IASF collaborated with Odisha.ml (an organization promoting Machine Learning) and OSA (Odisha Society of Americas) convention 2022 (California), in organizing a Hackathon in June 2022. The goal was to promote students (grade 8-12) from the Odia community across the world to participate.

There were 4 broad categories:

1. Agriculture and Climate Change
2. Sanitation and Public Health
3. Education
4. Bringing the Odia community together

A total of 20 teams registered for the hackathon, of which 4 were from Odisha. The hackathon was done remotely over a period of 4 weeks by the students at home. Students provided a 5 minutes video along with other code or presentation for the evaluation.

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OSA Convention provided a perfect opportunity for the youth to get involved. IASF formally launched the IASF-Youth wing (A new membership category that included school and college going kids interested in making a difference aligned with IASF mission). Young people have the ideas, the creativity and great energy to shape a better world and take IASF to new heights. They are taking the charge. In this segment several IASF youth members interviewing some of the permanent and board members to hear their thoughts. Please watch.

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We’re back – post pandemic! Don’t miss the biggest party of the new year!  Please join IASF and the community for Valentines Bash 2023 – A formal evening complete with dinner, entertainment and plenty of surprises.  Those of you who have attended this event in the past will recall the amazing experience.  This promises to be our best event yet!

Date: Feb 11 (Saturday) 5:30 PM onward
Venue: Newark Pavilion, 6430 Thornton Ave, Fremont, CA 94560

Bring the whole family and celebrate your love on Valentine’s Day! Due to popular demand, the event will sell out this year so please buy your tickets now using instructions on this page.

VIP/Group tickets: please contact Sarita Panda at (408) 507-0178
Sponsorship: please contact Prasanta Behera at (408) 598-9298

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Family Supportive Housing (FSH) is an organization that has been helping homeless single and two-parent families with children remain together while addressing their needs for food, shelter, employment, and education, for thirty years now. Their mission is to help families avoid the trap and cycle of homelessness by helping them get on their feet immediately after a tragic event such as job loss, home loss, etc. Their shelters accommodate up to 35 families at a time for up to 90 days and close to 60% of their residents are children under the age of eighteen. In light of COVID-19, IASF reached out to its local community to partner with Family Supportive Housing (FSH) in East Side San Jose. Struggling to meet demand during lockdown and quarantine restrictions, IASF fundraised to donate essential items such as groceries and cutleries for families and learning tools for kids.  With more than half of…

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Change the world by helping “One Child at a Time” is an initiative by the World Family Foundation (WFF). WFF is a non-profit organization based in Ojai, California, USA. They are committed to help the poorest of the poor children to break the barrier of poverty by providing quality education. WFF has built Prashanti International School in Puri, Odisha, India.

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IASF is working with WRKSPOT Foundation to help rebuild the home to 53 needy kids. All of these kids are displaced and need immediate financial help to rebuild the infrastructure that was destroyed in Cyclone FANI. WRKSPOT Foundation was established in 2018. It’s first project is to change the lives of 53 kids in the city of Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. WRKSPOT’s goal is to help children learn to learn to dream and achieve. They have a 3-step formula to achieve our goal – feed healthy food, provide safe environment, create awareness in children the importance of mental and physical fitness at an early age. Please visit their website http://www.WRKSPOT.FOUNDATION for details. Thank you for all your generous support – we are no more accepting donations for this cause.    

IASF (was called “Oriya Sevaks” then) was born after the 1999 Super Cyclone in Orissa that claimed 10,000 lives and caused immense destruction across the state. This cyclone has been listed as the strongest recorded tropical cyclone in the North Indian Ocean and among the most destructive in the region (Info).

IASF volunteers worked passionately to raise funds and executed 12 community projects ranging from distributing medicines, blankets to building shelter homes, repairing schools etc for sustainability of affected people in long term.

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The goal of the Vision 20/20 Program is to provide eye exams and glasses to needy students who otherwise fall behind in schools because of their vision problem.

The goal of the Raise a Reader program is to encourage elementary school students to read books outside of their core curriculum. Students with good reading habits tend to do well in higher grades. We work directly with the school principals to provide almirah and books for this program.

204 High School students were sitting on the floor. 51 pairs of desks/benches were supplied. Most now sit on supplied 51 desk/chair pairs. IASF undertook this project for a cost of $2450 and was coordinated by Prasanna Samantray.

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