Siana Kapoor and Aria Kapoor raised USD $5000 to setup a computer centre for the boys living in AIM for Seva’s Chatralayam in Udaipur, Rajasthan. Aria (11 years old) created a website to promote the cause and to raise funds did a ‘Swim-a-thon’ where she swam 70 laps. Her sister Siana (10 years old) performed an ‘Adavu-a-thon’ where she presented a one hour classical dance. The girls flew down from the USA with their family and inaugurated the computer centre in February 2017. The centre has 7 Lenovo computers, a printer and a trainer to teach the children.
Let’s hear from them how they did it all
How did you come up with this idea of doing an adavu-thon and a swim-a thon?
We have participated in many walk-a-thons to raise money for our school and have also made cards for veterans. This time we thought of taking the dance and swim way.
Siana: I have been involved with Indian classical dance for 5 years.
Aria: And I have been swimming for 6 years. I also participated in COOL (Community Outreach Organization and Leadership) at school. We collected and donated socks to a homeless shelter and Halloween candy to US troops.
Did they do some kind of a preparation before the event?
Siana: Our parents and grandfather helped us to create a website to describe AIM for Seva. Aria: Papa’s friend helped us create a link for funds raised to go directly to AIM for Seva. We also made a poster to display at the events.
Do you have any other hobbies?
Siana: I enjoy reading Harry Potter, choir, musicals, guitar, tennis and golf. Siana is a student of Vishwa Shanti Dance Academy, an institute of Shreelata Suresh.
Aria: I enjoy musicals, choir, piano, diving and creative writing.
How was your experience in India?
Siana: This was our first trip to India. We really enjoyed it. It was a really unique experience. One of our favorite memories was visiting the Udaipur FSH. We played games with our new friends in Udaipur.
Aria: Even though we didn’t speak a common language, we found it easy to interact. We loved the performances the kids had prepared.
Would you like to do such events in future?
Siana: We definitely want to do more events like this one. We hope to visit the FSH again in the future and perhaps visit another one in South India.