A huge thank you and here’s wishing you a wonderful year full of hopes, dreams and new achievements. 2016 was such an awesome year that was supercharged with motivation, enthusiasm, and most importantly pure zeal towards building a society that has the potential to nurture so much!
Last year has been very inspiring in so many ways - from fundraising to successful events, new teams, more active involvement in the university level, and we saw some amazing leaders who shone out throughout the year who spearheaded our initiatives with a single purpose - to scale up!
We are very proud to be where we are today, and without you, it would be impossible! So here’s a huge shout-out to all the volunteers, patrons, and sponsors - you truly are Vibha’s backbone!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
We look forward to many such years of collaboration with you, and help achieve our dreams of fulfilling million dreams!
There are times when you come across a poor but proud child who is selling cheap stuff to the vehicle owners on the street. The kids even refuse to take money you give them as they do not want to beg. Those are the kids for whom you would like to go that extra length. That is what Apna Skools has done.
Kids of migrant worker families find it a challenge to obtain a formal education as they are constantly on the move. These types of families include those of construction workers, brick kiln workers etc. The Apna Skools initiative takes education to the children by conducting classes around the brick kilns and construction sites themselves. 25 Apna Skools are currently operational in and around the city of Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, India.
During the past decade, India reached the milestone of universalization of primary education. The Right to Education Act and Midday meal scheme have helped achieve significant increases in enrollment of children in school, and several grassroots organizations have worked on a case-by-case basis to enroll individual children facing family-financial or stigma-based challenges that previously prevented them from going to school. Now, the focus is shifting to ensuring that all these children in school are actually receiving what a school is supposed to give them; a comprehensive education that puts them on the same playing field as their peers around the country, and ideally, around the world.
Vinu Srivatsan is the Director of Fundraising Programs for Vibha. Vinu comes from a family of freedom fighters and educators who have worked hard to promote education in rural areas of India. She continues their legacy. Raising two kids in the Bay Area, she works hard to do her best for Vibha and the young kids out there who need her help.
We are often overwhelmed with changes in our lives – and a lot of times most of us avoid unnecessary transitions because we have the privilege of having the choice to accept it or not. Imagine for a little girl who doesn’t have the choice. A little girl who once went to a private school stops going to school altogether because of changes in economic conditions.
In Sanskrit, the word Kalakaar means “Artist.” Kalakaar is the annual international photography competition that is held for all ages. It is a free contest that offers many exciting prizes for winners. The main objective of the Kalakaar competition it to create an opportunity for kids to express creativity and help spread awareness about Vibha and help children in need.