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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, Education, International, International Development, Microfinance, Rural Economic Development, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: The Nanubhai Education Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 dedicated to providing higher education access to financially vulnerable students in rural India through sustainable and scalable programming.

Results: Scholarship money distributed to 67 girls as of 2015.

Target demographics: girls from rural villages

Direct beneficiaries per year: 48 girls from 20 schools in southern Gujarat.

Geographic areas served: India

Programs: attend and graduate from college.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm one of the newest volunteers, but in a long-term position, and while I jumped in the middle of several long-term plans and suddenly had a lot to help with, I was presented with a lot of support from everyone, including being introduced to others who could help me. In fact, the thing I was impressed by within hours of starting to volunteer was the professionalism, spirit, energy, and skill that dominates the staff. It's a small organization, but with big plans, and a rapidly developing program in India to support those plans.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Nanubhai as a volunteer in 2007 and have worked in a number of different capacities, including event-planning, grant applications, fund-raising, and communications. I came onboard because I was deeply inspired by the organization's mission to help kids in rural Indian communities and by the enthusiasm and dedication of the other volunteers I spoke with. What makes Nanubhai especially compelling is that it works at the grassroots level, within existing public schools, and that it targets very specific educational initiatives relevant to India's growing role in the world economy: IT skills, English language, and girls' empowerment. Since I first connected with Nanubhai, I have been rewarded over and over again by seeing the results of our efforts in the improved school facilities and learning opportunities for the kids. I've also been impressed by the talent and passion of all the volunteers and fellows I've had the opportunity to work with. This is an organization I am proud to be part of and would recommend to anyone.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Nanubhai Education Foundation is an amazing organization that seeks to advance education in rural India by promoting English and technology education at the grassroots level. India is changing so rapidly, but a large portion of the population does not participate in the new economy. Through NEF, highly qualified and committed American teachers are sent to public high schools. I have been impressed by the teachers in India, and have had the privilege to talk to several about their experiences. I am also excited to meet and talk to new volunteers willing to donate their time to help us on fundraising and outreach. It is incredibly rewarding to be part of an organization that has already done so much to give underprivileged children in India an opportunity to climb out of poverty and committed to building on that momentum one student, one classroom and one high school at a time. We are always looking for committed volunteers to help us here and in India, and encourage anyone interested to visit our website at www.nanubhai.org or e-mail me at kandarp@nanubhai.org.