EasyVR 3 and shield to arduino

Trying the speech module added on to my robot.

a friend helped to solder and fix the module on to shield.

currently, the module/shield is NOT sitting on arduino MEGA ( too many jumper wires are there already)
but i am trying to connect the arduino and shield through jumper wires.
5v to 5v and gnd to gnd but i don't see any LED on on eayVR module to show its powered up.

can anyone help me? the literature on this easyVR 3 is too technical lacking simplicity.

once i get this going the loading and programming would not be difficult i presume.

may all have a merry season and a happy new year. if i solve above i will have a good year.