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- View from Penukonda mountain
On May 9th, 2008, Sri Kaleshwar, chairman of SSGT committed financial assistance to the local government for constructing a road into Penukonda as a local extension from National Highway No. 7. The estimated cost is nearly $545,000 (2.19 Crores of Rupees). The road will be constructed from the top of Penukonda mountain, and will include a bridge connecting the mountain lake located on top of the mountain. Once constructed, the road will have 19 turning points till the foot of the mountain, where it will connect and join National Highway No. 7.
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- Accepting application from head of village
- New borewell being drilled
On the 17th of April Swami invited all the leaders of the 100 Villages to Siva Sai Mandir to give their applications regarding the problems they are facing in their villages. Especially drinking water facilities.
By the 27th of April the next set of bore wells was completed.
A ceremonial Fire Puja on completion of the next set of bore wells for the 100 Villages Program was performed and attended by the devotees of Sri Kaleshwar from the Siva Sai Mandir:
Hari Krishna, Ramanjanaylu, Pragathi Bank Director Subhadramma, MPTC Mr. Sri Ramulu, Surpanch from Penukonda and Anjanayaswamy Temple Members. This was held at Timmapuram Villiage.
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On April 22, 2008, Dr. Sri Sai Kaleshwar met with the Vice Chancellor, Mr. Aathoti Rama Rao of the Sri Krishnadevaraya University, to present his College with a check worth $60,000. This amount was in addition to the previous contribution of $200,000, which will be completed by June. Accompanying the Chancellor was Registrar Mr. Rama Krishna Reddy and other Professors.
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On April 19, 2008 Dr. Sri Sai Kaleshwar visited the Sri Krishna Devaraya University to observe the progress of the construction of the newly built Engineering college. It was through his generous donation of $460,000 that this new Engineering college was able to be built. The building will be named Sri Kaleshwar Technology Bhavan.
After an 1.5 hours tour of the entire building, Dr. Sri Sai Kaleshwar spoke to the media. He expressed his sense of responsibility to look after the construction and its progress and said that he was very pleased by what had been completed to date. He expressed great appreciation of the participation by the officials of the University in expediting the building’s completion.
Thus far $200,000 has been funded, with an additional $60,000 forthcoming to assist in speeding up construction. Sri Kaleshwar has projected that the completion date of the total building will be by July 31, 2008.
Sri Kaleshwar further reminded everyone that he himself studied and graduated from Sri Krishna Devaraya University, and in return felt especially compelled to do something for this university. In addition to the Engineering College, he is also prepared to construct a dormitory as a living facility to be used for those students too poor and unable to find housing.
Sri Kaleshwar said that he was going to construct a Super Speciality Hospital in the drought stricken area of Penukonda, within Anantapur District. This hospital will serve to provide quality medical treatment for the poor. The construction of the hospital will start on August 14, 2008 and will be completed within 3 years. In addition to the main hospital a medical and nursing college will also be built.
Sri Kaleshwar spoke further about the development of the 100 villages which he is sponsoring. He expressed his inspiration and desire to continue this work no matter how much money it will take; his only desire being to develop those villages and provide all the needed facilities and development for each of these locations.
The officials present were University Registrar Mr. Krishna Reddy, Prof. Ramakrishna Reddy, Prof. Sudhakar, Prof. Malakondaiah, Prof. Prabhakar, Ex- Registrar Pro. Rama krishna Reddy and others were present.
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In an unfortunate incident, a small and innocent young girl named Mamata lost her eyesight. Mamata was just 3 years old; while playing with her friends, a stick struck her eye and damaged her eyeball. As the parent’s of Mamata were very poor it took a lot of effort to get her treatment. Borrowing money from others they travelled to Bangalore, Anantapur, Kurnool and Puttaparti. Still, they were unable to get the proper treatment for their daughter which was extremely expensive.
On one Thursday the parents of Mamata came along with her to Penukonda and met with Sri Sai Kaleshwar, at Shiva Sai Mandir. They showed him directly how their daughter was perpetually suffering with her eye problem. Looking at her sufferings, Sri Kaleshwar felt very compassionate and at once called the doctors at NavyaSree Eye Hospital. He requested the staff to attend to the girl’s condition immediately.
The girl belongs to Islapuram village in Penukonda. Sri Kaleshwar assured Mamata not to worry and arranged funds for an operation that would significantly transform her life for the better.
Because the parents of the child were very poor and were in desperate need for their daughter’s treatment, Sri Kaleshwar compassionately and without hesitation provided all the aid requested.
The parents of the little girl expressed their deep apprecitation to Sri Sai Kaleshwar for giving their daughter a new life by providing all that was needed for her operation.
They said were very thankful and in their lifetime they will never forget this kindness, and will always remember the real blessing that Swamji had given their family.