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Bring Disaster Relief and Education to India!

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Project has ended
Project ended on March 08, at 09:00 AM CST
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Bring Disaster Relief and Education to India!

Who Are We?

Hey there! We are Projects with Underserved Communities: Team India! We're a team of seven students from the Cockrell School of Engineering and the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. We're working together to design, implement, and sustain a multipurpose building in Sirupinayur, a village in Tamil Nadu, India. This building will be used as a learning center, disaster relief shelter, and community gathering space. We're excited to continue our work this semester!


From left: Victor (Technical Manager), Zia (Project Logistics Manager), Erica (Project Manager), Jane (Fundraising Manager), Ayah (Team Logistics Manager), Sarah (Communications Manager), Michael (Assistant Project Manager)


What Is Our Project?

You may remember our HornRaiser campaign from Fall 2018. In one month, you helped us raise over $16,000! However, through collaboration with our Indian NGO partner, CASA, we've learned that Sirupinayur needs more than just a learning center. This community is threatened by floods and monsoons, and many villagers need a safe, dry place to stay. With this in mind, our team has adapted our designs to fit the needs of Sirupinayur. Our improved design features a raised floor and a staircase to an accessible roof.


Updated model of our project design


How Can You Be Involved?

We are seeking an additional $10,000 to pay for the improvements to our project. All donations will be used to purchase building materials and hire a local contractor to help us implement the center. This coming summer, our team will travel to India and work face to face with the people of Sirupinayur. But we need your help to make this possible! Help us bring safety and improved educational access to Sirupinayur: donate and share our page today!


Skyping with the people of Sirupinayur

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Snake Catcher

The Irula people of Sirupinayur are famous snake catchers! Many Irula live in Florida, where they catch the invasive Burmese Python which can grow over 23 feet long!


World Traveler

The time difference between Austin, Texas, and Sirupinayur, India is 11.5 hours!


People Pleaser

The estimated population of Sirupinayur is 220 people!


Solid Donor

Concrete, the most widely-used construction material in the world, has a density of 391.5 lbs/cubic yard.


Tamil Speaker

There are about 74 million native Tamil speakers in the world! நன்றி! (Thanks!)



Tamil Nadu covers an area of 130,058 square kilometers!


CASA Contributor

Our partner NGO, CASA, was founded in 1947!


Peak Donor

The highest point in Tamil Nadu, Doddabetta Peak, stands at 2,637 meters!

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