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Educate 175 Underprivileged Children in India

by E and H Foundation
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Educate 175 Underprivileged Children in India
Educate 175 Underprivileged Children in India
Educate 175 Underprivileged Children in India
Educate 175 Underprivileged Children in India
Educate 175 Underprivileged Children in India
Educate 175 Underprivileged Children in India
Educate 175 Underprivileged Children in India
Educate 175 Underprivileged Children in India
Educate 175 Underprivileged Children in India
Educate 175 Underprivileged Children in India
Educate 175 Underprivileged Children in India
Educate 175 Underprivileged Children in India
Educate 175 Underprivileged Children in India
Sisters Shareen (L) and Amreen (R) in UP, India
Sisters Shareen (L) and Amreen (R) in UP, India

Earlier this year, E&H Foundation along with its team of interns conducted the first part of its ongoing research study aimed at assessing the long-term impact of our programs and partnerships. It was a chilly January afternoon; when we had just entered the Bhikampura (Farrukhabad) locality for our weeklong survey. This included going back to the children from earlier batches of our program (2013-14; 15-15, 15-16 & so on) conducting interviews with parents, teachers and children as well as engaging with the communities.

The goal was to understand how many children are continuing education after graduating from our classes at Std 3 & 5, understanding parent’s perceptions regarding their children’s future ambitions as well as current education status. After brief meetings and quick rounds into the classrooms of ongoing classes, we began field surveys and interviews. Group discussions, community meetings as well as door-to-door surveys were also conducted

There were many interesting encounters but one was deeply memorable.  

Motivating children to continue learning/ Family that learns together, grows together

In the interiors of the Bhikampura colony, resides the Khan family. A chirpy little household painted blue and white where two families reside together. The family was one of the first we visited, as the children had been part of the E&H Foundation run the program (in partnership with Gyan Shala model) for 5 years. The three siblings Amreen, Shareen, and Arman were part of the Gyan Shala system and were eager to share their experience with us. 

All three (Amreen, Shareen & Arman) studied under the program from Std 1-5 and are all first-general learners. Like most families in the area, they too earn their living through Zardozi work. Their father, a Zardozi worker has migrated and works away from home in Punjab and their mother does the same job at home, part-time.

Learning to chase dreams of a quality life

All three children are currently studying in nearby government schools. Here were a bunch of kids who were extremely excited to talk about school, what they learn, and what they like. The survey and interviews were going on as per schedule, the children, mother, and little siblings all engrossed. Each of them discussed passionately their learning experience and how it urged them to learn more and study more.

Highly motivated and sincere in their work which reflected in their grades and most importantly acknowledged by the teachers as well. Their mother, Noori, was keen to see her children flourish and willing to support their education till wherever the children would like to study. She did express the difficulty they face financially, “but that would not weigh down on my children’s dreams”, she says. 

The children were zealous and aspired to move ahead in their lives. One of them is driven to become an inspector in the police, one a teacher, and many other ideas racing through their minds.

The commendable thing about their situation was that despite the strain they faced financially they still insisted that their children attended school and in case of extra support, even had the option of attending remedial classes within their locality.

According to the family, their ‘first school’ or E&H Foundation is where they learnt everything from reading, writing, to make basic calculations.

“Classes were held and taught is an orderly manner; the teachers always took a personal interest in us. A lot of our friends could not clear the entrance for Std 6 and that is where the classes made all the difference” – they said.

The involvement of teachers encouraged the students and especially parents to send their children to classes. Post Std 5, when the children wanted to enter into mainstream government and private schools, they firmly believed that they cleared the entrance due to the learning achieved in classes and the help supervisors and field team provided at the time of mainstreaming. This is also possible due to the consistent efforts of the field team, the parent’s motivation as well as the continued support our classes have received our partners. Fostering long-term learning outcomes and motivation for continued learning is possible only due to the persistent presence of our organization, partners and program in the colony, but especially in Bhikampura where the program is running since 2013. 

These first-generation learners are now keen to study further and achieve greater heights. Their youngest sibling, Mahim (5) is currently enrolled in Std 1 and is eagerly waiting to return to class as soon as COVID-19 related fear and outspread is controlled. In the absence of support from partners like you, there is a high possibility that these children would not have been able to access primary quality education or continue learning in the first place.

We are currently supporting marginalized communities to survive through these tough times by focussing on providing relief and rehabilitation to the most vulnerable 3000 families (including parents of children enrolled under our educational program who are currently out of work due to COVID-19).

The Khan Family at their home in Farrukhabad
The Khan Family at their home in Farrukhabad
The youngest member of the family - Ayaz (3)
The youngest member of the family - Ayaz (3)
Noori  with Arman (L) and the youngest, Ayaz
Noori with Arman (L) and the youngest, Ayaz
Noori with Arman (L) and the youngest, Ayaz
Noori with Arman (L) and the youngest, Ayaz
Mahim (5) is studying in Std 1 of our program
Mahim (5) is studying in Std 1 of our program
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All smiles; Raimi photographed at her house in UP
All smiles; Raimi photographed at her house in UP

Iram (11) and Taskeen (12) are both inseparable, whether in class or with the style of wearing their hair. Which remains intact with a middle parting, followed by two symmetrical plaits, symbolic of the bond both of them share.

The girls are the middle two sisters of the family of seven. They live with their family in Farrukhabad and have 3 other siblings. Their younger sister, Raimi (8), is currently enrolled in Gyan Shala’s Class III. The other two are brothers, Ayaan (2) and Fazil (16). While Fazil has never been to school, Ayaan, the youngest will soon join Raimi in a year or two, to follow the path of all his elder sisters. 

Their father, Ateer, and mother, Khairun Nisha are both trained zardozi workers. While Ateer spends most of his days doing embroidery work at the local workshop, Khairun Nisha does Zardozi from the comforts of her open veranda to support the household’s income. Out of her earnings, she contributes a major chunk towards the girl’s education, saving hard-earned pennies for her labour. Their eldest brother, Fazil also accompanies Ateer to the workshop.

Achieving what many only dream! 

Iram and Taskeen both joined our program in 2013 in Class I and graduated from Class 5 in 2018. Both, Iram and Taskeen have been associated with Gyan Shala for five years, prior to which they had never been to a formal setting or ‘school’ before.

From Class I, when they were starting to read and write for the first time, Iram and Taskeen have gradually progressed in their education, gaining more knowledge and confidence with each passing year.

“In the last six years, we have seen both of them grow, physically and intellectually. Both are very different from each other, but when it comes to studies, they are competitive and strive to do their best. They always make us proud”, adds Khairun.

In 2018, when Iram and Taskeen graduated from Class 5, the family, along with the girls’ teachers and supervisors, were all brainstorming which all schools to apply to. The girls had set their eyes and hearts on one of the best schools in the neighbourhood. They had decided to strive for the best and aimed to be a part of the Kanodiya Girls School.

After clearing the intensive entrance test, both Iram and Taskeen got shortlisted. Seizing this opportunity, they joined their dream school, which has further enabled free and high-quality education for the next few years.

Reminiscing their humble beginnings

Although, initially, the sisters missed their old life of 3.5 hours of classes and familiar friends and teachers. However, in the last two months, the girls have grown fond of their new surroundings, and look forward to walking to school each morning. They enjoy how the new school has uniforms, and a proper canteen, where they are served food, each afternoon.

Iram and Taskeen have both moved onto bigger things since leaving the community learning centre or Gyan Shala. While Taskeen is extremely shy and reserved, Iram is outspoken and enjoys making new friends.

Converting Challenges into Opportunities

Despite challenges, both girls have been mainstreamed into the system and are continuing their education. On recalling the struggles of mainstreaming the girls, Khairun recalls how they were discouraged by some community members who believed that these girls were not cut out to be part of the league and should rather focus on ‘religious education’ instead of being part of a school. Although this extremely, the family was determined to get the girls the best education available.

Impact on the household

Although, it’s called just ‘Gyan Shala’, I know that the foundation they received in these classes is non-comparable to any other school I would have sent them to, which I doubt I could afford. We are extremely grateful that these girls got the right education at a young age, which has taken them to a great school like Kanodia in merely five years”, states a proud Khairun.

E&H Foundation is enabling quality education for many such children. By focussing on building strong foundational learning in the first five years of a child's life, we are ensuring continued learning where these children can pave their own path and move ahead in the education system and subsequently, in life. 

To support the education of underprivileged children in India and to chalk out more such success stories, donate on Give India Fundraisers for E&H Foundation 

Ayaan with his mother, Khairun
Ayaan with his mother, Khairun
Half a Household; Raimi, Ayaan & Iram with Khairun
Half a Household; Raimi, Ayaan & Iram with Khairun
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Three generations but only one first-gen learner
Three generations but only one first-gen learner

One Family, two rays of Sunshine: Following First Generation Learners in Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh

Sister duo Shifa (5 years) and Ifa (7 years) live with their mom, dad and grandparents in Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh. Their family is a traditional Muslim family, with deep cultural values and a progressive mindset. Shifa is currently enrolled in Std 2 and joined our program a year ago, when she started studying for the first time in her life, making her the first generation learner of her family.

Her favorite subject is English and hopes to be fluent in it one day. Being a first-generation learner in the family, Shifa is still adjusting to her new routine and has even made new friends in school in the past one year, whom she looks forward to meeting every day.

On some days, she is, however a bit reluctant to go to school and often has new tricks up her sleeve every morning to skip school but her grandmother Jameela is very active in making sure her granddaughters get good education even if that means bribing them with candy sometimes.

Shifa is the youngest one in her family and also the most loved one especially by her Badi Ammi (Grandmother). Shifa’s teacher, Nisha claims Shifa to be a shy student who mostly keeps to herself. However, according to Jameela, she is the life of their house and keeps everyone on their toes with constant chatter. Jameela often is the one who drops and picks up Shifa from her class and often is regular with taking her feedback from Nisha, Shifa’s class teacher.

Ifa, the older one on the other hand is calm and soft spoken. Until last year, she was also studying in the 1st standard of Blue Dart supported classes but now has been mainstreamed into one of the private schools close by. Her school is a kilometer away from her house, so her father drops her every morning while going to his Kaarkhaana (workshop). According to Ifa, she did face a few difficulties in the beginning at her new school but enjoys going to the school now, so much so that she wakes up every morning without any alarm.

The family has one goal - Educating the Girls 

The girls’ father, Raees, is the eldest of 3 brother and 2 sisters. His father was the sole earner in his family, so due to financial constraints, he couldn’t study much and had to help out the family financially. Currently, him and his brothers are all involved in Zardozi work and earn an average of Rs. 8000 each.

The girls’ mother, Irfaana only studied till class 8 and is a housewife now. However, now she realizes the importance of education in one’s life, that is why she constantly motivates her daughters to study well. Every evening, she helps them with homework and on days they don’t have homework, Irfaana revises with them the topics that were done in class that day.

The Siddiqui’s have high hopes for their daughters in the future. They motivate them to be serious towards their education as well as have fun with their friends. They realize that they lacked receiving a ‘quality education’ in their life and want to make sure their daughters have it all.

In the absence of our ongoing program, there is high probability that both Shifa and Ifa would not have been able to access quality education in their localities in the last two years.

In the long run, more support is needed from like-minded individuals and organizations to advance our efforts of reaching out to more such first-generation learners and households in the state of Uttar Pradesh. We aim to support the education of 1 Lakh students in the next five years. 

In the academic year 2019-20, we are supporting the education of about 7500 students in partnership with high impact and proven models. You can also become a part of their journey. To know more about our work, visit https://enhfoundation.in/ 

Please note that disbursements to this project from GlobalGiving are facing substantial delays. If you wish to contribute towards the cause of quality education of underprivileged children in India, you can visit Our Give India Campaign

Shifa (Left) and Ifa (Right) clicked at their home
Shifa (Left) and Ifa (Right) clicked at their home
Shifa & Jameela : At home (above) In class (below)
Shifa & Jameela : At home (above) In class (below)
Raees showcasing his Zardozi skills at his home
Raees showcasing his Zardozi skills at his home
The girls adore their grandfather and it shows
The girls adore their grandfather and it shows
The Siddiqui Family clicked at their house in UP
The Siddiqui Family clicked at their house in UP
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Rohit, Mohit & Shobhit - First Generation learners
Rohit, Mohit & Shobhit - First Generation learners

Rohit, a 10-year-old boy, lives in Farrukhabad and studies in Std 3. In a narrow lane of a small village, rests Rohit’s house. A quiet, brick-walled structure, painted all white, calm and peaceful, just like the family inhabiting it themselves.

Rohit is a quiet, laborious and a sensitive child. He loves taking care of his younger siblings. His younger brother Mohit is 8 years old and also studies in Std 2 in GyanShala. The youngest brother, Shobhit is 3 years old and according to their mother, Poonam, is the most notorious of the lot.

Rohit and Mohit’s association with Gyanshala has not failed to run off on the youngest brother. Shobhit can easily count till 10, both in Hindi and English, thanks to his brothers.

Poonam (37) has studied till Class 2 herself and can read basic Hindi easily. She takes pride is being able to sign Rohit’s report cards every year. Poonam says that Rohit prefers our classes to the government school he dropped out of only after a year, three years back. Rohit’s ill-health was also a factor in his dropping out of school, along with his lack of interest in education back then. Since he started coming to E&H Foundation run classes, Rohit has become more sincere with his education and his attitude towards studying has dynamically shifted.

According to his class teacher, Miss Deepali, Rohit is sincere and thoroughly enjoys studying Maths and Language, especially English, which is her favorite subject. His attendance for the academic year 2018-2019 was 90% and he scored 317/320 in his final year-end examinations that were held in March 2019. Rohit credits his outstanding performance to his teacher and his family, who are supportive of his needs and allow him to pursue his studies thoroughly.

Poonam says, “Rohit has been given a second chance at life. Being the first born, he fell extremely sick a few years back and we were afraid we were going to lose him. But now, Rohit has proved to be one of the best performers in class. Not only this, he is extremely considerate and helpful even at home”

Poonam feels she missed out on having a daughter but Rohit makes it easier for her. Rohit takes pride in helping his mother do the cooking. He also helps her in taking care of the house. Sometimes, when she does Zari work at home, Rohit fills the water with his dad. He also takes care of his youngest brother, often roaming around the house carrying the little one on his shoulders. Sometimes, even studying and doing his homework through that. 

When asked how Poonam feels about Rohit going to GyanShala, she said, “Rohit is extremely intelligent and also gifted. But the biggest change we have seen is his unaverred commitment towards his studies on a daily basis and his enhanced ability to do calculations on the go, whether we send him to buy groceries or just milk.

Rohit's father, Sushil (40) is a zardozi worker and earns somewhere between 4000-6000 on a monthly basis. For them, education is not only important but imperative for the boys to grow up in a world of opportunities unlike themselves. Rohit’s parents are aware of the importance of quality education and have high expectations for him and his future. This increased awareness is also due to the effort of our field officers and supervisors, who tirelessly work with the parent community to encourage them to send children to class and be more involved with their studies, even if it means, simply instructing them to do their homework.

In 2019-2020, E&H Foundation is supporting the education of 7500 children like Rohit in partnership with two uniquely successful models - ESO's Gyanshala classes and Bharti Fouundation schools. 

We are grateful for our supporters and our partners at Global Giving for their continued encouragement towards our work. You can also join us in our quest of enabling brighter futures for these kids. Visit Our Project Page and Change a Life !

Rohit is one of the top performers in his class
Rohit is one of the top performers in his class
Rohit walking home post class with his best friend
Rohit walking home post class with his best friend
Rohit's mother, Poonam cooking for the boys
Rohit's mother, Poonam cooking for the boys
Poonam does Zari work at home for extra income
Poonam does Zari work at home for extra income
Poonam takes pride in her children's education
Poonam takes pride in her children's education
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Our mission is to impact 1 Lakh children by 2025
Our mission is to impact 1 Lakh children by 2025

In the academic year 2018-2019, E&H Foundation supported the education of ~7000 children through the GyanShala and Bharti Foundation models in the state of Uttar Pradesh from Std 1-5.

Of this, approximately 6200 children are covered under the GyanShala model in Farrukhabad and Lucknow districts and 720 students are supported through 3 operational Bharti schools in Farrukhabad from Std 1-5.

From a Participant to a Leader: The Unrivalled Joy of Giving Together

We started this project in September 2018 and have steadfastly moved on from a project leader to a superstar partner, all because of our supporters. We are now one of the top ranked organizations on Global Giving, thanks to the unwavering support from our donors and socially conscious individuals all over the globe.

So far, our project has raised $8581 and has made 64 new friends, all united for a good cause. Their recurring support and collective effort of supporting the education of children has enabled new horizons for E&H Foundation.

Reminiscing the Year That Was: Overview of our Primary Program in U.P.

Under the Primary Education Program in association with Gyanshala, E&H Foundation ran a total of 217 classes covering 5736 students from Class 1-3 in Farrukhabad and Lucknow in the year 2018-2019. 50% of our students under the program are girls. This is extremely good given the average % of girls in private and government schools in UP is much below 50%

Of these 5736 students in Uttar Pradesh, coverage in Farrukhabad is through 138 classes supporting the education of 3676 students and coverage in Lucknow is through 79 classes supporting the education of 2060 students from Std 1-3.

Your Support is Our Strength: This is What You Helped Us Acheive

  • We ran a total of 217 classes in over 100 localities (57 in Farrukhabad and 47 in Lucknow)
  • These classes are held in the poorest sections of UP, India and 80% of our students are first generation learners.
  • 50% of the children under our program are girls.
  • Average student per class in both districts is 26.
  • We enabled reading, writing and arithmetic abilities at the foundation level for ~7000 children (5736 from Std 1-3) and supported their education in 2018-2019.
  • We worked with marginalized families and encouraged them to send their children to classes regularly.
  • We maintained average attendance of 70% in all our classes. This good attendance is attained due to significant efforts made by project teachers and supervisors throughout the year, in motivating parents regarding the importance of attending classes for improved child performance.
  • Year- end assessments were conducted in the month of March 2019 in all the four subjects i.e. English, Hindi, Mathematics and projects. Exams were conducted in all the 138 classes being run in Farrukhabad, Of the total 3676 students enrolled in these classes, 86% of the students gave exams.
  • 66% students scored between 80% and 100% marks and only 4% sored below 40%.
  • Overall learning level of the students has been consistently good. Performance of each student was shared in the annual parents’ meetings. Report cards were handed over to all students and the graduated batches were enrolled into Class 2,3, and 4.

We Continue Writing Stories of Success: The Way Forward

I am delighted to report that one of our third graders, among many others, became the first in his family to ever read and write. Priyank* (name changed) has exceptional aptitude for logic and reasoning. He is an acknowledged scholar of his class, often finding his own way to solve questions, always challenging the status-quo in class. Priyank’s parents have never been to a school. His mother is a house wife and father is a wage labourer, earning somewhere between 200-250 per day.

Being the only one in his family to read and write efficiently in Hindi, Priyank can often be spotted reading the daily news to his family from the local newspaper. He feels that E&H Foundation classes have given him a lot of confidence and have made his base stronger than most of his friends in the basti. (slum). 

At present 60% of students in U.P cannot read words as yet. In such a scenario, this video of him reading the newspaper is a testament to the good work we are doing and results that we are trying to achieve.

In the absence of support from our donors, there is high probability that Priyank would not have achieved these strong foundational standards and would have dropped out of school years before he reached this level of learning. In the academic year 2019-2020, E&H Foundation aims to support the education of 7500 children like Priyank in the most dismal sections of India. I hope that you will continue being a part of our journey and keep engaging with our project in this new academic year. 

Year-end papers being checked in Farrukhabad Mar19
Year-end papers being checked in Farrukhabad Mar19
66% of students that gave exams scored b/w 80-100%
66% of students that gave exams scored b/w 80-100%
Priyank becomes first in his family to read&write
Priyank becomes first in his family to read&write
Home Visit:Field officer shares a moment w Priyank
Home Visit:Field officer shares a moment w Priyank
Proud parents pose with their kids post results
Proud parents pose with their kids post results
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