Our congregation has provided financial sponsorship support each year since 2003 for the Annie Margaret Barr Secondary School in the Khasi Hills of Northeast
India. We also support the Higher Secondary School that we helped build. This is a Unitarian-run rural school in the poor tribal state of Meghalaya,
where there is little access to public education. This school is able to serve nearly 300 secondary students, having more than doubled in size since
our support began. In 2018, we helped our school celebrate it's 50th anniversary.
India Pilgrimage: Six members of our congregation have visited the Khasi Hills with the Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council over the year. Consider joining the annual pilgrimage for a life changing experience: http://uupcc.org
Activities: The committee annually hosts a special social hour for DeWali, the Hindu Festival of Lights and Holi, the Festival of Colors and has special participation in church services. Past activities have included Indian cooking classes, art show and quilt raffle. We have also hosted guests from Khasi Hills India.
Build-a-School Project: This is our recent 4-5 year effort raising funds for the building and teachers of a Higher Secondary School (grades
11 and 12) so students can complete high school locally without traveling to the state capital. The Higher Secondary School Inauguration and ribbon
cutting was held on June 10, 2016.
The pressing need and goal for the 2018-2019 church year is to once again raise $9600 to fund the two new teachers needed since our new school was opened. We hope to fund the teachers for approximately three years until the Higher Secondary school is accredited and government funding kicks in. We really make a difference!
The typical donation over the years has been $50. More needed from some. Give what you can. This is a one year commitment, but we hope you will consider yearly support. Donations are typically collected at fall information tables, although there is an opportunity to give through the December Alternative Gift Market too. Please make the check payable to the First Unitarian Church and note Khasi Hills on the memo line. If mailing your check, for record-keeping purposes please send them to Karen Litzinger, 1709 Miriam St, Swissvale, PA 15218.
The Khasi Hills Partnership Committee organizes and coordinates our support of these activities. Learn more about the Unitarian Union of Northeast India.
Khasi Hills Partnership Team Members
Karen Litzinger (chair), Lois Hurt, Mary Pat Mengato, Chris Milcarek, Maureen Porter, Shelley Ross, and Carol Washburn.
For information, contact Karen at 412-242-7045.