JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – In its last meeting for the 2012-2013 school year April 9, Chattahoochee High School’s Indian Cultural Exchange (ICE) Club presented Ekal Vidyalaya a check that will support a tribal village school in India for an entire year.
Ekal Vidyalaya is an Indian nonprofit organization with a mission to promote holistic village development through exclusive education in rural India. In the years since its founding in 1999, Ekal Vidyalaya has funded the building and support of 47,000 schools scattered throughout India. As a whole, they house 1.3 million students.
Taught by local youth, the schools stress their education on a four-point focus: primary education, healthcare awareness, development and empowerment. With one of its primary centers in Atlanta, the program plans to raise the funds necessary to build 100,000 more schools across India by 2015 through donations and sponsorships.
The Chattahoochee ICE Club runs entirely on its mission and vision – to inform, educate and entertain students regarding the various aspects of the Indian culture and community.
Complete with a club website (www.hoochiceclub.com), bi-monthly meetings and various celebrations that mirror Indian festivities, the organization has gained both popularity and support within the Chattahoochee community.
In addition, ICE has provided its members with various volunteer opportunities that extend its reach outside of Chattahoochee itself. Practically a first-year organization, ICE has effortlessly turned itself into one of the most popular clubs in Chattahoochee High School with the help of its members, officers and sponsor.
As a means of giving back to the community that supported its growth, Chattahoochee’s ICE Club has donated a portion of its accumulated funds ($365, a dollar a day for a year) to this charity in order to fund and aid children in receiving the education that its members enjoy.
The club plans to extend its reach into the next school year, continuing a tradition with Ekal Vidyalaya that has only just begun. For information on Ekal Vidyalaya and its continuous endeavors, visit the charity’s website at www.ekal.org.
This article was published in the Johns Creek Herald May 2, 2013 edition