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In July of 2019, Ekam Austin Chapter was founded by five middle and high school students with the mission to improve healthcare in rural communities by working with Ekam USA. Our organization raises crucial funds that help purchase NICU equipment in underfunded and under supplied hospitals in India. We strive to support these communities in every way that we can as we work to achieve Ekam’s goal of reducing infant and maternal mortality rates.

In our first year, through multiple community fundraisers, we raised over $3,000 to purchase NICU equipment for villages in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu. Since it's inception Austin has raised over $7000.00 to support Ekam USA's causes. We supported the Neonatal Care Units in both the Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital and the Tirunelveli Government Head Quarters Hospital. These funds purchased medical devices such as pulse oximeters (to measure oxygen saturation levels for sick newborn babies) and neonatal ventilators. The funds also support special projects. Our EYAs also support local Austin causes. 

Chapter Director & Ekam Youth Ambassador Coordinator

Sumitha Tharasingh

Chapter Director

sumitha.tharasingh@gmail.com


Aman Sulaiman 

Ekam Youth Ambassador Coordinator

aman.s.sulaiman@gmail.com

Recent Updates

 

Seeds to saplings fundraiser

EYC Aman Sulaiman bought vegetable seeds, sapling pots, dirt, plant food; planted and nurtured the seeds to saplings. Then sold the saplings to the local community to raise $950.00 towards Ekam's cause. Aman grew moringa, mint, eggplant, basil, tomato, pepper, beans and other plants.


  

 College Planning and Prep Webinar 2021

EYA Aman Sulaiman worked with national Ekam team to offer College Planning and Prep Webinar working with a panel of students from MIT, Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Purdue, VCU, UIUC and more to raise over $500.00


 

Tennis Lessons

EYA Abhinav Bulusu offered tennis lessons to local youth to raise $370.00 and taught intellectually challenged children tennis and organized game plays.


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 French Tutoring

EYA Anaya Ubha offered French tutoring to raise funds for Ekam

 

Kendra Scott fundraiser

EYA Ria Manchanda initiated, applied, organized and hosted the Kendra Scott fundraiser project at the local store and online to to raise $826.00 for Ekam.


EKAM Austin Caring Crowd Fundraiser

After the pandemic shut down the country, we had to turn to virtual means in order to raise the remaining... Read More

Kendra Scott Fundraiser

Through Kendra Scott’s Give Back program we held a fundraiser at a local store in which 20% of the store’s profits were donated. Over the course of two hours, we raised $1,100.

TIPS Fundraiser

At the Texas Indo-American Physicians Society (TIPS) Annual Gala, our team spoke about the health challenges facing millions of newborn infants in India. Through our raffle, we raised $480.

Durga Puja Fundraiser

EKAM Austin organized a fundraising booth in collaboration with the Central Texas Bengali Association at their annual Durga Puja. With the gracious contributions of almost 50 donors, we raised $355 at our very first event.

Ongoing Programs

Adult Volunteer

In consideration of Ekam USA allowing everyone to participate in volunteering opportunities and being aware of the possible injuries or harm that could occur as a result of this participation

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Youth Ambassador

The Ekam Youth Ambassador program is a service-based initiative that empowers young people ages 8 to 21 to volunteer in their local communities and help in promoting Ekam’s mission.

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College Planning and Prep Webinar for Rising 8th -12th Graders on June 18th, 2022

Panelists from MIT, Stanford, UMich, Johns Hopkins, UAB, UIUC

Major in Math, Comp Science, Cellular & Molecular Biology, Aerospace Engg., Biomedical Engg., Pre Med, Microbiology and more.

College Application Process & Prep - GPA, Tests, Essays, College Prep Checklist

Wholistic approach - meaningful college level courses, and extra curriculars

College Preparedness

Frequently asked questions & your questions

Austin EYAs created Medical Kits

This kit is for Direct Service Providers that work with intellectually challenged kids, youth and adults offering OT, PT, Oral Motor therapy etc. Each kit has 4 masks, couple pairs

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Java Summer Camp

Over the summer, we conducted a Java Boot Camp titled “Introduction to Java and Programming” as an introduction to programming and the Java language for middle school.

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Local Volunteering

COVID-19 Care Kits

Over the course of a few months, our team put together over 100 COVID-19 Care Kits. Each Care Kit contained two masks, one water bottle, a travel-sized hand sanitizer, and a granola bar. More than 50 kits were donated to the Trinity Center, a local Austin organization which hosts various programs for the homeless and the ARCH (Austin Resource Center for the Homeless). We also donated an additional 50 kits to Easterseals.

Belmont Senior Living Pen Pal Letters

Our team wrote over 100 letters to residents at the Belmont Village, a local senior living care facility. These letters, filled with positive messages, aimed to brighten up the residents’ days and hopefully alleviate the loneliness exacerbated by visitor restrictions. We even had some residents respond to our letters allowing us to continue writing to them!

Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India Volunteering

We raised over $3,000 to purchase NICU equipment for villages in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu. We supported the Neonatal Care Units in both the Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital and the Tirunelveli Government Head Quarters Hospital. These funds purchased medical devices such as pulse oximeters (to measure oxygen saturation levels for sick newborn babies) and neonatal ventilators.|

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