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Speed Mentoring 2016


Representatives from the Arts, Sciences, Business and the Professions came together to talk to our WOHAA students about what they do and how they came to do it. Feedback from both students and mentors was incredibly positive and a good time was had by all!
Special thanks goes out to our Senior Mentor, Tunji Akintokun, Director at Cisco, for his inspirational remarks on the day.


It was wonderful to meet so many of our inspiring students and we are so happy to see the progress you are all making with WOHAA!



Students respond charitably to Chennai Floods


The terrible floods which wreaked havoc in Chennai last month proved a great spur for students at the Wings of Hope project school to come up with their own initiatives to help the needy. They put together 500 food packages over a period of three days which they distributed at Amudha Nagar, Vellakkal, Tambaram and Ambetkar Nagar. They also collected pots and pans to distribute to flood victims enabling them to cook their own food during these difficult times.

Chennai floods

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Chennai floods –  The recent floods in Chennai, brought devastation to thousands across the city.

Children at our Slum tuition project were also greatly affected by heavy rains.

SAVE Trust our partner organisation for this project, undertook relief work along with the help of local

welfare organisations, churches and temples and lots of volunteers to help the children and their parents.

Essential food, like biscuits, drinking water, milk and medicines were distributed.

There is a lot of work still to be done on getting things back to normal.  It would take several months.

We thank people who have donated for this cause.



Butterfly books new self-publishing start-up by



Butterfly books launch their new self-publishing start-up by publishing two books ‘My mummy is an Engineer ‘ and ‘My Mummy is a Plumber’.

Launched at the beautiful venue of The Cartoon Museum, in Central London, this well attended event, was in line with what we at Wings of Hope are doing for our students.  Preparing them for the world of work, and to think outside the box.

Butterfly books, also very kindly chose us as one of their charities for donations.

Thank you Kerrin Bryan.


Personalised Christmas Sacks

Limited Edition Personalised Christmas Sacks



A very kind supplier to Harrods and Selfridges has agreed to help The Wings of Hope with a special edition of these personalised Christmas sacks. Great for gifting to children, couples, and for the presents around the Christmas tree. These limited edition sacks will have a gold foil frame around the artwork and cannot be purchased anywhere else.How to personalise

You can have any name printed on them (max. 12 letters for the first name, max. 20 letters for the second name)

How to order

Send an email with your name, email address, contact number and delivery address with the name you want printed on the sack to info@thewingsofhope.org or call up 020 8438 1598 (09:00-17:30hrs)

Payment to be made here: https://www.justgiving.com/SupremeAwards

Charity Number 1099685






WOHAA Semi-finalists visit Buckingham Palace

WOHAA Semi-finalists 2014-15, were very privileged to be given a fantastic opportunity to visit Buckingham Palace today. A private Tour Guide was arranged for us, who explained history of the magnificent State Rooms which provide the setting for ceremonial occasions. She also explained in great detail about the priceless paintings hung on the walls and also the room which was full of gifts presented to the Queen.


We finished off the tour with special tea and refreshments provided to us by
the Palace!


Since photography was not permitted within the rooms, we show here all of us having Royal Tea!!



Work experience at Tata Consultancy Services

“The opportunity for work experience ay Tata Consultancy Services, one of the biggest IT companies in the world was a really valuable and interesting experience. I learnt a number of different things and encountered new things as well . One of the major new things that I learnt was the knowledge of what working in an office environment is like and what different jobs in IT are and what specifically they do . I have gained a larger insight into work at an office and it has widened my options for my career in the future. The shadowing of the employees was quite useful as we were able to learn more and more about that specific job and more about the people who work there. That experience was quite enjoyable as we were able to learn about their jobs in specific and also get to do a couple of activities regarding TCS and IT in general. Overall, Mission You was a success for me and it will definitely a valuable experience given to me by WOHAA which, I am sure will help me in the future.”


WOHAA winner – Vikrant Rasalingam




“My name is Sujen Ravindra and I went to the TCS Work Experience program.
The program was called Mission You and began with an introduction to the company on Monday.  On Monday, I learnt a lot about the company itself and what goes on in each of the sectors within it.On Wednesday, I went to the finance department (we were allowed to choose two to go) to shadow the department and find out what goes on. I went in a group of 7 people to talk to the senior manager of finance. I learnt about what happens in finance and what a normal day involves. The shadowing of the department was very helpful as gave me great insight into the department and what goes on there. The main highlight of the program was when we had to create ideas to meet the brief as it was the most creative part. I really enjoyed the experience overall and I would gladly take part in it again, as it was very valuable.”


WOHAA winner – Sujen Ravindra




“On Monday 27th July 2015, we took part in the TCS work placement scheme at the Tata Consultancy Services in central London. Every single day was fun-filled with many useful things to be learning about as well as working on the assignment..Whilst working on this assignment we all got the chance to go and visit one of the sectors of TCS and I chose to go to Finance. On Wednesday upon my visit to the finance department I had learnt so important things about the finance industry as well as it giving me a great insight about what to do in the future and what the job would be like. Along the course of the week I met so many new people who were also taking part’ and I had great fun spending time with new people and working with them lisinopril medication. I’m glad to say that I’ve had a great adventurous week and it has been an amazing opportunity to look at different career paths and see work in action. I’ve had the best time working at TCS and meeting new people and making friends – I’m thankful for the wings of hope for giving me this chance and also TCS for having us there as it truly was an amazing week.)”


WOHAA winner – Janika Patel



“In the work experience, I learnt a lot about the business world and how a program is developed from a simple idea, to a fully functional software, that is used in day-to-day life. On the first, day it was slightly awkward, meeting with people that I had never seen before. However, this was soon eradicated, as I got to know others, through working together for a project.  In addition to this, I were able to talk with people from the Information Technology industry, from Tata Consultancies Services, to be precise and learn about how a typical day for them would look like. I was also able to determine the ways in which I could become a potential candidate for an International Technology company. I also learnt the diversity of the industry, with around fifty people with the same job, ten types of jobs for each sector and around five sectors for a branch of the company. This makes a total of two thousand five hundred people working under the same branch of a company, making an opening for various types of jobs in the Information Technology industry. In terms of skills, I have developed my communication skills, my time-management skills and organisation skills. These were clearly shown through my need to keep a record of how much I did each day and time myself accordingly, so that I would finish in the week provided. I was also required to talk to people, so that they understood what they had to do. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and appreciate being given this opportunity. Thank you WOHAA.”


WOHAA Winner – Shiva Pingle


“The work experience that I participated in was a very rewarding experience. I made several new friends and have learnt a great deal about working in an IT consulting firm. I really enjoyed  working in a group to come up with a solution to a task that we had been given. I also greatly enjoyed the shadowing of different departments and would love to have the opportunity to do it again. Our liaison Sofia, was really helpful and a great source of guidance during the week. “



WOHAA winner – Jessica Abbott



Wings of Hope Achievement Awards Ceremony 2014-2015 at The Royal College of Surgeons, May 2015


Wings of Hope Achievement Award (WOHAA) participants celebrate in style at the The Royal College of Surgeons.


On Friday 10th July, The WOHAA 2014-15 Finals Awards Ceremony took place at the Royal College of Surgeons in London. The prestigious venue packed in nearly 300 guests, including teachers, parents and students from WOHAA past and present.

The evening was co-hosted by acclaimed presenter and journalist Nadira Tudor, and young businesswoman, Smruti. Co-Founders Rajni and Dr Sri Ram gave inspirational speeches about the Wings of Hope’s vision as it enters its tenth year. Over 25,000 students from over 400 schools have taken part in WOHAA since 2005.

This year’s students shone with their innovative fundraising activities which included a 3-day rowing marathon, 24 hour fasts, Santa fun-runs, converting old vinyl records into fruit bowls, drastic haircuts, poster campaigns on the London Underground, and selling a Wings of Hope themed frozen yoghurt. Winners and runners up were treated to an Oscars-style evening, with trophies, video montages of their work and on-stage photographs. Trophies were presented by the BBC’s Babita Sharma, Neil Roskilly, the CEO of the Independent Schools’ Association, Lady Gill Hinchcliffe, and Dawn Butler MP.

Students had dressed up, for the evening, as characters from their favourite books, to celebrate the evening’s theme, “ WOHAA – What a Novel Idea”, which aimed to celebrate the importance of reading. The evening was filled with high-energy entertainment supporting young talent. Pineapple Performing Arts School performed dynamic street dances, and Britain Got’s Talent’s Gabz brought the house down with her UK hit “Lighters”. Emma Vangelder from Surbiton High School wowed the audience with her novel clarinet performance, and WOHAA participant Abhinav, from QE Boys’ School in Barnet, gave a stellar robot-esque breakdancing performance.

The Overall winning team were team Eclipse from Northwood College School who impressed the judges with their incredible endeavours over the seven-month fundraising period. The team of girls, held jewellery sales, did a sponsored haircut, hosted an afternoon tea for the elderly, did a sponsored swim, organized a spiritual chanting day, held a prom night, and hosted the Mayor of Harrow. Their events were widely publicised in their local news. Close runners-up for the overall prize were WOHAA Angels and Oarsome Foursome, from Surbiton High School and Dulwich College respectively. The Overall winners will get an expenses paid trip to India to teach at the Wings of Hope school, and will also visit the WOHAA slums project. The runners-up will be invited to do work experience at the Land Rover team in the UK. The Wings of Hope Best Teacher prize was given to Alison Whitehead- West Kirby Grammar School.


The semi-finals were held on the 25th June at the House of Lords and the panellists included:

· Sir David Jason, acclaimed British actor
· Mike Nithavriankis, Former British High Commissioner to India
· Richard Woolley, Design Studio Director, LandRover
· Ben Lewis, CEO, River Island
· Professor Geeta Nargund, St. George’s Hospital and Founder of Create Fertility
· Christopher Sandamas, Chief Clerk to the Private Office to Her Majesty The Queen
· Babita Sharma, BBC World New Presenter
· Suzi Woolfson, Senior Partner, PwC
· John Morris, Senior Partner, Smith & Williamson
· Martin Issitt, Senior Partner, Eversheds
· Alison Orsi, Vice President Marketing, Communications and Citizenship UK IBM


Full list of winners and runners up are listed below:

Overall winners & runners up

Eclipse – Northwood College – Overall Winners & Most Funds Raised
Oarsome Foursome – Dulwich College – Excellence in Sports and Overall Runners Up
WOHAA Angels – Surbiton High School – Overall Runners Up


Be The Change – Queen Elizabeth School for Boys – Winners – Community Action Award
Ignite – Northwood College – Winners – Community Action Award
Soar – Tormead School – Winners – Most Entrepreneurial Team
Aspire – West Kirby Grammar School – Winners – Excellent in the Arts
Wirral Whizzers – West Kirby Grammar School – Winners – Excellence in Culinary Skills
Choccy Orange – Tunbridge Wells School – Winners – Best Presentation & Most Awareness Raised

Runners up

Eunoia – North London Collegiate School – Runners Up – Best Presentation & Most Awareness Raised
Fusion – Queen Anne’s School, Reading – Runners Up – Best Presentation & Most Awareness Raised
Supéro – West Kirby Grammar School – Best Presentation & Most Awareness Raised
Soar – Northwood College – Runners Up – Most Funds Raised
The Charitable Fellows – Tendring Technology College – Runners Up – Most Entrepreneurial Team

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WOHAA Semi Finals at the House of Lords – Thursday 25 June 2015

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The Story of Parliament: Celebrating 750 years of parliament in Britain

London, June 22, 2015-The History of Parliament Trust, in partnership with
publisher St James’s House Media, launches its new publication The Story of
Parliament: Celebrating 750 years of parliament in Britain at Westminster


The founders, Dr. R. Sri Ram and Mrs. Rajni Sriram, were present at this
launch, as the story of Wings of Hope and the work that it does in UK has
been featured in this historic book.


More than 300 VIP guests, including prominent historians, politicians and
senior public figures, gathered to mark the publication of The Story of
Parliament: Celebrating 750 years of parliament in Britain at a champagne
reception in the Cloisters of Westminster Abbey.


The History of Parliament Trust is a research project creating a
comprehensive account of parliamentary politics. Unparalleled in the
comprehensiveness of its treatment, it is generally regarded as one of the
most ambitious, authoritative and well-researched projects in British
history. Written by a team of experts on parliamentary history, The Story
of Parliament charts the rise of parliament in Britain over the centuries
and explores how it has been instrumental in shaping the country as we know
it today.


A selection of schools from around the country joined in with the
celebrations. Pupils were tasked with producing their own interpretation of
parliament through art and creative writing, and these artworks were on
display at the launch event.