Site visits -  ANeC & Seneh, April-2017

AFNA Volunteer (and current Board Member & Treasurer) Sarfaraz Taher made visits to our partners Atma Nirbhar - ek Challenge (ANeC) & Seneh. Both these institutions are located in Guwahati. AFNA has a long history of partnership with ANeC who provides meaningful employment to people with special abilities. (Read more here). Seneh is a long term shelter for destitute women who are given a new life after being abandoned by their families. AFNA is also excited to start a new program named Support A Grandma with Seneh. (Read more here).

Please read the site visit reports below:

Obituary, Himadri Das -  Jan 10th, 1963 to May 3rd 2017

The members and volunteers of AFNA are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Himadri Das who left us very peacefully on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at the age of 54. He leaves behind his wife, Kyoko Das, who has been a source of infinite strength and support during his struggle with a prolonged illness, and their ten year old son Leo. He also leaves behind his elder son Brian who has been by his side throughout and Brian's mom Nancy. He is survived by his mother, a younger brother, an elder sister and their families in addition to a host of relatives in Assam and all over the world.

Himadri Das, who had an unparalleled dedication and commitment to whatever he did, was very well-respected in his professional and social life. He took medical retirement about a year ago from a Senior Management position in the Finance department of Ford Motor Co. after working there for more than 25 years. Prior to joining Ford he did his Bachelors of Engineering (Mechanical) from National Institute of Technology (NIT), Surat and MS in Mechanical Engg from Auburn University, Alabama. While he was working at Ford he got an MBA from the prestigious Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

AFNA GBM 2016

The 2016 General Body Meeting of AFNA will take place on 2nd July, 2016 at 9:30am to 11am PT. You can join us in person if you are attending Assam Convention 2016 in Seattle, WA. If you are remote and want to dial in to the convention, please drop us a note at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

AFNA is a co-sponsor of the Assam Convention 2016. Our volunteers will be presenting multiple sessions about our projects and programs. We will also be available to discuss more in person. If you are interested in joining Assam Convention 2016, please check out here.

The story of Natasha Rai and AFNA’s volunteer spirit: A ray of hope for a successful Natasha and better Assam to dream and live

Prelude:

Natasha’s mother died when she was 4yrs old. After her mother’s death her father sold off all their property and was staying in rent house with his brother (Natasha’s Paternal Uncle Mr. Janak Rai).And Natasha was admitted in a boarding School in Shillong. But after five years, in 2011 Natasha’s father died in an accident. After his death her Uncle was paying boarding fees of Natasha but now he is sick and addicted to drugs and has no job. So he kept her in one of their relative’s house, aunt Stella Warjri. There she started studying in Holy Cross School. (Now she is class IX.) But unfortunately, after six month Natasha was physically abused by her uncle which led to police case, and Natasha was shifted to stay in Children’s Home, Shillong. That incident mentally broke her down. So, the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) of Shillong transferred her case to Guwahati CWC and she was given temporary shelter in Snehalaya and meanwhile Snehalaya was ordered to trace her uncle, Janak Rai. After tracing her Uncle, he let us know that he is unwilling to keep her with him or take any responsibility of her. He says he is sick and has no income.  A social investigating report also cleared that her uncle is not fit person to take Natasha’s responsibility. Therefore, CWC ordered to keep her in Snehalaya and admit her in a good school in Shillong since she was studying there from her childhood. 

Mid-West Tornado Relief

Family members salvage possessions from their destroyed house in Harrisburg, IL after the tornado.

In March 2012, a tornado wreaked havoc in the mid-western states of the USA. As a token of support to the victims, AFNA did a fund drive for relief work in the area. It has donated $1000 from the fund drive to the American Red Cross. The fund drive was led by AFNA volunteer, Debojit Bora.