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Tragic Traffic Accident in India

Tragic Traffic Accident in India

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Updated August 7th, 2017 | Washington, DC The Vicente Ferrer Foundation (VFF) hosts thousands of visitors each year from around the world at our India headquarters in Anantapur. From August, 1st to 6th a group of thirteen donors and friends arrived from Spain to witness the impact of VFF’s work in India. The group leader, Vicente Perez was a frequent traveller to India and VFF’s programs. Throughout the last 4 summers he had organized a group of friends to participate in an alternative vacation to support VFF’s work. Among the group were everyday heroes each of them a sponsor to group of women entrepreneurs or sponsoring a child. After having an opportunity to meet the communities that they generously supported, the group was en route to enjoy some of South…
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“Como Se Dice Oportunidad?” How Studying Spanish Brought One Student a World of Opportunity

“Como Se Dice Oportunidad?” How Studying Spanish Brought One Student a World of Opportunity

Stories From India
In a story connecting two faraway places and dramatically different cultures, we are proud to share how our Professional Language School in Anantapur recently empowered one young student to embark on an exciting new career in another country. Since he was a child, 25-year-old Rakesh has dreamed of learning Spanish. But he never imagined that he would  master the language in such a way as to line up a job in Mexico City at a major global company. Rakesh was born in Settur, in Andhra Pradesh, where his father worked for VFF and instilled in him the importance of education. After high school, Rakesh studied mechanical engineering at a local university. He complemented this study by taking courses at VFF Professional Language School to gain skills in Spanish, English, accounting,…
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Recipe for Empowerment: A Festive Evening in DC to Change Lives in India

Recipe for Empowerment: A Festive Evening in DC to Change Lives in India

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  Last fall, 250 friends of VFF USA gathered for Recipe for Empowerment, our annual gala and auction that raises support for our mission to empower rural India. Guests bid on spectacular silent and live auction items as they enjoyed delectable dishes provided by some of DC area’s most accomplished chefs. We were deeply grateful to raise $100,000 to directly impact the lives of 130 female victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. These women participated in a jobs training program that prepares women for work in high-demand vocations, including tailoring, small batch cleaning supply manufacturing, and other areas. As the women complete the program this month, we anticipate that 90% will be able to support themselves and their families within three months. Thanks to your support, 130 women and…
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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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Educating Girls for a Better Future

Educating Girls for a Better Future

Stories From India
In rural communities of India, girls can face significant barriers to education, but 18-year old Varalakshmi was determined to prove to herself and her community that an education can be the most effective pathway to success. It was a proud moment for her entire family when she got accepted to the Jawaharlal Nehru University, becoming the only person in her family to ever to go to college. Getting this far was not easy. Varalakshmi’s remote community has an elementary school where she studied until 5th grade, but in 6th grade, she needed to travel to a nearby village about 3 miles away to continue her education. Her parents discouraged her from continuing her education, as it can be unsafe to travel alone. In 8th grade, VFF provided her with a…
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Save-the date for our annual gala, “Recipe for Empowerment”.

Save-the date for our annual gala, “Recipe for Empowerment”.

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The Vicente Ferrer Foundation USA (VFF USA) is thrilled to announce the save-the date for our annual gala, “Recipe for Empowerment”  as October 6th, 2017. The event brings together top Spanish, Indian and American chefs from the D.C. metro area to show the interconnectedness of the world through food. The VFF USA "Recipe for Empowerment" annual gala helped break the cycle of abuse and foster independence for these 300 women last year. This year our goal is to raise $300,000 which will support the construction of a rainwater collection dam, drip irrigation systems for rural farmers, a community school and center, among numerous other programs throughout Andhra Pradesh India. Join us alongside DC's best chefs: Kristy Ferretti, A Loving Table Gregory Booth, The Kitchen at Blue Creek Dadisi Olutosin,Plated Food Groupe Logan…
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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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VFF’s Festival of Art Cultivates Creativity in Local Students

VFF’s Festival of Art Cultivates Creativity in Local Students

Stories From India
Each year Children's Day is celebrated across India to promote the rights, care, and education of children. Children’s Day – or Bal Divas as it’s called locally – celebrates the birthday of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India. Jawaharlal Nehru is famous for many things, including as an iconic national figure who was once mentored by Mahatma Gandhi and went on to lead the Indian independence movement. Nehru was also renowned for his respect and admiration of children. He passionately believed that children represented India’s future and were the real strength and foundation of society. Nehru was fond of saying that children were like flower buds in a garden, who should be carefully and lovingly nurtured. Impressively, he did not discriminate children by gender. Nehru encouraged equal opportunities…
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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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USEC and VFF USA presented  “Navigating Cultural Differences in International Projects”

USEC and VFF USA presented “Navigating Cultural Differences in International Projects”

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We have all had that magical moment, when we strike gold on the  perfect solution, but sometimes when presenting our new ideas to others it is easy for the essential elements to get lost in translation. Cultural differences go beyond language. Perhaps you recall stories of the merry-go-round hooked up to a water pump as a solution for rural sub-Saharan Africa, where children are plentiful but clean water is scarce. The investors that created the project seemed to have thought of everything. Reports found pumps abandoned, broken, unmaintained. Of the more than 1,500 pumps that had been installed with the initial burst of grant money, one-quarter already needed repair. It’s not surprising that cultural differences lead a great idea from one location to quick scaling and then failure. This failure,…
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