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Shadhika

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: Shadhika exists to inspire a culture shift in India by ensuring every young woman is empowered to realize her full potential. #ForEveryYoungWoman

Target demographics: girls and young women

Direct beneficiaries per year: 350 young women and 100 young men

Geographic areas served: every major city in India

Programs: English classes, life skills courses, computer training programs, and college scholarships.

Community Stories

50 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

To say just thank you to shadhika is I think will be so little I return of what shadhika had done to me. Today whatever I am is just for the support of shadhika. Without help of shadhika I think till now I would have married probably. But It had not happened . And now I am pursuing training of my dream job that is to be a Nurse .Not only me there are many more examples of girls who are also getting support from shadhika . So , though it is so little but I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart..thank you soo much to the whole team of shadhika .

Natalie N.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Shadhika by a fellow co-worker who had become involved with the organization. I was impressed by their mission to improve the lives of women in India by empowering them to be advocates in their community and to continue their education. I have corresponded with my pen pal who is part of the program in India and her words and actions have shown me that the organization has had a great impact on the lives of these young women.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed meeting and writing to each and every one of the girls over the past couple of years. This program allows me to give a meaningful part of myself to young girls who truly benefit from the experience. There is an interchange of learning especially as I discover the things we have in common. I look forward to more growth and engagement with the girls and the togetherness it creates between us.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve had the privilege of being a pen pal with girls in India through the Shadhika program for the last 2 years. The work this organization is doing to support girls and young women in India is critical. I know every penny of every dollar is being put to good use. Highly recommend supporting and working with the Shadhika.

Donor

Rating: 5

Shadhika is a wonderful, bottoms-up founded and run non-profit with a very clear purpose -- empower young female leaders in rural India to continue their education and evangelize the same for others.

We are proud to participate as an ongoing annual sponsor and advisor in candidate selection!

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I joined Shadhika's scholarship circle in summer of this year and are quite impressed with the staff's professionalism and their focus on helping the students in every way possible. The entire process of screening the applicants; selection of the right candidate and then follow up to ensure that they succeed is one of the best in my opinion. The overall administrative expenses of the non-profit are with in the average to low side for other comparable non-profits. We are very pleased with our involvement and look forward to continuing the relationship as a donor for a number of years!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Shadhika have been a long time supporter of The Baale Mane Trust, the NGO I work for. Baale Mane work to empower disadvantaged girls from rural parts of Bangalore, India, providing them with a home, education and holistic development. Shadhika support a number of NGOs such as Baale Mane across many states in India, with the key focus of improving the futures of disadvantaged girls and enhancing gender equity in India. Although they started as a small trust, Shadhika have now grown to have considerable impact on a large number of beneficiaries and provide crucial financial and programme support to multiple NGOs. Their staff team is dedicated and innovative in their work, focusing on the individual needs of the girls they support and following a youth-centered approach. Their scholarship programme enables girls to meet their full potential and graduate from higher education, improving their prospects for a positive life and career. Baale Mane is proud to work in partnership with Shadhika in alleviating the difficulties that girls in India face and providing them with a positive future.

Christine C.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Participating in the Shadhika letter-writing experience is one of the most worthwhile things I've done this year. This is my first year and I can't express how excited I am to receive my second letter from my pen pal this month. I was drafting my first introductory letter just as the pandemic was taking a more serious hold and now it seems we live in a different world. Somehow it's made participating in this program all the more important. Making a connection with a young woman on the other side of the world and learning about her life and family is bringing me a lot of joy right now. And doing anything I can to help amplify young women's voices feels like an especially worthy endeavor. In the end, I'm so glad I participated and am looking forward to continuing this journey. I highly recommend the experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shadhika is a wonderful nonprofit that is working to empower and educate young professional women in India. As a volunteer, I have truly enjoyed the ability to make a personal connection through their Girls Writes program, and have nothing but wonderful things to say about everyone involved with this organization. Keep up the (important) good work!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have supported Shadhika for more than 7 years now and it is one of the best investments I've made. When women–all women–share equitably in the economic, political and social leadership of our world, so much of what we hope for–equality, peace, climate justice, healthy democracies, healthy and educated people, to name a few–are transformed.

This is why I support Shadhika, and believe in our mission with all my heart. Our world’s largest democracies have to lead this change, and India is key.

At Shadhika the young women are at the center of their own fight to create a better world for themselves and for their communities. Shadhika partners with women-led, NGOs in India – grassroots organizations on the ground who know what they are doing and why they are doing it. We help bring the young women in these programs together to create their own solutions and action plans, and then get out of the way so they can lead the change.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Shadhika puts Indian girls and young women AT THE CENTER of their work - as well as the women-led, Indian NGOs that support them. Shadhika is non-paternalistic and human rights-driven - with deep, long-term impact. By removing barriers, girls and young women (and the boys who support them, and who also benefit from increased gender equality) can drive their own human rights and gender equality agenda and fully express their great ambition, compassion for others, and leadership. This philosophy is matched with a transparency and commitment to organizational effectiveness so that donor investments are used responsibly and effectively. If you care about India and it's future, Shadhika is an amazing investment.

Donor

Rating: 5

Describing the value of Shadhika and its growing successes helping the neediest of women and children of India is no small task. As a donor and volunteer, I have become ever more impressed that this organization continues to find its way through India’s overwhelming and wearying system of undervaluing girls whose only fault is being born into a society which lacks appreciation for them. Through education, hands on job skills, life skills training, and safe living conditions, girls dare to hope as they make lives for themselves and share the program’s merits with others. It is with immense pride that I am affiliated with Shadhika...an organization which changes the lives of an ever growing group of educated, strong women...women who are committed to changing the world.

Pomme

Donor

Rating: 5

I became acquainted with Shadhika in 2008 when I met the founder, Juthica Stangl, in Palo Alto, CA. Juthica grew up in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India, and I believe she was trained as a social worker. She had so many heart-wrenching stories to tell about the injustices and marginalization of women and girls in India, and she knew she wanted to do something to help. With a lot of "attitude", spunk and perseverance she founded Shadhika -- "One with Hope" -- in the early 90's. Over time, and with local resources, Juthica developed programs to address some of the most immediate needs of the poorest of the poor. Juthica and current CEO & President, Kim Burnett, are true inspirations to me. If we want to live in a better and more sustainable world, we obviously need to educate and empower women, enabling them to fully participate in society. In 2017 I traveled with Shadhika to several cities in India, visiting their "grantees", i.e., programs Shadhika now supports. It was a life-changing experience. The girls and women are so grateful for our support and work so hard to succeed in a society that has so many strikes against them. I encourage everyone to take a look at Shadhika, the programs they support and the inspiring work they do do across India.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Shadhika Foundation is a grant-making organization with true heart and soul. Founder Juthica Stangl has steadfastly pursued her vision of helping the poorest of the poor in Kolkata, India -- particularly women and children. I was honored to join the Shadhika Foundation Board in 2008 and served until 2012. During that time I helped with fundraising activities and worked with some of the most caring, committed and competent individuals I have ever met.

Shadhika has always maintained close ties to its grantees and has come a long way in the past 20 years, from making its first grant of $3,600 in 1993 to distributing approximately $108,000 in 2012. Shadhika board members visit programs each year to gain greater insight and feedback from the programs, and to establish a true spirit of collaboration. As a Shadhika board member, I knew that we were funding extremely worthy projects, sometimes where other funding was limited or unavailable. The heartbreaking side of such an organization is that we could not fund more projects. I am extraordinarily proud to have served on the Shadhika Foundation Board and know that we were able to make a real difference for some of the most vulnerable in the Kolkata area.

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Prashant M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Shadhika is a focused program with a clear goal. I felt it's an holistic and a complete program which is creating leaders. It's not about just helping someone in need but it's about creating leaders who will inspire others.

Subhashini S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoyed the experience of being a part of the Shadhika community. It was highly meaningful to be involved in the pen pal program and being able to write letters and form a bond with the girls in India.
Shadhika organization was very accommodative, communicative and helped establish a true connection to the purpose of making a difference & uplifting the lives of the girls. I am very honored to be a part of this initiative and looking forward to many more.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Shadhika has given me everything that what my mother was dreaming to give me. Educated me and made me a Journalism graduate. Shadhika is a home for leaders and it has planted happiness in my life. Shadhika gave me a scholarship and it was a big gift. Thank you.

Donor

Rating: 5

"The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World" - " When we lift up women, we lift up humanity...No other single change can do more to improve the state of the world. It is the most comprehensive, pervasive, high-leverage investment you can make in human beings." Glad to be part of a non-profit that starts at the root of empowerment for girls and women in India. Shadhika has been around for 25 years and has been able to change lives one girl at a time. She then sends ripples through her community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Shadhika gives some of the most vulnerable women on the planet hope to author their own lives.

Funding girls education and fighting for gender equality in India is a major step to combatting fundementalism, poverty, malnutrition and climate change. These are some of the biggest problem facing the planet and shadhika is making a contribution because the future depends on women and girls.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I came to know Shadhika several years ago and was impressed with their mission and operations from the start! I have since spent meaningful time with Kim and Kendra, and understand how hard and efficiently they work with such passion to elevate communities by stressing the importance of educating girls. "When she leads, change follows."

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been on the donor circle of this organization since it's inception. I have seen it grow and flourish thru the dedication and hard work of their executive director and then staff member brought on. They have significantly grown their contribution to education girls in India with intention, forsight, community involvement and have generated much passion and hard work from the girls.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Above all, it is a real pleasure to be part of such an amazing adventure. And I don’t even how amusing it should be for all those girls eagerly learning English besides their studies! Discussing with someone that far and who faces a different form of discrimination shows how this fight is universal. Three qualities that would best describe Shadhika and these girls are definitely humility, patience and grit. This project definitely needs a push to thrust forward those young ladies and leaders in the making

Volunteer

Rating: 3

I am really thankful to Shadhika, while getting scholorship i complete my studies, i used to write poems but i left this passion but getting my education my interest developed again and i am curious to write somthing. I felt hasitate to travel alone but now i really aware about the route of buses and didnt scared to travel alone. During my mass communication course i went regular college where boys and girls studied togather before scholorship i not fimiliar to boys.
Thanks for everything "Shadhika"

Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Because of shadhika I completed my graduation. And know am doing job as pharmcist. Know I am independent my parents proud to me Thank you so much your support :)

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Hi, I'm priya. It's been great experience with shadhika. Shadhika has been supporting so many girls to complete there studies. Shadhika is doing great work that is Empowering to girls.

Baitali G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SHADHIKA IS DOING GREAT WORK TO PROMOTE AND ADVANCE THE GIRLS'S RIGHTS.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Shadhika is a wonderful organisation which believes and work towards gender equality. It supports holistic development of adolescent girl in red light area to make them role model in front of others and prevent all forms of abuse against girls.

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Donor

Rating: 5

After taking a trip to India with Shadhika's CEO and fellow donors in January 2018, and meeting the incredible women and girls Shadhika is supporting, I was moved to join the Board (starting January 2019). Shadhika does an incredible job of identifying and supporting quality programs that make a huge impact on the lives of the girls they serve. Shadhika also does an exceptional job of mentoring program directors, creating accountability and pushing the organizations to think critically about programs, spending and impact. The accomplishments of the girls and women Shadhika's efforts support are a testament to the commitment of the Shadhika team, the program sites and the donors that support them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Today I am about to complete a special course by Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE)to train in investment banking. They are committed to help me get a great job with high corporate. I was the only one chosen by BSE who had not studied thru prestigious in an English medium school. But I had attended NGO Vacha’s programme of life skills for girls. I had gone to a Municipal school for the poor and lived in a room in a slum, a hutment colony. I was about to complete my B.Com. when I gave the first interview. BSE even waived the course fee for me. I am fully aware that this happened because of Shadhika’s support at the crucial time when I completed high school. My sister Durga, a pharmacy graduate now, and we got Shadhika scholarships that were inclusive of many important things like the course fee plus money for travel and for dressing decently with proper clothes and shoes and for coaching where required and got a computer lap top of our own!. We simply loved it when we could also pay for important site visits and an overnight stay. All this made a lot of difference. We felt confident. People would not point us out as slum kids. All girls receiving Shadhika scholarship were safe from the danger of early marriage. They were not a burden to the family. Usually a scholarship is just paying college fee and, only a little bit extra. Shadhika gave us actually fellowships. Here Ms Kimberley (Our Kim Didi) talked to us, found out about what was needed and let us know that we were being selected not just because of our good grades but also because of our active role in the community. We had both campaigned against sexual harassment in our area and had to face an angry crowd for that. We are still active in community work and for girls’ rights. This was actually a fellowship.
Ours is a very conservative caste/ community. My sister and I are the first college graduates in it. Now my uncle, my father’s brother has also admitted his daughter to college. He no longer believes a college girl goes astray. Shadhika has remained in touch with us all through and that has kept up our morale. They also conducted a graduation ceremony of Shadhika fellows. Our parents were overcome and wept. They have made us promise that our first salaries will go towards supporting a girl in need.

Sneha Gupta,
Receipt of Shadhika Scholarship Programme

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Vacha project works on development and empowerment of girls from deprived communities thru imparting soft and hard skills like computer and camera use, English speaking, speech making negotiation, decision making etc. that are essential for a productive life in 21st century. We work in 12 to 17 very poor slums in and around Mumbai. We work with girls in age group 11-18 and always worried what future would bright and active girls would have. Extreme son preference across caste, religion and linguistic groups made girls very vulnerable. Orthodox communities controlled girls, mobility and education and believed in early marriage of girls. We did not have funds to support beyond High school education. That is when Shadhika came up with an idea of special scholarships for girls for undergraduate studies that would equip them for a better and more productive life. It introduced special scholarships that would allow girls to become self supportive, fight early marriage and interacted with girls without being uppity and patronising. This initiative and its success inspired Vacha Trust to create and develop its own scholarship fund. Shadhika had been supporting Vacha’s life skills and leadership programme in several poor communities already before this in a true partnership when the foundation did not partner by merely providing funds but continued sharing knowledge resources and potential opportunities for us. There were at least quarterly visits from its director, board and supporters every year and Shadhika understood the specificity of Gender situations in India. What our team also appreciates is the critical response to the ideas and suggestions and integrating them in programmes for the NGOs it is supporting.


Sonal Shukla, M.A., M.Ed.
Founder & Hon. Director, Vacha Charitable Trust
Member, Executive Committee, Indian Council of Basic Education (Earlier Secretary)
Member, Editorial Boards of Journals Quest in Education, Mumbai and Girlhood Studies, Canada
Founding member of Forum Against Oppression of Women, Mumbai

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Vacha project works on development and empowerment of girls from deprived communities thru imparting soft and hard skills like computer and camera use, English speaking, speech making negotiation, decision making etc. that are essential for a productive life in 21st century. We work in 12 to 17 very poor slums in and around Mumbai. We work with girls in age group 11-18 and always worried what future would bright and active girls would have. Extreme son preference across caste, religion and linguistic groups made girls very vulnerable. Orthodox communities controlled girls, mobility and education and believed in early marriage of girls. We did not have funds to support beyond High school education. That is when Shadhika came up with an idea of special scholarships for girls for undergraduate studies that would equip them for a better and more productive life. It introduced special scholarships that would allow girls to become self supportive, fight early marriage and interacted with girls without being uppity and patronising. This initiative and its success inspired Vacha Trust to create and develop its own scholarship fund. Shadhika had been supporting Vacha’s life skills and leadership programme in several poor communities already before this in a true partnership when the foundation did not partner by merely providing funds but continued sharing knowledge resources and potential opportunities for us. There were at least quarterly visits from its director, board and supporters every year and Shadhika understood the specificity of Gender situations in India. What our team also appreciates is the critical response to the ideas and suggestions and integrating them in programmes for the NGOs it is supporting.


Sonal Shukla, M.A., M.Ed.
Founder & Hon. Director, Vacha Charitable Trust
Member, Executive Committee, Indian Council of Basic Education (Earlier Secretary)
Member, Editorial Boards of Journals Quest in Education, Mumbai and Girlhood Studies, Canada
Founding member of Forum Against Oppression of Women, Mumbai

Board Member

Rating: 5

The association between STOP and Shadhika has experienced a fulfilling and worthwhile relationship for
the last three years. Our partnership started with Shadhika providing funds for vocational training
programs to the beneficiaries at our “Aashray” family home. With the help of Shadhika in the three
years, STOP has been successful in providing enhanced and quality vocational skill training to its
beneficiaries. The structure of the project helped our organization to conduct a wider vulnerability
mapping of the beneficiaries and create custom made solutions to help them overcome these
challenges. From trainees to peer trainers, STOP has observed a gradual improvement in the
beneficiaries through the various personality enhancements and confidence building programs availed
through Shadhika.
With constant care and support from Shadhika, STOP been able to establish a social enterprise that
deals with fashion and handicraft products. These products are available in national as well as global
market.
With the support received from Shadhika, beneficiaries from the communities adopted by STOP have
had the opportunity to receive formal education as well as soft skill training, spoken English training,
computer training, etc.
Shadhika continues to maintain constant transparency with their partner organizations. Their practical
and humanly approach has always helped STOP fulfill its vision. Shadhika makes a constant effort to help
the organizations by conducting meetings through annual retreats. The focus of the annual retreats is to
exchange best practices, learning, as well as the participants engage in a vital discussion for problem
solving under the guidance of the management and team of Shadhika.
STOP is and will always be grateful to Shadhika and its members for their compassion towards the work
and providing us with the meaningful hand-holding to strengthen our abilities.

- TEAM STOP (Stop Trafficking and Oppression of Children and Women

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Shadhika has partnered with Equal Community Foundation to Raise Gender Equitable Boys. This reflects Shadhika's nuanced understanding of what is required to advance their mission of empowering women and girls. Shadhika has been quick to grasp the catalyzing impact that gender-transformative programming for boys can have on improving outcomes for women and girls.

Shadhika's investment in our organisation goes way beyond funding. We are guaranteed a good sounding board for organisational strategy and we also benefit from opportunities for networking and capacity building through their partner workshops. What makes Shadhika unique among our partners is their keen focus to get to know the faces behind the numbers in reports and budget -- this goes for our team as well as the participants in our programmes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Shadika trip was the best way for me to be introduced to this organization and to India. I had a chance to meet you, the "kim",who put the kids, the staff, and us at ease.We had a chance to meet the innovators, the planners, find out through the girls about their families,their interests, street plays, newsletters, feminist songs, chances to learn English, job skills, how they come together as valued members of their group to sing and dance, speak publicly,and gain confidence. The interaction was so great, walking the streets together,visiting with family members, making friendship bracelets. They know someone "has their back." I am now a "pen pal" with one of the scholarship recipients.. Thanks. Annie

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We have been working with Shadhika for a number of years, and they are a major funder for Baale Mane Girls Home. We have a deeply routed partnership with them, and they are very much a part of our organisation rather than merely a source of funds.
They are open minded about our needs, and have always sought to help with ideas for programmes and solutions to any issues. They always share contacts, useful links and content that are helpful to our work. They also challenge us to think more broadly and offer a different perspective at times.
Their annual partners meeting allows us to share our knowledge with organisations across India, who have similar causes and a variety of approaches. Kim has also facilitated learning sessions for participants on a variety of topics, such as presentation making, and monitoring and evaluation techniques. This has always left us inspired to do more, and renews our resolve.
They really go above and beyond in their work and we are very fortunate to have such a strong partner with a deep commitment and resolve to help us develop our organisation.

1 Jenny M.1

Donor

Rating: 5

India is an exceptionally difficult place to survive for less privileged girls and women. Shadhika works to combat this staggering problem by providing education, scholarships and skills to a growing number of girls eager to change the course of their lives and make a difference within their communities. Working in some of the toughest environments, Shadhika is not only making girls' lives better, it is making communities healthier and stronger by involving brothers and fathers and families and schools...educating and altering long held misconceptions about the role of females within a society.

I visited India with Shadhika last year where I witnessed first hand the astonishing changes Shadhika has made possible. I visited so many girls and families whose very existences have been changed dramatically. I met first generation college graduates...once beleaguered girls now thriving since being embraced by the caring, effective role models and leadership made possible by Shadhika's funding. I witnessed the astonishing ripple effect of Shadhika's influence evident in the magnificence of communities coming together in a new age of fairness and equity.

Shadhika is growing and reaching more girls every year, thanks to the generosity of donors and that the organization itself is exceptionally well run. I am thankful for Shadhika and am proud to support them. Through their effective leadership and stewardship, I now support women and children in a country other than and in addition to my own. A country with such desperate need. A country with such thankfulness for all Shadhika accomplishes. Shadhika is making the world a much better place.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am totally committed to Shadhika’s work with at-risk girls in India, girls whose families earn less than $3.00 a day. Shadhika has helped thousands of girls realize their aspirations for a better life - by enabling them to escape child marriage, trafficking, domestic violence, abandonment, and forced labor. Close to 100 percent of the girls Shadhika serves avoid an early forced marriage. 95 percent of the girls Shadhika serves complete secondary school, compared to 48 percent for India overall. Because of Shadhika's support, girls have been able to complete their education, stand up for their rights, and acquire the skills they need to become financially independent

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Donor

Rating: 5

After a trip to India I was inspired to look for charities that helped girls and young women find ways out of sex trafficking and child marriage. I found Shadhika. This charity helps girls and young women find their way through education and training to real jobs that can change the way women in India are treated and perceived.
This charity is well-run, communicates transparently and uses its resources responsibly.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the prevlidge to participate in site visits of NGO’s supported by Shadhika. Inspiring to see how minimal funds by USA standards can be so impactful. Providing English and life skills is transforming the lives of young women from the most dire of circumstances. Life changing to witness.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for Shadhika, it has been extremely inspiring to witness the impact of this organization. Their dedicated team actively works to support young women and girls of India through various grants and educational programs. I look forward to participating in future Shadhika events.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a close connection to this organization and I have been able to see all the positive impacts they have not only with the girls, but with the volunteers and employees as well. This is an amazing organization that allows those less fortuanate to have the opportunity to meet their full potential and thrive in their community. You can really tell that everyone envolved with this organization has such a passion for the cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Shadhika's events and love working with them. They are an amazing organization! They work so hard to make a visible impact on the girls they work with, and do so with very few staff members, which makes it all the more impressive.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Shadhika for almost five years. It's mission is to empower and educate girls in India, which is important not just for those girls that are helped but for their families, their communities, all of India and, ultimately the whole planet, since by 2050, it is projected that India will have the largest population of any country, surpassing China. I have helped plan events in Denver for Shadhika and travelled with the organization to India in January 2017, spending time with the NGOs there that receive Shadhika funds and the girls that are being helped. That trip was incredible and further demonstrated that, not only is Shadhika focused and well run but that it does a thorough job of vetting and supporting the NGOs in India to which it provides grants to ensure that the funds are being effectively used. This organization is making a positive, meaningful different for those immediately served and exponentially around them.

Donor

Rating: 5

Shadhika is an organization that was started out of love for girls in need of education & empowerment. The founder of Shadhika, Juthika Stangl has done an excellent job at not only recognizing this need but also bringing awareness around it. The current CEO, Kim Burnett has continued in Juthika's footsteps and expanded the program to a great extent. It is Shadhika's vision "Investing in Girls for India's Future" that makes me proud to be associated with this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shadhika is an excellent organization that helps girls become empowered with a good education and helps get them out of sex trafficking.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through my involvement with the organization as a volunteer, committee member and donor, I would describe Shadhika in 3 words: familial, responsive, and impactful.

When I first learned about Shadhika, I was drawn to the passion and emotion with which president/CEO Kim Burnett shared the stories of the women and girls Shadhika supports. This is what I mean by "familial" -- Shadhika is an organization that is deeply connected with the people they serve. The organization’s ability to transform the lives of women & girls in India from halfway across the world is based on a very personalized relationship that Shadhika--its president/CEO, staff, Board & committee members, and donors--have with the young women, men, and NGOs we serve. We are "di di" (aunties) and "da da" (uncles) to a community of young people and that connectivity drives us to constantly strive to do and give more.

Shadhika is primarily focused on catalyzing culture and systemic change through grants and capacity building. Over the past 5 years, I have seen firsthand how Shadhika works to maximize collective impact by working in tandem with their partners and grantees. In this time, not only has the organization grown in staff size, dollars raised, dollars awarded, organizations supported, and network size, but under Kim's leadership, the organization is also expanding the ways in which it creates impact in order transforming lives and communities in India. For example, after assessing feedback and the needs of its grantees, Shadhika developed an annual two-day leadership and capacity building program to support the development of the NGO leaders we partner with. This is just one of the ways that Shadhika is responsive to the needs of its partners and works to support its partners in becoming the most sustainable and effective NGOs they can be.

Likewise, Shadhika recently underwent a strategic planning process with its Board of Directors and its committees to shape the vision and the strategy that guides the organizational programming. Within this strategic plan in place, Shadhika has launched a number of new initiatives to scale impact and provide additional resources beyond monetary support, including a scholarship program to support 25 young women in attending college or vocational school and a pen pal program that helps young women practice their written English, while also deepening donor connections. Shadhika works with partners to assess the needs of the 400+ young men and women they are serving and to determine the most impactful programming/support in order to meet these needs.

I'm so proud to volunteer for and contribute to Shadhika's mission to invest in the education, empowerment, and economic self-sufficiency of girls in order to transform India’s future.

Donor

Rating: 5

Shadhika is a wonderful organization that promotes gender equality in Indian girls. Shadika helps girls have access to education which opens up opportunities and helps them achieve economic self sufficiency. Shadika also helps teach young men to respect women and girls. Shadika has numerous success stories. A friend travelled to India with Shadika last year and I was very impressed with her experiences. She met many young women who were transitioning from the slums where they have grown up to college. College which was made available because of Shadika's scholarships. She also interacted with girls who are in a. Shadika funded program to help them once they finish grades 11 and 12 and move to the city. Shadika provides intensive English language and life skills training to help them. More than 90 percent of girls who attend Shadhika-funded programs graduate from high school and delay marriage until after the age of 18.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a leadership development intern with Shadhika this past year and founder of their first college Gather for Girls club at the University of San Diego, I am so happy to have dedicated some of my time to such a powerful purpose with such a great organization of people. Educating girls, and inspiring girls to be, has been a personal goal of mine ever since I volunteered in Rajasthan, India six years ago and saw the fate of a young girl diminish the moment she is born. Being able to contribute to this organization, I felt a wonderful sense of purpose and a small step towards more passionate actions of service in my life. Working with Sophia was a highlight and made my time with Shadhika a wonderful experience. Thank you for all the work you do.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I inspired by the work of Shadhika because we have a seven year old daughter. We want to ensure that girls in India are afforded the same educational opportunities, empowerment and access to sources as American children.

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