Nonprofit founded 2009
1524 NW 52nd Street, Apt#5
Seattle, WA 98107
The objectives of Amrita-Seattle include providing basic health care and economic assistance for the education of the visually handicapped and students from poor backgrounds in West Bengal, India. Amrita also seeks to raise funds for projects associated with clean drinking water and grassroots-based organization in rural West Bengal.
Areas of Service
Health Care, Education, Water, Fund-raising, Grassroots Activism
Example Project – Clean Drinking Water Project
Groundwater in a large part of the West Bengal Basin contains high levels of Arsenic and Fluoride. A fairly large number of people in West Bengal are compelled to drink water having Arsenic and Fluoride concentration above the permissible limit as stipulated by World Health Organization (WHO). Prolonged drinking of water containing high Fluoride and Arsenic may cause fluorosis (degeneration of bone and teeth) and different forms of cancer (skin, lung and other organs) respectively. Amrita-Seattle directly works with the volunteers of Adhyanam, a Calcutta-based volunteer organization, and local activists to identify the affected area and provide water filtration units free of cost to each of the economically poor families in the fluoride and arsenic affected villages. With the help of volunteers of Adhyanam, Amrita-Seattle has already initiated the process of establishing connection with different manufacturers of fluoride and arsenic filtration units in India to get these units at economical cost. Amrita-Seattle has set up a deadline of mid 2011 to provide these filtration units to at least ten families in each fluoride and arsenic affected villages.