Teen Transforms Children’s Orphanage

September 30, 2008 on 12:12 pm | In News from Gandarvakottai, South India, Students Making a Difference, Volunteers in the News | No Comments
June 2008.- She is an American teenager who lives in Haverford, Pennsylvania. Continents away, in the small village of Gandharvakottai in Tamil Nadu, a library named after her was opened in June this year. The Milena Lurie Library at the Lady Lynn Joyful Home for orphans and destitute children is the result of her efforts to unite different worlds.
Milena Lurie reading with Indian students

Milena Lurie reading with Indian students

Milena in her own words…

“About a year ago I decided that for a community service project, I wanted to make a difference for an orphanage in Southern India. Our family friends, Lynn and her husband Evelyn, support orphanage in a village in southern india and suggested that I work on creating a library there. My mother’s other friends the Vanechs had told us about Global Literacy Project, an organisation there daughter Christina had had a good experience with service oriented work in Africa. We got in touch with them and they helped us plan out what we would do with the library. I began emailing tons of people and I started a book drive and received around 42,000 books by the end. The books were all sent to India and I visited the orphanage in early June of 2008. I read to the kids and i danced and played many games with them. They were amazing and so thrilled to be learning how to read the donated books. This year I have been working on a short documentary of my visit that I recently finished. The documentary shows tons of pictures from my trip there with all of the kids. It was a wonderful trip and I cannot wait to return this summer to work with the kids again.”

Visit with Milena at the Lady Lynn Joyful Home in this video -> milena_at_lady_lynn_orphanage

See more about Milena’s efforts in SPAN, the magazine of the American Embassy, New Delhi. http://span.state.gov/wwwhspseptoct0810.html

Also, local coverage in the Indian news… http://www.hindu.com/2008/06/16/stories/2008061659881100.htm

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