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fourth consecutive year! We are also the proud recipients of grant from Hindu American Foundation on our work on Bhutanese Refugees Empowerment Program (BREP) this year.
Since the inception of CORD USA, we have sent many groups of high school students for service visits to our CORD facilities in India. They reside and work at these centers; returning from their trips inspired by seeing CORD’s work in action.
We had two Service Visits in Summer, one to CORD Sidhbari in Himachal Pradesh and other to CORD Siruvani in Tamil Nadu. One Service Visit participant wrote -
“The volunteer to trip to Siruvani, India with CORD USA not only gave me insight into the lives of villagers, but also catalyzed my appreciation of the world I come from and all that I have, and gave me a pathway to cultivate my desire to help people in need. The lifelong friends I made, the cherished interactions I had with the village children, and the ability I was given to make a tangible impact in the betterment of the lives of the populace all made the experience one I will remember forever. Each activity we engaged in had its own unique significance in helping the lives of the residents, whether it was conducting Balavihar classes, painting coconut trees, building compost pits, constructing toilets, witnessing self help groups, helping farmers clear weeds, or teaching the importance of sanitation. These individual experiences came together into a multifaceted whole, and manifested within me a passion to continue to help these people and an urge to reflect on my own life and realize how thankful I should be for what I have.”
We are expanding our program to include different CORD centers in India and Sri Lanka. In the month of December, CORD USA will send 3 different groups to three CORD sites.
Among those 2 groups being sent are high-schoolers and chaperones; one batch will be going to CORD Tamaraipakkam in Tamil Nadu and the other to CORD Deuladiha in Odisha.
The 3rd batch - our CHYK (youth ages 18-28) group - is visiting CORD Sri Lanka’s various sites. We are very excited about these Service Visits and will update you with their findings in January.
Closer to home, we are all preparing for Thanksgiving. Holiday traditions are as different among families as the diversity of our nation.
No matter what your tradition is, the spirit of Thanksgiving remains the same. It is the time to give thanks for all the good that has graced our lives. And you know what comes after Thanksgiving - the Black Friday shopping frenzy!
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Big thanks to Kapil Varma and Christine Petrolati for their help with this newsletter!
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