Met Emily Say, Emily Do? #atozchallenge

For the A to Z Blogging Challenge, I’m blogging 26 days in April based on the alphabet and bringing you stories from the nonprofit Project Why.

Today,  I bring you a story a beautiful young girl, who saves up each year so she can volunteer at  Project Why. Real and straightforward like most of my other American friends, Emily Fox either has the secret of turning back time, or an army of clones or Ninjas or whatever, because working with her is like: Emily say, Emily do. She delivers on whatever she takes on.

Emily first came to Project Why in 2012 when she was still in her teens.  She was to stay for six months in a different culture and society, but it took her no time to take to Project Why, Delhi and India. Language proved no barrier, nor did the spicy cuisine.

Damyanti Biswas talks about Project Why and the wonderful work this small nonprofit with a large heart does in the slum communities of New DelhiBefore she came to Project Why she had already worked single handed with challenging adults with special needs, and in no time, she bonded with the children and staff of Project Why’s Special Section.

Emily knows where she is needed even before you ask her. She soon began helping with the volunteer programme and fundraising. While being a full time student and working nights to meet her expenses, she still finds time to revamp Project Why’s social media profile and find new funding avenues, despite being thousands of miles away, in the States.

Inspired by Project Why and their grassroots approach, Emily plans to continue working in the non-profit world. She is currently working on establishing an organization in America to aid in sending funds and volunteers to Project Why.  Once she finishes her education, Emily wants to expand this organization to include outreach to teens and young adults so they too can experience Project Why.

Would you like to become a Project Why Ambassador? If you cannot make it to New Delhi, could you donate to bring a smile to a child’s face? What would you say to Emily?

To Donate to Special Section of Project Why, CLICK HERE.
To Contact Project Why, Click Here

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  1. Kalpanaa

    Hats off to Emily. It’s been quite a few years since I visited Project Why even though I live in Delhi. Anuradha Bakshi is an amazing woman specially because she can rope in all these wonderful volunteers. Greet going Damyanti.

  2. hilarymb

    Hi Damyanti – what an inspiring young lady Emily is .. that was amazing to read … and I shall remember … cheers to you all – Hilary

  3. jlennidorner

    J here, stopping by from the #atozchallenge – where I am part of Arlee Bird’s A to Z Ambassador Team.
    April is here and I’m excited about it. Best of luck to us both on meeting our goals of posting and hopping to other blogs.
    My blog has a giveaway. There’s a bonus a to z challenge each day to encourage people to visit more stops.
    That’s a wonderful story. I’m sharing it on social media. Best of luck on spreading the word for this great cause!

  4. Emily Fox

    Wow, thank you for the beautiful post, Damyanti. I’m humbled. I consider it an honor to work with Ptoject Why and know without a shadow of a doubt that I have received more from them than I’ve given. The student’s selfless nature and boundless love is my inspiration and that is a gift I work everyday to return. I look forward to my future becoming even more intertwined with Project Why.

    • Anouradha Bakshi

      We’re reminded everyday to have hope- from our students, teachers, and volunteers- we’re so blessed at Project Why. When we are in need we always have supporters to step up and donate or volunteer their time. Just as Emily and Damyanti have been doing.

  5. Diana Krauss

    I am sure that Emily finds her volunteering as valuable as Project Why finds her participation. She should be an inspiration to all.

  6. fenster

    All these amazing people doing amazing work. I look forward to reading about them each day. Thanks for sharing these stories with us.

    • Damyanti Biswas

      Thank you for reading them! A few kind souls are donating to Project Why: I hope you’ll join them– the Project needs to raise funds from compassionate individuals because they don’t spend any money on advertising.

  7. Guilie Castillo

    What an amazing person! The world needs more Emilys—imagine if we all lived with this kind of integrity, this kind of commitment. Brava, Emily!

    • Anouradha Bakshi

      Lucky for Project Why, there are more people like Emily. She is just one of our super volunteers! Without all of their support Project Why wouldn’t have the same spirit.

    • Anouradha Bakshi

      That was a bitter sweet day for us; it was Emily’s last day at Project Why after her first time with us. We immediately started counting down the days to her return.

    • Damyanti Biswas

      Each time I hear about Drumpf, I think of Emily, you and other American friends. I feel better about your great country, simply because people like Emily are part of it.

      • Dan Antion

        I’m glad there are people like Emily. these days, the people in the news from this country aren’t exactly our best and brightest. Unfortunately, we’re going to elect one of them President.

  8. jdubj

    Glad I had the pleasure to meet Emily, the second time I visited Project Why. We certainly had a few laughs and scrapes. A very determined young woman, the nicest American I have met.

    • Damyanti Biswas

      Project Why will shine with their own light for the wonderful work they’re doing. I’m jut sharing a few of the positive stories and people out of the thousands they have been part of in the last 15 years.

      Please consider donating to them: a small amount goes a long way in this no-frills org.