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Young Dancers to Raise Funds for Bhutanese Refugee Children's Education







BY KURINJI VEDAIYAN

The Third Eye Dancers in partnership with SEWA International and Art Of Living are inviting the public to the performance of Bharathakala Natya Academy's "Enchanted Snow White" a thematic Naatya presentation, choreographed by Smt. Subathra Sudarshan. The event will take place at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center at 4 pm on Saturday, October 29th 2011. This charity dance performance with nearly 60 dancers will raise funds to sponsor education for the Bhutanese Refugees Children in Atlanta.

The Third Eye Dancer is a not-for-profit organization which raised funds to support Rising Star Outreach (for children affected by leprosy), Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Akshaya Trust (found by CNN hero Narayanan Krishnan) and Tamil Nadu Kidney Research Foundation. This time around, the Third Eye Dancers are partnering with SEWA and Art of Living to sponsor Bhutanese refugee children's education, whose parents lost their home land to discrimination and have little skills to survive in their adopted nation. "Though the United States of America voluntarily resettled 60,000 of Refugee Bhutanese, the funds for the resettlement and mainstreaming program is very limited", says Ralph Parker, a long time volunteer and sponsor of various refugee children resettled in the US. 

Sudarshan Srinivasan, President of Third Eye Dancers says, " Having lived a restricted camp life for over 18 years with complete dependency on international aid for even the basic need such as food, most of the adults have no trade skills and children had poor access to education before moving to US. If left unguided these children who are experiencing culture shock and language barrier, may not live up to their dream of becoming a contributing member to the society but a liability to US". 

Almost all of the volunteer dancers are children and young adults who love to pay it forward through dance and time. Some of the dancers commented that "Everyone has a right to the privileges of education and a good life". SEWA and Art of Living Foundation who have a long history in helping the Bhutanese refugees to help themselves in the US, view academic achievement of refugee children as the permanent gateway to alleviate the hardships of the Bhutanese refugee issues. 
Rakesh Pathak, who represents SEWA, says," Hundred percent of the funds raised will go to Bhutanese refugee children's education program ". 

For more information and to purchase tickets starting from $15 and up, visit www.thirdeyedancers.org.

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