Indian American teenager Tanishka Dhariwal. 16, raised over $10,000 for the victims of a tragic triple-train collision that occurred earlier this year in India.
Tanishka started a GoFundMe campaign on June 5, three days after the tragic incident. The collision resulted in the death of over 295 people and injuries of about 1,200 other people.
Tanishka is a youth member of the Rajasthan Association of North America (RANA), an organization that represents Rajasthanis around the world to unite and empower people hailing from Rajasthan living outside India.
The Times of India reports that Prem Bhandari, president of RANA, underscored the importance of individuals like Tanishka. He claimed that “it’s not about the amount. It’s about the emotion behind it. This also highlights stronger ties that are still alive among U.S.-born Indian youth and their homeland.”
Tanishka told Asian News International that she hopes “this money will be able to go and help the people who have been affected deeply by this. I believe a little goes a long way and hopefully, this is a good start to it.”