Party in New York

Hello world, its Surkhab again, AI’s junior board member. As this is our first post of 2013, on behalf of everyone in New York, Singapore, and Tokyo, I want to wish you a happy, peaceful, prosperous, and a wonderful New Year!

Today’s post has been written by AI’s most recent team member, Manjiri Datar, who has graciously shared with us her experience at the 2012 holiday party in New York! So, without any further delay, here we have it, ‘a party in New York’!


A party in New York!

Asia Initiatives (AI), New York, hosted a superb holiday event on December 23rd, 2012! Guests enjoyed variety of beverages and mouth watering curries, kofta with bread and rice. The dinner was followed by fabulous desserts and traditional Indian Masala Chai. Yum! At the event, AI’s New York board honoured AI’s supporters, particularly the interns.

Ms. Erin Vignali, a young member of AI was the night’s keynote speaker. She was visiting New York from Pune, India, where she currently lives and works to educate and empower children living at Bharatiya Samaj Seva Kendra (BSSK). Erin presented core information on Bharatiya Samaj Seva Kendra along with its facilities and operations. She highlighted stories about the sweet little kids served by BSSK. Erin convinced those assembled about BSSK’s noble cause. So, on December 23rd, AI helped to successfully raise $8276 for this noteworthy organization!

BSSK will use these funds for critical projects, such as: sand play therapy workshop, computer literacy classes for improved efficiency in work, purchasing necessities such as milk, medications, therapeutic costs etc. As may be evident, BSSK does its best with the limited amount of funds it receives! All of us at AI believe that the lovely, energetic, charming children served by BSSK deserve their rightful chance at living their childhood and growing into contributing adults in society. More information about Bharatiya Samaj Seva Kendra is available on their website:

If you’d like to support other initiatives supported by AI, please click here and become part of the AI community:

I hope you will be a part of AI’s growing network in 2013!

– Manjiri Datar.

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