PRLog - April 25, 2009 - KETCHUM, Idaho -- Make A Difference NOW, is pleased to introduce a summer leadership immersion program in India, scheduled to begin June 2009. The program will be based in Mysore, India and designed for individuals interested in working with organizations making a difference while immersing themselves in Indian culture.
Make A Difference NOW child in India
The Make A Difference India (MADI) program begins June 1st and includes significant time working with various local non-profit organizations in either the town of Mysore or rural villages. Participants will get the chance to learn about language, cooking, yoga, history and leadership while taking field trips focused on Indian culture. A home stay with a family or a living experience in a rural village is optional for the duration of the two week program to further enhance the cultural immersion experience. All participants will receive a certificate of leadership training upon completion of two weeks of the program.
Make A Difference has appointed two local directors Rama and M.A. Srinidhi to manage its program in India through the Make A Difference India (MADI) Trust. Rama Srinidhii has her post graduate degree in science and is a trained human resources facilitator as well as a language teacher. Rama has been actively involved with non profit organizations including Mitra Jyothi, Bangalore, and Make A Difference in Zambia.
Rama will be working alongside her husband, M.A. Srinidhi who is an alumnus of the highly regarded, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta. As a business specialist, Srinidhi has successfully turned around businesses and contributed to improved performance in a large number of industries. He is excited to teach participants of the MADI program about leadership as well as the culture and history of India.
"We are delighted to have such well educated, caring and hospitable directors join our team. As natives, they know India and love their country. In addition, they truly want to make a difference long term in the lives of the locals in India as well as our program participants lives, which is exactly what we set out to do," stated Founder and Executive Director of Make A Difference NOW. She continued, “ The goal with our India program is to turn highly-motivated, adventurous individuals into responsible global leaders, with a nuanced understanding of complex international, regional, and local issues.”
Make A Difference has been working in Zambia, Tanzania, Africa sending numerous orphaned children to school, setting up micro loan programs, clean water projects, libraries and computer centers. It has already started helping orphanages and schools in Mysore, India by setting up English Environmental Camps with American participants, Madeline and Emilie DuPont as well as Christopher Callahan.
Make A Difference welcomes individuals from around the world to signup for its Make A Difference India program. Participants will walk away from program with leadership skills and a broader understanding of another country as well as their own.
Make A Difference offers small scholarships according to need and merit. Please contact us for scholarship information and applications.
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Make A Difference (MAD) was established to develop, promote and support orphanages and schools in Africa and India so that disadvantaged children have a chance at rising above poverty.
Our founder, Theresa Grant has been working in Africa since 2005 at orphanages and community schools. She feels that she is following a calling to help children, which has developed into her passion. At the age of 28 she gave up a job and possessions in the Silicon Valley to live on a farm at an orphanage in Zambia. Since then she has expanded her reach.
She currently works with local directors in Tanzania, Zambia and India to make sure orphaned children get the chance to go to school, become educated about HIV/AIDS, receive job skill training and learn about income generators to help them succeed in life.
Ms. Grant has had over 60 volunteers from around the world help her empower children and women.