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- The Abhilasha Project

Either through a donation, through time spent on helping with a fundraising event or simply by educating other people within the community about development issues, particularly education, you too can do your share to effect positive change within the global community.

All the money that is raised will go directly towards building the new school for the children as well as purchasing new educational equipment as per their needs.

Thanking you in advance for your consideration, interest and participation.

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Maheshwari Sampal
Maheshwari Sampal, a 10 year old student at the Abhilasha School was recently selected as the 2008 Award Winning Student Artist of the National All-India Painting Competition. Maheshwari attended the ceremony accompanied by the founder of the Abhilasha School, Mr. Abdullah Yusuf and his wife, in mid-November. At the ceremony held Delhi, Maheshwari received her prize from the President of India, the Honorary Pratibha Devisingh Patil.

Maheshwari who has lived and studied at the Abhilasha School for the past five years was left handicapped after she contracted Polio at a young age. Since her time at the Abhilasha School, she has consistently demonstrated a strong interest in arts which has been encouraged and fostered by the staff.

We at the Abhilasha Project hope to continue to foster and encourage the talents of our children.

Quick Facts
Age: 10
Hometown: Nagpur, Maharasthra
Grade: 5
Hobbies: Singing and Painting
Favorite food: Ice cream and Kulfi

Durga has been at Abhilasha for the past 6 years and has made great friends while at the school. She was also operated in 2007 on her leg affected by polio. Durga comes from a big family - she has 3 sisters and 2 brothers.

The Abhilasha Project is hoping to open a clinic next to the new school to provide its students and children in the surrounding villages with basic health services and a vaccination program, to help prevent diseases such as Polio which have been effectively eradicated in North America and Europe.

Quick Facts
Age: 17
Hometown: Nagpur, Maharashtra
Grade: 9
Hobbies: Singing
What’s your favorite fruit? Pomegranate
What’s your favorite color? Red
Who’s your favorite actress? Rani Mukherjee
What’s your favorite movie? Raja Ki Aayegi Bharat

Sita Sahu

Sita was only four years old when she joined the Abhilasha school on August 15th, 1995. In fact, she was the first child welcomed at the school. Now, after spending 17 years at Abhilasha, she timidly confesses that this is more than just a school - this is her home. Sita hopes to pursue a career in teaching and believes that an education is every child’s right, not privilege.

Quick Facts
Age: 21
Hometown: Rajnandgaon, Chattisgarh
Grade: Bachelor of Arts- 1st year
What’s your favorite fruit? Mango
What’s her favorite color? Red
Who’s your favorite actress? Kajol
What’s your favorite movie? Raja Ki Aayegi Bharat

Toman Sahu Vis

Toman is a jovial young boy who always carries a smile on his face. When he gets a spare moment from his school work, he enjoys playing cricket and football. He has 3 sisters and 1 brother who live in Bhanpuri, a small town in the Raipur District.

Quick Facts
Age: 9
Grade: 5
Hometown: Bhanpuri, Raipur District, Chhattisgarh
What’s your favorite fruit? Apple
What’s your favorite color? Red
Who’s your favorite actor? Sunil Shetty
Who’s your favorite actress? Rani Mukherjee
What’s your favorite sport? Cricket and Football


Nanakdasdiwakar is 19 years old. His 2 sisters and 3 brothers live with his parents in a small town close to Rajnandgaon.

Quick Facts
Age: 19
Grade: Bachelor of Commerce- 1st year
What’s your favorite food? Khir puri
Who’s your favorite actor? Akshay Kumar
Who’s favorite actress? Katrina Kaif
What’s your favorite movie? Dilwale Dulhania Lejenge
What’s your favorite hobbie? Singing