8th Grade Student's Essay Awarded First Place by the India Philanthropy Alliance

8th Grade Student's Essay Awarded First Place by the India Philanthropy Alliance
Tanya Spishak

Eisha Yadav wrote about the need to bring joy and well-being to India's elderly.

In summer of 2021, the India Philanthropy Alliance sponsored a nationwide youth essay competition focused on the importance of philanthropy in general as well as donating to benefit India. This was a first step toward activating and nurturing the philanthropic impulse among second and third-generation Indian-Americans, and others with affinity for India. The hope was to generate promising new ideas from young people about how to engage youth (and others) in philanthropy.

8th grade Woodland student, Eisha Yadav, participated in the contest for middle and high school students, which required them to write about a problem India is facing. She was selected as the first prize winner in the middle school category. Her essay highlighted her passion about setting up programs and community centers for the aging in India. “How can we ignore the needs of the population that helped raise us?” she asked. Eisha advocates for day care centers to be developed in India so that seniors receive social and emotional support in addition to basic health services.

Woodland is proud of Eisha and congratulate her on this amazing accomplishment.  Her essay has been published on the organization's website and she was awarded $1000 to donate to a non-profit organization of her choice. She chose American Friends of HelpAge India and will be speaking at a conference for global philanthropists from around the world on November 10. Registration information for the virtual conference can be found here.  Congratulations, Eisha!

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