A college student from US took a sabbatical from her studies to help students at Parijat Academy, a school for underprivileged children in Boragaon, Guwahati. Her name is Elise Lindbergh and she is nineteen years old. Although she came to teach English and classical ballet to the students, after coming, she discovered that the girls at the academy needed a dormitory.
She then launched a fund-raising drive and has received pledges of Rs 7.5 lakh from donors in Australia, US and others for the dormitory. Currently, nine girls stay at the academy. They hail from neighbouring Garbhanga, reserve forest along the Assam-Meghalaya border and study at the academy at Gorchuk as there are no schools in their villages.
Hope of a Dormitory for Girls
Elise started a website, thesualifund.weebly.com, and pages on social media to collect donations for the dormitory. She came to know about Parijat Academy through the website of Omprakash Foundation that allows potential volunteers to directly contact such organizations.
Apart from collecting donations she also teaches classical ballet and English to the students. She wants the construction of the dormitory to be complete during the dry season. But before they can accept foreign donations, they have to get clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs to accept donations from foreign sources under Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA).
Source: Sumir Karmakar