India New England
About 30 students and young professionals from the area have already raised $17,000 through first-ever the American India Foundation (AIF) New England Challenge program. The AIF challenge started on June 1 and will continue until Saturday/June 21. The original goal was to raise only $6,000.
“In the past three weeks, it’s been exciting to see the excitement and energy around AIF New England’s first crowdfunding challenge,” said Nirmala Garimella, AIF New England Chapter Manager. “This campaign not only gave these young people the opportunity to fundraise, but to become aware of the plight of the migrant children in India. We hope this will help inspire them to continue to support those in need in India.”
On Wednesday, June 25 from 6:30pm-8:30pm, AIF is holding a celebration event for the youth. It will feature dinner, networking, and a keynote address from Dr. Sanjiv Chopra of Harvard Medical School.
This three-week crowdfunding campaign gave high school students, college students, and young professionals the opportunity to create their own personal online pages to raise funds for the Foundation’s Learning and Migration Program (LAMP). The goal was to raise a total of $6,000 that would provide 300 children of Indian migrant workers an education for one whole year. The challenge has already raised $17,155.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from this campaign will go towards directly supporting LAMP. Every year, over 72 million people in India migrate from their villages in search of better work. All too often, their children miss out on receiving an education. The LAMP Program provides an education, hostel, and food for these children. Since 2003, over 280,000 children have been impacted by this program.