BENEFITING: LEND-A-HAND INDIA INC
ORGANIZER: LEND-A-HAND INDIA INC
EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012
Dear Friends and Family,
As many of you already know, since moving out to San Francisco 2 years ago I've found a new hobby: running. What started as small challenge to myself ("I wonder if I could actually run 13 miles... in a row") has grown into a full-fledged passion, and with 3 (almost 4!) half marathons under my belt, it's time I challenge myself even more.
"OK Devika..." you may ask, "what other activity has CA inspired you to take on?" A 199-mile relay race? (check) A triathlon? (check-ish) An iron man, perhaps? Even better: a MARATHON!
On November 4th, 2012 -- my 25th birthday -- I will be running one of the world’s premier road races: the NYC Marathon. What better way to celebrate a quarter-century of life than running 26.2 miles through one of the greatest cities in the world! (full disclosure, I am still partial to SF.. and the west coast for that matter)
And while running is great and all, I’ve decided to add meaning to my miles by raising $100 for each of the 26.2 miles I plan to run for an organization called Lend-A-Hand India.
You see, my sister and I often ponder what our lives would be like if our parents didn’t immigrate to the US (a very likely possibility considering our dad was 1 of 9 children to ever leave the country). I’m pretty sure Nitika would still be the nonchalant-hipster-chef-comp sci-brainiac that she is, but I’m less certain about myself: without a doubt I’ve been influenced by the people and places I’ve encountered, and I don’t think an education at Michigan or a job at Google would’ve been in my cards without them.
I try not to forget that I am extremely lucky in my circumstance, and for this reason am running to celebrate my parents, the choices they’ve made, and the country they came from. My parents have given me the opportunities I often take for granted, and India has instilled in them the values they’ve passed on to me. I realize not everyone is as fortunate as I am, and Lend-A-Hand India addresses this disconnect by providing vocational training, employment, and entrepreneurial opportunities to young boys and girls in rural communities in India. You can learn more about LAHI below, or feel free to ask me questions.
I have a long journey ahead, and am already humbled by the epic-ness of what is to come. Your support in any shape/way/form is greatly appreciated :)
Thanks in advance!
PS, EIN for LAHI is 90-010814. Your gift is tax-deductable!
LEND-A-HAND INDIA INC wrote -
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Lend-A-Hand India: Making a Difference in the Lives of the Poor through Self-Help. Lend-A-Hand India's mission is to make a difference in the lives of the poor through self-help. By partnering with grassroots non-profit organizations, community groups, and local governments, we create better access to education, vocational training, career development, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. Our goal is to help the poor realize their full potential to meet their aspirations for a better life.
There are 36 million unemployed people in India. Of these 24 millions live in villages and substantial number leave for cities in search of jobs. One of the reasons for unemployment among youth is the significant disconnect between the school education and the skills needed in the job market. Our program innovation spurs entrepreneurship and creates jobs by making life and job skills training universally available in the government aided high schools, primarily in rural India. Currently covering 10,000 young girls and boys from three states in India, we take the philosophy of "learning by doing" and "work ethics and culture" to rural population and assimilate them with the ongoing economic change in India.
Thank you for your support!
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