Second Annual Diwali-Fundraiser Night Benefits Villages In India
THRIVE (To Help Rural Indian Villages Emerge) hosted their second
annual Diwali Fundraiser at the Knights of Columbus on Saturday,
November 20th 2004.
The event, which included dinner,
dancing, and a short cultural program showcasing classical Odissi
dance, bhangra , and popular dances from India drew a sold out crowd of
230 and raised over $7000 in contributions alone- a steady increase
from the previous year. Says Monalisa Patnaik, founder of
THRIVE, “We are both touched and overwhelmed by the compassion of
our local community members and particularly our cosponsor, the Orissa
Society of New England (OSNE) …we hope all who attended left with a
sense of having actively taken a role in positively impacting the lives
of impoverished women and children in our international
Proceeds from the benefit will go towards
helping rural villages in the eastern coastal state of Orissa, India
which has suffered perpetual cycles of poverty and illiteracy, which
has only been intensified due to natural disasters including floods,
and the supercyclone in 1999.
Since its inception in 1999,
THRIVE’s programs have expanded to include a school for tribal
children, providing midday meals for students, 13 women’s self-help
groups, and access roads for village inhabitants. The organization will
complete the addition of a second school and add a health-care focus in
Going beyond “band-aid” solutions for
impoverished communities, THRIVE aims to provide long-term solutions by
providing basic health care and education to these communities,
allowing them the opportunities for personal dignity and
THRIVE maintains administrative offices in the US and India.
For more information please visit the website: http://www.wethrive.org.
Dr Amaresh and Sadhana Mahapatra
Ms. Ranjana Tandon
Mr. Bidhan Patnaik
Ms. Monalisa Patnaik
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