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Do You Have Happy News to Share? #WATWB

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festival of words forgive project whyWe are the World Blogfest (#WATWB) focuses on positive stories no matter where they’re found. It is all about spreading peace and humanity on social media.

We’ve been doing this for 2 years now, and for my anniversary post, I’d like to share a very happy piece of news.

I was helping with a fundraiser for Project WHY (an organization I’ve blogged about, often) and its teachers Mithu, Naresh, Sophiya, Pushpa who work at the Project Why Okhla Center.

naresh pushpaThe fundraiser was to save a school which was started in a dustbin in 2004 by two very brave women. I’ve spoken about it, here and here.

Some of you have contributed to the fundraiser, some of you have blogged about it and shared it on social media, and to all of you, I’m deeply grateful.

Thanks to help from everyone, the fundraiser has now met its target!!

These teachers have the breather they need, and the school is safe for a few months till they find a stable source of funds.

This has been a great WATWB story, when all of you decided to be light in the darkness–I couldn’t have asked for a better gift for the second anniversary of this blogfest. Thank you so much.

The fundraiser is still online till the 31 March, so if you’d like to leave these brave teachers a token, you can do it HERE.

Have you ever seen a school established in a dustbin? Want to help add in some extra help for these teachers? Do you have a happy, positive bit of news to share with us? What has March been like for you?

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This post was the 22nd installment of the monthly We Are the World Blogfest: I’d like to invite you to join, if you haven’t as yet, to post the last Friday of each month a snippet of positive news that shows our essential, beautiful humanity.

The co-hosts for this month are: Shilpa Garg,  Sylvia McGrath , Belinda WitzenHausenDan Antion and yours truly.

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Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her forthcoming literary crime thriller, The Blue Bar is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency, and will be published by Thomas & Mercer on January 1, 2023.

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47 Comments

  • Christy B says:

    Woohoo! This is AWESOME news, Damyanti! I am so glad they made their target – I had been wondering how the fundraiser was doing so it’s wonderful to see the great update here 🙂

  • Rajlakshmi says:

    That’s great news. So happy that the collective effort was fruitful. 😀

  • Natasha says:

    What a wonderful piece of news. Congratulations. D. All the hard work has paid off. Praying that something stable comes along to sustain this wonderful initiative long-term.

    God speed!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks, Natasha! The congratulations all go to Project WHY, they worked hard on this. Thanks for your kind wishes, I know the Universe is listening.

  • Wonderful news Damyanti!

  • Children are our citizens for the future and if trained well we can expect a better situation in our world than we have at present. There is no country I can think of where an underprivileged layer of society is not denied the privilege of not only a good education, but an education with an end result of love for those around them. Obviously the onus is on our generation to provide not only ideas but equal respect for others.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Well said, Ian. I wish we could nurture our children and give them the education that would lead to a more compassionate, less greedy human race.

  • DutchIl says:

    Congratulations and glad that now the children will have an opportunity to gather more knowledge and to realize their dreams… and perhaps in the future help this world to be a better place… 🙂

    “When you are truly inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project… your mind transcends its limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world! Then those dormant forces, faculties and talents inside you become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” Patanjali “

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thank you so much, Larry for your contribution to the fundraiser. I know that this school has already helped so many towards a better future.

  • Puru says:

    All the best for Project WHY. I will try to do my bit as well 🙂

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks, Puru. Much appreciated. The fundraiser is closed now, but you can always donate via the link on the Project why website.

  • Congrats on meeting your goal! That’s wonderful news. 🙂

  • Amazing!!!

  • Wow! Very good news. Congratulations.

  • Mick Canning says:

    Very good news! Fantastic!

  • ericlahti says:

    It still kind of freaks me out that we’ve been doing this for two years. That said, congrats on Project WHY. Most people talk about changing things, but very few actually take steps to do it. Great work!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Eric, it scares me too! 2 years!! where has all that time gone?

      Project WHY is indeed changing things on the ground—and I admire them for it.

      Thanks for all your support of the WATWB–you’ve been very kind throughout.

  • Shilpa Garg says:

    Aha! That’s such an encouraging and happy news, Damyanti. Glad that all the efforts of everyone involved in the fund raiser, paid off. 🙂

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      It is indeed, Shilpa! Thank you for your support of Project WHY on Twitter, and for all that you do for WATWB.

  • simonfalk28 says:

    This is a source of joy and encouragement in so many ways – for Project Why, for #WATWB, for our friend Damyanti. I have no more words. Just deeply pleased for all. #WATWB has been a such a gift in many ways. It keeps giving, most especially through Belinda and Damyanti.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Simon, thanks so much for your kind words, for your consistent support of my blog, of WATWB, and of Project WHY. You’re the best friend a blogger could ask for.

      I’m so relieved that the school at Project WHY has got a breather–we still need to make sure it is funded in a few months, but for now, it is safe.

  • Laureen says:

    Hurray:) So happy for you and These awesome People. Good teachers are worth a mint!

    All the best
    Happy Me

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks, Laureen. I agree with you about the worth of good teachers. They deserve all the support they can get!

  • Susan Scott says:

    So wonderful that the target has been reached Damyanti! And in time for #WATWB 2nd anniversary! Well done to you and all others who helped in raising funds for such a worthwhile cause. Yes, there are many stories of children being educated in the most rural and inhospitable conditions here on SA but to begin from a dustbin? I don’t think so ..

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks, Susan, for all your support of WATWB! This school has a very unusual story, and I hope more people learn of it in the years to come.

  • hilarymb says:

    Hi Damyanti – that is really excellent – I’m so pleased for you and more importantly for Project Why – that’s just brilliant news.

    This #WAWTB has been a wonderful way to connect so many of us across the world linking into positive stories and opening our eyes to news, that we would never normally read about, but that we can learn about … while encouraging others to join us …

    Thanks so much – such a good idea of yours – cheers Hilary

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thank you for your support of Project WHY, and of the WATWB. You’ve been such a warm and positive presence in my blogging life, Hilary, thank you for that, and for all that you do to spread love in the community.

      WATWB came about after a conversation with Belinda Witzenhausen, and is supported by a fantastic team, so I can’t really take credit for it:)

  • ksb59 says:

    being proudly from Christchurch, NZ I have such a happy news to share – that we have shown the world compassion and love on the very face of terrorist attack which aimed innocent praying community

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      The whole world has been speaking of the excellent leadership, compassion and unity shown by the kiwis. It showed us how a country should react in the wake of terrorism.

  • Debbie D. says:

    This is fantastic news! I’m so happy for Project WHY. All of your efforts have paid off. Here’s hoping they will find the stabiity they need to keep going. Best wishes to all! ♥

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks so much Debbie, and the entire credit goes to Project WHY, who have done all the hard work.

      Thanks so much for your contribution. It went a long way in nudging us towards the target. I’m really praying hard for a generous funder to take up the sponsorship of the school.

  • bikerchick57 says:

    Damyanti, this is wonderful news for Project Why and its dedicated teachers. I am so happy for them, that they can continue teaching, and I am happy for you and #WATWB, which has connected all of us to the positive forces of people and the impact they make on this world.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks, Mary. You’ve been a great help with WATWB, and also shared the fundraiser on social media, leading to donations. Can’t thank you enough.

  • JT Twissel says:

    I am happy for your happy news!

  • Polly White says:

    I’m posting news of a delicate review from a survivor with you soon. No spoilers there then. It will be worth it…

  • Michelle says:

    Wonderful news!! Congratulations!!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thank you, Michelle. The Project WHY team works very hard and deserves all the help it can get.

  • This is absolutely great news! I could dance for joy.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      You’ve been such a pillar of support, Sunita! We couldn’t have reached here without you.

  • That is wonderful news! Glad the school is saved.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks Alex! The school will still need funds in the long run, but for now, it is safe. Thank you for your support of the blogathon.

  • This is seriously wonderful news, and a perfect entry to celebrate two years of #WATWB! Such a great reminder of the power of focus, connection, and positivity. Thanks for sharing, and for co-hosting this amazing monthly celebration.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Deborah, and this is indeed wonderful news. We still need to find a funder for the school for the long term, but I’m hopeful. WATWB has given back manifold any time I’ve put into it: I’m so heartened to read the positive stories each month!

  • setinthepast says:

    Thank you – there’s far too much doom and gloom around, and it’s nice to see someone promoting cheerful news.

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