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9th Graders Supporting FSM

We are proud to acknowledge the support and funds that were raised for Friends of Seva Mandir by the 9th Grade InterMission Business of Philanthropy class at Miss Porter’s School (www.porters.org).

Miss Porter’s School, an all-girls high school based in Farmington, CT, educates young women to become informed, bold, resourceful and ethical global citizens. Miss Porter’s School was founded in 1843 by Sarah Porter, who was from an illustrious and learned Farmington family. As the recipient of an excellent education, Sarah Porter decided to pass on the same experience and opportunity to future generations of girls. Today, Miss Porter’s School continues Sarah Porter’s mission of educating young women to shape the world in which they live. By providing students access to an excellent academic program, a premier arts curriculum, an array of high caliber sports teams, and community service, their graduates are prepared to become the local and global leaders of the future.

Friends of Seva Mandir is highly grateful and very thankful for the substantial check that was sent to us by the girls at Miss Porter’s school. Quoting them – “The 9th Grade InterMission Business of Philanthropy class raised $2,000 from its Thrift Shop sale! This money will benefit Friends of Seva Mandir, Inc., which supports the education of rural and tribal children, early child care and development, health, environment conservation, women’s empowerment, and building stronger communities in underdeveloped areas of India.”

The girls had a multitude of choices of charitable organizations to pick from, and they chose Friends of Seva Mandir. We are thankful and very appreciative of their trust and support. These funds would translate to providing a quality education, through Shiksha Kendras (rural bridge schools), to about 45 children, between the ages of 6 and 14, for a year, in some of the most rural villages of southern Rajasthan in India. In general, there has been tremendous impact of the Shiksha Kendra program in the local community, with an increase in the number of girls enrolled from 36% in 2008-09 to 45% in 2014-15. Nearly 1,200 children enroll in mainstream schools. After experiencing quality education at Seva Mandir, the parents expect nothing less in terms of education for their kids from their government.

It certainly comes full circle when the youth are able to directly support each other in such a manner. Geography or time does not hamper access to quality education in some of the most impoverished parts of the world. It will take this rising and socially conscious generation to bridge the gap and ensure that basic needs are being met across the world.

We are constantly in awe of the youth of today. Thank you for being aware and supportive and wanting to do more. It is an honor to be associated with you. Wishing our young friends many more successes.

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– Deepa Sikora

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