Rishabh Upadhye G’21 and Ayush Rajput have funded 80% of the 2022–2023 Nanhi Kali Syracuse University chapter scholarship program through the Blend360 Giving Foundation.
Each year, the Nanhi Kali Syracuse University chapter raises funds for uniforms, school supplies and tuition costs for girls in India who are otherwise unable to attend elementary or middle school on their own. This year, Upadhye, former Nanhi Kali Syracuse University chapter treasurer, donated $3,612 after he and his Blend360 company teammate, Rajput, won the Blend360 Cornhole Giving Tournament and named Nanhi Kali the charity recipient.
“Every dollar counts, not just towards an underprivileged girl’s education but towards her improved life as well. The Nanhi Kali Syracuse University chapter strives to do our best to see that each girl goes to a school, gets the education she deserves and takes one step towards a hopeful future,” says Ruchita Harsora, president of the Nanhi Kali Syracuse University chapter. “To the donors, it is not just me, or the Nanhi Kali Syracuse University chapter that thanks and appreciates your contribution, it is also a young girl somewhere in a remote part of India thanking you. Because of your donations, they are able to step towards a well-educated future. Thank you for always supporting our cause and believing in us.”
Each year, the registered graduate student organization raises $4,500 to sponsor 52 girls. The generous donation provided by the Blend360 Giving Foundation, Upadhye and Rajput allowed the Nanhi Kali Syracuse University chapter to reach their annual scholarship goal.
“This gift, along with proceeds from our Cuse-Cup sporting events and the public Strengths Workshop graciously donated by Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and College of Professional Studies Executive Director, Liz Green, has made it possible for us to fully support 52 girls for this academic year,” says Arthur Thomas, faculty sponsor of the Nanhi Kali Syracuse University chapter. “We understand that every day spent in school helps an underprivileged girl take one more step out of poverty, slavery or human trafficking. That makes her a better person, her future a brighter one, and our whole world a better place.”
To learn more about the Nanhi Kali Syracuse University chapter, visit nanhikalisyracuse.org.