Aseema wants to take the lessons learnt over the last decade in the metropole Bombay to the nearby tribal areas, four hours away. Especially since 75% of India lives in the villages and unfortunately, the rural areas remain backward and ignored, forgotten by urban India as is surges forward into the next century. At this fourteen acre plot educational and vocational training will be provided to achieve independence for the child and the community. Our donation is being used for running expenses of this very centre.

Aseema Website

Beti, Lucknow, India

An NGO that is run with great dedication by its founder Sehba Hussain

“Project Kamyab” was started in Hamirapur village on the outskirts of Lucknow, with funds donated by EKTA. This project has transformed the lives of hundreds of children from poor families living in this remote and backward hamlet by providing them free education through 6 Alternative Learning Centre. Many have appeared in the examination under Open Basic Education (OBE) of National Institute of Open Schooling (N.I.O.S) and several have qualified to join mainstream schools for higher education. Girls aged 15 -21 years are taught livelihood earning skills at the 6 Vocational Training Centers also established with Ekta’s help.

The Royal Educational Society, Maharashtra, India

Dr Undre School and Junior College provides education to boys and girls up to Std XII. Founded with just 26 students and 2 teachers, today it has over 300 students. Girls are encouraged to pursue higher education and are given due assistance.

Ekta has helped Dr. Undre in a project that rescued, educated and rehabilitated many children who were the victims of the communal riots in Gujrat.

Anjuman – e – Khawateen, Hyderabad, India

Founded by Tayeba Begum and supported by her family members, this primary school is situated an area where it’s hard to keep children off the streets. By offering free education and a mid day meal, over 200 children from very poor families have now got the opportunity to brighter future. Although the medium of instruction is Urdu, Telugu, the regional language is also taught. Ekta helped improve the facilities available in the class rooms and paid salaries for Teachers who would teach these children basic English.

Safrani Memorial School, Hyderabad, India

Started by Suraiyamma, who has been involved with the preservation and revival of the dying handloom weaving industry of South India, this school was primarily set up for the children of poor weavers. Today, it provides quality education to many children from poor families in the outskirts of hyderabad. With funds donated by Ekta, the school was able to set up a computer and IT lab.

The River Project, India.

A collaboration of the Rishi Valley Foundation with schools located in remote villages, this project mainly concentrates its efforts on providing teachers with the right kind of training needed to teach children who are from rural areas. The programs now reach 61,000 schools, 280,000 teachers and 7.9 million children.

National Girls High School, Bandra – East, Mumbai, India.

Situated in Behramnagar, an economically backward suburb of Mumbai, The National Girls High School has over 2000 students on its rolls. Ekta has helped ease the financial burden of the school.

Muslim Welfare Trust, Dhule, Maharashtra, India.

Started in two rooms situated in the fish market, today the school has its own building laboratories, science equipment and sufficient teaching staff. The students, mostly from extremely poor families, have shown commendable result in the Board examinations.

Funds from Ekta have provided the benches, chair, blackboards and other essentials for classrooms.

Al – Noor Society, Aligarh, India

The perseverance of Salma Ansari has resulted in the Quila public School situated in the Aligarh Fort. This is the only school in Aligarh with free education to all irrespective of caste, creed or religion. It provides a scholarship of 300 rupees per child for one year which includes uniforms, books and stationery as well as trained teachers and nutritious meals. Ekta supports this tremendous initiative.

The HUNAR Foundation. Technical Institutes

A vocational guidance project par excellence devised by socially minded, prominent citizens of Karachi in collaboration with UK City and Guilds. Carefully selected high school boys are put through a rigorous 12-month training programme followed by a 6-month apprenticeship to produce highly competent, skilled workers eagerly sought out by industries in Pakistan and the Middle East.
Hunar’s motto: ‘To get the Youth off the streets and turn them into bread-winners for life.’
EKTA is supporting 7 boys currently and will support 7 more in the next batch. Ekta will hope to support a Girl’s Campus in Karachi when it starts up.

Hunar Foundation Website

Foundation to Educate Girls Globally (EGG), Pali District, Rajasthan

“Reforming Government Schools for Girls Education.”
Across India girls are not always educated and many have minimal understandings of their own rights. Estimates show that for every 100 girls in rural India, only 1 reaches class 12.
Educated girls have the unique ability to bring unprecedented social and economic changes to their families and communities: reducing birthrates and child mortality, improving family health, reducing political extremism and violence against women and increasing both family and national income. Additionally, educating girls accelerates overall literacy: mothers with a primary school education are five times more likely to send their children to school.
Hundreds of organizations in India work in the area of girls education, but few are as cost effective and scalable as FEGG. FEGG is determined to influence behavioral change in communities and policy change with government and in five years, provide 5 million girls with a quality education and leadership training.
A special project covering 14 schools and reaching out to 1500 children was launched in October 2012, especially at EKTA’s request in one of the most backward and un-educated areas of Rajasthan.

Educate Girls Globally Website

Magic Breakfast UK

Magic Breakfast is a registered charity in the UK ensuring that no child is too hungry to learn through the provision of healthy breakfast food and expert support to schools. A hungry child cannot concentrate so will miss out on half a day of lessons, every day, if not given anything to eat. They support schools with 35% or more pupils eligible for free school meals, or with 50% Ever 6 FSM, delivering nutritious food and bespoke advice on the optimum way to reach every malnourished and vulnerable child. All this for 22p per child per day. Working with 480 Primary, Secondary and Special Educational Needs schools, plus Pupil Referral Units, to make sure that over 23,500 children start their school day in the best possible way. Ekta sent a one off donation to this well sustained charity which is supported by the large super markets and corporations like Kellogs.

Pearl Education Foundation. UK

Margins to Mainsteam

The Pearl Education Foundation pilot project started in 2006 to enable British Muslim women to develop their leadership qualities, talents, skills and knowledge to achieve better economic integration. Thousands of women and families from ethnic minority backgrounds have been liberated from illiteracy and isolation. They teach English reading and writing and computer skills plus simple life skills. Committed students go on to learn business and enterprise skills. Originally developed to empower Muslim women, they now teach men and women from many backgrounds. Students are able to use these skills to understand and support their children’s schooling, earn an independent income and assist in the integration of their families into British society. The original plan was to deliver the project with just 12 volunteers. The project attracted nearly 300 volunteers in the first year, from the Muslim communities living in Britain. That enabled them to reach many more women and their families. Women, particularly those belonging to the newcomer category, or who have not had a chance of learning English, tend to experience multiple disadvantages through a combination of factors: lack of fluency in English, high level of illiteracy, financial dependency. Even so, given the opportunity and encouragement, even the most marginalised of Muslim women can develop the confidence and skills to undertake further education or become economically active.

Astha Kiran- Nai Roshani School.

Moved by seeing the pathetic condition of homeless children at Lucknow Railway platform, begging, sweeping floors in trains, selling water in used bottles, rag-picking, Ms. Sonia Singh decided to do something for them. She strongly felt that education was the only way to save them from falling prey to exploitation, violence, stunted growth and psychological scarring and also to bring them in the mainstream for living with dignity. Thus an informal school for these children was started by Ms. Singh on the platform of Charbag Railway station of Lucknow.
Encouraged by the enthusiasm and willingness amongst the children and the improvement the little education brought in their living, Ms. Sonia Singh decided to extend her endeavour to provide free education to orphans and slum children, who were deprived of any sort of education, in other areas in the city. This modest beginning gave birth to “ASTHA KIRAN SHAIKSHIK EVAM SAMAJIK VIKAS SANSTHAN”, an organisation which not only believes that the underprivileged children have right to dream but also help them in realizing those dreams by providing suitable education and training.
Now they are also running a formal school, namely “Nai Roshani” at Dubagga, Lucknow where the underprivileged girls of poor families are provided totally free education which does not put any financial burden on the families, the main reason for depriving the girl child of education in those families. Ekta supported this effort by donating a school bus to bring children to school from distances too far for them to come walking.

Astha Kiran Website