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May 21, 2010

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May 21, 2010

My goal for the health and hygiene program developed in the winter of 2006 was to enhance the quality of life for the red-light and slum children of Kolkata, India. These communities are at a high risk of HIV/AIDS and other hygiene related diseases. Since the basic hygiene knowledge is lacking, the eight-week program was designed to improve the overall health and well-being of the children. The program focused on educating the children about proper personal hygienic care and incorporating physical fitness into their everyday lives. The progress of the hygiene aspect of the class was gauged by visual improvements, both of the children’s overall cleanliness and progress charts regarding hand washing and dental care. The children’s better health was apparent since the children suffered less colds and runny noses towards weeks four through eight of the program. I assessed their physical fitness progress by using segments of the United States Presidential Physical Fitness Award criteria.

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My experiences here helped me get into medical school. Hopefully with my medical education, I will be able to help them in the future.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 20, 2010

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May 20, 2010

I have helped with this organization since it's inception in 2003 and they have an amazing cause that is just starting to get media attention - sex slaves and the children affected by the trafficking. Personally, this cause demands so much attention, it is just hard to conceive this happens in 2010. But it does, and people like Cents of Relief are out there to help educate the women, children, and even men who use these services of the health-related issues and psycho-socio damage caused to the people trapped within this horrific cycle.

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When they started an e-mentoring program for the trafficked women's children to help get an education. They were given laptops and able to talk to a volunteer about their interests and what they want to do when they grow up. Education is the only way out.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 17, 2010

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May 17, 2010

I have met with the people involved in trying to make a difference with this organization and it is very clear that they all have a high level of passion to make a difference. They do fundraisers and try to raise awareness in such a personalized way. I hope they can gain the support they need to expand.

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NYC when I attended their Party for a Purpose event. What a great event they held.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 13, 2010

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May 13, 2010

My experience with Cents of Relief has been AMAZING! Rina and Anup are highly committed to the cause, and take care to ensure that all programs greatly benefit the women and children. I can say with confidence that Cents of Relief has made a lifelong impact on many women and children in need!! They have gained an identity and self confidence - while learning basic hygiene skills, computer and English language training - many things that children in the U.S. wouldn't have to think twice about. The new burn victim program has great partners and is a very promising endeavor.

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There is nothing quite like seeing the smiles on the faces of the children in Kolkata when you arrive!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The relationships that I've built with the women and children in India

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 12, 2010

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May 12, 2010

Cents of Relief is dedicated to the women and children who are trapped in the red light districts of India. Not only do they see potential in these women and children who have been victimized, trafficked and abused, but they work hard to link them with appropriate resources, support, and opportunities. Cents of Relief is working on creative initiatives that will have a positive, meaningful impact for many women: ~Anup is linking burn victims with plastic surgeons in the hopes that they will be able to regain a sense of normalcy in their daily lives after surgery (for example, simply putting on their own sari). ~Rina is spearheading a new program where women are given work outside the red light district, sewing ties out of old sari fabric. These beautiful ties will then be sold in shops and boutiques. ~you can always look at their website of facebook page for more accurate & timely info

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I have seen firsthand the organizations and people they fund and work with in India. They are very cautious about who they work with because they want all of their money and supplies to go directly to the women and children.

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About once a year

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2010

May 11, 2010

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May 11, 2010

What makes Cents of Relief such an incredible non-profit organization is its unrelenting commitment to a women's issue that typically does not receive the mainstream media attention it truly warrants. Furthermore, the programs and services it provides serve as invaluable stepping stones towards creating more productive and impactful lives for the women and children caught within the vicious web of human trafficking. Finally, this organization is a shining example of the incredible and lasting impact that seemingly ordinary people can have when they are truly dedicated to their cause.

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By listening to the stories of my fellow volunteers who have personally witnessed the impact that Cents of Relief has had on the lives of women in children in red light districts. I hope one day I can experience this first hand.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make incalculable strides towards providing solid educational opporunities to both women and children. Furthermore, it's ability to speedily and effectively deliver much needed healthcare to this vulnerable population would improve substantially.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 11, 2010

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May 11, 2010

Went to a fundraising event in the spring and saw that everyone involved is really trying to make a difference and is genuinely interested in halping the children in India.

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the spring at a fundraising event.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 11, 2010

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May 11, 2010

If you want to make a genuine difference in the lives of the poorest children in India, then this is the organization for you. The Board and volunteers are the most amazing people you have ever met - they have worked tirelessly since 2003 to provide education, access to health care, and lifesaving information on health awareness.

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seeing the amazing results of the hard work done by Cents of Relief!

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 11, 2010

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May 11, 2010

I have donated to this cause for over 6 years and witnessed it develop into an incredible organization aimed at women and children who are sold into sex trafficking/human slavery. Cents of Relief has made a tremendous impact on women and their children by constantly providing assistance programs in India. I have seen this organization's work firsthand as they provide constant updates about their ongoing projects. The project that heavily impressed me this year was the work they did for burn awareness. Cents of Relief created a burn comic that they distributed to individuals in the red-light areas. The clear illustrations and language has helped so many children cater to the burn wounds appropriately. I look forward to translating the burn comic into Urdu so that it can distributed more widely. This organization will continue to have my support as it helps so many women that cannot help themselves.

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the burn awareness area. They have distributed burn comics in India that provide assistance to those who do not know how to cater to their wounds appropriately.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 11, 2010

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May 11, 2010

Cents of Relief is a wonderful organization which focuses on providing educational opportunities, improving healthcare and preventing human trafficking of women and children in the red light districts of India. In my personal experience as an e-mentor with Cents of Relief, the programs are very successful and effective. I enjoyed receiving my weekly emails from my buddy as well as sending her stories of my life. Cents of Relief is an amazing organization!

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through my experiences with the organization. They believe in the mission and work very hard to reach their goals.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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