project leader
Ankur A
location
800 Walker Street
(NWA Samhati)
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the project

Samhati, which means 'unity' in Bengali, is a non-profit organization that was established in 2011.

At SAMHATI, we're on a mission to share Bengali cultural heritage to our next generations and foster inclusivity through vibrant social events that reflect the rich tapestry of India's diversity. .

We promote Bengali culture and values by providing social, cultural, recreational and community programs, engage youth in cultural events thereby uniting the community, and raising awareness about Bengali culture in the local community.

Our values are to respect cultural diversity and respect for individuals.

the steps

These tasks are essential for successfully organizing and executing SAMHATI's events for the year 2023. The board members, along with the core group of volunteers, will play a crucial role in fulfilling these responsibilities and making the events a success.

  1. Secure booking and initial Payments to the Venue (ETA: 4/30): Ensure that all payments related to the event venue are settled.

  2. Start Communication with the Crowd and Publish a Flyer for the Event (ETA: 5/30): Begin promoting the upcoming event, engaging with the community, and creating a promotional flyer.

  3. Start the Nomination Process to NWA for Cultural Events (ETA: 6/15): Initiate the process for participants to nominate themselves or others for cultural events such as drama, dance, drawing, and singing, and organize them into different age groups.

  4. Finalize Timelines and Event Schedules for 3 Days (ETA: 9/20): Determine the event schedules and timelines for the three-day event based on participant availability and other logistics.

  5. Ongoing Activities Around Rehearsals for Cultural Activities Till 10/05: Coordinate and manage rehearsals for cultural activities leading up to the event. Also, continue to book venues like community centers as needed.

  6. Procure Vendors for Food (ETA: 10/05): Secure food vendors to provide catering services during the event.

  7. Procure Vendors for Decoration (ETA: 10/05): Arrange for vendors who will be responsible for decorating the event venue.

  8. Procure Vendors for Cleaning (ETA: 10/05): Arrange for cleaning services to maintain the cleanliness of the event venue.

  9. Ensure Safety and Harmony of the Event (Between 10/10 to 10/13): During the event itself, the board members should focus on ensuring the safety and smooth operation of all activities, as well as fostering a harmonious atmosphere.

why we're doing it

Most of the immigrants who merged into NWA area are from different demographic areas. A majority are from India and Bangladesh, who speak the language Bengali. Bengali is the 7th highest speaking language by population. The population is now reaching towards their middle age with a large age group with their next generation who do not have the exposure to Bengali culture and heritage. Samhati's effort is to provide a platform that enables the Bengali demographic population to pass on their cultural and heritage values through spirituality, dancing, drawing, singing, recitation towards their next generation. 

In addition to that, Samhati focuses on providing the platform to diverse ethnicities from other parts of south-east ASIA to showcase their talent and how the shared values between different ethnicities tie up humans together. 

We, from Samhati, would like our next generation to be cooperative, sensible, empathetic, respectful to others and these events enables to bring that value into the neighborhood and community.  

budget

5/29/24 Final Budget:

Revised budget to utilize $8864

- To bring the Artist from India : $6000

- Book an Airbnb for 3 days : $667.48

- Food expenses for artist & crew: $1000

Car rental and travel insurance : $1197

TOTAL RAISED = $8,864.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (4%) $200.04
TOTAL TO DISBURSE= $8,663.96

Original Budget:

1. Venue and kitchen for Oct 11 - 13th 2024 : Arkansas Arts Academy High School, 506 West Poplar St, Rogers, AR 72756 - $5000.

2. Cleaning - $500

3. Party Supplies - $500

5. Food for 300 participants for 3 days - $15000

6. Artist performing puja - $10000 

 

PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED $30,600
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee N/A $0.00
ioby Donation Processing Fee 4% $624
TOTAL TO RAISE $31,224
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.

 

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donors

  • Sabuj
  • Smita M.
  • Arpita M.
  • Sharmila D.
  • Dhana S.
  • Dipanjan G.
  • Ankhi H.
  • Mahapatra Family
  • Soumya and Desi
  • Prakash D.
  • Pratyush
  • Purnendu S.
  • Sushen S.
  • Saptarshi S.
  • Biltu Bhowmick
  • Sabuj N.
  • Debasis Manna
  • Swetank S.
  • Sattik P.
  • Debrath B.
  • Dipanjan G.
  • Mukesh Chandra Majhi
  • Somnath Goswami
  • SOMNATH M.
  • Sudipta A.