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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement

Mission: We are on a mission to rapidly transform hundreds of millions of early-literates into functionally reading people, by making reading a part of their everyday entertainment. PlanetRead is a not-for-profit registered in USA and in India with the simple vision of a reading planet - a planet where everyone can read and have access to interesting and affordable reading opportunities in both his/her native or other language(s). PlanetRead along with IIM-Ahmedabad, India innovated the idea of Same Language Subtitling (SLS) for mass literacy/reading skill development. SLS is the idea of subtitling audio-visual content in the “same” language and script as the audio. Visit: www.planetread.org

Results: SLS has given reading practice to over 200 million people for many years. Independent studies have shown that regular exposure to SLS for just 30 mins per week can make a person functionally literate. SLS was first conceived in IIM Ahmedabad in 1996 and since then telecast on national TV in 10 languages all over India. Know more: https://www.planetread.org/slsprograms

Target demographics: Semi literates i.e. weak readers (both adults and children) who know the alphabets but cannot read for example the headlines of a newspaper.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2018, we reached more than 40,000 children by providing them regular reading practice with the help of AniBooks (animated stories) with SLS.

Geographic areas served: India where SLS has been added to Bollywood songs for mass literacy. We have produced AniBooks (animated stories with SLS) that are being used worldwide via YouTube.

Programs: Same Language Subtitling (SLS) of audio visual content for ex. bollywood songs for adults and animated stories for children.

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110 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5 Ken Banks

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PlanetRead and the team behind it are an inspiration to me - a brilliantly simple idea well executed through tenacity, intelligence and good old-fashioned hard work. Theirs is a story of sticking with something they believed in, often in the face of great challenges, eventually coming through and inspiring the reading skills of literally millions of young children in India. I've been so impressed with their model and approach that they've been featured in both of my social innovation books - and because of that, I know their story resonates with many other people, too. One of my favourite NGOs, period.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Planet Read Makes a good participation in many profiles. Non Profit objective is appreciated that too in multi language developments. I am aware of their participation for many years. Children stories and stories about iconic leaders and legends and also SLS are their few areas which I am aware. I wish that it should grow in many folds and set as an example

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PlanetRead 05/28/2019

Thank you Sivakumar, we're happy to have you with us in this journey as we bring reading to millions of children and adults.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

(English translation below)
Trabajar con ellos ha sido extraordinario. Siempre profesionales y amables, me envían la información y me apoyan con cualquier duda que tenga.
El español es uno de los idiomas más hablados del mundo, en tantos países, y es un privilegio poder motivar a los niños a leer y escucharlo, además de poder promoverlo con adultos que quizás también estén interesados en aprender el idioma.
¡Qué maravilla poder crear material didáctico gratuito internacionalmente para que los niños puedan leer multiples idiomas! Gracias Bookbox

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Working with them has always been extraordinary. Always professional and kind, they send me the information and help me with any questions I might have.
Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world, and in many countries, and its a privilege to motivate children to read and listen to it, as well as be able to promote it with adults that might be interested in learning the language.
How wonderful is it to be able to create international free didactic material so that children can learn to read in multiple languages! Thank you Bookbox.

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PlanetRead 05/28/2019

Thank you so much, Leslie, our work would not be complete without the support of people like you :)

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They have a professional team, videos for children are really great and demostrate the good quality of their work

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PlanetRead 05/27/2019

Thank you, Asha!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

We've been working with PlanetRead's Pondicherry office now for more than 15 years. They're a dedicated team, a pleasure to work with, and they produce wonderful learning content for children!
Michael, Avitra - Auroville international translators

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PlanetRead 05/27/2019

Thanks Michael, for the kind words. Avitra is one of the most professional agencies we have worked with :)

1 Divyabala

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was indeed great working with PlanetRead. A simple idea of subtitles yet in an innovative way, Same Language Subtitling is helping many by improving their reading skills and by further moving us towards a better India.

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PlanetRead 05/24/2019

Thank you Divyabala, for the kind words. It was great working with you too.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been following the work done at PlanetRead for over 10 years now, and yet it feels just like yesterday that they started the ground-breaking work which they do. The progress and the repository of material that they have created in these years is a benchmark that each educational organization should strive for.
I cannot think of a better way to bring technology and learning to the masses at a low cost- what an idea and what professional and dedicated service from the entire team- kudos.
The philosophy runs top down into each member of the staff, and I wish the team many more years and projects to continue the wonderful work.
We, an NGO based out of Pondicherry, have also used Bookbox and PlanetRead material for our street and slum children and the results were incredibly encouraging-not only do the children enjoy a reading session- learning happens on the side of fun through fun!
I would recommend their content for individuals, families as well as larger organisations- the entire process from email to implementation of the stories in our centres was effortless.
Good going team Planetread!

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PlanetRead 05/21/2019

Thank you so much Vandana, for such a beautiful review of our work. We are truly lucky to have friends like you. Wishing you the best, as always :)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm really happy to see a professional team that empowers the literacy and education of thousands of Indian children.

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PlanetRead 05/21/2019

Thank you Krishna and likewise :)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The team is doing a great job. Their content is relevant and contextual for the children in our country. We have received positive feedback from the schools and teachers we are working with. Keep up the good work!

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PlanetRead 05/21/2019

So happy to hear that, Komal, thanks for the kind words. It's great to work with people like you :)

1 Snigdha N.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working with Planetread has been a profound and great knowledge sharing experience. We at Design Therapy Now, designed their website and it was a thoughtful and purposeful exercise to offer a variety of stories in multiple languages across the world. The team was high on motivation to deliver an exceptional experience to their readers and I appreciate their patience and openness to learn in terms of design and experiences. Looking forward to your stories!

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PlanetRead 05/21/2019

Thank you for the kind words Snighdha, it was great working with you too. Your design expertise has been invaluable! Look forward to being in touch for future collaboration.

1 Arindra S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Planetread is just doing an amazing job. Excellent!!!!

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PlanetRead 05/20/2019

Thank you Arindra, that's kind of you.

1 Anna C.7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My cooperation with Bookbox team and PlanetRead started this year and they have been working on the language, that has no Roman Alphabet. This is Georgian Language, represented with an animated story ,,The First Christmas".
The team consists of proffesionals attentive to details.
I hope we'll work side by side as long as this project lasts.

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PlanetRead 05/12/2019

Thank you Anna, we're excited to work with you create educational content in rare languages like Georgian. We look forward doing many more AniBooks :)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It's always a great joy working for bookbox. So refreshing and heartening to know that you help our children better read and care for the earth. These stories are rooted in the present and give hope for the future!
Continue and spread the good work. I look forward to voice again my deep appreciation....
Cristof Award Pitoeff

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PlanetRead 05/10/2019

Thank you so much Cristof, you've played an important in our journey :)

Edzard L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hi! I am Edzard, born in Germany but working in the International Project of Auroville. India, since 43 years. Thru

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PlanetRead 05/13/2019

Thanks Edzard, it's great to have you in our journey to bring reading to millions of children and adults. Can you please re-post your review... it seems to be cut abruptly.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

What if your child can watch cartoons/animations and learn to read too!

With increasing exposure to smartphones, tablets and TV throwing so much colour and animation, the lacklustre backboards and books have jaded out in keeping the already short attention span of new learners engaged. PlanetRead’s Same Language Subtitling (SLS) of film songs on TV and AniBooks with animated stories is a simple yet brilliant idea to help new learners and semi-literates acquire reading skills.

Eye-tracking studies in Europe and Rajasthan confirm that the reading of subtitles is automatic and inescapable. One tends to also read while listening to the song or story. It is indeed a win-win case for both parents/teachers and children alike. So go ahead parents, let the child have his cake and (you) eat it too!

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Donor

Rating: 4

Have been working with PlanetRead for a year now. They work tirelessly towards making the 'Reading' easy. Commendable work, keep it up team!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been engaged as a volunteer with PlanetRead for almost 5 years, and have thoroughly enjoyed my association and interactions with their several team members during this time. Furthermore, through co-managing probono consulting projects with PlanetRead, I know that other student and professional volunteers from universities and corporations in the US and India have equally appreciated PlanetRead's work.

I am proud to be connected with PlanetRead, and will continue to be an advocate of the great work they are doing in progressing the field of education!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with PlanetRead since 2013- initially based in India and now as a remote volunteer. PlanetRead is among the most professional nonprofits I have worked with, and has an incredibly dedicated staff which shows through in all of their work. Their concept leverages an innovative idea that is evidence-backed, and the organization is a role model for how to turn a creative idea into action. I look forward to continuing to serve as a volunteer with PlanetRead and to supporting their important work.

Arun2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Want to improve your language skills? PlanetRead would be the name which I'll immediately suggest to anyone. This organization helps in developing an individual's reading skills with the concept of 'Same Language Subtitling'. These people are rendering a wonderful service which is essential & much needed for a society to improve its literacy rate. My best wishes & support will always be there for this team. Keep growing PlanetRead! And lit your global light for literacy.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Am really surprised & happy that this concept of 'Same Language Subtitling' creates wonders in increasing the literacy rate across the globe. PlanetRead helps in enhancing the language & reading skills of an individual through this effective & innovative technique. Am happy to support this organization for their wonderful service. You people deserve appreciation. Way to GO !

Kumar V.

Donor

Rating: 5

Planetread is doing wonderful work that really helps thousands of thousand children to access literacy and education in India and the world. The team is very professional and hard working. Wish them all the very best! Keep the momentum going on!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked for Planet Read during 6 month. All the team is involved and so welcoming. It was a pleasure to participate to this project.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working as a volunteer in 2012. It was a positive and lovely experience. All the team loves Planet Read concept and works hardly to develop tools and videos.
Reading is an essential life skill. Thanks to Planet Read, learning how to read become easier, simple and funny. Reading is like a game. So, let' play ;-)

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1 Pamela B.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fascinated by the power of transformation and passion that moves this non-profit.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PlanetRead's work using same-language subtitles for literacy has progressed immensely to encompass not just SLS for film songs on television but also SLS for animated books in an early-grade reading initiative. This unique idea has made a huge difference for people of all ages struggling to become proficient readers in a world that demands literacy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been a volunteer with PlanetRead and their sister organization BookBox for some years and It's the simplicity of the idea that has always amazed me. The simple idea of promoting literacy through Bollywood is inspiring and a novel way of introducing education through a very tangible medium. It's brilliant and has had an incredible impact on literacy levels around India. The team at PlanetRead and BookBox are amazingly dedicated, smart and creative, and as committed as anyone I have met to their cause.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have an extremely cordial and pleasant working relationship with PlanetRead. The team is helpful, professional, passionate and hard working. It is encouraging to see the concept of SLS being implemented in government schools of Delhi. We are hopeful that this will prove to be very beneficial for the children and help in improving their reading outcomes. I would like to wish the team all the very best for all their future endeavors.

4 Carolyn104

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PlanetRead has been working tirelessly for years to share the evidence that same-language subtitling really makes an impact on reading ability and to raise awareness of the need to add SLS to all media content in all languages. More and more people know about their work, and I hope that the word continues to spread. Thanks for your simple, scalable literacy efforts, PlanetRead!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

PlanetRead's work using same-language subtitles for literacy has expanded greatly in the past year to encompass not just SLS for film songs on television but also SLS for animated books in an early-grade reading initiative. This simple idea can make such a big difference for people of all ages struggling to become competent readers in a world that demands literacy. I'm thrilled to support the work of this great nonprofit!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Had a great time working with Planetread! They are doing wonderful work to help spread literacy across India and the world. Very proud of the progress they are making.

4 Tamar G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An incredible organization that has made so much impact on so many people. PlanetRead's simple idea of Same Language Subtitles has greatly improved India and has the potential to improve the rest of the world. Keep up the great work, PlanetRead!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization doing fabulous work! It's clear through years of studying the effects of Same Language Subtitling that PlanetRead changes lives for the better!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Writing a scientific paper about illiteracy in India, I found an article about PlanetRead. PlanetRead became an important part of that paper as it is simple and very effective.
I glad to have got to know such an great work! You all do a great job! Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PlaneTRead is doing fantastic work to improve access to literacy and education among otherwise underserved populations. Very excited to see its progress from here out as well!

1 Rajesh G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is doing a wonderful job that really helps hundreds of thousand people/children. I'm privileged to be a part of this amazing team. My job is to create music/sounds for children stories which is an interesting one and truly satisfying.

Having been with this team for past 2 years, i have seen them growing, improving lives of so many children and their interest in making full literacy. I've had immense joy working with them and will continue to work with them. My Best Wishes.

4 iroshankedar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a freelancer from a small village from India. Same language subtitling started on regional channels on tv when I was in school. And when you have very limited resources at your native place to practice, initiatives like same language subtitling can turn your idiot box in a smart learning center. It helped me and my siblings in reading.
Today I am preparing for a PhD in computer engineering. And I wish to work directly with PlanetRead.
For a starters I have started adding same language subtitles to different videos on YouTube.
I have used their videos and techniques to teach the children from night schools in Mumbai and using it now to teach my nephew.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

With steady exposure to these songs with karaoke style subtitles, a person can improve their reading skills. Kudos to PlanetRead for showing us a simple and an effective way to improve literacy.

4 Idhaya

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Around the globe, people and companies work with different processes to improve the literacy of millions of people. PlanetRead is one such company, named after its goal.
The unique thing about PlanetRead is that it takes a very simple idea and with that it is able to provide improvement of literacy across millions of people in India.This is achieved through subtitling popular film songs loved by people. Superb...

5 Kate113

Volunteer

Rating: 4

PlanetRead is an organization that is truly changing lives through their passion for literacy and innovative methods of product distribution. I had the privilege of interning for PlanetRead over the summer of 2016. My job included researching the effectiveness of eye tracking and helping expand the reach of PlanetRead's children's stories.

Working with PlanetRead I was afforded the pure joy of watching children's faces while practicing their reading skills, and simultaneously, of seeing the pride on the faces of their illiterate parents, knowing their children were being given access to a brighter future. The hard work that this organization does not only helps improve the literacy of its current recipients, but it also helps carve the path for a future toward full literacy and increased well-being of an ever growing nation . PlanetRead is an organization that is actively reshaping lives, what a treat to have been part of that effort.

3 Sharada R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Activity based learning keeps children engaged in class and learning is joyful. Given the short attention span of the children stories and especially animated stories can keep children engaged. The subtitles in the same language help children read with the help of visuals. This serves as a great support to the teaching / learning process. The quality of the content and the age specific story selection will go a long way in developing literacy skills in areas where there are dearth of quality resources.