Assam Foundation for North America

Assam Foundation of North America, Inc. (AFNA) is a publicly supported non-profit organization with foundation status serving since 1982, under section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code with tax exemption under section 501(c)(3) with Tax ID. #: 61-0994468.AFNA encourages and facilitates organizational and individual efforts to further mutual understanding and co-operation between Assam and North America. Assam is a state in the Northeastern part of India and is considered among the backwards states with decade long problems such as insurgency and ethnic conflicts among others. To address the many problems, AFNA assists grassroot institutions in promoting social, cultural, technical, m...
Mar 10, 2014

Field visits and 2014 scholarships

With students and staff at SHED, Sonapur
With students and staff at SHED, Sonapur

Our volunteers made multiple visits to the schools in Assam, India where we have been sponsoring the students for theu education. I have in particular made trips to the Integrated School of Society fo Health & Educational Development (SHED) in Sonapur and the Parijat Academy at Gorchuk both near Guwahati.

Guwahati is a major metropolitan city in North East India, but Gorchuk which is just 10km away from the main urban area did not have a proper educational facility till Uttam Teron started Parijat Academy on his own land with whatever capital he could muster. Today Parijat Academy is a flourishing institue where around 800 kids are getting education. In 2013, AFNA sponsored education for 20 students n Parijat Academy. We have a plan to continue with the same amount this year too.

SHED has moved to a new location and started its own Integrated School where kids with special physical and mental requirements can mingle and learn freely with their peers with no special requirements and at the same time can get the special attention needed to meet their requirements. Last year AFNA [rovided scholarship for 14 students. This year we are planning to do the same.

Tapoban is another residential school in  Pathsala, around 100km west of Guwahati. The Student Welfare Committee that runs Tapoban has been running it with whatever the little donation it receives from the welwishers. The school is providing shelter to 22 students with various disablities, most of whom are abandoned by their parents. AFNA is happy to sponsor 21 of those students with yearly scholarships of $100 each for the current year. Due to the urgent situation in Tapoban, we have already disbursed the scholarships early this month.

We sincerely thank our supporters who have been providing us with financial aids, guidance and encouragement. We are looking forward to meet our goal of sponsoring 100 students this year.

Interacting with the students in Parijat Academy
Interacting with the students in Parijat Academy
Feb 11, 2013

Empowering young minds

Dear AFNA supporters,

We would like to profusely thank our supporters for their overwhelming support and involvement with the Solar Light project, which continues to receive a very positive feedback from the community that it serves. As of today, the Solar light: Power to People project has received US $ 6,339 through the Global Giving platform and with your support we hope to raise the additional required amount of $562.

 We are short of words as we describe the smiles on the faces of the children and the family members as they benefit from the solar lamp that they have received under this project. We have testimonials from the students sharing how pleased they are with the solar lamp which has not only increased their productivity after school but
also has helped them stay away from the adverse health effects of using kerosene lamps such as headaches and burning and itchy eyes.

 We would like to share with you all that since the need of the hour was to support the children with the solar lamps, the project team after intensive deliberation and in consultation with the community members, decided that it would be given out free of cost to the children as against the earlier proposed system of micro loan, where the families would pay the cost through monthly installments. Once this was decided, the project team immediately contacted the local suppliers and shortlisted (after an intensive market research and competitive bidding process) a local company called Electro Plus. They bought a ‘central charging station’ along with a solar panel and 20 lamps. The company was assigned the job of installing the charging station as well as training the students on how to take care of the solar lamp while charging.

 Every day, the children  judiciously bring their solar lamps to the schools where they charge it during the day time in the charging station and after school they take it back with them. The children are getting an extra 3-4 hours for their studies in the evening due to solar lamp.

 “Solar light is so eco friendly. We are not only learning how to take care of our solar lamps but also about the concept of renewable energy’, shares Manju, who is a student at the Parijat Academy. Uttam Teron, the implementing lead, shared that as the students and villagers are becoming aware about the solar lamp, they are
meeting him in large numbers with requests for it.

 We want to conclude this report with a high note of enthusiasm and belief that with the support of our donors, we can help the remaining 500 students of Parijat Academy be proud owners of solar lamps.


 Thanking you,

 Pinky Pradhan

AFNA Team

Oct 2, 2012

Solar light lits up Parijat Academy

Solar panel
Solar panel

Dear Supporters,
 

In this quarter, the AFNA team is happy to announce, that the six families who had been shortlisted to receive the solar light, unanimously volunteered to give away this privilege to the school Parijat Academy, where their children as well as those from the nearby villages (9 in numbers) go to. “We thought that the children and the volunteers (who live there) could benefit from it more  at this point of time ,” explained one of the families.


This act of theirs has been applauded by the village communities and the elders. They have indeed set a high example. In the coming months the partner NGO is planning to organize a meeting with the residents of the village and discuss the expansion of this project as well as the generation of funds.

The solar set which is being used by the school consists of the following: one solar battery, a big solar panel, 4 LED light, 1 small table fan and 1 solar charge controller.  The children could not contain their excitement at this new addition into their school.

“In fact, we are increasing the knowledge of our student by explaining how the solar light works. It amuses them and one can see their interest in science increasing,” shared one of the volunteer from US, who is currently teaching grammar and arts in the school.

We hope to share more exciting news and video testimonials  capturing the impact of the solar lights  in our next report. We thank you for your support and request  that you share the donation link with your friends and network. We still  need your help in meeting the challenge of providing access to electricity to each of the household.

Warm regards,

Ankur Bora and Pinky Pradhan

 

 

 

 

Solar battery
Solar battery
Solar charge controller
Solar charge controller
LED light
LED light
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