The Association for India's Development (AID) is a US-based non-governmental organization that works to promote fair and sustainable development in India. AID supports grassroots organizations in India in interconnected spheres such as education, livelihoods, natural resources including land, water and energy, agriculture, health, women's empowerment and social justice. Since our club focuses on education we plan to support their education programs. The project that we would be most closely tied with is True. The project is located in the Gujarat region of India. They set up a hostel/dormitory style living for girls (6th - 9th grade) to give them the opportunity to leave their home and continue their education. Unfortunately for many of these girls if they continue to reside at home they will be strongly encouraged to leave school and focus on fulfilling their traditional role in the household. There is no tuition for this school network, and they provide free room, board and tutoring to the girls while they attend a government school.
The Hoshyar Foundation is a secular, non-profit, U.S.-based organization whose purpose is to raise and distribute funds in support of human empowerment through female education. The organization's primary mandate is increasing women's and girls' access to education in historically underserved localities, particularly South Asia and Afghanistan. The organization seeks to work with communities that have already identified a need to promote female education and to make its grants of resources according to articulated needs of those communities. The organization's efforts are directed to providing uniforms, purchasing textbooks, developing supplemental and other resources (desks, computers, chalkboards) as well as paying teachers' salaries and underwriting participation in teacher training programs.
Project Nanhi Kali was founded to provide primary education to underprivileged Indian girls. The founder, Anand Mahindra, believed that empowering the girl child with education would benefit the nation as a whole in the long term. Nanhi Kali began with the dual objectives of impacting India’s development through education of the girls and encouraging the nation to “give back” in a focused manner. The project selects girls based on multiple criteria including enrollment in government schools, family income, parents' educational background, social background and the child's aptitude. A comprehensive sponsorship is created to take care of not only academic support, but also material support including uniforms, school bag, shoes, socks and other essentials. The girls receive further academic support through a 1-2 hour class conducted before or after school hours called the Academic Support Centre. The Nanhi Kali team works with the parents and community to sensitize them on gender equity.The Association for Development of Pakistan (ADP) was founded in Boston in 2003 by local students and professionals. ADP is a volunteer-driven organization, and it aims to develop Pakistan by working with local NGOs. ADP focuses on education as well as healthcare, environment and energy. It is a non-profit organization and all donations are exempt from taxation. Some projects in education include Noor Lakhan Computer Lab, which is located in Ghotki, Sindh, providing 150 students with computer skills that are needed for higher education and future jobs. The Amir Public School targets the village of Kalaske in Punjab. Funding is used to construct classrooms and provide salaries for the teachers. As of now, ADP funds six classrooms from Preschool to grade 5. Also the Nilore Science Lab. Funding is used to run a science lab in Nilore Junior School located near Pakistan’s capital Islamabad. The lab aims to promote science through experiments for students in grades 6 to 10.