On behalf of AID Boston and MetroWest chapters, we are coordially inviting you to our annual fundaising dinner, Boston Milan 2019 on Sept 28, 2019 (5-9pm) at Belmont Beech Center, 266 Beech St, Belmont, MA 02478.
India is disproportionately impacted by global climate change. Why? Not only does India have over 3,300 miles of coastline exposed to rising sea levels and unpredictable storm patterns, but it's also home to 600 million+ farmers who struggle on a day to day basis to support their families and adapt to the water scarcity, heat waves, and natural disasters brought on by a changing global climate. Low income farmers and their families live on the front lines of this global crisis.
In India, weather oscillates between droughts and floods, and the root cause of this devastation is degraded ecology, which the changing climate exacerbates. While this may sound like a problem that's too big to tackle, there are simple solutions that help. One of the most cost effective ways to restore balance is to preserve existing forests and reforest areas that have already been degraded. Recent research shows there is 1.7 billion hectares of land available to reforest which could cut down the atmospheric carbon pool by 25 percent. Join Association for India's Development (AID) Boston and MetroWest to hear directly from local leaders on what this looks like in practice and how you can help.
MA State Senator, Jamie Eldridge
State Senator Jamie Eldridge has served as State Senator for the Middlesex and Worcester district since January 2009. Previously, Senator Eldridge served as State Representative for the 37th Middlesex district, after being elected the only Clean Elections candidate to public office in Massachusetts history in November 2002.
Since then, Senator Eldridge has focused his energies in the House and in the Senate on enhancing public education, stimulating the economy, promoting campaign and ethics reform, protecting the environment, improving public safety, expanding access to health care, and improving public transportation.
Senator Eldridge is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Boston College Law School, where he served as President of the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) for two years. Prior to his election as State Representative, Jamie worked as a public interest attorney with Merrimack Valley Legal Services in Lowell, a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to the poor and the elderly. As a public interest lawyer, he also worked to help low-income residents with issues of housing, Social Security, disability, and unemployment.
Sulakshana is an Energy Finance Campaigner at Rainforest Action Network (RAN), where she leads RAN's campaign to stop the U.S. insurance industry from driving the climate crisis. She has been active in the climate justice movement for the last eight years, most recently organizing for just and equitable climate policy in Washington State, fighting fracking in the U.K., and campaigning for universities to divest from fossil fuels and reinvest in communities.
Featured Speaker: Ayesha Khatun
Ayesha Khatun is a grassroot activist who has been working with indigenous, Muslim, Dalit and Hindu girls and women on gender equity and environmental protection in 75 villages of West Bengal and Jharkhand. She has organized women around their rights, education and independent livelihood to become the stewards of the environment in their villages. She is also a prolific writer in Bangla.
Featured Performer: Meena Sundaram and Rajiv Gangurde
Meena Sundaram is a cardiologist at Newton-Wellesley Hospital by profession and a beloved local vocalist who has been doing several Bollywood concerts for various causes in the area over the past 20 years.
She started Abhinaya Arts in 2007 to provide a forum for local talent to support various nonprofits starting with with "Mirabai - The Musical" in 2008 to benefit Helping Hands. Since then Abhinaya Arts has presented approximately an event a year with some notable ones being "Sahib Bibi aur Guru Dutt" to benefit Snehalaya in 2013, "Baaje Tori Paayaliya" to benefit Sankara Cancer Foundation in 2014, "Tere Sur aur Mere Geet" and "Mujhe Rang De" to benefit ASHA for Education in 2017 and 2018. Their upcoming event for Snehalaya is called Nightwind: An evening of enchanted ghazals is on November 9, 2019 at Ashland High School.
She has received musical education from the late Pallavur Mani Iyer and is a current student of Shri Warren Senders and Smt Sonal Shah.
A scientist by profession, Rajiv Gangurde is often heard humming a tune or two in his laboratory at a biotech company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His interests in music range from filmi to classical to ghazals, and he is an ardent fan of the magical Gulzar-Kishore Kumar-RD Burman combination. Rajiv started singing at a very early age, and his love for music is evident in his soulful renditions. He has won the Boston Sargam singing competition in 2014 and is currently taking vocal lessons in Hindustani classical music from Dr. Pradeep Shukla at the LearnQuest Academy.
5:00 AID Poster Session and Welcome Mocktails
5:30 AID Overview
5:35 Fireside Chat
5:50 Local Climate Change Perspective: MA State Senator Jamie Eldridge and Youth Activist, Elana Sulakshana
6:05 Featured Speaker: Ayesha Khatun, grassroot activist from India
6:50 How can you support?
7:15 Entertainment: Bollywood Music Program by Meena Sundaram and Rajiv Gangurde
Compassion wherever there is suffering,
Conviction that the compassion is strong enough to eliminate suffering,
Courage to make this conviction a reality,
This is AID...
Association for India's Development is a volunteer movement promoting sustable, equitable and just development. AID supports grassroots organizations in India and initiates efforts in sustainable agriculture, healthcare for all, women's empowerment, education, safeguarding the evironment and ending gender, caste and class based dscrimination.
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In 2018, AID Boston disbursed $130,000 towards 19 projects acrossIndia.
This year we hope to raise $100,000 to continue supporting our grassroots partners and make significant efforts towards scaling our impact.
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