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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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Madhvi is currently studying to earn her Bachelors of Science in Honours Biochemistry at McGill University, with a completely open mind towards what the future has in store for her.

As part of Abhilasha Project McGill, she harnesses the power of colour and movement in an image to draw attention and to inform others about whatever fundraiser Abhilasha might be holding at a given time.  It makes her glad to know that she is contributing to a worthy cause, where the disabled are armed with the tools to become more independent--with personal independence of a person being an important value.  Her friendly nature and outgoing attitude has made being part of this great team of dedicated individuals that much more fun.

Her other interests include choral singing, which she has been doing from a young age and continues to do as part of the alto section in the McGill Choral Society, learning new languages, and being a full-time fan of the Montreal Canadiens!


Rae is in her fourth year at McGill pursuing her B.Sc.. She is majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Computer science (woah genius!)

In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, extreme sports, and listening to music.


Sonia Hussain
Sonia was born and raised in Ottawa. She is currently pursuing her BSc. in Psychology with a minor in Interdisciplinary Life Sciences at McGill University.

As an executive of Amnesty McGill, she has helped raise awareness about child soldiers, missing Aboriginal women, and other human rights cases within Canada through coffee houses, film screenings, and write-a-thons. In High School, she participated in a service trip to Thailand and worked on several projects related to the aftermath of the Tsunami. As a member of the executive committee of the Model UN club and a member of the world affairs club in high school, Sonia learned about different countries’ positions on various political issues. Sonia also participated in an exchange to Spain where she attempted to learn Spanish. She joined the Abhilasha project because she believes that everyone should have the opportunity to get an education.

In her spare time, Sonia enjoys watching movies in IMAX 3D, skiing, travelling, and visiting her family and friends. Sonia is looking forward to graduating next year and continuing her efforts with the Abhilasha Project.

Her other interests include choral singing, which she has been doing from a young age and continues to do as part of the alto section in the McGill Choral Society, learning new languages, and being a full-time fan of the Montreal Canadiens!

The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you – B.B. King


Niruja is currently in her fourth year at McGill University, majoring in Biology. She is one of the VP Fundraisers for the McGill Chapter. Abhilasha intrigued her due to its focus on providing education for children who would otherwise have difficulty receiving it.

During her free time, Niruja enjoys reading, watching TV, listening to music, and most importantly, sleeping. Her future aspirations are to one day travel the world and help those that need it. As for the immediate future, she’s not too sure and believes that life will take her where she needs to be, if that’s what is meant to happen.



Natasha feels privileged to be a member of the Abhilasha community, and is very thankful to her good friend Reesha for inviting her.

Always determined to promote human rights as well as aid in the relief of social injustices, Natasha has been an active member of Amnesty International clubs throughout high school and CEGEP. She has taken advantage of several fundraising opportunities for worthy causes such as the Angelman Syndrome Foundation, the Walk to End Breast Cancer, and of course the Abhilasha Project.

She has a profound appreciation for the natural environment and is passionate about art, particularly in the forms of photography, sketching, and the interplay of wire design and sculpture.

Natasha is majoring in Environmental Sciences with a focus on health inequities linked to socio-economic, geographic, and environmental influences. She recognizes that proper education for all children, including those with special needs, can build the foundation of a healthy and happy community. That being said, the opportunities that the Abhilasha Project’s efforts can supply are both endless and amazing!



Reesha joined the Abhilasha Project at Marianopolis College where she met Amena and Zareen. She then joined the team at McGill, first as VP admin and then as co-President in 2009. Recently, she travelled to Nepal as an intern in with Child Haven International, living with the kids in a home for the orphaned.

She loves working with children and values the principles by which Abhilasha bases their work to give opportunities for education for children even across the world.

Reesha is a U3 undergraduate student at McGill University studying Neuroscience. Outside of school, she practices Bharata Natya, a form of classical Indian dance.



V.P. Fundraising
Sanhita is one of the V.P. Fundraisings for the Abhilasha Chapter at McGill. She is currently a fourth year Anatomy and Cell Biology Major. In her free time she likes reading and listening to music. She is involved in various volunteering events and enjoys working with people.

She believes that education is one of the most important aspects of a person’s life and no child should be deprived of it. She feels that Abhilasha is a great initiative taken to spread the light of knowledge among these children and she feels privileged to be a part of it.



Roshni is a  third year student at McGill University.  She is currently in Anatomy and Cell Biology major program and hopes to pursue a career in the health care field in the future.

Roshni has volunteered at hospitals and retirement centers since she began high school and has continued this throughout her university experience.  Roshni has also tutored students in various subjects throughout high school and university as part of her volunteer experiences.  She enjoys dancing and listening to music in her spare time.

Roshni has joined the Abhilasha Project executive team this year again and hopes to continue helping children with disabilities in the future.