Nikhil Palanki wrote -
Welcome to the Night of Shadows Fundraising Project for Project Concern! You may have attended one of our salon events or cultural fundraising events, and eventually found this website. Or you might have just stumbled upon this page. Either way, we welcome you to our project. Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.
Our Fundraising project is dedicated to supporting and financing Project Concern International’s work in India. Project Concern’s operations target the youth populous, namely the orphans, the victims of abuse, the runaways, and the severely impoverished. India has one of the largest underground child exploitation rings in the world. Many of the youth forced into serving in these rings are children abandoned by their parents, and generally forsaken by adults. These child exploitation systems take advantage of orphans and abuse runaway victims by conscripting them into their ranks of drug dealing, beggary, and prostitution.
Project Concern’s work in India helps the youth by providing alternatives to a life of crime and destitution. They maintain a shelter home for boys as well as vocational centers throughout India for women, generally victims of abuse, domestic violence, sexual harassment and assault. For these women, they are granted the opportunity to learn cosmetics and other vocational skills, inspiring them to reach a higher standard of living, breaking the cycle of poverty and misery. For these boys, crime would serve as their last resort. Project Concern offers a shelter home for boys, along with drop-in centers, to keep them off of the streets, and to focus on building a brighter future rather than a despondent one of destitution. Project Concern builds a brighter future of this youth population, by offering environments that encourage personal growth. This in turn will impact the community, as a whole, and work to alleviate poverty for everyone afflicted.
Project Concern has worked in other areas of India. They are responsible for spearheading projects to eliminate polio in India, specifically in Moradabad, a city once labeled “the epicenter of polio.” Also, they have improved HIV testing services in India’s urban communities where rape and sexual assault are rampant. With respect to the youth, Project Concern’s work includes uniting families and providing formal technical education. Families, either torn apart by kidnappings or domestic conflicts, are reunited by Project Concern’s work. The scope of PCI’s work for a single project is colossal. Consider the PEHCHAN project. It’s aim was to improve overall health care, a necessity lacked by a large populous in India. The PEHCHAN project to develop identity of holistic communities in 102 Indian villages has affected over 152,000 impoverished people, in this single project. This is 1 of 32 completed projects undertaken by Project Concern in India, in addition to the ongoing projects. The work that Project Concern does is pervasive and impactful; it affects all facets of the afflictions associated with poverty in India, from disease control to youth development, from community health care to improved technical education.
We are fundraising for this wonderful organization whose work in India is, and has been, hugely beneficial to the afflicted communities. Our projects are focused on providing events, such as salon events or Indian cultural programs, combining an experience of immersing Indian culture, coupled with direct information relating to this cause. While the cause is straightforward, is an immense one, with many faces. Project Concern needs funding to continue and expand its efforts in India. The size of your support is irrelevant; as in the big picture, it is a community effort to impact the struggling societies of the world. Awareness itself, is the least we ask for; spread the word of our project. Thank you for taking the time to read this. It is always appreciated.
Srikanth Kalluri and Nikhil Palanki