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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.