Annual Donor Trip to India

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Donors with Baale Mane college girls in Bengaluru on Shadhika’s 2017 Donor Trip.

 

Sign up now for Shadhika’s 2018 Donor Trip to India

Reserve your space now to join us for a visit with our grantees in January 2018! Shadhika is pleased to be partnering with ATJ Travel, a US-based travel company and a world leader in Asian travel, according to Travel & Leisure magazine.

The 15-day trip is January 6th – 20st, 2018, and will take participants to Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Kolkata to visit Shadhika grantees and take in local sights. See India in a way tourists never do, learn more about Shadhika’s work, the work of our grantees, and meet some of the most amazing and courageous young women ever.

Space is limited, so don’t delay!

We hope you will join us to see the impact of your support first-hand on the lives of the girls we serve through Shadhika!

January 2018 Shadhika Donor Trip

To sign up or for more information, please contact: info@shadhika.org

 

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Danielle Mayorga – Donor Trip 

I believe that our collective success as women and as human beings is dependent on the success of the most under resourced. I know that I wouldn’t be in the position I am today—a first generation college graduate—if not for the people who invested in my success along the way. So when a friend asked if I would volunteer at a fundraiser for a non-profit that supports education and empowerment programs for women and girls in India, I eagerly said yes. During the event, I got to hear from a Shadhika grantee, who shared how the grant she received from Shadhika was making meaning full impact not only on the lives of her students, but also in her community at large. I was intrigued and wanted to find ways to support this cause.

As a young professional just starting my career at the time, I wasn’t in a position to financially support Shadhika monetarily, but I did have plenty of time and energy to give. So I volunteered to help organize an annual fundraiser in San Francisco as a way to support the cause and also learn more about the organization. I don’t know if it was hearing directly from the young women we support in India in the video we showed or Kim’s pitch, but I was hooked. For the last five years, I’ve gotten increasingly involved in Shadhika activities—from volunteering at events to serving on the programs committee, participating in strategic planning for the organization, and now serving on the donor outreach committee and being a pen pal to one of our scholarship recipients.

Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of volunteering with Shadhika was when I had the opportunity to travel with Kim and a few others to India to meet four of our partners. To say the trip was life changing was an understatement. Meeting the young women we support and hearing from scholarship recipients about the challenges they faced in school reminded me of my privileges, yes; but also that our struggles—budgeting, facing harassment, learning to adjust—were not all that different, despite being worlds apart. So when an anonymous donor covered the funding gap to expand our scholarship program, I was moved to tears picturing the young women getting to go back to school for another year.

The more involved I’ve gotten in Shadhika, the more committed I am to the mission. I’m not only drawn to the impactful work that we’ve done, but I am continuously inspired by the commitment and the generosity of the Shadhika community of donors and volunteers. This is a community of people who have a vision for a better India, a better society, and a better world—and are making it happen. Which is why as soon as I was in a financial position to give, I became a monthly donor to Shadhika. I wanted to put my money where my mouth was and support the incredible work I’ve been able to see and learn from first hand.

 

* Excludes cost of airfare to/from India and the cost of a single-traveler supplement