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Edu-Girls Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: Girls education

Programs: Jointly with rc bangalore to finance the development of new classrooms, increase the enrollment of girls, and promote better quality of education through the training of teachers

to vimukti school to enhance service teacher training, cover the operational cost of educating 535 girls, giving scholarship to 9 girls for college and to promote vocational training of 15 girls

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Edu-GIRLS is a wonderful organization run by volunteers. I appreciate how transparent they are about what donations go towards. By helping girls in impoverished situations receive an education, they provide a unique and empowering opportunity that wouldn't otherwise exist for these girls.

Nisha S.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Edu-GIRLS is a great organization run by volunteers. They are very transparent about donations going directly to help girls in many countries receive an education and break out of poverty for them and their families.

Donor

Rating: 5

Edu-Girls is a great organization that does an amazing job raising money for a fantastic cause.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Edu-GIRLS transforms families, and future generations by ensuring girls in poverty not only receive the education they need to advance but also receive support for their health and well-being.

This year the Digital Program, ensured that every girl received a tablet to learn from home during the Pandemic and they did not fall behind.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The remarkably passionate founder of this non profit spares no effort in mobilizing resources, both financial and human, in supporting the schools to excel in providing high quality education to young girls coming from poor families living in the slums. Results have been outstanding, and with every passing year, more donors are signing up, and the number of poor girls receiving quality education at the schools is increasing.
The past 18 months have seen Edu Girls respond to the challenges brought up by the pandemic, by successfully introducing home based digital learning, and thereby ensuring continued quality learning for the girls through the pandemic. The success of these efforts caught the attention of national news in India.

Board Member

Rating: 5

They are doing a great job even through the pandemic when schools closed. First, they pivoted to providing providing food rations for the families of the girls. This had the add-on effect that the families suddenly began to realise how valuable their girl children were, as they were now putting food on the table for the family! Then they switched to digital learning in a big way by providing pre loaded tablets with course ware to the girls so that the teachers could continue teaching on-line! Bravo! Keep up the good work Edu-Girls.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I first met the founder Anand Seth on the golf course and heard about his passion Edu Girls, and its unique model in taking girls from poverty (slums in South Asia) and taking them to financial independence, ie. a steady income after graduation. It appealed to me tremendously though I realised that it would take some time for maturity as many girls would have to pass through the system to gauge the effectiveness of the model. The number of girls enrolled is growing year by year and the first batches are graduating with a few placed into jobs and others into college etc.
I was pleased to bring the second school into the program the SRGVVK Trust in the outskirts of Bengaluru India (used to be a rural village but now almost part of the sprawling city!). It too is increasing the amount of girls enrolled.
I am now on the Board and pleased to be supporting all the work that goes into this mission from the small dedicated team and to see that most of the dollar donated goes to the schools.
I attach a video from SRGVVK below in support of the Edu Girls mission, and would suggest to the reader to get on board and donate, volunteer, whatever it takes to support this noble effort. I see it as a long term effort to both lift girls and their families and subsequent generations out of poverty, as well as combating terrorism by simply educating the girls and providing them options in life which would otherwise not be available to them

Board Member

Rating: 5

Edu-GIRLS delivers quality education to underprivileged girls for less than a dollar a day. I have watched the organization grow from strength to strength over the past six years. The Edu-GIRLS 10 Mantra program offers a pathway to educational success and financial independence for girls challenged by huge socio-economic barriers.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I became associated with Edu-GIRLS as a supporter about six years ago. Since then I have joined the Board. It has been a joy to see the organization grow and thrive. The work being done is meaningful and impactful. The lives of hundreds of young girls are changed forever. They are becoming leaders in their communities and are poised to fulfill their dreams of becoming financially independent. The work done by Edu-GIRLS will have a far reaching effect on the girls and their families.

Priti Agarwal J.

Donor

Rating: 5

An extremely well run organization with an eye for details. Helping girls rise from poverty and get empowered with high school and vocational education.

Priti Jain

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Been part of the organization for 2+ years now. I have seen them rise above and beyond during this Pandemic to help the girls in need, and make sure that they stay in school and learn. Pleased to be a part of edu-GIRLS.

Ramesh T.

Board Member

Rating: 5

EduGirls offers a unique proposition of enabling girls from impoverished backgrounds primarily in India, but also Nepal and Pakistan, get a quality education and further, to achieve financial independence by pursuing either additional academics through college or through a vocational training experiences. Guided by ten principles ( mantras), EduGirls has been extremely successful over the past few years, raising over $1mm and supporting over 12oo girls change achieve a life transformational opportunity.

Anand S.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

With virtually no overheads and working with schools nearly 10 000 miles away, this non profit applies global best practices and unlimited dedication to break through barriers of gender and class to deliver quality education to girls living in poverty.

It did not allow the pandemic lock down and in fact made it an opportunity to break through into the world of digital learning, achieving extra ordinary outcomes.

At less than 80c per day per girl.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been so impressed with the work this organization has been doing. Their mission is to educate a child and uplift an entire family and this year due to the pandemic, this has been especially invaluable! Keep up the amazing work that you do!

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been donors to Edu-Girls since 2014, and have enthusiastically followed its growth from initially supporting one school in Jaipur, India to a second school in Bangalore, India followed by schools in Pakistan and Nepal. We are very impressed with the accomplishments of Edu-Girls, particularly in ensuring that underprivileged girls are able to attend classes at no cost in a highly nurturing, safe environment. We are particularly impressed with the fact that in addition to taking basic academic courses, girls also receive vocational training to prepare them for paying jobs in their communities. This acts as a strong motivator both for students to attend school and for their families to continue to support them in attending school.
We look forward to a long association with Edu-Girls and are excited to see the organization expand its operations to include more schools in South Asia and other developing countries as well.

Sunita A.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am very proud to be an Ambassador of this non Profit Organization Edu-Girls.
As our Organization has enabled Girls Living in extreme poverty to achieve Financial Independence , have self confidence, through Quality Education, Vocational Training and College Scholarships and were self sufficient to support their Families. In these uncertain Precedent times with the Pandemic, our organization were able to support these Girls with continued Education through online Digital Learning and were provided Tablets with loaded lessons and were educated by their Teachers. We all work very hard as a team to ensure that the Education continues and we can reach our goal of providing the best resources to our Edu-Girls. I personally feel very privileged that I have been given an opportunity to work towards providing a platform through Education and enlighten the lives of our Girls. BE COOL SEND A GIRL To SCHOOL !
My Family and Friends Support me in this amazing cause and it makes me very happy and contended.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are completely transparent and encourage kids' involvement

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Edu-Girl is entirely run by volunteers, so practically no overhead. This small team has extensive international development experience in the organization such as the World Bank as well as in the private sector. They have developed a methodology of supporting education of poor girls in developing countries called "ten mantras" which is highly effective in motivating them while supporting their poor families from pre-K to financial independence. It is a unique model in this education sector. Kudos to the team.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Edu-Girls was founded about five years ago by a former senior manager of the World Bank; since then it has grown rapidly to include other former Bank staff and private sector experts in its Board. Starting with one school in India, it currently supports four schools in three countries. The focus of this non-profit is unique and simple--educating girls to financial independence is the best way to move a family out of poverty. Using their World Bank experience of managing education projects around the world, this team has adoopted a ten-point model that addresses top constraints that keeps a girl from a poor family from attending a school , such as security and transportation for going to school; costs of books and other related school items, meals, time from supplementing family income etc. There is no other NGO, literally no other in the world, that addresses all of these constraints in a targeted manner.
The team of Edu-Girls comprises of truly dedicated professional--all highly educated, highly motivated, bringing decades of international experience, and working completely at their own costs. All funds raised from the community are sent to the schools. Since the start of this NGO, in a short five years, I understand, they have raised over $1 million, and are currently supporting about 850 girls. This NGO provides a true example of "it takes a village to raise a child". I wish them good luck and hope one day I can join their team to.

Shreema R. S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The website was extremely informative and a gave a wonderful overview of the mission, along with the their impact to help help others during the COVID-19 pandemic. The testimonials from students and donor visits gave a wonderful look into their work.

Donor

Rating: 5

Not deterred by COVID 19, this non profit is confronting the impact of the pandemic on schooling of girls living in poverty with a direct 4 point agenda:
a. Ensure effective on line learning; girls are getting own tablets with syllabus linked software
b. Offer incentives to girls to stay and perform rather than be on the street;
c. Motivate teachers to work harder and smarter; and
d. Mentor and counsel girls through the pandemic.

Donor

Rating: 5

Edu-Girls inspires people to donate their time and money to provide education and resources to underprivileged girls in India. When I donate, I appreciate that I know where my donation is going, and how it is helping. The organization puts together engaging events that bring the local community together for an important cause. Seeing the pictures and videos of the girls in India attending school and enjoying their life makes me feel proud to support this organization.

Nalini B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been extremely impressed by the passion and involvement of the members of this organization. They take a holistic approach to lift girls out of poverty and in some very challenging environments in India. They have developed a deep understanding of the cultural challenges these girls face and developed the curriculum to address their needs like safety, nutrition and books on a daily basis. Yet there is focus on total education from beginning till end of school and beyond and vocational training is added and even college for those who can go forward. Empowerment, financial independence is the final goal. I started as a donor but have got really involved in other areas.

Donor

Rating: 5

Edu girls is a very focused and well managed non profit organization. We are proud of the work their board members and volunteers do by collaborating with local schools in India and Nepal to educate girls through school and college with an objective for these girls to achieve financial independence. Their programs have made great progress in the last few years.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Getting to know Edu-Girls has been such an inspiration. They have an important mission, with a focused and well-paced strategy to attain it. Education is a fundamental lever for raising girls out of poverty in India. Edu-Girls is working to provide quality education to the poorest of girls, those who would otherwise not continue in school and would likely face a lifetime of poverty. Edu-Girls carefully partners with proven educators and, most importantly, they provide support for the "whole girl" to ensure they can be successful. Our work with Edu-Girls is just beginning, as we look to fund the best educational partners for girls in India. I am confident that any partnership with Edu-Girls will bring us mutual success.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was intrigued and drawn in when I first came across edu-girls. As I have learned more, I am continuously impressed by the dedication of the edu-girls USA team, by the mission and by the impressive growth in this non profit's scope. I donate to edu-girls because I believe in it's mission, and I give my time because I hope they continue to do great work in educating the disadvantaged girl child in struggling economies.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Edu-girls does really important work. They are working personally with numerous girls in India to make sure they can stay in school, and their interventions have been very effective from what I can tell. I attended a walkathon to raise money that they held a few weeks ago, and it was very well-organized and attended. I'm glad to be connected with them

1 Mayank J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

EduGirls is a really well run, efficient non-profit. I've attended walks and other events with them to help raise money and awareness for the work they are doing.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Edu-GIRLS has a fairly unique and holistic model for Girls Living in extreme poverty to receive quality education and enter the job market. The organization is led by people who are dedicated and committed and have deep knowledge of the education sector. Guidstar has given the highest seal of transparency to the organization for the level of disclosure, governance and financial reporting. The program is highly results oriented.

Girls living in extreme poverty face greater economic, social and gender constraints to education and jobs than boys. First there are barriers to enroll; secondly, if they do enroll, there is a high drop out particularly in secondary school; thirdly, the quality of education is typically weak, and fourth if they do complete their education, they face barriers to entry and continuation in the job market (women contribute only 20 percent of GDP in India). Yet there is overwhelming evidence from the World Bank and UNICEF that girls education in one of the most transformative interventions to break the cycle of poverty at the family, community and national level. Hence, its mission is to go all the way from early childhood to grade 12, onto vocational or college and then into jobs. Solidly based on international best practices, Edu-GIRLS is implementing 10 customized interventions that address not only the constraints girls face in enrolling and staying in school, but also provides quality education, avoiding early marriage and helping them enter the job market.

And this is a fairly unique market niche in India, as there are very few NGOs that do this holistic approach. What this organization does is not easy...it educates stick the girls for 14-17 years and do everything that is needed to get the job done. And it is now beginning to see good results. Over 50% of the girls in the program score first division on their grade 10 and 12 Board exams and the first class of 32 girls are in vocational training/college programs. And the organization does this efficiently. It less than $300 per girl annually, compared to $500 in public schools. Over the last five years, Edu-GIRLS has raised nearly $1 Million and expanded its reach from 1 school in India to 4 schools in three countries, supporting over 850 girls annually, of which over 85% are in India.

And this is what drew me to the organization - its mission, people, holistic approach, and focus on transparency, efficiency, partnerships and results.




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Board Member

Rating: 5

I met the founder Anand Seth a few years ago, and joined the organization as I was impressed with his passion and dedication to the cause of educating girls from poverty to self sustainability. At that time, they had one school Vimukti in Jaipur and they were looking for additional schools in South Asia to sponsor and support. As it turned out, my brother had been very active since his retirement, in support of the SRGVVK Trust school on the outskirts of Bangalore at the time. Anand had one of his retired colleagues from the World Bank who had retired in Bangalore to do due diligence on the school, and armed with that positive report he approached the school and visited it and took it on enthusiastically. He is always looking for local support (in this case my brother, who is actively involved) and of course his old colleague.
Since then Edu Girls has, with the help of the local rotary club in Bangalore, been able to secure a Global Grant from Rotary for further developing the infrastructure of the school and providing for uniforms, clean drinking water, extra toilets etc.
I have been very impressed with his tireless passion and continuous dedication to the task of educating as many girls as possible. Currently they have added a school in Nepal as well, and are always on the lookout for additional schools meeting the charity's goals.
I heartily recommend this award for Anand Seth.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Edu-GIRLS is a very committed organization determined to make a difference to the lives of poor and underprivileged girls living in slums and laboring under very difficult circumstances. These girls live in abject poverty and have to struggle to even get a very basic education. Edu-GIRLS takes steps to locate and follow up the educational development of such deprived children. Not only does Edu-GIRLS sponsor all aspects of the girls' education, including tuition fees, books, clothes, etc., it also goes the next step to ensure that the girls obtain skills to ensure that they get jobs or are self employed. In other words Edu-GIRLS support these girls till they become financially independent. Knowing the challenges that these girls face, such as illiterate parents, Edu-GIRLS also tries to counsel the parents. The leadership of Edu-GIRLS are committed, motivated and compassionate when dealing with the life challenges that the poor face. This is a very laudable quality in today's society.