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AIF's Colorful Kites Reach For The Sky

Swini Garimella

Dozens of colorful kites flew high above Boston on Saturday, June 19, 2010, caught easily by the breeze over the harbor. The American India Foundation’s New England Young Professionals Chapter (AIF NEYP) organized an outing, 'Reach for the Sky,' to Spectacle Island to spread awareness about the work of the organization.  On a hot day signaling the beginning of summer, nearly one hundred people turned out to enjoy a ferry ride out into Boston Harbor and indulge in various outdoor activities on the island while learning about AIF’s Learning and Migration Program (LAMP). 

Children of migrant workers often have their education disrupted by the constant shifting their families face. LAMP connects children of migrant workers to continuous primary education, preventing them from dropping out, and promoting age-appropriate learning. As of today, the program has reached out to over two hundred thousand children in the migration prone areas of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa, and  Bihar. LAMP is currently in the process of expanding its facilities by reaching out to more children, and extending coverage through Grade 10.

Inspired by LAMP’s goal of improving the status of families in India, and to encourage future donation to this excellent cause, NEYP decided to sponsor a family friendly activity to build outreach for the organization. The event included a ferry ride to Spectacle Island, food, and kite flying. The attendees also enjoyed excellent weather for relaxing on the beach, hiking on the two hills comprising the island, or swimming in the still-cold water. The food was provided by Narinder of Passage to India, along with cooling drinks to keep people going throughout the day.

Members of the NEYP present at the event were Aditya Undurti, Parul Agnihotri, Prabhod Sunkara, Sunaina Menawat, Swarupa Purandare, Swini Garimella along with members of the core AIF Boston team. For more information about this event, including photographs, please visit http://www.aifboston.org, and for more information about AIF and the LAMP program, please visit http://www.aif.org.

Given the excellent response to the event, the New England Young Professionals Chapter will continue to hold both outreach and fundraising events throughout the next year. To stay in touch with AIF NEYP and find out about other fun events, please subscribe to the mailing list, or join its Facebook page.

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