When I was eight years old, my aunts took me to a movie screening in Mill Valley, “A Drop of Life”, which was about water scarcity in India. To access water, one required a prepaid card which was charged each time you wanted water, and those in poverty barely had enough on their card to receive anything.
Although the film was fiction, I wondered if water was actually this scarce in India. I asked my grandfather and he told me that in India access to clean drinking water is a challenge and an issue. In some areas, the issue was not only scarcity of water but the lack of infrastructure.
This peaked my curiosity and compelled me to start this project. Also, the town of Nabha is where my grandparents immigrated from and if they hadn’t I wouldn’t be here today. So, in a sense I’m giving back to my roots.
In order to raise money for this cause, in addition to fundraising, I am working in my grandparents’ vineyards to raise money. I am also making samosas, Indian pastry treats, with my grandmother using her special recipe. We plan to sell them at local events and we are taking special orders. Please contact me if you would like an order. All proceeds will go directly to Aid For Learning.
In a few weeks, I will be making a trip to India to visit Nabha along with other neighboring regions. I plan to keep this blog updated everyday from there.