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EKAL VIDYALAY FOUNDATION OF USA

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Community Health Systems, Education, Health, International, International Development, Primary & Elementary Schools

Mission: The Ekal Foundation''s mission is to combat illiteracy and provide primary education for every child in every village in India.  Also, Ekal works towards the social and economic development of the entire village through healthcare, livelihoods and civic empowerment programs.

Programs: Education of children from K - 3rd grade.

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Ekal for 9+ years. I am very proud of the work Ekal is doing. I feel privileged to be part of Ekal's journey in raising the bar not just for education of young children but also using the platform they have built for uplifting economic conditions of villages via various holistic projects. Ekal is and will remain an intrinsic part of my life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am passionate about educating children. Ekal does an excellent job for this cause. When I wanted to volunteer, I did some research for organizations active in my area. Ekal's philosophy and their execution prompted me to find out more! I joined the local chapter about 8 years ago and have never looked back. The dedication of the volunteers in India and around the world inspire me each day to do more! Thank you Ekal family for having graced my life!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since I have joined ekal movement it has made me a human caring for others here in town and across the world in India. As a very fortunate to be born in a independent Bharat I received my education and virtue growing up which made me a citizen of this great nation with opportunity to serve in army reserve and also rural community. This organization has shown me true purpose of my life to Serve and reduce inequality and poverty through path of brotherhood and education and empowerment.

Gopal S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great causes supported: rural and tribal childrens education, health education and support, skill development, village economic development, entrepreneurship, self sustinance, organic farming. Most value for the money donated with the tremendous army of volunteers supporting a small core group of paid staff. Perfect execution on all the projects.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the best and most transparent non profit organizations.
Concentrates on integrated village development.
Makes village self sufficient.
Besides basic education it also provides health and hygiene, women empowerment, economic development and values.

rsaigal

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is truly an amazing charity that is bringing education And empowerment to over 100 Million people in India!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is one of the best Non - Profits that is making a real difference. It is a 25 year old organization bring education to very rural remote villages. Over 10 million children are educated in 53,000 villages. A very volunteer driven organization, it provides services to areas where no one goes. My experience with the organization has been spectacular.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am volunteering for Ekal Vidyalaya since last 12+ years. It is a non profit organization which supports more than 100000 schools in underprivileged areas in India.
For me it's a pride to be a part of Ekal org. I always enjoy in associating with other volunteers and donors who are continuously supporting in such a noble cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One if it’s kind institution working on the ground level in the rural and tribal areas in India for the past 30 years

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have visited ekal Schools in three different states. I was so surprised to see the students were very disciplined and were able to recite mantras. When asked questions about elementary math and social studies , they were able to answer.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have visited several schools in India. They are doing wonderful job in eradicating illiteracy at the grassroots level.

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Donor

Rating: 5

In the past I have donated to small & big amounts (of course relative to my income) to many charities/individual gofund raisers....here in US and India. I actually did some study to see what my money accomplished. Some times it fed Children and seniors for days/weeks or provided tuition or books for high school level kids in urban areas. But ekal is different, ekal runs schools in remote areas.. I visited two schools that I have been supporting and I saw 20+ small kids in each school. I actually got a chance to meet couple of parents. There is no way they would send these kids to another school.....because there is no other school near by and these kids can't walk to next village. If the ekal school wasn't there these kids grow without school and once they turn 10years or so...they can walk to school in next village but by the time they are behind and will sure to drop out.

Yogesh P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ekal USA is a great charity working for betterment of not only children but the whole families of rural and tribal villages of India. The charity operates with minimum overhead so almost all the funds go to the benefit of end beneficiaries.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very dedicated workers, very transparent accounting. one of the smallest overhead organization.
almost 94% of the funds collected go for the cause i.e. students and teachers.Even the teachers are working for a token salary.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter& I do fund raising for this wonderful organization. They help to reach education to villages in India without spending money on the infrastructure. It solely goes to a teacher , sometimes classes are held under a tree. I believe this is the best gift we can give to children to remove poverty.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have learned about Ekal Vidayalaya four years ago from friends.Great organization for great cause helping children in rural area by creating schools for education.Great volunteers and commendable work. I am involved helping as much as I can help .

Mad Dog

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization does great work for promoting literacy in rural areas of India. They connect with people using their local dialect or language and promote rural development.

Donor

Rating: 5

Strong volunteer network. Promotes education and technology. overall improvement in quality of life for rural communities. Very small percentage of donation goes towards administrative costs.

Donor

Rating: 5

Ekal provides education to remote rural and tribal children at a very low cost of $12 per child per year.
Their volunteers are one of nicest people I have met.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Outstanding organisation impacting 100000 villages and over 2.5 million families getting educated and prosper

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about Ekal Vidyalaya in 2014. I was absolutely impressed with their mission which is centered around empowerment and self-reliance through education. More importantly every volunteer is dedicated to the cause thus ensuring that admistrative costs are kept as low as possible.

Their model of "one dollar per day runs one school for one year" is impressive - imagine it costs more to buy an ipad than it costs to run one school!

I became an ardent supporter immediately both in terms of giving my time and supporting schools.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ekal is more like a family member Caring for another. Ekal cares for all children and the families in rural parts of India. Ekal uses its volunteer team strength to cut down administrative cost so over 95% of Your donation money goes towards the cause

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am associated with Ekal Vidyalaya for last 4 years!! One of the few nonprofit organization which work on minimum overheads!! Maximum portion of the funds raised through any program goes towards the cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love being a volunteer past years for Ekal Vidyalaya. Gives me great satisfaction as it educates the under privileged children in remote, needy villages of India. Best part, it’s volunteer driven with very little overhead expenses as most proceeds go towards it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization to donate for a worthy cause.Minimum administration cost as most of it is run by dedicated volunteers.proud to be part of it .

Donor

Rating: 5

The best charity I donate to. Very little money goes toward admin. Majority of the work is done by volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been involved with Ekal for the past 5 years. I believe that education is the solution to many problems our world faces. Ekal educates, empowers, and educates some more.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been part of EKAL Vidyalaya as a Donor/Volunteer for the past 7 plus years and has been one of best decisions of my life. Being part of EKAL, I feel I am part of an organization that truly makes a difference to people. After visiting an EKAL school last year, my dedication and commitment to EKAL has increased. This is an organization with a complete open book and a friendly team that is like a family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved for last several years & watched how our team has gotten stronger

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent NGO. Have been to see their schools in rural India. They are doing amazing work educating children in the grass root areas of India. Have been associated with Ekal for the last 20 yrs.
We have been to their head office in Delhi & checked out all the records. Everything is done very professionally. Very low overheads. Very happy to be part of this
Great organization.

1 Alpa Raval Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An organization that does extraordinary work providing educational opportunities for children in need in rural India. I believe that education is something that no one can take away from you and it is the best gift one can give to children to promote their future growth.

Donor

Rating: 5

Ekal Vidyalaya does the most noble charity of providing education to little kids who are our future. I have been in touch with so many volunteers for years and they all work so hard and so selflessly. I have been touched by the group of performers that are physically handicapped and perform all over the world to help raise money so other kids in their situation can get the right to education and eventually a better future. I as a mother love this cause and highly encourage my kids to participate to help out with this cause as well.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing organization with solid foundation based on volunteers with selfless service.
Every dollar goes for the service to educate and empower a child with wholistic primary education in rural and remote parts of India.

1 Bajrang B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After finishing family responsibilities, I decided to dedicate rest of life in service to deprived sections of society. After some assessments over a few months, selected Ekal and have been volunteering for over 6 years. Looking back I feel I should have done it earlier. A very satisfying and highly cost effective model to uplift rural India.

1 Madhu B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I started as a Donor and soon a volunteer after visiting an Ekal run school in a tribal village. This is one of the very few organizations with least management overhead with over 90% of the donations going for the cause.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Ekal for several years and have found it to be one of the finest non profit. I have also have visited one of their tribal schools and seen their work first hand. Amazing. Have supported their fund raising and believe every dollar donated to Ekal is worth it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is about empowering rural communities with education. The people I meet at their fundraising events are genuinely and selflessly in pursuit of raising awareness and financial support for Ekal. Aside from that they are always willing to donate their time to other non-profit initiatives.

Prajna K.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is one of the most efficient , low cost, largest volunteer based non-profit making enormous impact thru education, on tribal & rural pockets in the world !!
Love volunteering for this great organization . Been volunteering with them for more than 12 years !!

Donor

Rating: 5

I visited Ekal school in India when I went there for my vacation. It was absolutely amazing experience. I sponsor a school my self for just $1/day and there is other organizations that can do so much for money.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ekal appathon was awesome, where youth taught programming to the younger ones

Donor

Rating: 5

It is one of the most scalable sustainable organization that is making a huge impact in Rural India. Running 77000 schools in rural remote villages, Ekal is making a great impact in transforming Rural India. The transparency of the organization is immense. the schools are run at the low cost of $1/day .. the best investment for your money

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been an Ekal Donor cum volunteer for last 10 years . With less than the price of a coffee ☕️ a day we can provide free education to a needy kid which can sustain his family for years to come and bring them above the poverty and underprivileged life. I will definitely visit a Ekal school in Dec' 18 and also see the Gramothan program in action . Please donate dollar a day to sponsor a school to eradicate the village out of illeteracy forever. Jai Hind! Jai Ho ! Go EKAL !
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Donor

Rating: 5

VidyAdanam sarvadana pradAnam. I would encourage everyone to donate to the wonderful cause of enlightening a child's life.

Donor

Rating: 5

If a child cannot get an education, the education must come to them - what a wonderful motto to aim for. Almost every dollar will go to benefit childrens education.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Ownership of change, Leadership, Accountability, Linking ones actions to the benefits of society at large, communication abilities to make an impact and taking up these among many more critical success factors at all levels of an organization with selfless ideals under challenged reality at execution level makes all who are supporting and driving a unique institution.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am an Ekal school donor for last 10 years. 4 years back I visited monthly teacher training camp near Manthini in Telenaga. Also visited the school and talked to students. I couldn't be happier talking and listening to the kids. Amazing to see my small amount ($365 equals rough 20,000 in Rupees) can teach basic education to 20+ kids. Next year I doubled my donation and have been supportung 2 schools.

Donor

Rating: 5

EKAL is a lively integration of enthusiastic volunteers all around the world, who strive for the betterment of the rural side of India.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ekal Vidyalaya has brought change to thousands of families across India. By bringing education to those who cannot afford we are giving kids a chance to shine, a chance they deserve. The cool thing about Ekal is that they have fun ways to raise the money they use to educate children. They set up events that will benefit kids and adults and push them to learn. Ekal hosts events such as Math Bees, Robotics Camp, Appathons and much more. It's been a pleasure knowing that organizations like Ekal have been changing the world for the better by bringing children education and its been even better knowing that I am helping bring that change.

3 Niti Chhabra K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent organization. Providing education to poor kids. Happy to be part of Ekal family.

2 Parveen M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ekal Vidyalaya has been a grassroot movement bringing basic literacy and holistic development to remote and rural parts of India. Working effectively over past 25 years with a lost cost and repeatable model, it is bringing a steady change, giving hope to millions, changing the face of rural India! It is currently running over 70,000 single teacher schools across India. With its unique 'computer mobile van' it is bringing digital education as well. Other noteworthy programs include tailoring centers giving financial independence to women, and other unique projects.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My personal experience with Ekal has been nothing short of extreme joy. Nothing embodies the dharmic saying "Vidyadanam Mahaatpunyam" better than their concept of single teacher schools in the remotest parts of Bharat (India). Specifically, their zero overhead handling of any contributions and the extreme commitment of teachers (who are locals in the communities they teach) are the simplest examples of 'education going to the student when the student is unable to reach the education setup'.