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May 25, 2018

U&I "Steps Up" for the World 10K in Bangalore

In just a few days, U&I will be lacing up for the World 10K Run in Bangalore. Close to 50 of us - staff, volunteers, interns and well-wishers - are going to be stepping up for the cause of education.

It would be safe to venture that most of us are not avid runners. In fact, some of us have never run before in our lives. But we know that particpating in the World 10K does two things - one, it puts U&I on the stage so we can get more eyes on our cause and, two, it helps us raise funds for deserving children so they can get a fair shot at life.

At U&I, we're constantly looking at ways we can step up our game. 

In the coming month, 200 of our volunteer leaders from across India will be coming to Bangalore for an intensive 3-day residential conference. The conference will include orientation on all aspects of our Teach program, from classroom management and curriculum to Flippen tools. 
We want to inspire and equip our leaders to be the change. We want to give them every resource so they, in turn, can effectively impact the underprivileged children whom they mentor.
At the end of the day, we're working hard to make sure that the 8-year-old child who is overwhelmed by her studies, who is told repeatedly that she will never amount to anything, who has never had access to a library or a computer is now affirmed, encouraged and believes that she has what it takes to live her dreams.
That's our motivation to give up our weekends to conduct a leadership conference or take part in a 10K.
It's not always easy. But it's always worth it.
Apr 10, 2018

It's That Time of the Year Again

In a couple weeks, U&I staff and friends are going to be putting on their running shoes and breaking a sweat at the World TCS 10K Run in Bangalore.

Our team has been busy with in-house competitions to get every staff member amped to run for a cause. Truth be told, we're not runners. Some of us are barely walkers. Some of us much prefer a cozy couch to the hard, unyielding tarmac. But all of us know how important this run is. 

This year, we're calling our campaign "Step Up" - because we're going to be putting one foot in front of the other for a much larger cause. Every donation we receive through the run is going to help an underprivileged child get a quality education.

We want to make sure kids like Rajveer get a solid foundation in academics. We want to make sure that learning is always fun for him, so he doesn't give up. We want to make sure that he challenges the statistics and beats the odds.

Rajveer is a kid with a big heart, lots of energy and a particular disdain for his times tables. That's why U&I tutor Rishiraj decided that simply reciting the tables won't work. The two played a game of cricket - with a twist. With every ball bowled, Rajveer recited one set of multiplication tables till he became a pro.

That's the kind of personalized investment we ensure at U&I. These kids don't otherwise have parents to tutor them or help them with academics. That's why we step in. 

Join us as we "step up" to be the change we want to see in our communities. We ask that you consider donating to this cause as we huff and puff our way to the finish line for the World 10K. Thanks so much!

Apr 9, 2018

A Teacher Who Just Keeps On Giving

Priyanka with her handmade teaching tool
Priyanka with her handmade teaching tool

Priyanka is a teacher by profession. All week long she works at a private school, teaching a class of 40 children or more.

You'd think the weekend would entail some time alone, maybe a break to put her feet up and relax a little. But Priyanka wants to share her gift of teaching with underprivileged children as well.

On the weekends, she volunteers with U&I at one of our Bombay Learning Centers, mentoring one or two disadvantaged children. Doesn't she get burned out? Not according to her!

"The 1:1 student-teacher ratio here gives me a change to unleash my creativity in newer ways," says Priyanaka. This last week, she handmade her own teaching aids so the children at the Learning Center can get a better grasp of the days of the week. 

Priyanaka is one of 1200 volunteers who give of their time through U&I. They don't just give their time, they give of themselves, ensuring that the children they impact grow academically and socially.

We're still blown away by the commitement of volunteers like Priyanka and thrilled to be part of a movement of building communities of change.


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