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Aastha Horizons Fund

“Aastha” is a word in the Indian language meaning belief, faith, trust, hope for a better tomorrow. Like the sunrise over the horizon which symbolizes hope and a new day, the Aastha Horizons Fund will create significant impact while addressing community needs and will provide Asian-Indian American community members with a channel for collective philanthropy. 

 Many Asian-Indian Americans residing in Lancaster County are immigrants or first-generation Americans.  Asian-Indian immigrant settlement in Lancaster County began in the late 1960s with immigrants coming to the United States of America from India and settling all across the USA and Central Pennsylvania. Indian immigrants sought advanced education, better job opportunities and peace and prosperity.  

Lancaster County offered everything that the newcomers wanted.  It provided them with excellent opportunities to grow in their careers and continued providing better financial opportunities, housing, education and a friendly and supportive community environment. The local residents were honest, trustworthy and hard-working.  Most families who have come have been welcomed by Lancaster area’s local communities and have enjoyed living here. For more details on the history of Asian-Indian newcomers in Lancaster County, please click here.

This pictures shows five Asian-Indian Americans smiling at the camera. They are outside with trees in the background.

 This fund will have a long-term focus but also the ability to support urgent needs in the community. An advisory group comprised of the following individuals, Dr. Manjeet Kaur, Dr. Rakesh Popli, Mr. Rao Sankarmanchi, Dr. Nishit Trivedi and Mrs. Deepa Balepur  will oversee this fund. The Community Foundation is honored to work with these community leaders to support their generosity and impact.

This fund is a giving circle, which means it welcomes other donors to contribute their gifts, time, and suggestions for organizations to receive grants. Donors will also have the ability to donate “pro bono services” used to benefit the community. Please contact Nishit Trivedi or Deepa Balepur to get involved.

By collectively giving, we can combine our resources and efforts to help create a better tomorrow and shared future for Lancaster County, a wonderful place many of us now call home. 

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