INDIA ABROAD August 4, 2017 14 INDIAN-AMERICAN AFFAIRS
By Bhargavi Kulkarni
— CHARLOTTE, N.C.
t was during a family trip
to India that North
Carolina teen Malika
Rawal first got exposed to
poverty. “I saw kids walk-
ing around in the dirt with
only undergarments on — no
shoes,” Rawal told The Charlotte
“Their families could not
afford water, and what little
water they had was only for
drinking, they were not able to
wash their hands or brush their
The Providence Day School
junior wondered: Why do
undergo such poor sanitation
standards to harm their bodies?
That question led her and her
friend Simran Bhargava to establish HelpHygiene.
The non-profit seeks to provide supplies for more sanitary
living to impoverished communities in the U.S. and overseas.
Its work includes educating
those communities as well about
the importance of personal
Bhargava, a sophomore at
Marvin Ridge High School, had a
similar experience in India, she
told the Charlotte Observer.
“There are a lot of diseases
around the world that people
pass away from that could be
prevented by proper hygiene.
We have so much and so many
people have nothing,” Bhargava
During the past seven
months, the two friends have
collected 1,200 toiletry items and
700 pairs of shoes. The pair has
also raised $6,000 to help fund
the organization and its work.
The girls plan to go to India
over Christmas break to deliver
supplies and visit rural
preschools to stress the importance of hygiene to the teachers
and young students, their website says.
Rawal said there’s also plenty
of work to do here in the U.S. –
not just in India or other nations
where people struggle with
“For the homeless, sometimes
hygiene is the last priority,” said
Rawal. “They have to worry
about food, water and shelter.
But if we can help them with
hygiene needs, then they can
make a lasting impact on their
N.C. Teens Make Healthy Effort to Help the Poor
Their nonprofit HelpHygiene sends supplies to India, U.S.
By a Staff Writer
he Indian American
Business Council has
opened a chapter in
India to provide a platform for
micro, small, and medium-
sized enterprises to expand
their businesses. The launch
will focus on boosting busi-
ness ties between the two
sides, according to a state-
ment from the Chicago-based
The IABC also said that
under its aegis, $35 million in
memoranda of understanding
are in process.
“IABC has been working
with industries that include
energy and infrastructure
products and services to pro-
vide them with access to col-
laborations, technical know-
how and investors relations,”
the group said in a statement.
Besides the national chapter, the council said that it has
formed state chapters in Uttar
Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and
In addition, IABC said it is
engaged in socio-economic
activities, such as the development of 100 “smart villages.”
Business Council’s India Chapter
Will Boost Ties with U.S.
IABC opening national location as well as chapters in 3 states
North Carolina teenagers Malika Rawal,
right, and Simran Bhargava, founded
HelpHygiene, a nonprofit that seeks to
provide supplies for more sanitary living
in impoverished communities in the U.S.
Cumberbatch, the administrative services commissioner,
accused a City Hall official of
disclosing confidential information during talks to settle the
lawsuits and discussions about
Singh’s interest in negotiating a
The emails show that city officials had discussed the possibility of moving talks for a new
lease out of the administrative
services agency to the Economic
known as EDC.
That could have benefited
Singh by freeing him from negotiating with staff members at the
administrative services agency,
which had shown itself to be a
tough negotiating partner.
In addition, de Blasio had
recently appointed Kwatra to the
The emails show that this
possibility was being discussed
internally among city officials
(who ultimately rejected it) and
was not intended to be shared
with ingh and his representa-
But Gabriel Schnake-Mahl, an
aide to Wolfe who was working
closely with Kwatra, did just
“I am speaking with Kwatra
today at 5: 30 p.m. for an update
on their end,” Schnake-Mahl
wrote in an email to .
Cumberbatch and Wolfe on Sept.
“Anything I can share re: why
needs to stay in DCAS for future
lease? I floated EDC idea to them
in past conversations.”
Cumberbatch wrote back
almost immediately: “It’s a
DCAS function. Thought EDC
idea was confidential bet. us
until all worked out with
Maria?” she wrote, referring to
Maria Torres-Springer, the presi-
dent of the development corpo-
“Apologies if I got out in front.”
Singh was arrested days later
in an unrelated political corrup-
tion case on Long Island.
— The New York Times
In the Eye of the Storm
Continued from page 13
Indian American Business Council members with Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevinfourth from left, and Louisville, Ky., Mayor Greg
Fischer, second from right. The Chicago-based non-profit recently launched its India chapter.