From: Axay Kalathia <;
Sent: Thursday, December 30, 2021 9:35 PM
To: Balu Karanam <;; <;; Krishna Ramoutar <;
Cc: SSSGC EHV <;; Sai Sravan Cherukuri <;
Subject: Tutoring Volunteer Email & Questionnaire


Sai Ram Dear National Presidents,

Our Zonal EHV and Sai Tutoring Committee is seeking to build a registry of volunteers and has asked for the following message to be distributed to members as well as to the YA’s via their communication channels.

Loving Sai Rams!

Sai Ram Dear Sisters and Brothers:


I am writing on behalf of the Tutoring service activity wing of the SSSGC Zonal Committee for Education in Human Values (EHV) and Tutoring. The goal of this service wing is to tutor children in underserved or low-income schools or communities who may be facing challenges by providing personalized learning with the emphasis on strengthening subject comprehension, boosting confidence, and promoting academic independence. One of the initial tasks is to create and maintain a database of interested individuals who would like to join the pool of volunteers as tutors from which to draw when a need arises.


Are you interested in taking part in this service activity? If so, please click here to complete the form so we may contact you as needed.


Here are some key points:

1.The platform (at least for now) for this activity would be online tutoring.

2.The tutoring service will focus on English, Mathematics, and the Sciences.

3.The targeted audience are students in grades 1 through 12.

4.The ‘tutor-to-child’ ratio may be up to 1:3 (one tutor to three children), but in most cases will be 1:1.

5.The time commitment for each volunteer will be between 1 to 2 hours per week.

6.The availability of the tutor will be matched with the need/availability of the child(ren).

7.Volunteers will be requested to comply with the school/community compliance requirements, if applicable.


Additionally, we have an opportunity to help a youth group of a service organization to complete college and scholarship applications. If you are interested in participating in this activity, please use the link above to complete the form.


Sai Ram! Thank you for your time and initiative! We are hopeful that with a strong volunteer base, we can meet the needs of the children/youth.



(Sainath Vadathirthanathan)

Brief History


Sri Sathya Sai Baba was born in Puttaparthi on Nov 23, 1926 – an auspicious Monday in the lunar month of Kartika, when Lord Shiva is especially adored.

His Life
Sri Sathya Sai Baba was born in Puttaparthi on Nov 23, 1926 – an auspicious Monday in the lunar month of Kartika, when Lord Shiva is especially adored. He was given the name Sathyanarayana Raju. What intrigued His mother Easwaramma, most was the unbounded compassion her little Sathya had particularly for the poor and downtrodden. Even as a toddler, He insisted that the beggar at the door be served well in spite of their own limited means and would often give His own share to the needy. When He began school, His playmates were inspired by His ability to lead them to be socially responsible, spiritually aware, endowed with individual and national character. His friends were often fascinated by His extraordinary powers of creating things out of thin air, knowing the future, deep understanding of scriptural wisdom and so on.
The Childhood

The Raju family of Puttaparthi was noted for its piety since the days of the renowned sage, Venkavadhootha, a saintly ancestor who was looked upon as a Guru in hundreds of villages around. Not only did the family build and endow the Gopalaswami Temple (dedicated to Lord Krishna), but Sri Ratnakaram Kondama Raju, the grandfather of Baba’s physical frame, dedicated a temple to Sathyabhama, consort of Lord Krishna, a deity to whom this type of homage is seldom offered in any part of India. Peasants by vocation, they were known for their musical and dramatic talent and were much involved in the propagation of the sacred scriptures through village plays and musicals. Consequently, the family was given the name ‘Bhat Raju’ (Bhat – priest)

The Advent

23rd of November, 1926, the Hindu year of Akshaya, meaning, the Never-declining, the Ever-full. It was the time of sunrise and the villagers were chanting the names of Lord Shiva, remembering that the day was Karthika Somavara, a Monday of the Holy Month of Karthika, devoted to the puja (worship) of Shiva. That day was made even more auspicious for Shiva worship because the ascendant star was Ardra (the star of Shiva). On this day, when these rare and propitious signs came together, the people thronged the temples of the Lord to offer special pujas and pray for His benediction.

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