Vidhya means education. Daan means contributions. Together it symbolizes the "gifting of education" to someone - one of the highest form of contribution one can make.
Our organization is committed to supporting education by providing scholarships, mentorship, and resources to students from low-income backgrounds. We believe that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and creating a brighter future for all. Through our partnerships with schools and community organizations, we work to ensure that every student has the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Join us in our mission to make education accessible to all!
We work on our mission through our Chains of After School Learning Centers that is setup in the underserved community. Each of the Centers serve as an "Extended Home" providing the most safe and conducive learning space for students whom we prepare to eventually lead a movement of change in their communities. These centers are staffed with a local coordinator.
Each year 15-20 students join each of these center in Grade 8 and go on to receive a "long and deep rooted support" in the form of tuitions/scholarships/soft skilling/financial literacy/mental wellness and practically everything they will ever need till they complete their college.
Established in 2018, SOF today impacts over 350+ families/1200 dependents spread over 7 locations across Urban Bangalore with Rural parts of Kerala.
Our hope in that in next 3-5 years we would have flooded the under served communities with enough educated members and started a "movement" of change in each of these communities!
Our model relies heavily on utilizing low cost/optimal schools and colleges for all our cohorts. Being in public schooling (Govt Schools) till Grade 10, their educational expenses are minimal till then but starts mounting up as they move to Grade 11 and upwards.
Typically we cap the scholarships at INR 36,000 (USD 432) for Grade 11/12 and INR 50,000 (USD 600). We also have a "parental share" added at around 15-20% of total fees so that there is a sense of ownership and accountability.
In addition, we tie up with scholarship partners so that our academically high performing students avail of these. Our scholarships offered are a gradient based on the students performance
While we are able to help our high academically performing students avail of additional scholarships through our external partners, there is sizeable chunk who are unable to secure them. These are brilliant students and deserve a better college even though they might be not be academically high performers
Our mission is incomplete if we are unable to take them along and see them complete their college too!
Thats where YOU come in!
To help us create more impact and change more lives, we would love to invite YOU to join our journey by contributing towards our Vidyadaan Scholarships at whatever capacity you can. (Any contribution adds up and changes lives)
Here is a rough idea of impact per dollar that we can expect
We promise this journey of Giving will be most gratifying and one day you will be proud that YOU have changed lives and destinies of so many people who perhaps will go on to live beyond our lifetimes!
For every Dollar or Rupee that you contribute more than 95 cent/paisa will go directly for our educational fee. 3-5 cents / paisa may be required for admin and legal compliance costs.
Please back our mmission so that together we can build a better India for all of us.
If not YOU, who? If not NOW, when?