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Scott Kafora

May 03,2020 

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‘It isn’t where you come from,

It’s where you are going, that counts’


 ‘Push yourself,

 Because no one else is coming to do it for you’  


Whenever I read these two proverbs, I always remember ‘Scott’ in my mind. He is an American, born in San Antonio,Texas. Now he is settled in Kholapur-Maharashtra,India.


Scott’s formal education is in architecture, industrial engineering and music and he has used these classical skills to navigate his way through business management, design, manufacturing, and logistical roles along with volunteering his services free of charge in over 30 countries.


He is committed to improving the economic, social, emotional, and educational needs of underprivileged children around the world. Certified to teach English as a second language, he shares his knowledge of math, science, reading, and computers free of charge.


Presently, Scott resides in Kolhapur, India where he is working on the design and construction of a children’s home, school and curriculum for rescued child laborers, orphans and homeless children. The planned campuses are under the direction of the Indian NGO AVANI Organization.


Scott’s work with Avani involves the nomadic, migrant and homeless in Kolhapur. They work in the brickyard labor camps, sugarcane farms and waste pickers slum communities. They run a counseling center, women's shelters, self-help groups, life skills educational programs, gender equality programs for adolescent boys, daycare centers, community waste management program and provide support on advocacy and policy related issues.



Scott is also working with engineers and scientists in India on developing and implementing new technologies to provide clean water, appropriate sanitation systems and education on proper hygiene to both rural and city municipalities.



He is on the Board of Directors of the Gandhi Worldwide Educational Institute with the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Arun Gandhi. Scott also works Dr. Gandhi’s son, Tushar Gandhi with his Mahatma Gandhi Foundation on skills development training for rural villages in India. He is involved in the Western Maharashtra Child Rights Campaign.


“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked, and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty” - Mother Teresa


- Our NRI Reporter Sheela Ramanan.

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