Promise is an incredible organization - I am impressed every day by the dedication of Jaya Di and other volunteers in raising money and helping the under-privileged in my area in eastern India. What I especially like about Promise is the projects that they work on. By focusing on the education and vocational training of the kids, they are truly helping to build a better society overall.
Like many immigrants to the US, I always felt this was/is the land of opportunity, hence, once I got here, I felt that this country would allow me to fulfill my dream to do something however small for the people of India. A product of Kolkata, India, I always wanted to help an organization from its infancy. Promise, a nonprofit organization provided just this opportunity. Helping with the nurturing, nourishment and "whole-child" development , Promise is doing groundbreaking work helping the Nawabpur community of Kolkata. Providing literacy development for children by partnering with the University of Arlington in Texas, to enabling the community mothers with sustainable employment opportunities, Promise continues to be that oasis for some, among the millions of people in India who need consistent hope and support. I am proud to be part of such a growing "promise" to the children of my motherland.
Promise is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empower underprivileged children and women with education and Self Reliance. We believe that education is a means to economic empowerment and social progress.
Promise is currently involved in a number of projects in and around the metropolitan city of Kolkata in eastern India. Promise helps some of these projects by funding their staff needs, some it runs independently. It runs a children's program offering 400 odd children, both morning and evening classes. In addition to the classes, training is also offered in dance, music, yoga, drawing and crafts. The West Bengal board of primary education recently donated books for this school in English, Bengali and Mathematics. It runs a program for the children living on the streets and slums by providing them with preparatory schooling before mainstreaming them into formal schools. The age group of the children is 4-14 years. In addition, the program is involved in awareness building and training of police officers and teachers on issues of child rights and juvenile justice. Promise is funding 2 of its 19 centers (Jorasankho and Tangra ) with hope of taking on more in the future. These are to mention just a couple of projects that Promise is involved with
Growing up in India I always wanted to do something for privileged people. However with studies, family responsibilities, I never saw myself chipping in before retirement. Jaya di's Promise came as a fresh breeze that matched with my aspiration and I could support this noble cause while still balancing my other part of life.
I love the fact that Promise carefully chooses it's projects, and I know for sure that our effirt / money is going straight to the cause.
The purpose of Promise Worldwide is to educate and empower underprivileged children across the world. The goal is to provide knowledge to children through literacy so they have self-respect, can make informed decisions about their personal and human rights, be self-supportive and be a positive contributor to their families and communities. They also give opportunity to women earning their own living by helping them produce handicrafts which are sold to large corporations worldwide. The organization is currently active in Kolkata, India, with plans to increase centers worldwide and work with other organizations with a similar purpose. Promise supports several projects in the slums of Kolkata focusing more on girls and women.