Subject: Community News
Dated: Aug 22, 2009
Dear Member,

Below are some items of interest or appeals to the Indian Community.

In its extended relief work, Bay Area Prabasi relief team (with Indian
Red Cross Society) and (Jalpaiguri Path Society) NGO registered by
Govt. of West Bengal, S/IL 50385) and responded to the plight of local
people of Aila-struck areas in and around Sunderbaan Delta, West
Bengal. Based on the information provided by Red Cross volunteers a
plan was chalked out to give every possible relief to the Aila
affected people in many places.

On May 31, 2009, the first relief team reached in Colonipara and
Swosanpara villages (at Gosaba, Sundarbaan area) with dry food, 2500
liters of packaged water, medicine for diseases like diarrhea,
vomiting, headache, fever/skin disease, candle and matches. The relief
items were distributed among 250 families.

In the second phase of relief work on June 13, 2009, the relief team
reached Pakhiralay South and Rangabelia villages (which lies at
Gosaba, Sundarbaan area) with dry food, 2500 liters of packaged water,
medicine for fever/skin disease, some cloths and mosquito nets. The
relief items were distributed among 200 families.

In the third phase of the relief work on June 29, 2009, the relief
team reached Pakhiralay West and Rangabelia villages (at Gosaba,
Sundarbaan area) with dry food, 1000 liters of packaged water,
medicine for fever/skin disease, mosquito nets, sari, cloths and
lamps. The relief items were distributed among 200 families.

The relief team is now working closely with Indian Red Cross Society
and preparing for the next phase of relief work on July 26, 2009. This
time a few more very remote villages in Sundarbaan area will be
covered. Relief workers are also working with the local District
Magistrate’s office of South 24 Parghanas, West Bengal to help them
for rural development assignments in Aila affected villages.

You can donate to Aila Relief by visiting 
I am contacting you on behalf of Naatak (Indian Theatre in the sf bay
We are planning to stage our 31st production in the month of October
and November this year. 

Our upcoming production is based on Satyajit Ray's short stories
which we are adapting for stage.  To get an idea of what the show is
about , you can look at our
most recent audition notice posting, 
Audition Format

   1. RSVP to with your name, age, role.
   2. Please mention previous theater experience if you have any.
   3. You will receive a confirmation by email, including your
audition time slot (between 2 and 4 pm).
   4. Actors please come prepared with an English monologue (2-5
minutes) that explores more than one emotion and involves some movement.
   5. Production – please mention your area of interest and any
previous theatre experience
   6. Please come five minutes BEFORE your given time.
   7. If you are shortlisted, you will be called back at 5:30 pm the
same afternoon.
   8. Production crew will meet on August 23rd for the kick off meeting
   9. Roles will be announced on Tuesday, August 25th.

Shubhra Prakash
Read the story of 10 years of Naatak in the bay area
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Wisdom From Past Entrepreneurs - The Dirty Little Secrets that No One
Talks About presented by Christine Comaford
Wednesday, September 2

Successful entrepreneurs often talk about how exciting it is to start
your own business, be your own boss, and see your vision come to life.
 They admit that there are ups and downs, many long days & nights, and
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Many entrepreneurs don't tell you their reality of a ‘less than
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Their personal relationships suffer and end up taking a back seat to
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Their happiness fades.  And they end up wondering why they are
building a business at all. Moderated by Suzanne Shaw, Editorial
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$24.95 value)!

Register at: 

We are contacting all of our India families to share with you about a
little boy named Ben. 

Ben is a 7 year old boy adopted from India/ISRC.  He joined his family
right before his 1st birthday.  Ben was diagnosed in 2007 with
systematic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Ben has become very ill in
the recent weeks and is in urgent need of a bone marrow transplant. 
In an attempt to help Ben’s family find a possible match for Ben we
are sending this to all of our families who have adopted a
child/children from India.  If you are an individual of Indian
Heritage and/or you have an adopted child from India that is 18 years
of age or older you can go to the following link and order a kit:   and submit it back
to the Bone Marrow Registry. 

If you have any questions you can email the family at and in the subject line put “Ben/Dillon family”
or you can reach Tami or Jynger through our Dillon email addresses.   Please
feel free to pass this along to other families that you think might be
able to help, especially those of Indian Heritage, and please be
praying for the family. Thank you!

Tami Davidson, MSW  & Jynger Roberts, MSW
India Program Co-Directors
Dillon International, Inc.

- Bay Area Prabasi Team
Bay Area Prabasi, Inc.
                                                 Dated: 08/22/2009
                      BAY AREA PRABASI INC.