Nanubhai Education Foundation

Rating: 5 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Education, International, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: 117 Julee Emilyn Dr Bonaire GA 31005 USA

Mission: The Nanubhai Education Foundation is dedicated to providing equal access to India’s rapidly growing economic opportunities to the students of India’s rural public high schools through education. Through the combination of its unique fellowship program and strong school partnerships, Nanubhai works to accomplish these goals by improving students’ English, IT and soft skills, by training local teachers and by ensuring that female students are provided additional educational support.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with Nanubhai for two years now, as both a Board Member as well as a Program Director. We work to try and strengthen rural public education in India through a variety of measures.

Looking at quality of education, as opposed to access to education, is a fairly new idea in rural India. Despite many challenges, we remain committed to research, outreach, and culturally appropriate methods of changing existing systems for the better.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

Nanubhai's mission is crucial to the cause of rural education in India. Through workshops, facilitated trainings, and new partnerships with schools, Nanubhai works to improve teacher quality and thus education quality in rural India. The staff is professional and passionate about the organization's mission, and the team works to become a cohesive unit that contributes to the overall success of Nanubhai's programs.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

It has been a great experience working with this organization. Particularly its has a tremendous approach toward teacher training for rural primary school teachers in Gujarat. This is the only organization I have come across which works in such a diverse environment with American staff. Great going. Keep it Up..!!

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

I am currently concerned about rural education in India. There is a growing gap between the quality of urban education and rural education in up and coming economies. All the focus is on urban education. How can rural students compete? I am currently volunteering with the Nanubhai Education Foundation. I am really pleased and impressed by this organization. Their mission is to improve rural education in India by empowering rural Indian students through English language proficiency.

I am thoroughly impressed by their commitment and dedication. Since 2004, Nanubhai Education Foundation has worked to improve rural education in India by helping rural students, not only improving English, but with IT/software skills as well.

They also have a fellowship program that sends American trained educators to teach. lead trainings and conduct research in India. Fellows work with local principles to establish before and after school programs.

All the while, fellows are encouraged to Blog about their experiences, and most of them are very uplifting. I think this is a great charity and does not get enough attention. I wish more people knew about the great work they do to improve rural education in India. If you are so inclined, you can even sponsor a child in India with the Nanubhai Education Foundation.

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I personally know of the commitment of the staff and the fellows. What a great group of people. They have made a big difference in the lives of so many rural students in India, and improved rural education in India.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I hope to spread the word, and let everyone know about this great organization.

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I recently started to volunteer with The Nanubhai Education Foundation and I am amazed at how committed the team in India and in the US is on a daily basis. I have had great support from the team in my role and have been able to really get involved and feel like I am able to really make a difference. Nanubhai’s grassroots approach has already made such a big impact on the schools in rural India . I have already learned so much through working with Nanubhai and have found the experience to be so rewarding. I would recommend this organization to anyone that is looking to make an impact on rural education and that is looking to take a hands on approach to volunteering.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to develop coordinated marketing so that we can reach more people.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with a great team .

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed and passionate individuals that have already taught me so much. Everytone is open to trying new ideas and is focused on the goal.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach more children and schools and expand the program to other areas in India.

Ways to make it better...

i had gotten involved earlier and been able to dedicate more time.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

If anyone is looking an organization to get involved in that focuses on education then they should talk to Nanubhai - the volunteer experience is fantastic.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I have put together a small group of people who are interested in helping to fundraise this cause. I belive this is a great cause that reaches out to children who lack education. There is nothing better than making children educated who are not capable of recieving an education. Nanubhai is a very good way of reaching out to those children. I am very glad I have been given the opportunity to participate in this. I am hoping to fundraise a good amount and be apart of this organization!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I havent had personal experience with this organization just yet.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have enjoyed the fact that it helps children recieve education. I love learning and helping the country I was born in and the children there.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could probably make a drastic change in rural India. Literacy rates would definately rise and change would be evident.

Ways to make it better...

I actually had the opportunity to see the changes in rural india.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Nanubhai is a new organization full of people with big hearts. They have dedicated their time, knowledge, and love towards N.E.F. in hopes to give children in Gujrat equal opportunity at education. I believe that an organization that is just beginning to grow and has so much impact on a vast amount of children is something rare to find in organizations today.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

heart warming.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I am starting a Nanubhai club at my high school, and I love that I can do something to help out.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that you are helping kids around the world get a better education.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

CHANGE THE WORLD!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

As part of my graduate program in Economic and Political Development at Columbia University, I was required to do a summer internship. I found the Nanubhai Education Foundation at an NGO Fair, and was immediately impressed by the passion and effervescence of some of the volunteers and staff. Thus, I decided to pursue an internship in India with the Foundation. I can today say with 100% confidence that Nanubhai is doing AMAZING work for education in rural India. My firsthand experience in some of their target schools really exposed me to the lack of capable teachers in many of India's schools. The need for Nanubhai's services is real, childrens' appetite to learn is massive, and the passion and committment of Nanubhai staff is inspirational. I hope I can remain involved and spread the word about the wonderful and critical work that Nanubhai Education Foundation is doing.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

rural education in India. Their work is desperately needed.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate, dedicated and motivated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Transform the face of rural education in India by setting up teacher training institutions so that educators could become more effective in their jobs, and children would reap the benefits.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I volunteer with Nanubhai Education Foundation (NEF). I came across the Nanubhai Education Foundation at a local grassroots forum. From the many South Asian organizations that were present at this forum, I was drawn to Nanubhai by the volunteer who presented this young non-profit. She spoke with charisma and candidly displayed her interest in truly educating children in rural India, although she had never been there before. She took the audience through a multitude of life experiences that the children there are exposed to. She captivated the simple moments that seem ordinary to Americans as extreme challenges in rural India. For example, using a computer, learning English, having electricity... Those were just a few of the things she had mentioned. What really hit home for me, was when she mentioned the name of the high school that Nanubhai Education Foundation supported in it’s initial strategy to revitalize the curriculum in rural India. The name sounded familiar and I began to question if it was the high school my father had attended. After walking away from the forum, I felt moved and ready to take action. I confirmed with my dad that it was his high school and we were both very excited. I approached the Nanubhai board, and received such positive responses. All of the volunteers I encountered were so driven and motivated to make a change in rural India. They were based in the USA and several are living in India. I think this has been such a rewarding experience. I know there are many great causes out there, but having the ability to support education and literacy in a developing country is building a foundation for decades to come. Knowing that we will leave such a legacy behind, I am extremely proud of what NEF has already come to achieve in it’s short five years. I am ready to see what great things are yet to come, and encourage anyone who has an extra minute to learn a little bit more about NEF at www.nanubhai.org . Next, spread the word. Lack of awareness is probably one of our biggest challenges. Growing up in America, education is a part of our lives. I know it’s tough to decide where to allocate the very little time we have in our busy lives, but take a look deeper to see what the volunteers are like. It will tell you everything you need to help you make the final decision.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by reviewing the statistics that have been gathered over the last five years, and by reading the blog on the website from volunteers out in the field.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

this is a tough one.. I am a relatively new volunteer so I don't know in what way I would want to make changes, but one thing I can say is, everyone is open to suggestions and every volunteer has the ability to make a visible change in the organization.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with such a great group of volunteers. Also spreading awareness and being able to openly discuss the challenges rural children in India face with the growing economy.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate,

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

give away scholarships to top universities, not only in India, but abroad ; develop a study abroad program as an option during high school study ; upgrade software and have the most up to date technology ; oh I can go on forever.

Ways to make it better...

I could spend time in India. I am a workaholic and have only been to India once. I wish I could dedicate a summer, or a year to volunteer at one of the high schools in rural India...

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

infrastructure, growing pains, and the need for more funding to be able to send more teachers from the USA.

One thing I'd also say is that...

take a minute to think of those volunteers out there in India helping facilitate a brighter future for children who would not have had the motivation to finish school. And step back to think about how you can be involved from abroad. Join the cause:)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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