BENEFITING: LEND-A-HAND INDIA INC
EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2015
At the 21st mile of my last marathon (which was also my first), I thought to myself why on earth am I doing this, why am I putting my body through this torture! But running with 14,000 fellow crazy runners coupled with the cheers of countless people (and amongst them the special two that matter to me the most) kept my legs going all the way. Needless to say crossing the finish line was priceless - brought tears of joy and a sense of fulfillment that I’d never experienced before.
Although, I always say that Marathons are never good for you, but as many of you know - I am a bit crazy (and my wife thinks I am completely crazy) - because after running the 2013 Dublin Airtricity Marathon, I mentally decided to run one in all the four major cities that I have lived in so far. I am sure some of you would agree that crossing the finish line at Central Park, or at Buckingham Palace, or at Mumbai-CST, or for that matter passing by CMU campus on mile 14 would all be quite special!
Well, I am thrilled to announce that I am running the first one of these four marathons in New York City this November. While I train for the big beast and desperately try to cut down on my beers (which if you know me is more difficult than the long practice runs), I am also hoping to raise money for Lend-a-hand India (https://www.facebook.com/lendahandindia/) that I recently discovered and have become involved with.
LAHI is a non-profit providing vocational training, career counseling and financing to impoverished youth in India. They run several multi-skilled vocational training programs in over 61 villages helping over 10,000 youth create sustainable change in their lives and their communities. They recruit local trade practitioners (carpenters, plumbers, electricians, agriculturists etc.) to teach trade skills at local high schools for one a day week for three years, making the high school education much more practical and relevant. The impact of this model has been outstanding-- over 25% of the students are now getting admission to much sought after higher technical education, positively impacting attendance, and school dropout rates at the same time empowering girl students as well.
LAHI is entirely run by volunteers and 85% of funds raised go directly to projects in India. They now operate in 3 states and are recognized by government of Maharashtra as part of the curriculum. One of major upcoming goal for LAHI is 'Plan 100' to expand their coverage to over 20,000 youth by opening over 100 vocational training centers in high schools across India.
I am hoping to raise $3,000 for LAHI by Nov 1st. I know the ask is steep so please dig deep and donate generously ;-). I am certain with your help (however small or big) together we will help LAHI achieve their goal of 'Plan 100' faster! For additional info on LAHI visit their website http://www.lend-a-hand-india.org/