The India Philanthropy Alliance (IPA) announced the results of this year’s Youth Essay Competition, designed to increase the culture of philanthropy among American Indians, especially young people.
The winners are Rithani Saravanakumar of Redmond, Washington and Eisha Yadav of Redwood City, Calif. Of the high school and college competition, the IPA said in a statement on Tuesday.
Diya Patel of Woodland Park, New Jersey and Chinmayi Joshi of Basking Ridge, New Jersey were the respective finalists.
“These young middle and high school students presented thoughtful, passionate and well-researched ideas on how to tackle some of the biggest challenges India faces today,” said Deepak Raj, Chairman of the Alliance.
“We are encouraged by their enthusiasm and look forward to seeing their continued development,” he said.
As part of the competition, winners will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas during a special webinar hosted by IPA member Indiaspora on November 10, attended by hundreds of philanthropists, business leaders and staff and volunteers from nonprofit organizations should be present.
Winners will receive a prize of $ 1,000 to donate to the charity of their choice, while finalists will receive $ 500 to donate to the charity of their choice.
This was all made possible through the generosity of the Sarva Mangal Family Trust, the IPA said.
“We are very encouraged by the enthusiasm and thoughtfulness of the students, some of whom are already involved in the causes they defend,” said Mona Shah, one of the contest judges and representative of the Trust.
Saravanakumar has written about crop price deregulation in India and its impact on the rural farming community.
“We need to help small farmers stay in business. Too many of them have had to abandon their farms and are being left behind, ”said Saravanakumar, advocating for the development of reliable infrastructure so that small farmers can produce, transport and store their agricultural products.
Yadav is passionate about building community aging programs and centers in India.
“How can we ignore the needs of the people who have helped us to rise up? Asks Eisha, advocating for the development of child care centers in India so that older people receive social and emotional support in addition to basic health services.
Patel advocated for equitable education for rural India’s youth while Joshi advocated for the advancement of services for people with disabilities, especially those living in remote and poor areas of the country.
Finalists include Aniruddh Marella from Frisco, Texas, Eshwar Venkataswamy from Athens, Pennsylvania and Jibraan Rahman from Plymouth, Michigan in the high school category; and Arhaan Iyer from Dallas, Texas, Eesha Jain from Seattle, Washington and Riya Pharsiyawar from Danbury, Connecticut in the college category.
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