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A Message from Christian and Sharmilla:

"In appreciation for our friends and family giving their valuable time and remarkable talents to help make our wedding special, we feel it is only fitting that we, too, give something to others. And so instead of traditional wedding gifts, we are asking our guests to help us help those in need. The city of New Orleans has come to hold a special place in our hearts. We have shared many fun-filled and romantic moments in America's Most Interesting City. Given the challenges this city continues to face, we thought it appropriate to give back to this haven that has meant so much to us.

We value education, and so we sought out a way to help schools and children in the post-Katrina environment. And this was how we came to find Communities in Schools in New Orleans. By providing much-needed learning opportunities, logistics and supplies, this organization has brought meaningful and lasting change to the lives of children in the crescent city. We want to help Communities In Schools with their important work. We ask that you please give generously to this cause and help the schoolchildren of this magnificent but still-recovering city."

Communities In Schools is humbled by the thoughtfulness and care shown by Christian and Sharmilla as they prepare for their wedding day On October 2 in New York City. Thank you for honoring them, and us, at an emotional time for all of us in New Orleans as we pass the five year anniversary of Hurricane's Katrina and Rita and the destruction from the collapse of the levees.

To make your donation in their honor, click on the "Make a Donation" icon on the right hand side of this page, and it will take you to our secure, online donation page. We will update Christian and Sharmilla each week regarding the gifts received. And, you will recieve a thank you and tax receipt from us within two weeks of your donation (we depend upon the schedule of our wonderful volunteer and Gifts Recorder, Karen D., to process our thank yous!)

Thank you! Please browse our website, as we are updating it daily now that school has reopened. We now serve more than 5000 public school children in New Orleans, and lots of barriers to academic success are being overcome because of friends like you.

Our Impact

  • # of Case-Managed Students


  • Students Who Met or Made Progress Towards Their Academic Goals


  • Students Who Met or Made Progress Towards Their Attendance Goals


  • Students Who Promoted or Graduated


  • # of Non Case Managed Students Receiving Services from CIS


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