If you are reading this, you probably know one (or both) of Rashmi and Anish, and want to know what exactly this wedding fundraiser is all about.
As you probably know, we are getting married on November 25 this year. When we started discussing what plans we had for our very traditional South Indian Brahmin wedding, we quickly realized that we didn't really have a say on most of the ritualistic and logistical aspects of the wedding (which was also pretty convenient, to be honest). However, we wanted our wedding to be more than just food, photographs, awkward smiles and awkward smiles in photographs with food. We wanted to start off this new inning on the right foot, and thought a wedding fundraiser towards a cause that we both strongly believe in, might be that step in the right direction. Here's why we are super kicked about our wedding fundraiser.
As co-alumni of DAV, NIT Trichy and the University of Michigan, we feel that a high quality education has really been a lottery that we both ended up winning. It is amazing how winning a lottery can give people a sense of achievement and self-importance, and we really want to try to pass on this lottery ticket to a few more deserving youngsters in rural India.
We want to raise INR 3.5 lakhs (approximately USD 4700) through our wedding fundraiser, and donate this amount to Pratham (an established and very innovative NGO based in India) towards two causes:
1) Support 10 rural drop-out girls to complete Class 10, through the Second Chance Program (Program Video: https://tinyurl.com/y8m6m87z) - We both strongly feel that giving rural drop-out girls another shot at education can have a direct impact on 10 deserving girls, 10 needy families and hopefully even more people around them.
2) Improve the quality of data available on learning outcomes in India, by supporting the ASER survey in one Indian district (2017 Report Video: https://tinyurl.com/y8mjuuex) - If we want to go to war against poor educational standards, then good and easily accessible data is a prerequisite. The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) is a work in progress, but is already one of India's most widely used data sources on learning outcomes by policy-makers, NGOs, CSR outfits and other good samaritans. In our own small way, we want to add some more fuel to this fire.
We really hope you consider donating to our wedding fundraiser.
Rashmi & Anish