Texas Teen Gives Back to Anantapur

Texas Teen Gives Back to Anantapur

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  Houston teenager Sreyas is not your average 15-year-old boy. A gifted student, he’s a rising high school junior who skipped a grade. He’s also on the varsity tennis team, and in his “spare time,” he organizes community service projects for local teens, volunteers at a nursing home, and plays tennis with adult cancer survivors. His remarkable service mindset is not surprising when you look at the example set by his parents and grandparents, who hail from south India. Years ago Sreyas’ grandfather founded a school in Anantapur so that all children would have access to quality education. A generation later, Sreyas’ parents immigrated to the U.S. for work opportunities, and have made a point to raise their children with an understanding of the region of their roots. When Sreyas…
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Five Tips for Traveling to Incredible India

Five Tips for Traveling to Incredible India

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Are you interested in traveling to India? India is many things. It’s chaotic, bamboozling, intoxicating, crazy, exasperating, wonderful, squalid, beautiful, daunting, overwhelming, and fantastic. All at the same time, India is these things and more. How can you possibly prepare yourself for a trip to this marvelous land? Whether you are taking the ultimate travel plunge of going to India for the first time, or you’re a returning visitor, follow these simple tips to get the most out of your trip.   #1 Wear Sunscreen & Watch What You Eat You have a full adventure ahead of you, so you don’t want to get sidetracked by any physical mishaps. First, pack your sunscreen. India’s temperatures can exceed 100 degrees any month of the year, so you’ll want to protect your…
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Finding Common Ground:  A Month in India By: Trisha Curry

Finding Common Ground: A Month in India By: Trisha Curry

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Spending a month in India with VFF USA was an experience that was equal parts incredible and enlightening. My first impression of the Indian culture was in the car, observing my driver from the airport zip around chaotic streets, honking his horn emphatically at each car he passed and weaving in and out of traffic with inches to spare. The lanes designating traffic direction seemed to be regarded only as a suggestion. Cars and motorbikes constantly popped into the lane of opposing traffic to pass one another.  I even saw a motorcycle crammed with four passengers—two of which were tiny children—and a string of dead chickens hanging off the back. After about an hour, the chaotic scene began to take on meaning. The horns signaled that drivers were passing one…
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A Recipe for Empowerment

A Recipe for Empowerment

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Save the date! On September 22, 2016, the Vicente Ferrer Foundation USA (VFF USA) will host our launch party — A Recipe for Empowerment — in Washington, D.C. We are thrilled to officially open our first U.S. office, and invite you to share this special moment with us. A Recipe for Empowerment will feature the world premiere of the "VFF USA Virtual Reality Experience," an incredibly intimate look at the communities that we serve and the impact that we're making. Attendees will also nosh on delectable dishes created by the DC Metro area's most accomplished Spanish, Indian and American chefs, and bid on spectacular items in the silent and live auctions. Of course, proceeds from the event goes directly to support the work we do every day to help eliminate…
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Rise Up for Our CrowdRise Campaign

Rise Up for Our CrowdRise Campaign

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When Lakshmi Devi was just a year old, polio crippled her legs and right arm. But today she is fearless and a strong voice for people with disabilities. Neighbors flock to her small store to buy candy, spices, and other household goods as well as to learn about resources for loved ones with disabilities. For 46 years, VFF has helped disabled people such as Lakshmidevi learn job skills, build businesses, and become leaders in their communities. Currently, VFF supports over 1,200 community self-help groups. These groups are a meeting place for people facing major barriers to employment as a result of their physical or mental disabilities. VFF is Crowdrising for “Work Without Limits” to raise $15,000. With your support, 17 individuals in our community self-help group will receive training, start-up…
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