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Bhamy Shenoy

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Review for Pratham USA, Houston, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been active with Pratham since 1998 and found it to be an outstanding NGO contributing to improve education in India. While in the US I was involved in raising funds for Pratham activities. Now that I have moved to Pratham, besides raising funds I am also involved in the management of Pratham Mysore. Thanks to decentralization of Pratham, we are able to experiment with different strategies while still following the directions of the head quarters.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the benefits of this NGO from the grassroots to the national level. At grass roots slum children who otherwise would not have any solid foundation to attend schools are in a better position to complete their high school education.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The poorest of the poor get the benefit of this NGO. This NGO has the ability to bring about systemic changes in India's outdated education system.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The volunteers are simply superb and dedicated. Staff are also putting long hours. Some volunteers go out of their ways to support the cause of Pratham.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Pratham could hire more teachers and expand balavadis to even more parts of India. They can do more experimentation and demonstrate how to manage demonstration schools in different parts of India. There is no limit to what Pratham can do with more funds.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & I am senior advisor to Pratham Mysore.
 

Review for S M Sehgal Foundation, Gurgaon, Haryana (India), , India

Rating: 5 stars  

I am inspired by IRRAD for a number of reasons. NGO movement of 20th century has done immense good by contributing where government has failed or is not in a position to help the needy or private enterprises are not interested. In developed world NGO movement is often motivated by altruistic ideals. But in developing world like India, NGO movement has provided another venue to earn a livelihood. In fact most NGOs are more interested just like profit oriented corporations to grow big and to collect more funds rather than achieving the mission of starting NGOs in the first place. But IRRD stands for different ideals. They are not interested in growing big. In fact they would rather close down if their mission is accomplished. The supporters of IRRD spend more money in supporting other NGOs and causes than their own creation. They look for ways to go after their mission than worrying about growing big. IRRD is more like a catalyst to help other NGOs to achieve their objectives. Any serious student of NGO movement will not fail to observe this great attribute of IRRD. While most NGOs look to the government to secure help, IIRD looks forward to help the government. They never hesitate to work with the government and provide multiplier impact to the government projects. IRRD believes not just in providing "band aid" type of help. They want to bring about "Systemic Changes" in dysfunctional political-economic system of India by fully absorbing the ideal of "it is better to teach how to fish rather than to give fish". IRRD is interested in developing and implementing a movement to fight corruption and not just talk about that deadly virus which has infected Indian body politic. I wish all the best to IRRD.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It is more interested in achieving its mission rather than becoming big to get public glory.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I am involved in several NGO activities both at local and national level.