Pearland Spelling Bee Winner Donates Scholarship

A spelling bee winner from Pearland has been awarded a scholarship in honor of an organization that is building a new way to care for homeless women and children in India.

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Anjay Ajodha is from Pearland. He'll be going to Pearland Junior High South this coming school year and he wants to be a micro-biologist, but he won't be using the scholarship for his education. After learning about Vatsalya Gram he decided to donate the scholarship money to it. Vatsalya Gram is a community in which women and children from the street come together to live as families.

This is not an orphanage, nor is it a shelter for women, it is a permanent home. The community is two years old and sits on 43 acres with a hospital and schools and where 100 homes are being built. Vatsalya Gram's southwest regional coordinator Kusum Vyas says each will be home to four women and seven children.

Vyas says the women will be screened and trained and the family members carefully selected. She says the need for human contact and the giving and receiving of maternal love have universal appeal and will help all rebuild lives with dignity and purpose. That potential is what Anjay Ajodha saw and why he wanted to help the people of Vatsalya Gram.

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