AAHOA selects Ekal as the Charity of their choice
July 28, 2010 - United States
The annual convention of Asian American Hotel Owners Association(AAHOA) was held in Chicago from June 16th through June 19th. At the conference, the current Chairman (picture of CK Patel) of AAHOA, Mr. Chandrakant Patel, announced AAHOA has selected Ekal as one of the two charities chosen for this year.
Mr. Patel, in his speech said “AS INDIANS WE MUST CONTRIBUTE BACK TO OUR HOMELAND (AMERICA) AS WELL AS TO MOTHERLAND (INDIA).AND DURING MY CHAIRMANSHIP, AAHOA HAS ENDORSED USO FOR HOMELAND (USA) AND EKAL VIDYALAYA FOR MOTHERLAND (INDIA).WE HAVE REPRESENTATIVES PRESENT HERE TODAY FROM BOTH CHARITIES.THE FIRST GROUP IS EKAL VIDHYALAYA WHICH PROVIDES EDUCATION IN THE RURAL TRIBAL AREAS OF INDIA.”
The Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation is a charitable Trust that initiates, supports, and runs non-formal one-teacher schools popularly known as Ekal Vidyalayas, all over the country in India. With the participation of numerous non-profit trusts and organizations, this program has now become the greatest non-governmental education movement in the country. The Ekal Vidyalaya movement aims to help eradicate illiteracy from rural and tribal India. As of January 2010, EkalVidyalayaFoundation supports 27,041 schools and 753,123 students. Ekal Vidyalaya goes beyond mere literacy. Apart from its goal of achieving the national standards of Minimum Level of Learning (MLL) for its students, Ekal Vidyalaya also seeks to empower the village community for its own self-development. Ekal Vidyalaya solicits complete involvement of the local community and aims at making the school self-reliant in a period of five to seven years.
We also thank the International Gujrati Charities, Southern California,for donating $5,000 to Ekal through AAHOA. Mr. Chandrakant Patel, Chairman of AAHOA (picture of CK Patel&Sheela Kene) presented a check of $5,000 to Ms. SheelaKene, Ekal USA volunteer in Los Angeles. The International Gujrati Charities is a non-profit organization founded in 1996, by hospitality professionals who wanted to make a meaningful contribution to their community. They held their 14thGOLF tournament & award presentation on July 10th.With the help of this donation, Ekal will be able to educate more children in rural and tribal
areas of India.
Since March 2010, Ekal USA has been holding their annual musical fund raising concerts and these concerts will go on till September 2010. The musicians come from India and this year we are fortunate to have Ms. Sanjeevani, the winner of first ‘SA RE GA MA’ as the lead singer at these events.