‘Heart to Heart’ was the theme for this year’s Support A Child fundraiser held at Berkmar High School on October 15th, 2023 in Lilburn, Georgia. Balvihar, the non-profit educational chapter of Vishwa Hindu Parishad Atlanta, hosted a musical show for SAC.
SAC team annually invites artists from Bharat to perform for awareness and fundraise for the cause. However, this year Balvihar alumni took upon themselves to put together a program and be the difference in the lives of children in need. The entire panoply including the registration, decoration, administration, and the execution of the show was done by youth for the youth.
This year’s SAC awareness event was unique in many ways. It was conducted as a part of Hindu Heritage Month (HHM) celebrations and hosted on the first day of Navratri. HHM is an initiative spearheaded by VHPA.
Vidushi Gupta and Aniruddha Gupta, both Balvihar alumni were the toastmasters who ushered the show starting with inviting the chief guest Ms. Veena Katdare – the president of VHPA Atlanta chapter who then pronounced the commencement of the show with lamp lighting.
Chief guest – Veena Katdare
The playbill was filled with a la carte performances. The git go was with the background score composed by Nihit Tiwari ; The de rigueur of prayers was done by Balvihar students ; Guru Vandana in form of a classical dance by Guru Anurag Sharma on a song composed , sung and choreographed by the legend Birju Maharaj ; Serenading the audiences with her song was Vidhushi Gupta ; Tarana-a Kathak dance performance, done by the dancing feet of Anya Rathi, Aryahi Agarwal, Kavya Salvi, Sharanya Aher, Anaya Tyagi and Anvi Kshatriya ; With enchanting vocals enthralling the listeners was Nitya Jaswani who sang a Bhajan, Beat mixing by DJ in the house was Ankit Verma; Vibhor Gupta entertained
with his yodeling of two Bollywood songs ; Ensnaring with medley of Bollywood and Hollywood songs on her keyboard and entrancing the crowd in a game show of ‘guess that song?’ was Anagha Jaswani ; The grand finale of the show was a dazzling Kathak performance on Bollywood music by professionally trained duo Nandini Joshi and Gauri Gupta.
Support a Child is a non-profit organization that provides education, housing, food, health care and good values to underprivileged children from rural and urban parts of India. SAC is based on strong conviction, ‘education builds a strong nation’. Last year SAC raised funds to support 4580 children. This year the goal is to support 5000 children. SAC is run by volunteer efforts with minimum overhead costs of 9% which leaves 90% of funds to Support A Child projects. A $250 donation will pay for education, housing, lodging and healthcare for a child for one entire year. Support can be given by joining local SAC to take part in various activities. High school and college students can enroll in SAC initiative and earn internship hours in the field of social work.
To join, or learn more ways to support you may contact – Aditya Trivedi, USA team youth coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Balvihar teachers and volunteers