August 2020 Newsletter

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IN THIS ISSUE 
SUCCESS STORY: Tale of Many Dreams
PARTNER HIGHLIGHT: School on Wheels Massachusetts
DREAM MILE X   |  Volunteer Highlight: Priti Sarda  |
Vibha Dallas: Summer Camps
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A Tale of Many Dreams  Collected and written by Asha Devi
Hasina Anand has been working for CORP India for 37 years now. In CORP India, she has been working simultaneously on three projects; Thane project (Shelter Home for the unnamedstreet Children), Amarnath Project, and Durga Devi Project (Street Children). When I asked Hasina Anand about the board examination results, she shared that she felt extremely happy that today the 10th and 12th standard students have passed one milestone of their lives and aspire to study nursing, some students envision their lives working in MNCs and others dream of becoming engineers, doctors, army personal and interior designers. She said, “They are the same students who had seen so much hardship in their lives. Today, they have challenged their situations and surpassed all the problems to dream big.” She said that she is very proud of her team and she thanked Vibha for the support which has enabled these students to achieve their goal. She also mentioned that in 16 years the dropout rate of the slum community has gone to less than 10%. (Read More)
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Vibha Partners with School on Wheels Massachusetts

Vibha started a Ray of Light campaign in April 2020 to ensure business continuity for the project partners through these unprecedented times. 10% of the funds collected were allocated to partners in the US  which align with Vibha’s mission and philosophy and had action centers. One of the partners is School on Wheels of Massachusetts whose mission is to support students impacted by homelessness.

“Thank You so much for your recent donation to support the technological needs of our students. Your gift is especially important during these unprecedented times, as the need for educational assistance for students and families facing homelessness has increased dramatically.” – Kathleen Graham, Executive Director, School on Wheels of Massachusetts.

About School on Wheels of Massachusetts (SOWMA) – https://www.sowma.org/

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The countdown to Vibha’s biggest virtual fundraiser has begun!!! Get 5 dollar off on every registration with the code DMX5OFF. The offer is valid for a limited period of time. Register here

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Dream Mile is Dream Mile X this year and it is eXtraordinary. Participation is from over 8 countries across the world making this a truly global event. Have you registered yet? If you already have, please reach out to your friends and family, form a team, set fitness goals with them or challenge them and all this for a great cause, to support education for the underprivileged children.
Get fit for Vibha!!!!

A big shout out to our Title Sponsor Paramount Software Solutions and Platinum sponsors Datum Software, Pyramid Consulting, Futuretech, and Radio Mirchi

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dallasSUMMER CAMPS 2020 (VIBHA DALLAS) –By Radhika Reddy

The Dallas action centers have a tradition of conducting summer camps for underprivileged children in the local community for years. One of our youth executive leaders, Jaya Bhaskaram came up with the idea of having youth conduct virtual summer camps globally.

Twenty-one vibrant, enthusiastic,  youth instructors conducted a total of twenty-two virtual summer camps. The camps offered ranged from Math camps for rising 5th graders, Algebra, some science camps, geared towards learning Advanced Placement Biology, a physics camp, a geography camp, writing as well as programming camps which were specifically geared towards learning Java & Python; to other fun camps were our Rubik’s cube, chess, photography, crocheting camp and Yoga camp; also speech and debate camps; fine arts camps included guitar camp, an art camp and Bollywood camps.

We had two hundred and fifty participants from across the U.S.A. and raised a total of 45,000 dollars. (Read More)

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Volunteer Highlight: Priti Sarda  — By Vindali Vartak

She has been volunteering with Vibha for about 18 years.
Priti has served Vibha in a variety of roles like Atlanta Action Center Coordinator, Vibha Youth Parent Coordinator, Lead Coordinator for a number of fundraising events, and most recently as the Coordinator for the immensely successful VolCon 2017 (Vibha’s National Volunteer Conference).

As the Action Center Coordinator for Atlanta (2015 to 2017), Priti played a key role in catalyzing the revenue growth for the Action Center to over $300,000 every year. As the Vibha Youth Parent Coordinator(2011 to 2015), she oversaw the expansion of Vibha Youth into several new schools in the Greater Atlanta Area. She was recognized with the Volunteer of the Year award in 2013 and was also profiled in Northside Woman for her volunteering efforts. Read more about her journey here. (Read More)

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