To date, I have raised approximately $32,000 ($21000 in funds and $11000 in goods/services); this money has been used to make significant strides towards making a difference in the lives of orphaned and underprivileged children. I have also formed my own non-profit organization (Empower Orphans - www.EmpowerOrphans.org
)Bal Kunj Orphanage
A library was started at the Bal Kunj orphanage. Over the years, we have expanded upon the library and have continued to provide stationery to each of the 200 children who live there.
In addition, we have provided technical books to 20 children aged between 14-16 years, enabling them to enter a trade and earn a living.
Steps have been taken to improve the overall well being of the children. Each child is provided with nutritious food, warm clothes and blankets (to combat the severe winters experienced by northern India) and also footwear. Shree Geeta Public School (for underprivileged children)
During the summer of 2009, we expanded our efforts to provide education and improve wellness among 360 underprivileged children who attend the Shree Geeta Public School.
o The annual education of 10 underprivileged children was sponsored by Empower Orphans. Over 50 children and their parents were interviewed, with recipients selected based on need, grades and attendance.
o A four day eye and dental clinic was held at the school, during which medical doctors evaluated the vision and oral care needs of the 360 children.
56 children received more advanced eye care, while 103 children received further dental treatment.
o Sewing machines were given to 10 older girls, who can now take on seamstress jobs and stand on their own feet.