Visions of Hope dinner Nov. 16 at I-House

Visions of Hope is an Indian dinner/auction co-sponsored by International House Davis featuring local talent and a keynote speaker who has worked for Amnesty International.
The dinner will be on Saturday, November 16 from 6-8 pm at I-House, 10 College Park, Davis. The event promises to be “fun and engaging; one that immerses the audience in a piece of Indian culture while supporting a greater cause – education development,” says Vithya Thambiaiyah, co-president. “It is a simple way that our community can come together and help change a child’s life.”

Visions of Hope has been made possible by the generosity of local supporters – Preethi’s Indian Cuisine, Raja’s Tandoor, Ruchi, Shaz, and Taj Oven. All proceeds will go toward Children’s Learning Centers and scholarships for students pursuing college in India and Sri Lanka.

The Children’s Learning Centers are designed to offer after-school tuition in language, math, English, and science for children who live in deeply impoverished and oppressed dalit communities. Students also learn environmental, health, social and leadership skills. Visions has sponsored the establishment of numerous Children’s Learning Centers through SCOPE India Trust in South India to date, and hopes to sponsor many more this year. The average cost of a center for 30 children is $810 per year.

The group’s ultimate goal is to support youth who possess the eagerness for learning but lack the available resources to better their life prospects. We want to provide students K-12 with mentorship, leadership, and academic preparation to help them reach their full potential and ultimately change patterns of inequality. Ritika Johal, co-president, notes that “these resources will provide economically disadvantaged and marginalized youth an opportunity to reach their full potential. Through events such as Visions of Hope, we can help young men and women build a foundation for a better life and community as a whole.”

The event is being held in conjunction with International Education Week at UC Davis. “We are collaborating with several community partners to create an event that is not only entertaining but also strengthens our global awareness and impact,” said Venita Sivamani who serves on the board of directors. “We hope you will join us on November 16 and help empower tomorrow’s leaders!”

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