Dnyaneshwar Mulay, India's consul general in New York, with Federation of Indian Associations officials at a kickoff event for
the FIA's famed India Day Parade.
Bollywood-themed New York
event raises money for
her mother had severe leprosy, her father was an alcoholic. This
girl, with so much ability, so much potential wanted to do an MBA.
I came back to New York and raised about $3,000 for her and this
other girl. In going back I realized that it wasn’t just her, that there
were many young women who had a real desire to study at the
higher education level, but money and social circumstances were
really preventing them.”
This was when Timms opened her first center, where women
could come to study and have access to a library and a computer
lab. At first it was just three students, today there are 100 students
at that first center in Madurai. The organization has grown to
include three other centers, with a total of about 250 women,
between the ages of 18 and 22. They go to college on scholarships,
and on the weekends and some evenings, they take part in a pro-
gram called ‘I am a leader,’ in which they learn leadership life
Timms says that this is a huge difference from what the alternative would have been for them — likely marriage before 18 into a
home where they hold zero decision-making power, little knowledge about even their own health, and no voice.
“I just saw how very simply you can really change someone’s life,”
Timms said, “that getting them into a classroom will change their