In 2000 – Oneonta, New York and Dundlod, Rajasthan were declared as Sister Cities by the mayors through proclamations.
- In In 2001 – Dr. Alan Donovan, President of SUNY College traveled to India to read Oneonta’s proclamation at a public ceremony in Dundlod and accepted their mayor’s proclamation.
- Highlights from 2003-2007
- 2003—Princess Ganga Singh and Prince Raghuvendra Singh Dundlod visit Oneonta
- 2003 – Roop and Tracy Verma, world renowned Sitar virtuoso, give a benefit concert to support Mahapura school
- 2003 – Oneonta Rotary donates funds for Dundlod School
- 2004-- Orpheus Theater’s production of Secret Garden helps to raise funds for Dundlod School
- 2004 – Cooperstown Elementary School raises money through a penny drive to build a room in Mahapura school
- 2005--SUNY Collage at Oneonta awards Doctor of Humane Letters Degree to Ganga Singh for her outstanding accomplishments toward providing literacy to the underprivileged children of India
- 2005 – Riverside School raise $2500 to build a room in Mahapura
- 2006--Center Street Elementary School raises $840 toward school supplies for the children
- 2006 – Dr. Suzanne Miller returns to Dundlod and Mahapura schools! She was the co-director of the “SUNY Learn and Serve in India” program when the first school in Dundlod was established in 1996
- 2006--Craig and Sue Van Cott donate money to build the Science Wing for the Dundlod School
- Annual Celebration of India Night: Oneonta Elementary schools’ children and teachers immerse themselves in Indian Culture through the arts, songs, dances and food to raise money to help the children of Dundlod.
- Center Street elementary School
- 2007 – Greater Plains Elementary School raises money through their “Kiss the Goat Project” to purchase 20 goats for the poorest of poor people of Dundlod.
- 2008 – Mr. Ken Sider, a teacher from Riverside Elementary School from Oneonta travels to visit Ninash’s schools in India. He and some of Dundlod students purchase books with the money raised through the penny Rangoli project of the Riverside’s Elementary school.
- Riverside School also raises money to purchase 16-28 goats each year.
- 2010 – Center Street Elementary School raises funds for teacher’s salary and school supplies for Dundlod School.
- 2012 – Empire Toyota of Oneonta donates funds for a new water well for the Dundlod School.
2006-Gavilan Peak School declares Mahapura as its Sister City
Gavilan Peak, Arizona becomes Sister City (2006)
- Mary Ronemous discovered the Ninash Foundation on the internet and established the sister city project between the Indo-International Culture School in Mahapura and Gavilan Peak School in Arizona. During Gavilan Peak's Multicultural Week, that is held in December, its 7th and 8th grade students run booths for their “Quarters for Caring Fair.” The booths offer many different activities that involve countries from across the globe and each activity costs 25 cents. The entire school is invited to participate. Proceeds from their “Quarters for Caring Fair” go toward their sister Mahapura school in the province of Rajasthan in India.
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