Interview with the Daily Herald's Christy Gutowski

May 21, 2010 1:06:05 PM PDT
From Christy Gutowski of the Daily Herald:

On Aug. 11, Nimisha Tiwari and her two children died in a fire in their Naperville home. Police called it a double murder-suicide.

But despite the unimaginable loss, Anand Tiwari found a reason to go on.

Anand Tiwari of Naperville started a nonprofit group, 'We Bring Smile Foundation,' in their memory to help other children. Here's a few projects planned so far:

  • Chicago Museum campus: One underprivileged child, ages 5 to 10, will be sponsored each year to attend the one-week Summer Worlds Tour Summer Camp in which they will explore space science at the Adler Planetarium, natural history at The Field Museum, and aquatic science at Shedd Aquarium.

  • Center for Gifted: One underprivileged child, grades kindergarten through 10th, will be sponsored each year to attend this two-week summer program that Vardaan Tiwari loved at National-Louis University in Wheeling (www.centerforgifted.org, may be temporarily unavailable).

  • Edward Hospital: New toys will be donated to the Edward Foundation for each sick child leaving the hospital's emergency room, bringing a smile to hundreds of faces each year.

  • Naperville Public Library: The foundation each year will help sponsor the Summer Family Story Time, as well as contribute four giant floor puzzles to enhance children's creative skills an problem-solving ability.

    In the works: In discussions to sponsor a child to attend Brookfield Zoo's ZAP (zoo adventure passport) program which serves disadvantaged kids, ages 3 to 12; also reaching out to the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services and Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

    For more information, or to make a tax-deductible contribution, visit www.webringsmile.org or e-mail Anand Tiwari at info@webringsmile.org.

    Source: Daily Herald interview

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