Purkal Youth Development Society

Rating: 4.94 stars   18 reviews

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Location: The Purkal Youth Development Society Purkal Village, P.O: Bhagwantpur, Dehradun Uttar Pradesh -- 248009 India

Mission: Purkal Youth Development Society is a registered Society dedicated to enhancing the lives of disadvantaged rural youth through education and empowering women through skill development. We work in a rural village outside of Dehradun called Purkal, located in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountain range in Northern India.
Geographic areas served: India

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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Merce and since I´m 18 y.o. (now I´m 35) I´ve been working as volunteer in several NGO´s, apart of developing projects, etc... In all this years of experience, I´ve never seen a NGO like PYDS. It´s amazing how a retired couple (Swamy and Chinni) has created such a great environment for children without resources. These children have the same school system as the rest and the values and acknowledgement that they are getting is even better than most of the schools that I´ve visited in Dehradun, where I´m also teacher. But Swamy and Chinni don´t stop here!!. The kids have proper food from morning till evening when they leave the school, the transport for going to school and coming back home, medical service , etc... and something that you can feel from the moment that you arrive there, it´s the strong feeling of love and caring for these children. It´s an incredible sensation seeing them going to University, achieving their aims and what it´s more important for me, seeing them becoming great human beings. All these kids have great values and they are incredibly conscious about all the world around them.... It´s a great feeling experience belonging to this huge family where every single member is loved and cared.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

PYDS is a group of sincere people, who take care of each and every iota of the needs of little ones. Children are learning various life skills according to their expertise and interest. I am absolutely sure the students from this institutions will be future leaders and will make their benefactors proud.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a PhD candidate and Instructor of sociology in the USA. My husband and I have traveled the world evaluating NGOs. We had planned to volunteer at PYDS for a month and stayed for over 4! It is absolutely the most transparent, hardworking organization I have seen- and I have worked with dozens. PYDS is honest about its capabilities and limits, and they are always striving for excellence and I believe in many ways they are achieving it. It is one of the few NGOs I have seen that I can whole-heartily recommend as place worth donating your time or resources to. PYDS is making changes in the lives of these children beyond what I can describe here, but should you have the chance to visit, the students themselves will tell you that this isn't a school it is a family.

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

Get more people to donate money!

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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Everyone at PYDS welcomes volunteers with open arms and will do anything to make your time more comfortable or valuable- whether it's bring you something from the market, invite you to their homes, talk to you for hours about local issues, or just bringing you an afternoon chai!

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I am a PhD candidate and university instructor in the US and the PYDS graduates working in the PYDS office have taught me things about Excel and Word that I have never learned. They have shared so much about their lives, cultures and careers...I am eternally grateful for all that I have learned here.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Amazing. This is a truly special space.

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I had great experience & association with the Purkal Society. They have very honest and transparent approach towards the project they are working on. I really admire the sincerity of the core team associated with this society.

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

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

Very sincere people, genuinely working towards upliftment of certain section of the society.

Ways to make it better...

I would have been personnaly involved in some of the projects they are working on..

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?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

My husband and I are english teachers in France ( high school and college)and will retire very soon .We feel like continuing transmitting and will do it at Purkal next march .we have been to India many times ,to many places ,bringing groups through our non profitable association ,we also have good friends there and it is through our close friend Sujit who is an administrator that we found out about Purkal.there ,we will share our experience with the pupils and the teachers .we are really looking forward to it .

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

we have not been yet...

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

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

will let you know later

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

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

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Ways to make it better...

we will wait until next march

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

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

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I am a donor and financially look after the educational expense of one boy at Purkal. As I am in The US, I have not been able to visit. But I get to know all the imprrovements they have been making and the new programs they have undertaken for the development of under-privileged children. I like the work they do and will always be associated to this organisation working to take care of under privileged children.

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

undertake new programs and help more children, specially making sure that more children could get food and education so they could be better and more responsible citizens of the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I have been a part of this project since its inception and it has been a great experience to watch these children grow into responsible young citizens over a period of time. They have never missed an opportunity to do us proud.

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

changing the lives of these young children. Without education there would have been no hope but today they are striving towards a decent livlihood.

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

like to have more dedicated vulunteers

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

the new friends that I have made i.e. sponsors as also volunteers. Each one wanting to give without any expectations in return

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

totally dedicated and so so very involved with the children

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

do so much more and transofrm the lives of many more children in this community. Monetary constraints has definitely restricted our work.

Ways to make it better...

I would not change anything at the moment

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

funding and suitable employment for children completing their education - the first batch has completed their graduation this year

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

this project has changed my life completely - for the better!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

It is fortunate when one is associated with social endeavours that have great intentions but also great results. My experience with PYDS is just that. When I look back at my own involvement with PYDS of over 6 years, I feel that I am fortunate to be engaged with and supporting in my small way an initiative that is not just transforming the lives of those beneficiaries - children and women - that it is serving, but also touching in a unique and inspirational way, all those who support it. PYDS has a connect with a large network of such wonderful people who I am sure have been further ennobled thanks to their association with PYDS.

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

the beautiful transformation in the lives of children and women who are supported by the society. Educational opportunity for children and economic opportunity for the women have truly made a remarkable impact on their lives with multiplier effects.

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

i would make no changes; i would only try to bring additional resources, financial and human to help the initiatives to expand impact.

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

is the positive impact it has had on my life and my thinking; it gives me great joy that I have the good fortune to have been associated with such a genuine and value creating non profit organization.

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

committed, sincere and capable

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

spread its influence and impact on a number of villages near Purkal; consolidate the results of the educational opportunities created and take the children through to their final destination of sustainable livelihood; reach more people and create models.

Ways to make it better...

if i could have provided more volunteer support, spent time on the spot, been able to mobilize more funds for their work and brought more human resources to the society's initiatives.

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

raising adequate resources to keep the momentum of the work going and to take the initiatives to new levels and expanding the scope of activities; creating an excellent management team to support the Secretary of the Society, who works far too hard!

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

support this organization and you will gain from it in equal measure if not more!!

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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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

I have been a part of the Purkal Youth Development society right from its inception. All the results, achievements and the output that one witnesses today has been due to the effort of a selct few in the initial stages. As a parent of two school going youngsters I would like to say that the education imparted at PYDS is so wholesome that if given a choice I would put my own children who are going to one of the best schools in Delhi in this learning centre. No stone is left unturned to make sure that the overall personality of the students is developed not just through class room activities but also through outdoor activities and workshops from experienced people from different arenas.

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

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

Very efficient and hospitable.

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

Change the face of quite a few villages in their vicinity

Ways to make it better...

I was staying in Purkal and personally working towards helping the community

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

Right kind of sponcers

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I once went to Dehradun and visited Purkal Youth Development Society (PYDS. I was so impressed that I immediately sponsored the education of a poor child. As I saw more of PYDS, I came to the conclusion that this is what India needs-genuine NGO's in the villages who raise the educational and economic standards of the villagers. By imparting quality education to the poor chidren and helping village women in making quilts and patchwork textiles, the average income of these poor village women has now become Rs 3000-5000/month. One can see all round improvement in living standards, hygene, education and family planning now in about 20 villages covering a population of 5,000. Indeed, it is my view that if India had 4,00,000 PYDS's in the villages, this country will improve positively for the better. All it needs is 4,00,000 Mr Swamy's, the man who started PYDS and is running the show. Is it too much to ask for 4,00,000 such dedicated people in a country with such a large population and such a large middle class?. I am now a regular donor to PYDS and I have introduced many of my frieds to PYDS. They are all most happy. I wish all sincere and well meaning people to help PYDS

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

the field of quality education to the poor and women empowerment by raising their economic status. All this has given a new meaning to about 5,000 villagers

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

Ways to make it better...

I was living in Dehradun and could have been more actively involved

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?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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