Thursday, May 2, 2013

Living On One Dollar

This documentary film from IndieFlix documents the story of four university students who spent a summer living in a village rural Guatemala on a dollar a day. Their mission was to raise awareness about global poverty and support microfinance through the Student Microfinance Movement.  For more information, click here.

According to the World Bank, one billion people worldwide live on less than a dollar a day. Of those one billion, many live in homes and communities similar to Meher's. While she is able to receive support from so many generous individuals, there are many who are less fortunate. Microfinance programs can create opportunities for individuals to create a path out of poverty. Even a small donation can have a huge impact.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Maggie Gruber Computer Center featured on national website

The Maggie Gruber Computer Centre was recently featured on the US Chess Federation's website! Read all about it here:

Hough Street Tournament a Huge Success

The Hough School 5th Annual Chess Tournament Fundraiser was a huge success with over 100 chess players competing in the tournament, a multitude of volunteers, a silent auction and a raffle.  We were able to raise over six thousand dollars for Meher's fund and to support the newly opened Maggie Gruber computer center.  Thank you to everyone who supported us by attending, volunteering, or just coming by for lunch and socializing.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Maggie Gruber Computer Center

Congratulations to Maggie Gruber- the computer center in her name recently opened at Project Why.  It will provide computer literacy classes, training, and opportunities for many students (children and adults) who might otherwise have no access to this kind of technology.

This is a very fitting tribute as Maggie has been one of our most dedicated volunteers and strongest supporters.  She is a key figure in the upcoming Hough School 5th Annual Chess Tournament Fundraiser (more details here)

Thank you, Maggie!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Happy International Day of the Girl!

Today, Thursday, October 11th, has been designated as the "International Day of the Girl" by the United Nations. The campaign to establish the day through the United Nations was led in the United States by School Girls Unite, an organization of students and women leaders. Cities all across the country are participating in a Day of the Girl Proclamation Project in honor of the day and to spread awareness about human rights issues such as gender equality and access to universal basic education. 

Meher's story and ongoing journey is a triumph to celebrate on International Day of the Girl- she is now granted access to education that would most likely have been unavailable to her before, and as she gets older and continues to excel in school, her leadership capabilities are becoming more and more apparent. She is an example of how one opportunity can transform a life. Unfortunately, there are still so many children- both boys and girls- who never receive their opportunity.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

School Visit

Anou recently visited everyone at school. They had a lovely time together and all of the children are happy, healthy, and doing extremely well. Meher is as lively as ever and continues to excel academically and socially.