In the desert of Rajasthan, construction is underway for a world-class science center that is welcoming children living in poverty to dream big, learn, and be a part of the extraordinary organization of Vatsalya. | November, 2019 – India
WHY this MATTERS to ME …
Many of the kiddos in the surrounding rural communities are impoverished and without exposure and education through this science center and a supportive organization of Vatsalya, their futures are, honestly, bleak. But, together, we were part of bringing change and hope.
This greatly matters to me because I have had the joy of spending time in India with this community. Vatsalya ‘s co-founder, Jaimala Gupta, has been a DEAR FRIEND and SOUL SISTER for well over a decade. I TRUST AND LOVE HER GREATLY.
Over many steaming cups of chai tea and I’ve heard firsthand stories of struggles and strength, and witnessed her fierce vision and dogged determination to make life better for these children and the surrounding community. Her inspired action and commitment makes life better for kids who – without her organization – would be vulnerable targets for human trafficking and enslavement … with very few options for a future with hope and security. She has created a refuge plentyFULL with peace and possibility for the next generation of kids in India. She is someone with whom we are blessed and privileged to collaborate, to be sure.
Here are some photos from my trip to visit and collaborate with Jaimala in 2009.
TIME-TESTED & comprehensive …
Vatsalya ’s focus has been on creating hopeFULL futures for children, women, and communities in India who are most marginalized, at risk, and underprivileged. Their initiatives are time-tested and comprehensive, working in Jaipur, India and in the surrounding communities in the arenas of micro-enterprise, public health, human trafficking, education, and ecology.
Highlights to date:
Created a carbon neutral campus (“Udayan”), home to nearly 1,000 children to date
Supported livelihoods of over 1,200 underprivileged women including commercial sex workers
Saved more than 15,000 children from death due to malnutrition
Spread HIV/AIDS awareness and conducted health checkups of thousands
CREATIVE ways to CONTINUE to support this organization …
DONATE HERE. A few creative ideas for GIVING: ASK FOR A DONATION to be made as a gift for your next birthday … GIVE a gift in honor of someone you love for an upcoming holiday or celebration. FORM A TEAM on Facebook or GoFundMe and raise funds for a special occasion or celebration in your life … or just because you want to!
Share this page with 5 people passionate about science, education, and/or human rights. Let’s see how we can EXPAND this organization’s community connections!
Watch the 2 videos below – get ready to be inspired!
Check out the video replay of my conversation with the always-inspiring Kartikey Gupta (“Passion Director” of Vatsalya and son of Jaimala) as we talk about his passion to ignite global connections.
Video of the extraordinary and ongoing work of Vatsalya and the vision of our soul sistah, Jaimala Gupta.
JOIN US as an EVERYDAY PHILANTHROPIST …
As part of our call to all to be an everyday philanthropist, each month I spotlight a project or program in the world. Our partner’s focus is in at least one of these five categories: human rights, education, health, community emergencies, and art-activism. I am blessed with a huge pool of changemakers in my community – so there is never a lack of trusted organizations with whom to partner.
This sort of “everyday philanthropy” is about an unrestrained generosity rooted in the reality of your everyday life. Generosity feels good. It is part of your purpose on the planet. It finds ways to share with others the treasure trove of whatever you have and whatever you love. It makes a difference with your small and large acts alike … living with a commitment and connection to your sisters and brothers near and far. Explore and discover your unique – right here and now – calling to be an everyday philanthropist today.
I get it: These stories and the very invitation to give and to BE philanthropists isn’t always comfortable. Or easy. Sometimes it’s the world’s pain pricking our hearts that wakes us up to see – and say yes! – to our destiny.
So, today and together, let’s dispute the suggestion that philanthropy is an exclusive club only for those deemed wealthy. Today and together, let’s dispute that the only thing that matters and makes a difference is giving in “big” ways. The movement that will be unleashed when we live as generously unrestrained philanthropists WILL light up the world.
You are loved.
We belong to each other.
Let’s standTALL together and light up the world!