Technically, a catalyst is a person or an event that quickly causes change or action. So a few years back Vibha decided to be a Social Venture Catalyst – with the sole aim of consistently causing and promoting positive change through actions within the scope of childhood education and health. It thus became a strong platform than merely a funding organization, to bring together people who want to make a change… to seed, to grow, to scale.
And this commitment would not have seen its success without you – Vibha’s Patrons! You have kept us inspired, motivated, and committed to this cause since our inception. You have been our catalyst towards our growth, and success of undertaking grassroots level development, and impacting the lives of 300, 000 children. Thus in an effort to further your involvement, we are very excited to introduce you to "The Catalyst", The Catalyst is a medium to connect you with our key events and developments - so you know what you make possible!
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“We want to expand this to 15 schools, may be the entire taluka, and then some day the whole district,” his eyes sparkled with intent and excitement. When we, at Vibha, a completely volunteer-driven organisation, met E.S.Ramamurthy for the first time in 2006, he had just retired from his long career in sustainable energy. He was pursuing his calling in our focus area. Of children. Of education. Of scalable solutions.
On June 15th 2016, an eclectic group of 40 visionaries, venture capitalists, medical and service professionals, thought leaders, academics, executors, all came together at Stanford University to brainstorm simple innovative ideas to improve the standard of living in a rural community - to create an IDEAL village.
The Tamil Nadu floods of October-November 2015 severely damaged vital service infrastructure and community support structures. The houses, schools and motivation centers sponsored by the Society for Education and Action (SEA) in Kancheepuram district fell under this umbrella of destruction. Excessive flooding ensued in the region due to an overwhelming 1007 mm of rainfall (600 mm more than the normal annual average), causing thatched roofs to collapse, doors, windows and walls to break and erosion of the muddy floor. The deluge also carried away educational materials and students’ belongings contained within the school premises.
Leading community organizations Vibha , GAMA (Greater Atlanta Malayalee Association) and the Fulton Science Academy set another bar for community partnership by jointly hosting ‘Are you ready for college?’, a half day seminar and panel discussion on college readiness. The event, held on August 20th at the Fulton Science Academy packed a full house of more than 350, not counting the several others who attended the event via Facebook Live from all around the globe. The event featured a stellar panel of 12 outstanding High School students who had gained admissions to several Ivy and other top of the league Universities
“To create a culture and feeling of community that appeals to every volunteer”, answers Ashwini Kumar, Vibha’s Director of Volunteer Relations, to my question on what she plans to achieve during her 3 year tenure in this new executive role. Ashwini is one-of-a-kind in that she puts her volunteering commitment alongside her topmost priorities, spending almost the same number of hours on her Vibha executive responsibilities