Mani Vaya

Courage is all it takes
  • My Goal:
  • $25,000
  • Raised So Far:
  • $1,260
  • # of Donations:
  • 5
$1260 of $25000 goal
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Education is a cause very near and dear to my heart because when I was growing up, my mom and dad spent all of their life's savings on educating my sister, my brother and I. Growing up in the desert city of Jaipur(India), my dad, a struggling attorney at the time was always struggling to make ends meet. However, as time came to send my sister, my brother and I to school, my mom was adamant that we be sent to the best schools.

My dad did not have the money to support that expensive top-grade education but my mom was insistent. She said that she was going to make all the sacrifices needed to make sure that we went to the best school and got the BEST education. And she did. The five of us lived in a 400 sq ft, 1 BR Apt in the desert city of Jaipur where 110 degrees was a daily occurence during the dog days of summer and we had no A/C. I wore my brother's hand-me-downs to school even though the rich kids in the school would often make fun of my always misfitting and somewhat tattered and faded clothes. We could not afford a car and hence had to make do with a scooter. Yes, the 5 of us often rode on a scooter. 

All the sacrifices we made for education did pay off .... Today, my sister is a Doctor, my brother a Computer Scientist and for me ... I came to the US with 50$ in my pocket to join the MS program in Electrical Engg at Rice University, Houston, Tx. I was only able to do that because of the generosity of Rice university. Based on my academic background, Rice had offered me a full fellowship for the graduate program. 

I am very very grateful to Rice Univ and to the USA for providing me one of the greatest Educational opportunities of my life - for free. It was a dream. And I am very grateful for having received the GIFT of Education throughout my life - whether it be through my parents or teachers or universities. I am blessed. 

And today, I want to request you to join me in paying this gift forward through Pencils of Promise to all those unfortunate children who otherwise may never have the opportunity to make their dreams come alive. Pencils of Promise works with communities across the globe to build schools and create programs that provide education opportunities for children, no matter where they were born, or what resources they have. 

Let us join forces and build a school in Guatemala. It will take $25,000 to build a school and that is what we are aiming to raise. 

Your friend,

Mani Vaya

Co-Founder, 2000 Books

For a donation of $200, you can sign up for a 30 min 1-1 call with any of your favorite authors and successful Entrepreneurs below. Just note the name of the person you would like to talk to in your pledge and we will be in touch with the details about the call. 

1) 30 min 1-1 Call with Jay Samit, Author of "Disrupt you". Serial Entrepreneur who has raised over $800 Million. TED Speaker. Adjunct Professor at USC. 

2) 30 min 1-1 Call with Jason Womack, Author of "Your Best Just got better" & "Get Momentum", Owner of Womack Company. Productivity Expert. 

3) 30 min 1-1 Call with Jodi Womack, Author of "Get Momentum". Productivity Expert. 

3) 30 min 1-1 Call with Pejman Ghadimi, Author of Third Circle Theory, Serial Entrepreneur and Founder of Secret Entourage

4) 30 min 1-1 Call with Myles Vives, Serial Entrepreneur and Founder of E-Reach Consulting, a multi-million $ marketing agency. 

5) 30 min 1-1 Call with Joe Calloway, Author Of "Be the Best at what matters most", "Magnetic", "Becoming a category of One". Keynote Speaker. Business Consultant. 

 

 

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Education is a cause very near and dear to my heart because when I was growing up, my mom and dad spent all of their life's savings on educating my sister, my brother and I. Growing up in the desert city of Jaipur(India), my dad, a struggling attorney at the time was always struggling to make ends meet. However, as time came to send my sister, my brother and I to school, my mom was adamant that we be sent to the best schools.

My dad did not have the money to support that expensive top-grade education but my mom was insistent. She said that she was going to make all the sacrifices needed to make sure that we went to the best school and got the BEST education. And she did. The five of us lived in a 400 sq ft, 1 BR Apt in the desert city of Jaipur where 110 degrees was a daily occurence during the dog days of summer and we had no A/C. I wore my brother's hand-me-downs to school even though the rich kids in the school would often make fun of my always misfitting and somewhat tattered and faded clothes. We could not afford a car and hence had to make do with a scooter. Yes, the 5 of us often rode on a scooter. 

All the sacrifices we made for education did pay off .... Today, my sister is a Doctor, my brother a Computer Scientist and for me ... I came to the US with 50$ in my pocket to join the MS program in Electrical Engg at Rice University, Houston, Tx. I was only able to do that because of the generosity of Rice university. Based on my academic background, Rice had offered me a full fellowship for the graduate program. 

I am very very grateful to Rice Univ and to the USA for providing me one of the greatest Educational opportunities of my life - for free. It was a dream. And I am very grateful for having received the GIFT of Education throughout my life - whether it be through my parents or teachers or universities. I am blessed. 

And today, I want to request you to join me in paying this gift forward through Pencils of Promise to all those unfortunate children who otherwise may never have the opportunity to make their dreams come alive. Pencils of Promise works with communities across the globe to build schools and create programs that provide education opportunities for children, no matter where they were born, or what resources they have. 

Let us join forces and build a school in Guatemala. It will take $25,000 to build a school and that is what we are aiming to raise. 

Your friend,

Mani Vaya

Co-Founder, 2000 Books

For a donation of $200, you can sign up for a 30 min 1-1 call with any of your favorite authors and successful Entrepreneurs below. Just note the name of the person you would like to talk to in your pledge and we will be in touch with the details about the call. 

1) 30 min 1-1 Call with Jay Samit, Author of "Disrupt you". Serial Entrepreneur who has raised over $800 Million. TED Speaker. Adjunct Professor at USC. 

2) 30 min 1-1 Call with Jason Womack, Author of "Your Best Just got better" & "Get Momentum", Owner of Womack Company. Productivity Expert. 

3) 30 min 1-1 Call with Jodi Womack, Author of "Get Momentum". Productivity Expert. 

3) 30 min 1-1 Call with Pejman Ghadimi, Author of Third Circle Theory, Serial Entrepreneur and Founder of Secret Entourage

4) 30 min 1-1 Call with Myles Vives, Serial Entrepreneur and Founder of E-Reach Consulting, a multi-million $ marketing agency. 

5) 30 min 1-1 Call with Joe Calloway, Author Of "Be the Best at what matters most", "Magnetic", "Becoming a category of One". Keynote Speaker. Business Consultant. 

 

 

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