Two Cents of Hope: From desis in the USA to their homeland
People often discuss the problems that their countries face. Even when they move away from their homeland. Three grad students North Carolina State University were doing just that in a coffeeshop a few years ago. One of them saw a change of two cents returned from their bill on the table. And he declared, “Let these be the Two Cents of Hope for a better India.”
Thus was born a social movement. They started seeking all the small, loose change that people don’t mind parting ways with. One realization during the discussion mentioned above was the low literacy rates in India. The three founders firmly believe that most of the other problems will be solved by focusing on this one. So, they partnered with nonprofits and schools in India to help achieve this end.
Starting off with just seven people on board, it has more than a hundred members living across four continents. And what do they do? Help to educate the kids who would otherwise drop out or not attend schools at all.
The best part about the organization is that all their activities are totally volunteer driven. TCH does not have any paid employees. This not only brings down the overhead costs, but also allows the organization to use 100% of the funds they raise for the children who need it.
For the last three years (that’s as long as Crowdera has existed!), we have proudly hosted three fundraisers for TCH. All of them for their annual Relay. Volunteers of the organisation run a 200-mile relay from Napa Valley to Santa Cruz to raise awareness about their cause. They also run a parallel fundraising activity.
392 donors from USA, Asia and Africa rallied support to Two Cents of Hope’s efforts to raise $50,330 in two different campaigns. Both the times, TCH raised amounts much higher than their targets that totalled up to $44700. These funds helped 214 students from underprivileged background in India get an education.
This year, TCH is raising funds for infrastructure development in a school in rural Bangalore and to support 50 street kids in their education. Visit their campaign page to provide two cents of hope to kids from vulnerable backgrounds in India.