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10 Year Old Wellesley Girl Helps AIF Make Final Push To Raise $100,000





Since October 2014, the American India Foundation (AIF) has been holding the Light a LAMP Campaign. This crowdfunding campaign has given people around the world the opportunity to create their own personal online pages to raise funds for the Foundation’s Learning and Migration Program (LAMP). The goal is to raise a total of $100,000; this amount would provide 2,000 children of Indian migrant workers an education for one whole year. Currently, over $85,000 has been raised. The campaign ends on January 31st at midnight.

Sanya Goenka, a 10-year-old girl from Wellesley, Massachusetts has taken part in this global effort. She has raised nearly $2,550 in just a two-week period (My.AIF.org/Sanya).

“I have been visiting India with my family every summer and what I saw there made me very sad,” says Sanya. “There were several kids begging for food and money on the streets. That’s when I realized how fortunate I am and that I need to help these children. Through AIF, I am able to help these children get an education and change their lives. My parents have taught me to always help others and give back to our community.” Sanya has been raising money for various causes since she was a little child.

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 323,414 children have been impacted by this program.

To make a donation: My.AIF.org/LightaLAMP

About American India Foundation:

The American India Foundation is committed to catalyzing social and economic change in India and building a lasting bridge between the United States and India through high-impact interventions in education, livelihoods, public health, and leadership development, with a particular emphasis on empowering girls and women to achieve gender equity. Working closely with local communities, AIF partners with NGOs to develop and test innovative solutions and with governments to create and scale sustainable impact. Founded in 2001, at the initiative of President Bill Clinton following a request from Prime Minister Vajpayee, AIF has impacted the lives of more than 2 million of India’s poor and aims to reach 5 million by 2018.

Learn more at AIF.org



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