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Inspired by their grandparents, KV Kamath & Rajalakshmi Kamath & Dr. Ram Pai & Raju Pai, Nandan (16), Lakshan (15) & Arya (10) have always been taught by their parents, Ajnya & Rakesh Pai, to strive for excellence and to do their part in making a difference! Nandan founded Pai Team Fundraising in January 2021 and roped in his younger siblings so that they could learn to give back. The team’s goal for 2021 is to raise funds for educational initiatives in India. Their first fundraiser was for Pratham India. Pratham has served over 75 million disadvantaged students in the poorest neighborhoods in India since 1995. Since March 2020, they have provided technological platforms to disadvantaged children enabling them to continue with their education during  school closures. 

 

Pai Team Fundraising’s second fundraiser is a partnership with the Konkani Charitable Fund to benefit the GSB Scholarship League in Mumbai, India. The GSB Scholarship League has been providing need-based scholarships to high achieving GSB and Saraswat students for the last 109 years. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of supporting our students as many GSB and Saraswat families are struggling with job insecurities, financial loss, homelessness and even death. 

 

Nandan, a junior at East Grand Rapids High School in Michigan, is a member of his school’s Key Club, Student Council & National Honors Society chapter. He is also on the Youth Action Board of the Kids’ Food Basket, a nonprofit organization in West Michigan serving sack suppers to children facing food insecurity. He rows for the East Grand Rapids High School Men’s Crew team, which won the 2021 Michigan State Rowing Championships.

He is a candidate for the East Grand Rapids High School Class of 2022 IB Diploma program. Nandan prides himself on being a foodie and  enjoys alpine skiing, adventure sports and traveling. 

 

Lakshan is a freshman at East Grand Rapids High School in Michigan. He is a nationally ranked foil fencer and has been named to USA Fencing’s All-Academic FIRST team for excellence and achievement in fencing and academics . An accomplished alto saxophonist, Lakshan is a part of his school’s marching and concert bands. Lakshan enjoys jazz music, politics & traveling. 

 

Arya has been raising awareness and funds as a youth ambassador for the American Heart Association since she was 6 years old! She is currently a 4th grader and enjoys dance, basketball, art and traveling.

 
 

Pai Family Fundraising for GSB Scholarship League

 

Konkani Charitable Fund in association with Pai Team Fundraising will now provide assistance to the needy & deserving students to acquire better & higher education. The GSB Scholarship League will administer the selection &  award of grants to deserving students.

Update 7/23/21

Amount collected in India $57,597

Amount collected in USA $58,609

Amount collected from rest of the world $10,000

Total $126,106

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Emergency COVID relief Fund Progress

 

 
 
Update 7/16/21
 
Additional $2000 received as donations. Thus Total donations received are $115,680.
 
We just sent $5000 to GSB Sabha Dahisar-Borivali for their Vaccination drive for Impoverished Konkanis living in western Suburb of Mumbai.
 
Thus donations disbursed to charities helping India in Covid relief efforts, total $105,500.

 

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Welcome to Konkani Charitable Fund (EIN: 90-0482868) 

Konkani Charitable Fund is a group of Konkanis residing in North America who are trying to help needy Konkanis worldwide. This group was founded shortly after North American Konkani Association Sammelan 2008 in Santa Clara, CA with an idea that if we can have over 1300 delegates from all over come to meet and celebrate our heritage and culture, imagine what we can do to harness that energy and enthusiasm in a positive direction for social service. Read more...

 
 

OUR HEROS

Konkani Charitable Fund Inc. is a registered non-profit charitable organization under IRS code 501(C)(3). Our EIN#  is 90-0482868

 

Konkani Charitable Fund Inc.

43 Spray Court Bayport, NY 11705

EIN: 90-0482868

phone: (631) 472-1418

e-mail:  gabhandarkar@gmail.com

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