What if purchasing one bracelet could feed a child for a week? On June 9th from 11am-3pm, Brigit Boutique in Mamaroneck will host Brigit Cares: An Indian Bazaar to Benefit Children of the Ganges. All are welcome to join the fundraiser to celebrate and aid the opening of a new classroom for older children.
The bazaar will display artwork from the school and feature Indian food and music as well as a raffle and silent auction. Join the movement and experience the children’s joy in creating artwork, view and purchase the unique greeting cards designed by the students as well as other Indian-made items that directly benefit the school. In addition to hosting the benefit Brigit’s owner Breda Leahy will donate a percentage of sales on June 9th to Children of the Ganges.
How can these proceeds make a difference?
As this school year comes to a close, another one is set to start in Rishikesh, India. Children of the Ganges, founded by Mamaroneck resident Truike Boekholt-Daly, will re-open for the 2012-2013 school year on July 1. Children of the Ganges provides over 20 underserved street children with free educations six days a week regardless of caste, religion, gender, or social status. This year marks the opening of a new classroom for older students aged 11-16 where they can focus on more advanced studies and vocational training “This is the age where these children find work or get married” stated Boekholt-Daly who has made it her goal to keep these pre-teens and teenagers in school that when they leave, they have the skills needed to “make it”.
This new classroom is in dire need of books and school supplies in addition to funds to hire a local teacher. This is where Brigit comes in; the boutique’s partnership with Children of the Ganges dates back to its opening in 2010 and takes part in the school’s mission by selling greeting cards designed by the children and other Indian goods that go directly towards paying for their education.
What is the Children of the Ganges?
Children of the Ganges, founded by Mamaroneck resident Truike Daly, is a group of volunteers in the U.S., Europe, and India dedicated to providing street children living on the Ganges river with a nutritious meal and free educations six days a week. The Children of the Ganges school is open to all children from kindergarten to senior secondary education levels regardless of caste, religion, gender, or social status and promotes the qualities of kindness, compassion, ethical behavior, and a sense of universal responsibility. The school also aims to inspire its students with motivation and leadership skills to bring peace, happiness, and well-being to their communities and environments.