Helping Children in India

We are students from Western Washington University passionate about helping children on the autism spectrum in a developing country. In December, we sent toys and therapeutic equipment to Adarsh Charitable Trust, a rehab center for children with developmental delays in Kerala, India. This June, we plan to help hands-on by building a community garden, expanding their medical and therapeutic libraries, and working with the children in academic and vocational training specific to their needs.

In this part of India, it is very difficult to find therapeutic toys specific to children with autism, the majority of suppliers being in the U.S. or U.K. We are pleased to say that we have succeeded in sending these crucial toys and equipment to the clinic, and are now working on traveling there to help hands-on.

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ABOUT US:

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Justin M. Loveland: Justin is a third-year student in the Honors Program at Western Washington University where he is completing degrees in French and Spanish languages and literatures, as well as studies in the Law, Diversity, and Justice Program. He plans to graduate a year early, in 2015. Afterward, he intends to go to law school and focus in international human rights.


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Anna Shepherd: Anna is a third-year student in the Human Services program at Western Washington University and also plans to graduate in 2015, a year early. She loves working with children and has experience doing so as a camp counselor, riding instructor, and school garden educator. Anna has specific expertise in planning and implementing school learning gardens, as well as working with children to educate them about gardening, sustainability, food, and nutrition. 

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Pooja Viswanathan: Pooja is a fourth-year student at Western Washington University, completing degrees in Political Science and Psychology. As a Kerala-born student looking to work closely with disenfranchised communities in the future, this project combines her studies of international relations with her past travel and fundraising experience. Pooja has emceed fundraising events and provided services such as buying, organizing, and delivering toys to children at both local and international levels.

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Chad Stetson: Chad is a fourth-year student at Western Washington University, completing a Bachelor of Science in Geology. He has gained insight and experience working with children with special needs through his previous volunteer work for organizations such as Special Olympics, where he served as an event chaperon, and Seattle Children’s Hospital, where he was an overnight camp counselor overseeing a group of children with special needs.

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Keira Alkema: Keira is a fourth-year student at Western Washington University. Pursuing dual degrees in Political Science and Economics, she is committed to applying her academic interests in real-world settings. Keira currently serves at the President of the university’s International Affairs Association, a position that affords her opportunities for organizational management and leadership development. 

Our goal is to raise $5,000. Please consider sponsoring us with a donation. If you cannot, please pass this on to a friend or family member to help us spread awareness!

Thank you, very sincerely,

Justin, Anna, Pooja, Chad, and Keira
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Justin Loveland 
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Portland, OR
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