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TCF School in Honor of Sanya

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Sanya Hashmi was a cherished member of her family and larger community, both in her native New Jersey and at Cornell University. Her passing in February 2014 left her family and friends in shock. As we all reflect on the deep impact that she made on our lives, her community has decided to take action on an issue close to her heart.

"experiencing pakistan with my own eyes has awakened a good level of patriotism within me and it’s not just due to the pretty clothes or fantastic food. it is because there is so much to be done there, and a good deal of willingness to be helped and fixed that i want nothing more than to go back as soon as possible and do more than simply visit a head office, an empty school, and boost the economy through ridiculous consumerism. " Sanya wrote this after a visit to Karachi in August 2013. In her memory, we now have the opportunity to aid a community in Pakistan, and to do something that Sanya would have appreciated.

The Citizens Foundation- USA (TCF) is an organization that supports the building of civil society in Pakistan and promotes gender equality by providing quality scientific and balanced education for underprivileged children. TCF's work has focused on building and operating schools in various regions of Pakistan.

The New Jersey chapter of TCF has decided to build a school in Sanya's honor. This school will be built in Tando Allah Yar district of Pakistan's Sindh Province. Tando Allah Yar was heavily affected during the devastating floods of 2011, and building social infrastructure like schools remains an urgent and important need for the communities in this region.

We are now asking YOU, as Sanya's larger community members, to help us achieve our goal. A fundraiser for this campaign will be held at the Edison Hotel, NJ, on September 20th. For those who are not able to attend, we are running this online campaign. We want to make this school a reality, and in order to do so, we aim to raise $30,000 through LaunchGood. Sanya's impact on our lives has been phenomenal, and we can try to pass on this impact through our donations for this project. To use one of her favorite quotes (yes, it is from Game of Thrones!):

"words are wind…I put my trust in deeds".


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Sanya, thank you for the joy you have shown 3 years ago