photos by Natalia Robert

A Million Knots

x_millionknots2Pacific Ridge School students who are part of a student-led service learning group called A Million Knots recently raised approximately $10,000 at their fashion show to fund the education of 36 girls in India. About 300 people attended the fashion show, which the students created and hosted themselves. A Million Knots group members designed about a dozen outfits for the fashion show runway, which they then sent to a vocational school in India to be sewn. Students modeled the outfits and auctioned them at the event. Funds were also raised through ticket sales and donations. “We’re so happy with the community’s support and the event turnout,” said A Million Knots leader Mirai Patel. “Now we can continue sending girls to school for years to come.”

Mirai started A Million Knots in 2012. In its first year, the group raised enough money to build and staff a school near Alwar, Rajasthan. They have continued to raise the $2,000 per year needed to run the school. The majority of the money from the fashion show will go towards the A Million Knots school, with a portion going to the vocational school which produced the runway outfits. “They’re not just raising funds for a school, but they’re making impossible dreams come true,” said Jerome Sigamani, Senior Director at Project Concern International, the San Diego-based nonprofit that manages the vocational school in India. Mirai and other group members will travel to India this spring as part of Pacific Ridge’s global travel program to visit the school they support and meet with other NGOs in the region. Learn more about Pacific Ridge’s mission and programs at www.pacificridge.org.