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Our Work

Broadly, we support charities working in the areas of education, social equality & justice, women empowerment, nature conservation and health and wellbeing. Our main focus is on institutions that support projects locally in the Pacific Northwest or in India. This is in line with our mission to give back and make an impact in the communities that we grew up in, or currently call home. 

We plan to rotate the charities on a monthly basis and welcome recommendations for your favorite causes.

To find out more information on the current causes we are fundraising, as well as to see the ones we have supported in the past, please take a look below.

Charity of the month: April 2024

Anandwan literally, Forest of happiness, is an ashram and a community rehabilitation centre which was mainly started for leprosy patients and the disabled from downtrodden sections of society. It was founded in 1949 by noted social activist Baba Amte in the state of Maharashtra, India. Anandwan was envisioned as an environmentally aware community to practice energy utilization, waste recycling and minimizing use of natural resources that might otherwise lead to their depletion.

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Previously Supported Causes

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Health In Harmony (HIH) is an international nonprofit dedicated to reversing global heating, understanding that rainforests are essential for the survival of humanity. They collaborate with the experts – rainforest communities – to create the change the planet needs. They focus on regenerating rainforests through community-designed reforestation and protection programs. They work alongside 135,000 indigenous, traditional, and rainforest people, protecting over 8.8 million hectares of high-conservation value rainforest in Indonesia, Madagascar, and Brazil.

Though India is now considered a rapidly developing nation, the country remains far from reaching a state of complete literacy. Even today, about forty percent of India cannot read or write, and it is increasingly difficult for impoverished children in rural areas in India to receive schooling, because of cost and their duties at home.

To address these concerns, the organization Rural Education And Literacy (REAL): Youth To Youth was formed in 2001, and has since then been devoted to providing aid to rural communities and schools around India.

Their mission is “To support the education and literacy of underprivileged youth in rural India and to support STEM education efforts in Oregon.”

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This 125-years-old Samstha (institution) has been committed to “Empowerment of Women through Education”. They work relentlessly towards educating the women and thereby making them self-reliant. The Samstha was established in 1896 by the great visionary and social worker Bharat Ratna Maharshi Dhondo Keshav Karve to provide shelter to destitute women. 

Pratham was founded on the belief that every child has the right to a quality education. In 1994, with support from UNICEF and the Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Dr. Madhav Chavan and Farida Lambay set out to end the vicious cycle of poverty by transforming the educational landscape in the slums of Mumbai. They began by creating self-sustaining Balwadis (preschools) and providing remedial education “bridge” classes for primary school students who lagged behind.

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Vatsalya Trust is a Mumbai based non-profit started in 1983 as an organization dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of orphan, abandoned, destitute children. Their mission is to allow everyone under their care to get the right to survival, protection, development and participation in societal development. Eventually, help them earn dignity and self-respect in the society. 

 

They truly live up to the name "Vatsalya", meaning affection in Sanskrit.

Asha Hope Amanaki, was founded by Susifina Afemui and Ashwin Prabhu with the aim of serving the underserved or underrepresented communities in the Portland Metro region, via education, socialization, health, medical and food access through individual contributions, corporate sponsorships, and acting as enablers for nonprofits and business entities.

They are a group of global volunteers working closely with a local team in Portland.

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The Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. (PPFA), or simply Planned Parenthood, is a nonprofit organization that provides reproductive and sexual healthcare, and sexual education in the United States and globally.

The Oregon Food Bank (OFB) is a hunger relief organization that was founded in 1982. It was amongst the first statewide food banks in the US. 

 

OFB's core mission is to eliminate hunger and its root causes in Oregon and Southwest Washington. They strive to do this through providing food and food subsidies, establishing community programs that address food insecurity, and supporting other organizations throughout Oregon with their network of services. 

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For over 53 years, Transition Projects has provided life-saving and life-changing services for people experiencing homelessness in Portland, Oregon.

Transition Projects provides individuals with the services, resources and tools they need to end their homelessness, secure housing, and maintain that housing.​

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