Garba raises HOPE
December 18, 2015, found close to 400 people of different races, religions, and communities coming together at the HOPE Garba to celebrate three years of HOPE (Helping Organizations & People Everywhere), by dancing to Bollywood-style garba, eating Indian street foods, and smiling for the photo booths—but this is only the tip of the iceberg of what HOPE strives to accomplish.
HOPE is a local nonprofit founded by young adults in Atlanta who seek to change the world. They focus on building awareness, engaging the community, and fundraising for nonprofits focused on basic needs with sustainable solutions. To help accomplish these goals, HOPE hosts a variety of events to bring the community together in a fun way.
HOPE Garba was used as a unique opportunity to show off the South Asian culture to the community at large while bringing everyone together through the universal loves of dance and philanthropy. While sharing the garba floor with such a diverse community, attendees learned about the efforts taken by the three nonprofits that HOPE has partnered with for the past three years: (i) the sustainable initiatives taken by Men Stopping Violence as they attempt to educate those around them to reduce the prevalence of domestic violence; (ii) the progress made by the Atlanta Community Food Bank to assist those who cannot feed themselves; and (iii) Beautiful In Every Shade, a grassroots empowerment movement affirming and celebrating the beauty found in every human being.
HOPE hopes to encourage other young professionals to realize that changing the world is not a task left for the politicians or corporations, but that there are small things each of us can do to make the world a better place.
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