has selected Samiksha foundation (http://www.samikshafoundation.org) as the charity to support this year. The foundation supports  a Creative Learning Initiative for children with cancer and their caregivers, by providing educational and spiritual support along with creative play and activities. They run the following individually tailored and group oriented programs for the children. So far they have helped 1400 children and have built a nice play area within the hospital for the recreational activities of the children. Briefly, the programs are listed below.
Education Program for Inpatients

Individuals volunteer four times a week at Kidwai Memorial Hospital’s pediatric ward (the Kapoor Ward) to bring the children up to speed with their schooling. The structured tutoring and activities begin with the new school year with  one-on-one tutoring for children from 6th to 10th grade.

Library Program

They provide books and educational material to the hospital wards, and maintain a library on site. These are rotated once a week. The children are encouraged to borrow books from the library and to write reviews of or discuss the books they have read. The books in the library are in both English and vernacular languages. The library at the Kapoor Ward at KMIO now has 850 books.

Yoga Program and Creative Visualization

Swami Yogaratna Saraswathi has developed a Yoga Program for these kids. This is conducted at least once a week at the wards. The program involves creative visualization techniques and art therapy, in addition to the yoga sessions, as a means of self-healing for the children. The creative visualization process is carried out based on the guidelines of Carl and Stephanie Simonton. Art therapy and story writing are being used as a part of this process, and we plan to incorporate theatre as well. The program gets the children to visualize combating their illness, and express this through a story or a drawing. She also encourages the mothers and other caregivers to practice the exercises on all days at the ward.

Infrastructure Projects

The foundation is involved in infrastructure projects at the hospital ward and have developed a 4000 sft.play area for the children and support facilities for the caregivers. .

I Am A Star

All children are special. In this program, they find out what each one likes and fulfil some of their wishes to make them feel even more special. Make a Wish Foundation are resource partners for this program.

Party Time!

They organize birthday parties for children in the wards every month. All children celebrating their birthdays in the month are honored on this day. Our parties have had magic shows and music and we now plan to introduce Theater and laughing exercises at such events.

KSS plans to have many fun and cultural events to support fundraising for this noble initiative. We welcome your ideas and generous support. Please contact KSS Charity Team for directions.