We have a lot of really great updates to share.
We are proud to announce the formation of several official school chapters at universities and a high school across the U.S. including The University of South Florida, The University of Tampa and The Woodstock Day School in New York. We also have a chapter in the works at Rutgers University in New Jersey. These chapters will be an integral part of getting youths around the world involved in educating and informing themselves and their peers on the realities of the challenges experienced by orphaned and abandoned children of South Asia. This platform will allow the student groups to support projects impacting children under the Khusi Hona support network and in the near future we will offer voluntourism experiences for these student chapters. A big thanks to all the students involved!
The Woodstock Day School in New York recently announced a voluntourism trip with Khusi Hona to India and Nepal in late summer of 2014. The student team intends to bring some of the creative arts essence of Woodstock to the organizations we support by holding music and arts workshops with the kids. The exciting news made it all the way to Woodstock Times; you can read the article here.
We have recently added many new volunteers to the “feel happy” family who help to support our cause with hours instead of funds. We now have over 20 ambassadors who come from all over the continental United States, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. We always are looking to recruit more help in the fields of social media, creative writing, web and technology and of course field volunteers. Our grassroots efforts can be also be supported by small community events such as bake sales and home groups. If you are interested or know anyone who is interested in volunteering, please contact usdirectly.
In January we were honored to be featured as We-Care.com charity of the month. We-Care gives a donation to Khusi Hona through an online shopping portal every time one of our supporters make a purchase at over 2,000 participating merchants, including Travelocity, Macy’s, Best Buy, Netflix, and 1-800 Flowers. We-Care recently announced that they would sponsor Khusi Hona to build an education and vocational training facility in the red light area of the Mau district of Uttar Pradesh, India. The center will provide victims of slavery with a safe place to escape, build necessary skills, and obtain the confidence necessary to completely break free of a life of slavery. Please take a minute to read the press release here.
To date, we have funded over 58 life saving projects at 9 organizations in India and Nepal, impacting over a thousand lives. Our innovative “weekly feature” crowd-funding platform sees 100% of the donations go directly from the donor to those who need it most. We strive to continue this model daily, but we can’t do it without your ongoing support. Thank you to all our partners and to our donors for funding all these projects. Please be sure to check out our current “weekly feature” and see how you can directly impact the life of a child today.
Again a BIG thank you to all of our supporters, volunteers, ambassadors and partners – we couldn’t make all this impact without you!