Patiala, Punjab, India: In 2007, Gopal Kapur and his wife Darlene started a program of educational support for bright students from families with income of less than $125 per month; including five orphan students. The scholarship program includes school fees, books, stationary, uniforms, and incidental expenses. If after high school graduation, students qualify for college/university admission, the scholarship program covers them to college graduation.
At the start of the program, our sponsored children did not know how to turn on a computer. They had never visited museums, libraries or other learning centers. Today we have a CPA (her Delhi based company sent her for advanced training to Poland and Switzerland, four with undergraduate technology degrees, one with Masters in Computer Analysis, and six with undergraduate accounting degrees. Currently (2017) ten students are in the scholarship program.
Narinder Kumar, with Master’s degree, has evolved into a highly skilled artist, his work has been acquired by patrons in California. He has been commissioned for specific family portraits. Example of his artwork:
Deepest thanks to Thapar University (Patiala, India) alumni Amit and Varun of AKSH, my dear friend J. Malhotra, and generous members of the Rotary Club of Roseville, CA, for their financial support of the scholarship program. The Light1Candle name is inspired by a quotation by Eleanor Roosevelt:
“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”