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Prabhavati: An Asura Princess

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AIM for Seva, Boston Chapter presents
Prabhavati: An Asura Princess
A dance-drama to raise funds to help educate underprivileged children in India
Regis College Arts Center, 235 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA
Saturday, 21 September 2013, 6:15 pm

At this time in summer, when school and college graduation celebrations are still fresh in our minds, we request you to pause and reflect on the high value we attach to education, the success and prosperity our community enjoys as a result of our education, and how we can give back by contributing to the education of rural and tribal children in India.  

The All India Movement (AIM) for Seva, recognized as a model organization by the United Nations, has been helping rural and tribal underprivileged children to complete their high school education, so that they can support their families and break out of the cycle of poverty.  AIM for Seva builds and runs Free Student Homes (called chatralayas), where students get free housing, food, uniforms, sports, healthcare, tutoring, arts and nurturing to develop their total personality and help them complete their studies in nearby schools.  This unique model of a home away from home, initiated in response to a tribal mother’s plea to help keep her three children in school, has reaped remarkable benefits, including an astounding decrease in the high school drop-out rate from 84% in remote areas to less than 1%.  Since its inception in 2000, AIM for Seva has directly helped about 20,000 students from 5000 villages, with a multiplier effect on millions of people.  Many FSH students have gone on to pursue higher studies, including one who is doing a Ph.D. in Canada.  There are nearly 100 district level chatralayas in 15 Indian states, serving over 3,000 children every year.  The vision is to have 300 chatralayas in as many districts by 2020.

To help achieve this goal and to raise money for current operations, the Boston Chapter of AIM for Seva is organizing a fund-raising event – a new dance production Prabhavati: An Asura Princess, by the talented and renowned Bharata Natyam dancer and actress Rukmini Vijayakumar.  Our goal is to raise at least $100,000 from Boston area donors.  We are glad to report that we have already got pledges for $33,000 from early patrons.  

We request Lokvani readers to donate generously by sponsoring one or more students at an AIM for Seva chatralaya.  A donation of $ 450 sponsors one student’s expenses for one year, and a donation of $ 3,400 covers support for one student in perpetuity.  Other sponsor levels are shown in the pledge form linked below.  Please note that more than 90% of donations go directly to the management of the chatralayas, and your contributions are tax-exempt in the US.  

Sponsors of chatralaya students will be issued tickets to the Prabhavati dance.  Please follow the link https://co.clickandpledge.com/?wid=65227 to donate or pledge online.  We will follow up with you regarding seats for the dance program.  A $ 450 sponsor will be earmarked four reserved seats.  Kindly provide all your contact information in the online pledge form so that we can contact you.

We thank you in advance for your most generous sponsorship of AIM for Seva chatralaya students, and look forward to your presence at the September 21st event.

Attached below is a synopsis of the dance program and links to more information about AIM for Seva, including case histories of successful chatralaya students.  

For more information, or to make pledges/donations, contact Boston AIM for Seva Team Coordinators:
Kumar Bala at 508-734-0419
Kumar Nochur at 617-244-6394
Email: aimforsevaboston@gmail.com


       AIM for Seva Website:  http://www.aimforseva.org

       AIM for Seva Short Film: http://bit.ly/Rh3USP

       SUCCESS STORIES:  http://aimforseva.ca/success-stories/

       TO MAKE YOUR DONATIONS ONLINE: https://co.clickandpledge.com/?wid=65227

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