It has been a year since fundraising was completed to build the girls' dormitory at Parijat Academy. Progress has been slow, but construction of the first floor of the dormitory is projected to be completed by the end of January! Here is a selection of the most updated photos and a few that depict the dormitory in various stages of completion.
Thank you so much, again, to everyone who has been a part of this project. From the donors, the construction workers, Seuti and Rupali and the other girls that have come to Parijat Academy from Garbangha, to Uttam Teron and Aimoni Tumong, this would never have been possible without each of you. Thank you.
Join us on December 10th for an afternoon of tea, Indian food, and a silent auction featuring unique items I bring back from India!!
Milan Indian Cuisine has generously provided the food and venue. This allows 100% of ticket sales to be used for building materials and construction costs of the girls' dormitory at Parijat Academy!!
I've named th event "Lights of Garbangha" because that what these girls are. They are lights to their village, and education is light; enlightenment.
We have officially reached the $2,601.32 USD needed to fund the roof of the ground floor!!!!!!!!
Here is a reminder of the conditions we are changing. I am so proud of everyone who has joined in this cause.
Thanks to all our supporters, our girls won't have to worry about a dilapidated, asbestos roof riddled with holes that leak rain water. Thank you so much. I hope you all understand how much of a difference you are making in these girls' lives and the lives of other village girls.
Now let's use this momentum to gather donations for the second floor! SHARE SHARE SHARE.
Dear Supporters of the Suwali Fund,
Here are the facts for the week:
Suwali Fund Fundraising Total: $1012.44.
We had an incredibly generous donor this week who donated $500.00.
What a wonderful week we have had!
This week Lynette Kelly visited Parijat Academy for the seventh time. She runs her organisation “Friends of Parijat” from Adelaide, Australia. Her organisation has done so much for Parijat, and she is the brains behind many fundraising programs that have become crucial to Parijat’s continued growth and excellence.
She and her husband had been considering donating money to build a new girls’ dormitory for quite awhile, and this year she has decided to do it! When she learned of my project, and came to India and spoke with me, she agreed to work with me to make this new girls’ dormitory a reality as quickly as possible!
Lynette brought her friend, Kathryn Brice, who also works at the University of Adelaide and Kath has also agreed to donate to our cause!
Together, their money will be able to build the entire first level, and so I only need focus on fundraising for the next level and the top! I am so happy.
Lynette also has a ton of experience in fundraising, and she has been sharing advice with me all week. She has held several incredibly successful fundraising events, and I think I would like to host a Suwali Fund Event in Charlottesville when I am back in the USA. Basically, it is a fun event, such as a dinner party or picnic or something that I sell tickets for ahead of time and the money from ticket sales goes to The Suwali Fund.
Any ideas for a Suwali Fund Event? If anyone has connections to local Charlottesville restaurants, caterers, or artisans, please let me know!
Lynette really is incredible. Such a kind giving person. And Cath too is so generous and kind. It has been so much fun to have them here this week and I will be sad to see them leave Friday!
Thank you all for keeping up with The Suwali Fund!!
Have a week full of beauty and happiness and light.
Welcome to The Suwali Fund blog. This page will be updated with the latest construction and fundraising news every Wednesday. This page will also feature the girl's stories, hopes, and dreams so that Suwali Fund advocates can get to know the girls they are helping.