Want to Watch a #Blogging Family Come Together? #WATWB

To spread peace and humanity on social media, a few of us have worked together to create  We are the World Blogfest , which is here with its 19th edition.

 wonderful bloggers helping cohost this month: Eric Lahti , Inderpreet Uppal, Shilpa Garg, Peter Nena, and yours truly .

Go visit the Others please, and thank them for their hard work behind the scenes.

For the last 10 years, I’ve been associated with Project Why one way or another. This November I’ve been volunteering with them, and have also helped them start a small Sewing Circle fundraiser. (Please check it out and help share/ support it!)

Project WHy Sewing CircleThe Project Why Sewing circle has made over a 1000 women independent over the last decade.

It could close down soon due to lack of funds, but with the kind intervention of many supporters, we hope to keep it alive for the next 6 months–till we are able to fundraise in order to make them self-sustainable.

My WATWB story, though, is not about the fundraiser, nor about Project Why.

Bloggers coming together to support the Project Why Sewing Circle

It is about the blogging community that has come together in the past week, to help me get this fundraiser in shape. These are the personalities who have come together to help so far, and the list is by no means complete, because the blog-a-thon for the fundraiser is still on.

The following folk have actively helped with the organization of the blog-a-thon:

Shailaja Vishwanath: Shailaja has been very kind and supportive from day one: she taught me how to create newsletters with her excellent online class, listened patiently as I yammered on about my favourite topic, Project Why, and even gave input to the Project Why team on how to excel at social media.

Corinne Rodrigues: Corinne has been a pillar of support: raising awareness for this fundraiser with other bloggers, seeding the idea for #GivingTuesday, helping with tech issues with the video, and an absolute wellspring of good advice.

Kasturi Patra: With her husband, Kasturi worked over a weekend to help create the Slideshow that became the fundraiser video for the Sewing Circle Fundraiser. She has also blogged about it.

Ishieta Chopra: Despite keeping late hours at work, Ishieta has not only given valuable advice on how to publicise the fundraiser, but also helped create graphics for the Sewing Circle Fundraiser Blog-a-thon. She’s hoping to support Project Why in other ways, soon.

Project Why Fundraising CircleBloggers haven’t just helped create the blog-a-thon, there are those who have donated to the cause, without ever having seen Project Why, purely based on my appeal ( and I know other bloggers are planning to do the same):

Esha Mookerjee-Dutta

Hilary Melton-Butcher

Inderpreet Kaur Uppal

Priya Bajpai

Sunita Saldhana

Aesha Shah

Vidya Sury

Marian Allen

Holly Jahangiri

Debbie D.

Mayuri Nidigallu

Here is the linky-list for the blog-a-thon, where we’re expecting a few more posts in the coming week. Hugely grateful to all the bloggers who have written about the Project Why Sewing Circle Fundraiser.

If you’d like to support Project Why and write about this fundraiser on your blog (I have pictures and text you can use), please feel free to add the link to the above list.

No clue what I have done to deserve so much love and generosity from the blogiverse, but I’m embracing it all. Those who visit this blog are some of the warmest, most wise people I’ve met online. (Also meeting some of them offline this month, but that’s a story for another day.)

Please consider supporting the Project Why Sewing Circle fundraiser: it is a helping hand for a bunch of very spirited women.

What is your experience with fellow bloggers? Have you ever been on the receiving end of kindness towards a cause you support? Do you ever reach out to fellow bloggers when running a fundraiser for a cause like the Project Why Sewing Circle?

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If you’d like to take part in the We are the World blogfest, sign up in the WE ARE THE WORLD Blogfest Linky List below and please help spread the word on social media via the hashtag #WATWB.



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  2. All we ask is you link to a human news story on your blog on the last Friday of each month, one that shows love and humanity.
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Fundraising to Keep a Sewing Circle Alive? Hell, yes! #GivingTuesday #ProjectWhyDelhi

Blogging has taken a backseat this month: fundraising and advocating has taken its place. I’ve been volunteering with Project Why (I did 26 stories about them in 2016), and renewed my acquaintance with some of the bravest souls I’ve ever met.

This organization, nestled in the underprivileged communities of New Delhi, is all heart, so totally focused on the women and children it helps that they do not have a formal fundraiser. That job had fallen to Anouradha Bakshi, the founder (she’s my hero: I wrote about her in 2014), for all the 18 years of its existence. Fundraising is not for the faint of heart: you need to set yourself aside, and think only of those you’re raising funds for.

In the past weeks, I’ve had various responses to my fundraising efforts: from offers of cheques at my ‘face value’, to sheer incredulity at the concept of crowdfunding, to this gem: I don’t believe in donations, it makes beggars out of people.

No one can make a beggar out of Renu Karotia— the lady whose sewing circle we’re hoping to crowdfund in the coming month. Faced with hunger, homelessness, and penury, Renu took sewing classes, became good enough to turn into a teacher, and is today looking to empower other women in need.

Women like Renu have fought the odds, and deserve to win.

With your help, they can. All they need is a hand to hold when they’re struggling to leave behind the quagmire of poverty and illiteracy.

This FUNDRAISER for the Project Why Sewing Circle aims to do just that. Today is a global day of giving via Giving Tuesday, and Project Why is a part of this kindness movement. You can donate in different currencies like USD and pounds–just change the currency at the top right of the screen.

Please donate a few dollars/ pounds/ euros/rupees: the price of a coffee or a meal in your currency. It would go a long way in helping a bunch of very hard-working women find employment and a chance at taking control of their own lives.

If you are in the U.S., you can also donate to Project Why via Omprakash  which is a tax-exempt non-profit organization registered under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. They take PayPal. Just add a comment that you’re donating for the Project Why SEWING CIRCLE fundraiser.

Share the SEWING CIRCLE FUNDRAISER on social media using the hashtag #GivingTuesday and #ProjectWhyDelhi . Each share leads to at least 3 donations!

If you’d like to read more about Project Why from other bloggers, visit the linky list below:



Enter the linky list above if you wish to talk about the Project Why SEWING CIRCLE fundraiser on your blog. Add the link to your post that talk about the fundraiser, not the link to your blog. (We’ll remove spam, or anyone who enters the linky without mention of the fundraiser.)

Would you help Renu help other women take charge of their lives? Does her story inspire you? Would you share her story?


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