· Royalties to Charity
A proportion of proceeds from the sale of Magic to Memphis goes to charities which give help, heal and educate street children and orphans in India, including:
· Children of Mother Earth
CoME was founded by Ravi Rai, who at age 35, decided to leave his job as a Civil Engineer in Singapore and move to India to fulfill his childhood dream of helping underprivileged children and serving humanity. Beginning with one home of seven children in a small village, CoME currently runs 5 residential homes in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh in the northern part of India. CoME provides more than a refuge and schooling; children get a sense of safety, self-esteem, and possibility. Positive moral values are also encouraged, such as compassion, cooperation, sharing, honesty, and a positive attitude toward life.
For more information, check out: http://www.comeinternational.org
· Ramana’s Garden
During the 1990s, an American Prabhavati Dwabha, spent time on the banks of the River Ganges, and her compassion for the many homeless, destitute, and abused children she met grew until ultimately, she decided to make them her life’s work.
Ramana’s Garden is now home to over 60 at-risk children and a free English medium school for over 160 students from Ramana’s Garden and local underprivileged families. On a shoestring budget, she provides a growing number of children with education, nourishment, and a future where they had little or no hope. Prabhavati says;
“You don’t have to be an orphan to live in Ramana’s Garden. You have to be at risk. Every child is here because they would be at risk of being murdered, forced into prostitution, child labour, begging, starvation or total neglect if they weren’t here. Ramana’s Garden takes children from brutal circumstances and provides a healthy and loving environment in which they can heal and grow.”
Children are provided children with a home and the security of an extended family, in addition to the education and training they need to become independent and functioning adults.
For more information check out http://sayyesnow.org/
· Food for Life Vrindavan (FFLV)
In 1990 Rupa Prubhu began distributing food to hungry children on the streets of a small town called Vrindavan, in Uttar Pradesh, India. As Rupa realised that the key to breaking the cycle of poverty was education, he began a charity with the aim of educating the poorest of children, such that they become financially independent in adulthood. Because of the low status of women in Uttar Pradesh, women there suffer the highest rate of malnutrition in India. So empowering young girls through education has become a priority focus. FFLV currently runs two schools for girls with approx. 1200 girls attending, most from the slum areas and villages.
For more information check out http://fflvrindavan.org
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