Vibha Newsletter

February 2020

Bridging the Digital Divide
Vibha donates $39,000 to ICS to purchase chromebooks for their students

On January 31st, 2020, as the International Community School (ICS) in Decatur, Atlanta, wrapped up their ‘Kindness Week’, Vibha took the opportunity to present the school with a $39,000 check, which will go towards their digital education initiative to achieve a 1:1 chrome book-to-student ratio. 

“This initiative to bridge the digital divide shows Vibha’s commitment to the community we live in. It’s in line with our mission to empower children with the tools they need to be successful.”  said Durgesh Das, the Executive Director of the Vibha Atlanta Action Center. The January 31st assembly of students and staff at ICS cheered the Vibha volunteers as they presented the check to ICS principal Julie Allen. A few students expressed how excited they are about getting their own device to work with.

“We are so grateful to Vibha for their generous donation to ICS. This immense act of kindness is greatly appreciated. Now ICS will be able to purchase enough chromebooks so that we will have a 1 to 1 ratio of students to chromebooks. This will allow our teachers more flexibility in offering assignments digitally and will allow our students to become better digital citizens. Thank you, Vibha!” , expressed Julie Allen, Principal of ICS.
Vibha has also catalyzed the collaboration between ICS and another local non profit organization called PowerMyLearning that strives to bride the digital divide to provide access and training on their digital platform to parents, students, and teachers of ICS. “The learning possibilities that open up when every child has their own digital device to work with, are endless. It is world at their fingertips. We, at Vibha, feel proud we could, in a small way, make a big difference with this donation” said Vindali Vartak, Vibha’s Global Innovation Leader who is leading the digital education initiative for Vibha.
Vibha and its volunteers continue to work towards closing the quality gaps in public education finding and catalyzing innovative ways to improve the opportunities for better future for the next generation. The opportunity gaps created by digital divide are no different.  In that same light, Vibha is also investing in digital education programs in schools that serve underserved children in India.

Vibha Volunteers - Mr. Rekapalli, Kannan Udayarajan, Durgesh Das, Punam Singh, Prasoona Kota, Priti Sarda, Vindali Vartak, ICS principal Julie Allen and ICS Development Director Marinella Taoushiani.

Vibha Volunteers Visit Projects in India
This month a few of our volunteers had the opportunity to visit various projects in Pune, Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi. 

Rahul Pandey, Director of Fundraising Events, had the opportunity to visit Sikshana, Door Step School, and CORP India. "It was heart warming to experience passion and energy of the volunteers in the field. Spending time with the joyful young children was pure bliss" said Rahul. 

Tripura Vadlamani, Director of Fundraising Campaigns, visited Alamb in West Delhi. She saw the amazing work being done as part of the vocational training program including tailoring, embroidery, beautician and computer courses. She met Madhu and Rachana, who were previously part of the ALAMB courses and came back as instructors for the tailoring and computer courses respectively. Tripura stated that she "Met so many bright young girls focusing and learning income generating skills in addition to their regular college curriculum and all them have one goal- Be Self Sustainable". 

Below are some pictures from their Tripura and Rahul's visits. For more details about Vibha's projects visit our Projects Page.
Bay Area Action Center
Somya Rathi named new Executive Co-Director

Somya has volunteered with VIbha Bay Area Action Center from 2013-2016 serving in different lead roles for events such as Dandiya, Dream Mile and Striders. She took a break from Vibha in 2015 when she had her first boy, Abir, whi is 3.5 years old now. Somya holds Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School. As ED, Somya wants to re-establish the Bay Area Action Center, increase volunteer engagement and spread awareness of Vibha's mission and cause. 

Somya takes over ED responsibilities form Jasneet Anand who recently ended her very successful term, and would be co leading with Anuja Gupta. 

Wishing Somya the very best in her new role! 

Visit the Bay Area Action Center Facebook page to learn more!

Upcoming Events

March 21 Vibha Holi 2020 (Houston)
March 22 Rise Against Hunger (New Jersey)
March 28 LA Dream Mile Color Run
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