Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Isabelle and David Drappier- More than friends

A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.
Douglas Pagels
When I left Belgium, I knew I was leaving a piece of my heart behind. I knew I had so much ahead of me. Human Rights Work I wanted to pursue, things to learn and above all explore a new world. The most difficult part was leaving behind my two best friends- David and Isabelle.
On August 26, 2006, David and Isabelle got married in Belgium. They felt that they were blessed abundantly and wanted to share some of their blessings for a good cause. They made a donation to the Karen Maryann Scholarship. Today 6 students are educated in their name.
David and Isabelle are both involved and aware of the preference a male child receives in India compared to a female child. They have opted to educate 6 girls, ranging in the ages of 6-14 years.
They have encouraged me in this endeavour of mine and have been my sounding board from day one. They have always helped me to look at the bigger picture-helping those in need.
To- Nousse and Nousette (my names for them), thank you for your contribution but above all for your gift of friendship.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Karen Maryann Scholarship

Three years ago, I remember reading this Chinese Proverb again and again.
If you are planning for a year; sow rice
If you are planning for a decade; plant trees
If you are planning for a lifetime; educate people

Three years ago an idea was born; it came to fruition on January 17, 2007. When Karen Maryann Pereira passed away on October 26, 2003, I knew she wanted her legacy to live on. Her legacy lives on through her children- Kane and Candice, but more through her commitment during her lifetime to educate children.

Where: The Karen Maryann Scholarship was started at St. Mary's Girls High School in Mangalore, India. This was Karen's alma mater and where Karen studied from grade 3 to 10. This was a place where she got her foundation in faith and education.

What: This scholarship will benefit 30 deserving students from the Kannada medium, where tuition fees, school supplies etc, will be provided for the first year.

This is a small beginning but dedicated one. This scholarship will be sustained over the years as there are plans to open a trust in her name where proceeds will go to various schools all over India.

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