Greetings from IIMPACT !
With your support in 2013 -2014, we were able to reach out to a large number of out of school girls , with your support we have increased our footprint.
The strengthened support of our donors has enabled us to provide education to over 38,000 girls in ten states of India. These are the states where we still find a significant number of out of school girls.
Our sincere thanks to our supporters who share our passion for the cause of girl child education.
We are pleased to share with you our latest Quarterly News - link provided below.
We look forward to your continued support of the numerous girls who inspire and energise us by their personal journey of transformation.
With Best Wishes
IIMPACT currently runs 926 learning centers with over 32,000 girls. We continue to see the fruits of the efforts made over the previous years with your generous continued support. We sincerely thank you on behalf of our Board, staff, girls enrolled in the learning centres and the community that we serve.
The attached report is focussed on the Training Workshops conducted at our project sites, the emphasis this time round was on training the trainers.
We take pride in mentioning that a large number of our supporters took time out to visit their respective sponsored learning centres across our project locations over the last few months.
Our young interns, Ananya, Avi and Anvay have also been associated with IIMPACT and have been working with utmost passion and dedication. All of them in the age group of 12 to 14.
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We look forward to another successful and 'IIMPACTful' year ahead and thank you once again for your continuous support.
With Best Regards
Young Mirai Patel has been associated with IIMPACT for the last 5 years. It was Mirai who galvanized students while in Grade 4 in Junior School in San Diego to raise funds and support an IIMPACT Learning Centre. Their sponsored Learning Centre, 'Diegueño Daughters', has now been up and running since Mirai was in 4th grade!
Mirai’s support has grown with each passing year. Now in class 9 at Pacific Ridge School in the U.S., Mirai continues to inspire her peers. She has founded an organization of her own - “A Million Knots” and has raised funds to sponsor an additional IIMPACT Learning Centre!
” In A Million Knots, we make and sell bracelets to raise funds to sponsor a school in India. When I was in 8th grade, during Pacific Ridge School Fall Fest, we were able to sell almost all of the bracelets my school friends and I had made. We raised almost $600! I then raised another $1,100 for the cause at a community tennis event in Orange County with the help of my cousin Akshay Patel So now we have over $4000 needed to fund the school for at least two years. I am thankful that I have friends who have supported me along the way and parents who support and inspire me to give back” says Mirai.
We at IIMPACT applaud Mirai’s highly commendable efforts and achievements. It is truly inspiring to see an increasing number of youngsters take up IIMPACT's cause with great passion.
We look forward to your continued support which will help us in our mission to free more girls from the shackles of illiteracy.
Each year we look forward to young interns coming on board for a few weeks. Their enthusiasm and fresh ideas are always much appreciated. They never fail to form special bonds with our girls during the time that they spend at IIMPACT.
We are delighted to share below some Summer Intern Experiences from this year.
In the past month we were joined by a talented young girl from Vasant Valley School. Her name is Ananya Gupta and she is 14 years. She decided to work with IIMPACT as she connected deeply with the cause of empowering the girl child through education. Ananya is a budding writer and has already published a book called “Life: Opening Eyes”. She says about her book “It is a book of poetry on various occurrences I encountered from being a preteen of 12 to a fussy teenager at 14”.
At IIMPACT, she visited a couple of learning centers and has penned her thoughts beautifully. Through the eyes of a girl the same age as many girls at our learning centers, we hope that the stories she writes will touch a cord with everyone. She shares her experience of being associated with IIMPACT:
“It was an absolute honor to be given the opportunity and privilege to visit some of the girls and young women at the IIMPACT centre in Nuh. To come to terms with the beliefs in our society, yet watch them turn flexible through education is an experience in itself. Interacting with these girls, who are so determined to learn with high aspirations, inspires me to help them achieve their goals. Hearing from them in their own words and emotions about their days work, their interests etc cannot be matched with any report read otherwise. I have only met them once, yet I feel attached to them and sympathize with their issues.
Being a girl myself, I feel proud to see, and help perpetuate a change in the mindset of our people as well as make these girls self sufficient and independent.
I am delighted to contribute to a noble and heartwarming cause so close to my heart. I look forward to visiting again and bonding with my 60 new friends.”
Another young achiever to join us is Ananya Indwar. A student of The British School, she is just 15 years old but has many distinguished awards and achievements under her belt! She has won The Principal’s Award 2012-2013 and The Director’s Award for academic excellence in her school. A keen sportsperson,raveler, a high achiever in academics with a passion to serve the community, Ananya has joined IIMPACT as she was impressed with the work and felt that this was a cause close to her heart. She has had tremendous exposure to social philanthropy and has done a lot too. At IIMPACT she will be using her talent in Photography and making short films to take the IIMPACT story to a larger audience. She says about her first visit to an IIMPACT learning center:
“I genuinely never believed that my two visits to the villages would change me as much as it has done. Volunteering at IIMPACT has taught me that sometimes all we have to do is step out of the bubble we live in for reality to hit us. In Mewat, the little children touched all our hearts with the simplicity of their happiness and willingness to learn. They recited timetables, poems and stories all with infectious enthusiasm. What became increasingly apparent was their love of studying. At Alwar, all of us found ourselves with goose bumps as we heard the graduating girls talk about their dreams and aspirations. In those couple of hours, the penny dropped. I realized that we were all playing the same game of life at different levels. The girls were just like us, no different. At the sane tine, it was truly humbling to see how the girl-child project of IIMPACT had helped them develop, and given these talented girls an opportunity they otherwise would not have had. It was uplifting and liberating. It gave me a whole new perspective on the way I viewed myself and those around me; I have been sensitive to this cause for a long time, and this experience has strengthened my resolve and commitment to make a difference.
At IIMPACT, I hope to capture the inspiring lives of these girls through visual imagery, photographic portraits, videos and movies. I aspire to bring their stories back to big cities and show everyone what these girls desire, need and want.”
EDUCATING 25,042 GIRLS ACROSS INDIA - IN RAJASTHAN, HARYANA, BIHAR, JHARKHAND, U.P, ODISHA, WEST BENGAL, MADHYA PRADESH AND UTTARAKHAND
We would like to share with you that there has been significant improvement in the girl-child education in the areas where IIMPACT has its presence. In the last quarter, IIMPACT has stepped into areas described as “most backward” according to various studies and census reports.
As per these reports, the number of “out-of-school” girls in rural, tribal and indigenous areas is much higher. It is in some of these areas that IIMPACT has started a large number of their Learning Centers. We identified these new areas based on our knowledge of exactly where there is maximum need.
With help from our donors and well-wishers, we received funds from many quarters at this crucial juncture. Based on this unstinting support we were able to set up our Learning Centers in Murshidabad district of West Bengal where only 10% women are functionally literate and about 4 million people live under the shadow of poverty. With further support, we stepped into Pakur district of Jharkhand where female literacy rate is extremely low. According census reports, this area is the second most backward district of India. More support poured in and we started our Learning Centers in one of the most backward regions of Madhya Pradesh that is Sheopur district. 80% of the girls in this district are “out-of school”. This problem is further compounded due to a high incidence of malnutrition.
Such drop-outs and “out-of-school” pre-teen girls are a vulnerable group with a bleak future. Our donors and supporters understand this serious issue. With their support IIMPACT has been able to reduce the drop-out rates by bringing such girls to our Learning Centers.
Your continued support and faith in us literally means the world to girls who have never seen or been to a school before.
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