This fundraiser will support 2 key projects “Nirmal Neer” and “Pencil to Power”. These initiatives are aimed to provide children Water bottles for better health and Notebooks/ Pencils for Government Primary schools of Saharanpur district in U.P.
About "Nirmal Neer"
The plans are underway to procure and distribute about 3,000 reusable water bottles (600 mL) to school going children in select rural schools. We want children to drink “clean water.” and curb dehydration known to cause fatigue, general weakness, headaches, dizziness, low urination, etc. In turn, it can improve learning by better focus, effective communication, retention of information, and more. We hope that with the water-filled bottles, children will be reminded to drink water during the day.
About “Pencil to Power”
As we visited schools, we were shocked how little writing is practiced in many schools because not all kids have notebooks. Thus, the “Pencil to Power (PTP)” initiative which simply means giving pencil and paper to empower kids to focus on writing as a task and habit every day
PTP is Vidya Gyan’s most impactful project for the last 4 years. As always, we will distribute over 10,000 notebooks this year again to enable thousands of children learn writing alphabets, numbers, short stories/essays, do the math and even make sketches. Vidya Gyan believes that learning is enhanced when one writes what s/he hears in the classroom and writing by hand is also a critical skill for everyone even in the age of technology and tools.
Here's how your donation will make a huge difference in the lives of children to lead a healthy life (body and mind). Vidya Gyan India is 80G tax-exempt and you will receive a receipt for your tax savings.
$28/ INR 2000 - A water bottle and a set of notebook/pencil each to 10 children
$55/ INR 4000 - A water bottle and a set of notebook/pencil each to 20 children
$110/ INR 8000 - A water bottle and a set of notebook/pencil each to 40 children
About Vidya-Gyan (www.vidya-gyan.org)Vidya Gyan has a goal to empower youth in rural and suburban areas in India through education, health, and overall well-being. It was founded in 2014 by Dr. Vijendra and Indu Agarwal
About the founders:
Dr. Vijendra Agarwal, born in village Kota (Saharanpur, U.P), left India in 1973 after Ph.D. (Physics) from IIT Roorkee. A researcher in Italy, Japan, and France, he came to the US in 1978. He was faculty and academic administrator in several different universities in USA, and an Executive Fellow in the White House S&T Policy during Clinton administration. In November 2014, he and his wife co-founded a US based NGO, Vidya Gyan, to serve rural India toward education, health, and empowerment of girls and overall development. Vidya Gyan is a calling to give back to rural community which gave him so much more. His passion for writing includes the interface of policy, politics and people, and social/cultural activities promoting community engagement.