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Nanubhai Education Foundation
October 14, 2009

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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I am involved with the grassroots group, developing the presence in local communities in the USA, and also a multitude of other ways to support NEF's efforts.