Non-profit AIM for SEWA (Toronto) that builds & runs educational hostels in India received more than $7mn from Indo-Canadian expatriates. This year’s gala dinner was a grand success which was also attended by ex-Miss India Pooja Batra. Many Indo-Canadians pledged to donate to AIM for SEVA and move up its collections to promote the education of kids from poor backgrounds in India. Terry Papneja’s company has already built 26 educational hostels.
He said that “At these hostels, we are taking care of over 4,000 children – from the age of eight to 18 – on an on-going basis. For full 10 years, these children are given free accommodation, food, clothing and education so that their families get out of the cycle of poverty. We also cover all their other expenses.”
Most donors help to sponsor hostels in the rural areas that they belong from and each hostel costs $290,000 approximately. Inder Sharma, a Toronto-based businessman has committed to donate $2 million for this noble cause. Neelam and Kris Shah, an Indo-Canadian couple will be giving out scholarships worth $100,000 for over a period of 10 years to 20 children.
Anu Srivastava, who heads Panorama India, an umbrella organisation of over a 100 Indo-Canadian associations commented “Our donation is the continuation of my family’s long tradition of serving the underprivileged. My grandfather Mahashai Chitra Sen Nigam was a great freedom fighter who worked with Lala Lajpat Rai. He was also the founder-member of DAV College in Kanpur and instrumental in setting up the local orphanage, widows’ home and the Hindu temple.”