Q&A With Microgrant Recipient Sanjeev


Meet Karma for Cara Foundation microgrant recipient Sanjeev (12) from Decatur, GA. Sanjeev used his award to deliver books & school supplies to migrant children in his community. This is an ongoing project for Sanjeev called DREAM (Donate & Recycle to Educate All Mankind); prior to this particular project, he collected & donated 6,210 books for migrant children. For Sanjeev’s K4C project, he partnered with Hall County Schools & the Right-to-Write Foundation (who provided pens & pencils) to host a school supply /book drive for Georgia Migrant & Seasonal Headstart. 

  1. What inspired you to start this project? I was inspired by my 5th grade IB project to make a difference, when I donated 452 books to migrant workers’ children. I set a goal to reach 10,000 books by the end of my senior year, later adding school supplies that were not sent to this group but refugees and poverty-stricken students as well. I have reached around 8500-9000 books and am about to donate about 500 more soon.
  2. Other than you, how many student volunteers participated in your service project? 0
  3. Other than you, how many adult volunteers participated in your service project? 15
  4. How many hours did you spend on your project? 30
  5. How many hours did other volunteers spend on your project? 100
  6. How many individuals were affected by your project? 900
  7. During the time period between when you applied for a K4C microgrant & when you completed the project, what surprised you? I was surprised about the help and generosity that many people placed. Also, in my entire project, I noticed many people and organizations donating books to my cause, including my family’s friends and various consignment sales.
  8. Overall what did you learn from this experience? I learned how to help the community through this project. This included donating and advocating soft good causes, such as literacy and health. This allowed me to receive a better understanding of how we should act towards others and how we can develop as a community together.
  9. How will your project continue having an impact in the future? My project is attempting to receive a nonprofit deal soon. I plan to partner with future organizations and spread my project further than my community. I already have worked with my school and various groups to receive books and supplies. I hope this can soon propagate into the entire state and even into other countries.
  10. How was the K4C microgrant helpful in the completion of your project?  The K4C microgrant helped me finance my project even further. It gave me a sense of assistance that I can help make the world a better place.