Expat wives have a reputation for high fashion, but we also have one for compassion. You can’t live in Mumbai and not be touched by the poverty and the hunger that accompanies it. Many expat spouses spend their time volunteering at NGOs throughout Mumbai.
In the spirit of volunteerism, every year, the American Women’s Club of Mumbai helps local charities raise funds through our AWC Bourbon Street Bash. This “party with a purpose” has New Orleans Mardi Gras as its theme. This year, a jazz quartet straight from New York City will perform, and a live DJ will mix the latest tracks for guests into the wee hours. We also have live and silent auctions and a fantastic art show that will raise much-needed funds for worthy NGOs.
In its third year, this year’s Bourbon Street Bash features three charities:
Each charity works with Mumbai’s most vulnerable children to help give them a brighter future.
To gear up for the Bash on 26th April, I will feature each NGO under its letter. First up is FMCH.
Founded in Indonesia and brought to Mumbai by its founder, Rosie Penrhyn Jones, FMCH “tackles malnutrition in innovative ways. Every day.” In addition to offering nutritional supplements and vaccines to the most at-rick children, FMCH takes a holistic approach to ensuring the first 1,000 days of a child’s life get off to a good start. From its pregnancy club to cooking classes, the FMCH staff members work toward a brighter future for the city’s poorest children, children like Anil. Watch Anil’s story in this YouTube video.