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We are a student-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization aiming to improve the overall quality of life of the residents of Ananthaiahgaripalli, a rural village in the Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is our conviction that education will provide villagers with the tools to better their sub-par standard of living. For this reason, the project will construct and open a primary and secondary school in the village’s vicinity, welcoming children from the area to attend. The facilities will be free of charge in order to accommodate poor village children. We will also implement a clean water system to supplement the children's education. We recognize the ambitious nature of our project. We are confident, however, that with your support, we can improve the lives of the poor -- one child at a time!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Of angry turkeys and goodwill

I'll never forget the first day I saw a real life turkey gobbling threateningly at us.  Coincidentally enough, we were hard at work in India.  After much anticipation for this day, the climax of our trip, we were finally outside an official looking government building waiting to meet the District Collector in hopes that we could secure his support and endorsement.  While waiting to be summoned, we noticed a large bird out of the corner of our eyes... Moments later, we are being chased by an angry male turkey trying to get these attractive foreign college-students away from his mate-- a shy little girl turkey hiding coyly behind a bush.  I have no idea why turkeys were in the garden of government offices.  Nonetheless, fond memories of thanksgiving rushed through my mind (as well as some fight-or-flight reflexes), and I would have never imagined that come this holiday season, we would be calling upon our fellow friends, colleagues, and family members to donate and help us accomplish our lofty goals.  I promise, we didn't spend every day chasing turkeys.

But of all the blessings to count, we are thankful to have such a strong community to support us in our quest to give to those who have nothing.

Keeping with the holiday spirit, The Sanjeevani Project has entered into the GlobalGiving Open Challenge.  The Open Challenge acts as a medium for nonprofit organizations like ours to mobilize their fundraising efforts and spread the word.  The goal: raise at least $4000 from at least 50 individual donors.  If we meet these thresholds, we will earn  an ongoing spot on GlobalGiving.org, a well-known platform for giving and receiving donations and obtaining corporate sponsorships.  Succeeding in the Open Challenge would benefit us greatly.

Constant fundraising is the only way we can support our efforts to  build Ananthaiahgaripalli a school.  Give back to a worthy cause this Thanksgiving.  And if you donate during the Open Challenge, your donation will mean more than ever.  After a certain point, GlobalGiving matches the money earned, doubling the impact every individual can have on our organization and the children in rural India.  One dollar, 46 rupees, is more than some families make in one day.

We can't win this Challenge without your help.  We would greatly appreciate any monetary donation.  The Open Challenge begins on November 29 and ends on December 22.

If you are interested in donating, please follow this link after November 28th:  www.globalgiving.org/projects/thesanjeevaniproject

On a closing note, here's a glimpse into an afternoon well-spent in Ananthaiahgaripalli with Malli, the servant's daughter.  Her contagious laughter, youthful energy, and inspiring curiosity warms our hearts, motivating us to keep working to give these children the tool they need to succeed: education.  When thinking about donating, please remember that every cent of your money would go toward the future of Malli and children just like her.

1 comment:

  1. As usual, amazing post. I totally forgot about our turkey-chasing days!!!