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Saturday, October 23, 2010

A special thank you

Mom & Dad

I'd like to especially thank my parents for supporting me in my endeavors and encouraging me to just go for it. I have faith that Dad is still looking down at us and showering us with love and support.

I wouldn't be who I am without you or Dad, and I sincerely thank you both for that.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thank you donors!

Pareesha would like to thank a few of her friends and family for their love, support and of course generous contributions! You all have been amazing and supportive in our pursuit of $5,000 and the work we are going to do in India.


I worked with Jee at the MICA office at the University of Maryland. She's an amazing mentor and friend.


Neha was a year senior to me at the University of Maryland. We were both a part of the Asian American Student Union executive board. Her passion for APA issues is an inspiration to all, and she proved to be a great role model and friend.


Nikhil is currently attending the University of Maryland, and is a friend of my brother.


Shilpy is my beautiful cousin who inspires me with her hard work and the accomplishment of her dreams to become a doctor. (Congratulations on finishing your boards! :)

I'd also like to thank Sherwood, a friend and a district representative for Congressman Rush Holt; Vikas uncle and Rachna aunty, our dear family friends; and Latha aunty, a neighbor and friend to our family as well.

Thank you to the first round of donors

Dharma would like to thank the following individuals for their generous contributions to Odanadi. All of you are special people and I'm grateful to have you in my life!

I have known Hsuan since my early undergraduate days at College Park. He's a funny, supportive and dedicated fellow APA Terp. The photo here captures his essence wonderfully :)

A fearless and fun colleague at the MICA Office at UMD. Ask him to do his eagle/bird impersonation for you in Impulse! Trust me .. just ask!

Amy is a former student of mine from a few years ago. A beautiful and strong young woman with a passion for justice. Soon moving to Japan to start a new chapter in life with her new hubby :)

My sister and K4L for life. Not many words can do justice to the relationship we share. Plus, I get to share my surrogate hubby with her! I love her with all my heart period <3

A recent graduate of UMD, Lawrence was a passionate student leader on campus. He oversaw the Yuri Kochiyama High School Leadership Program with passion and inspired younger leaders to grow and chart their own journeys.

A lovely and dedicated colleague, Mei-Yen enjoys working with students and the local community to foster positive social change through meaningful dialogues and engagement.

Dharmesh (Bhai)
Last, but not least my baby brother! Well he's almost 30, but still - he'll always be Baby D. Not a man of many words, but always supporting his Ben (sister) silently when we're not being typical siblings and getting on each others nerves :) Did I mention he's cute and single ladies?!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Supplies you can donate

Dear supporters

We will also accept supplies to donate specifically to Odanadi in India. Below is a listing of items that would be acceptable to donate (in addition to any monetary donations you might be able to make).

  • Toiletries
- shampoo, conditioner, soap, new toothbrushes, floss, toothpaste, deodorant etc
  • Clothes for girls**
- five of the older girls will be part of the US 2011 tour
  • Clothes for boys**
- two of the males who are in the early 20's will also be part of the US 2011 tour
  • Books
- English language is fine as long as they are age-appropriate
  • DVD's
- English language is fine as long as they are age-appropriate & will work in India
  • Toys
- dolls, cars, educational games, maps, puzzles, board games, globes etc
  • Arts and Crafts
- crayons/markers, construction/craft paper, coloring books/posters, scissors, beads etc
  • Sports
- foldable binoculars, deflated balls, cards, other outdoor/indoor sports, ham radio etc

**Clothing items can also include jackets, sweaters, shoes, socks, book bags etc**

If you would like to donate any of the above items we ask you to please make arrangements with Dharma to collect them prior to November 8th. Please be mindful of the type and size of items you donate as they'll be transported internationally, and will have to go through customs.