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6th June 2016
Dear Supporters, We have tried to write to thank you individually but if we missed, apologies and immense gratitude.

We have been busy with running an intense summer camp for about 30 government school children from Sangam Vihar, Delhi. Please read up about what our interns from SriRam school had to say about the camp.

Link: http://www.alohomora.org/blog

Thank you! With your support we are moving along our fundraising target. 

Why am I fundraising?

I was fortunate to have studied at IIT Madras and IIM Lucknow. I also did very well at both my corporate roles at PepsiCo and Citibank. However, the turning point in my life was my fellowship with Teach for India. I taught in a government school for 2 years with dust, heat and inhospitable conditions but watching my kids grow made it all worth it.

I was thoroughly moved by the potential displayed by my class of 8-9 year old girls from Aya Nagar, Delhi. All they needed to shine was an encouraging teacher. They did very well in class and in their lives, despite the challenges life threw at them. That decided it. I did not go back to the corporate world to continue working with children.

Parinita and I conceptualized Alohomora Education in early 2015 to create an enabling space for many more children to shine!

All children have the potential to be who they want to be if they have right experiences, skills and tools that will allow them to realize their dreams. We want to directly impact 5,000 children by 2017-2018, transforming education practices in India in the long run.

ANALP (Alohomora New Age Leadership Program) is our flagship program that enables children with 21st century life skills to be able to take well informed, empathetic life choices and take charge of their lives. The program builds Digital Literacy, as a tool for students to acquire knowledge aligned to their interest area.

From directly impacting about 150 children in 2015-16 to working with 1000 children this year, our aim is to be ready for big scale deployment by March'17.

What do I plan to do with the funds?

Currently there are 2 people (Parinita Jain and I) working full time on the project. We are sustaining the idea due to support from our families. However, we need more resources to fulfil our commitment and directly impact 1,000 students this year.

Getting more people on the team will ensure we fast track refining our program and researching a comprehensible measurement tool to track program outcomes.

The 2 main areas where we need financial support.
1. Tablets & Bandwidth to build Digital Literacy enabling children to self learn.
(120 tabs *INR 6000 per tab = INR 7,20,000).

2. Salary to hire 2 people to reach out to 1000 children this year
(Salary 30,000/month (30000*2*12) = INR 7,20,000)

Total funds requirement: 7,20,000+7,20,000 = INR 14,40,000

Cost of 1 tab is 6,000, Donate and share!

I invite you to get us a tab from the wish list below learning for 50+ children!

Alternatively, you may want to buy us the tabs directly. Please visit the wish list on Amazon and purchase the tab for us directly. The address is mentioned on the link.

https://www.amazon.in/gp/registry/ref=cm_reg_rd-upd?ie=UTF8&id=2W2Z90K4LM6GM&type=wishlist

FAQs

1. Are we a registered company?
Yes, we are incorporated as a non-profit company under Section 8 of the Company's Act.

2. Are donations Tax exempt?
We will be applying for our 80G and 12A certification soon. However, at this point we will not be able to provide income tax rebate certificate. The donations are NOT exempt from tax.

3. Are donations accepted in USD?
Yes. You could buy us tabs directly (a Lenovo model which is inexpensive and of good quality is listed in my wish list. Please feel free to choose.)

4. What is our contact information?
You may visit our website - www.alohomora.org
or write to us at divakar@alohomora.org/parinita@alohomora.org

5. How will you know the utilization of funds?
We will send you quarterly newsletter with updates and stories from our classrooms. We intend to publish details of our expenses on our website www.alohomora.org.
Kindly also follow our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/UnlockMyPotential) for regular updates.

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Rs.572,375
raised of Rs.1,440,000 goal

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Milaap
Milaap donated Rs.12,500

Matching payment towards Kartik’s contribution

Kartik
Kartik donated Rs.50,000
Milaap
Milaap donated Rs.625

Matching payment towards Shravan’s contribution