“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

Our Inspirations

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Inspiration comes from many places and varies from person to person.  Whether it’s a personal experience, knowledge we’ve learned or from someone we know of that has motivated us to make a change or difference.  Because we’re stimulated by feelings, thoughts and actions, be it empathy, the news we read abut or participating in cause, it helps to share our stories with others–spreading the word and encouraging all to make a difference in their community and helping those in need outside our communities.

I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do
or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now.
Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.

~ Mahatma Gandhi

Here is what inspired us to create the Ramautar & Ajit Vatsayan Foundation…

Migrating from my hometown of Patna, Bihar early on in my life, the quest for a better education took me to “North Point” Darjeeling, and then to Lucknow and finally to the US where I settled and started a family. In 2011, my current employer gave me an opportunity to work in Dubai, bringing me closer to India and my family. This was my second chance—my opportunity to give back to my home state of Bihar, a region that once used to be the center of learning and culture in ancient India going back as far as 793 BC.

Unfortunately, the sate of Bihar has fallen from its graces, ranking at the lowest literacy rate of 63.82% in India, with females at 58%, and also has been infamously crowned as the most corrupt state in the country.  It is with these situations, that the people of Bihar, as with many communities, need the help of those who are able to make a change–starting with the people themselves in the community.

Although, it’s been many years since I’ve left, Bihar hasn’t left my mind and heart. Mainly because the biggest influence in my life has been my Alma Mater “North Point” and my parents. The school motto “Sursum Corda” which means “Lift up your hearts”….it is here that I picked up what it means to help others, and be kind to those in need. Acts of kindness, no matter how small, lift up your heart and those of others you touch. What we learned at school  was something I saw in real life at home by real life examples of our parents giving back to the community.

Today, with the help of family members and friends as well as those who simply like to contribute to others’ success, we start a new journey–a journey to lift up the hearts of a million lives in a life time—you are invited.

Thank you Dad, Mom, and  North Point—you are the source of my inspiration!

Manish Vatsayayan
Founder ~ Chairman, Board of Trustees

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