PhD student, Materials Science and Engineering
University of Florida
Greetings everyone! My name is Tanvi Ajantiwalay, I am a PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. I have been a part of Asha Florida, for two years now and I am enjoying working with the team. As a child, I always got a quality education with the support from my parents. After I completed my bachelor’s, my parents encouraged me to pursue post-graduation since they are strong believers in continuous learning at every point of life. As I entered the PhD program, I realized how incredibly lucky I am to obtain the highest level of education, of which some children in India can only dream of. Due to the enormous population and widespread poverty in India, a large number of families can’t even afford basic primary education for their children. I firmly believe that each and every child deserves to have access to education and hence was searching for ways to make a change to this situation from the United States. In this process, I got connected with Asha Florida. With the goal of raising necessary funds for the underprivileged children in India, we try our best to come up with new ideas and techniques every year. Our biggest fundraising event is the Gate River Run, in which we run a 15 km race and spread awareness about Asha.
My Running experience
I have been active in sports since my childhood. I was an advanced level skater in school and played cricket for my college. Due to this, I was used to warm up exercises and running. Running for longer duration and distances was something I never tried before. Gate River Run seemed to be the perfect opportunity to test my capacity as a runner. As I started training with Team Asha and obtained excellent guidance from our coaches, I gradually improved my running. I hope that with so much practice, I will be able to complete this 15k and raise funds for the children in India. I feel privileged to be a part of this noble cause.
Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam once said, “Learning gives creativity. Creativity leads to thinking. Thinking provides knowledge, and knowledge makes you great.” My goal is that every ignited mind in India must get an opportunity to learn and shape their own future. Even a little contribution would help me achieve my goal!
Asha for Education
Asha for Education (AfE) is a secular, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to bringing about socio-economic change in India by focusing on basic education for ALL. The organization has supported more than 850 such projects across the country and disbursed more than USD 25 Million in the last 20 years. To learn more about AfE, please visit: http://www.ashanet.org