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Project Why Fundraising Circle

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 .

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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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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 literary crime thriller series, the Blue Mumbai, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency. Both The Blue Bar and The Blue Monsoon were published in 2023.

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  • wonderful story, what odds she has gone up against and won. This is fantastic. I will be following this!

  • Abhijit Ray says:

    A great effort. Must be supported.

  • Shailaja V says:

    I am beyond humbled that I could be a small part of the fundraiser, Damyanti. Watching you speak about it, meeting you (twice) and talking to ProjectWhy were all highlights of the past month for me.

    You’re doing an amazing amount of work for Project Why and I wish it all the luck in the world to reach and excel its goal.

    Thank you for the kind mention.

  • Shalzmojo says:

    I am super proud of my blogging family and you for inspiring all of us with your spirited dedication towards this cause. This wave of kindness is only going to grow and bring in huge amounts of peeps to work towards the cause.

    • Shalini, thank you for visiting Project Why and look forward to working with you to take Project Why to new heights.

      So happy to have met you (twice, in two cities!!) and here’s hoping our friendship will lead to happy, productive meetings in our future.

  • Zainab says:

    You attract your tribe. This is what comes into my mind, as I read this! So proud of being associated with you all all 🙂

    Hope to meet you… if possible;)

  • Natasha says:

    Totally heart-warming to see how the blogging community came together for this beautiful cause.

    Thanks for sharing with us all the details and I’m so glad I could pitch in, in a small way. You and Anoudi are doing a commendable job, D and you both deserve huge accolades for the same. God bless loads <3

    • Thanks for the blessings, Natasha!

      Instead of accolades though, we need willing hearts to join in and help Project Why become self sustaining! Will touch base with you in January—hoping to learn from you how to help Project Why, and of course watch your tiny photographer in action.

  • Agnes says:

    Such a very worthwhile project.

  • franklparker says:

    I’m honoured to be a contributor – thank you and all the team who make it possible.

  • Rachna says:

    Best wishes for Project Why and kudos to you for the lovely work that you are doing, Damyanti!

    • Rachna I’m grateful to Project Why for letting me advocate for them. I don’t need kudos, just more helping hands :). Thank you so much for your support.

  • What a worthy effort, Damyanti.

  • Esha M Dutta says:

    So glad that this fundraiser worked the way it did and has managed to raise so much in such a short span of time/1 My best wishes for ProjectWHY! I pay and hope that it grows and reaches many more lives in the most positive way. Kudos to your efforts, Damyanti and Anou’di! You both deserve a big round of applause!!!

    • It is all Anoudi, Esha. I just happened to be there, and you all were so kind and generous with your help. Both Corinne and Shailaja were absolutely crucial to the success of the blogathon, as were each one of you.

      Thank you for your generous support and donation.

  • Love the work you’ve been doing! 🙂

    • Have been just scrambling around trying to help, Sanch. The real work is done at Project Why, and they deserve all the help they can get.

  • Susan Scott says:

    How absolutely fabulous that this has received the attention and generosity it deserves Damyanti! May it go from success to success!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks for your kind wishes, Susan. I’m hoping that Project WHy can move to a crowdfunding model which will reduce dependencies on big donors. A large number of kind people with the right intention and a small effort, can then make a big difference.

  • Anouradha Bakshi says:

    I am overwhelmed by the love and support we have received for the past week. I have no words to express the gratitude I feel for each one of you who has reached out to Renu and Project Why and made this fundraiser and blog-a-thon a resounding success. I know we will reach our goal. The lovely network that has been created is nothing short of magic. Few of you know Project Why and I hope all of you will come one day and see us. Once again my gratitude to Damyanti and each and everyone who took the time and helped us make Renu’s dream a reality. God bless you all

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Anoudi, this network is the love and support of the blogging community–I’m very grateful that so many bloggers took the time and effort to help out with this fundraiser, and spread the word about the excellent work done at Project Why.

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