Activity plan

PACE plans to hold events to continue spread awareness about and raise funds for underprivileged children. The following events are planned for the year 2009:

  • Generating ideas:
    • Weekly meetings between PACE and Inner PACE members will continue to be held
    • Discussions with faculty and students at the School of Education, Department of Women’s Studies and School of Social Work will be held once every semester
  • Awareness:
    • Photo exhibits in art galleries on and off campuses
    • Movie screening: Movies about children’s empowerment will be screened local communities and at the University
  • Fund-raisers:
    • Henna design stall on the University of Michigan Diag: Volunteers skilled in the art of henna will apply henna designs on patrons
    • Fruit stall at the North and Central campuses: Cups of fresh fruit will be given in exchange for voluntary contributions
    • Website donation drives: Emails will be sent to prospective donors requesting them to donate through our website http://pudiyador.org/. The “Donate” webpage uses Paypal scripts for receiving one-time donations as well as monthly subscription donations. Donors can choose to donate any amount they choose.

Activities in the year 2009

  • Awareness stall at the Ann Arbor Art Fair, July 2009
    For the second time in a row, PACE members provided information about the activities of Pudiyador to visitors at the Art Fair. They informed visitors about the efforts of PACE in India and in the United States and also distributed fliers and bookmarks to spread the word. Some volunteers also drew henna art in exchange for donations.
  • Campus Awareness: Maize Mirchi Concert, April 2009
    Maize Mirchi, UM's premier South Asian A Cappella group, supported PACE in its debut concert. PACE members set up an information booth and presented informational videos during the concert.
  • Photo exhibit at Sava's State Street Cafe, March 2009
    PACE members arranged an exhibit of the photographs taken by the Pudiyador children at Sava's Cafe in Ann Arbor.

Activities in the year 2008

  • Information booth at the Ann Arbor Art Fair, July 2008
    PACE members provided information about the activities of PACE to the Art Fair visitors. They spoke about the efforts of PACE in India and in the United States and also distributed fliers and bookmarks to spread the word. Some volunteers also drew henna art in exchange for donations.
  • Information table at GLAC music concert in Detroit, April 2008
    PACE members set up an information table near the entrance to the concert. The concert was attended by community members of the Detroit and the Greater Detroit areas.
  • Talk on PACE activities, April 2008
    Members of PACE were invited to give a talk at the University of Michigan’s Department of Women’s Studies. This event also featured the photographs taken by children supported by PACE.
  • Photo exhibit at the University of Michigan North Campus, March 2008
    PACE members taught underprivileged children from PACE supported communities to photograph their world. These photographs were displayed in the Duderstadt Connector at the University of Michigan to spread awareness among the university community.

Activities in the year 2007

  • Photo exhibit at the University of Michigan North Campus, December 2007
    PACE members taught children from underprivileged communities to photograph their world. These photographs were displayed in the Duderstadt Gallery at the University of Michigan to spread awareness among the university community.
  • Fund-raiser: Indian classical music concert, Vatsa Vaani, November 2007
    Students from the University of Michigan performed on campus. A short movie about PACE and Inner PACE was screened during intermission. Posters about children supported by PACE were exhibited in the concert hallway.
  • Wallenberg Summer Fellowship, April 2007
    Members of PACE and Inner PACE collaborated on a project that supports education of underprivileged children near Tsunami-affected areas in southern India. One of the members won the 2007 Wallenberg Summer Fellowship which enabled PACE to carry out the project goals.
  • Fund-raiser: Indian Classical Music concert, Veynil Gaanam, May 2007
    Professional Indian musicians performed at the University of Michigan to help raise awareness about the state of the uneducated poor in India. This concert also helped raise funds for the operations of PACE.