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I am fundraising to help children in naxal affected area in getting quality education

Update 28th March

Mail from Milaap
Hi Aditya,
In less than 5 days, all the matching funds from our Impact Partners have been availed.
The total amount available for matching of Rs 50 Lakhs has been exhausted. 
We are no longer matching the amounts(2X) on campaigns, but we encourage you to keep supporting the campaigns.
We hope to run more of such initiatives in the near future.


Milaap is matching the donations made to i-Saksham, till 31st of March. Good opportunity to double the impact!!

Here is an End of Year update on the progress made from June 2015.

NRIs can also donate as per this link from Ministry of Home Affairs (see question 8).

What are we doing? 

i-Saksham, our initiative is working on an initiatve on providing education in remote and naxal affected areas, through Android tablets.

Started by Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellows () in Bihar, the initiative in now in its 3rd year and has taken shape as a not-for-profit entity, which would further the work to FOCUS on children in remote and extremism affected areas e.g. Naxal Affected Areas, North East and J&K.

A community tutor teaching children using i-Saksham videosTutor using videos to teach children in Munger

We have been able to reach close to 3000 children through 50 community tutors and 3 schools. Most of you contributed to that. The experience from the last two years gives us enough confidence to take this up further.

Why am I fundraising?

It is time to scale now. We will buy tablets in bunch, so as to reduce costs. Given that the scale is rising, we will recruit people who can do day to day coordination of the work. We have been spending considerable time in content adaptation and content creation, if there is a need. Need additional resources for that.

We had applied for help to government and corporate. Government is too slow and we are too small and not-to-the-criteria for CSR (need to be at least 3 year old for that).

So, we have turned to you.  

What do I plan to do with the funds?

The target for reaching out to 8-10 thousand children through 200 tutors is somewhere around 12 lakh, around 1200 per child or 100 Rs per month per child.

We will use the funds to
  • Buy tablets and accesories (cover, keyboard, solar charger wherever needed etc)
  • Hire people who can help us manage the work (on part time and full time basis)
  • Build and create  learning content on need basis
  • Experiment  with learning models
  • Expenses in travelling to these places 
  • Other admin expenses

Out of this, we will raise around 2 lakh from tutor repayment in first year. We plan to raise the rest through own/supporter contribution.

An i-Saksham Learning Centre

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25th December 2016
Dear Supporters, 

iSaksham is currently training 120 people to be tutors. 70 of them are actively involved in educating children in the Naxal affected areas of Munger and Jamui. Each tutor is currently teaching 20 students on an average. 

The organisation is currently working on strengthening education delivery models with more workforce. There are plans of educating children in areas beyond Munger and Jamui. 

This campaign and its subsequent results have not only helped children gain education, but also contributed to a marginal percentage drop of child marriage in these villages. The campaign champion, Aditya Tyagi, reports that a few parents are seeing the benefit of getting their children educated over getting them married. Working with these parents is extremely tough and is one of the challenges faced by iSaksham. Tyagi says, “Progress is very slow, but in areas like Munger, child marriages are rampant. Even one child being sent to school instead of being married off is a huge step towards awareness.” 

Not only children, but also their tutors are gaining a better quality of life. These tutors, most of whom are female, are not allowed to work post marriage due to conservative social dictat. Tyagi tells us that this is slowly changing. “Many female tutors are choosing to teach and get educated over getting married. Their families, too, are beginning to notice the change in their quality of life,” he adds. 

Encouraged by their growth, many tutors have shown an interest in pursuing graduate studies in various fields. But they lack guidance in this regard. To resolve this, iSaksham is looking for career counsellors who’d be willing to volunteer their time to point these tutors in the right direction.

Aditya Tyagi and his team have expressed their gratitude for all your support. 

Thank you.

Team Milaap.

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Mitesh donated Rs.3,000
Anonymous donated Rs.1,000
Rajesh donated Rs.1,324
Pooja donated Rs.2,500
Anonymous donated Rs.2,500
Sachin donated Rs.5,000