Educational Institutions

Pardada Pardadi Educational Society Inc

  • Kennett Square, PA
  • www.education4change.org

Mission Statement

Pardada Pardadi is a non-profit organization that has established a sustainable model for rural development through education, employment and empowerment of girls and women.

Our mission is to impart "value-based education" to the girls, which facilitates them to become economically and socially enlightened women. This in turn will create a society where all children will have an opportunity to grow to their fullest potential. A unique approach of education through academic, value-based, and skill-based education allows PPES to address the interrelated issues of poverty, gender-bias, and education in India.

Main Programs

  1. Primary and Secondary Education
  2. Primary and Secondary Education
  3. Community Heath and Hygiene
  4. Healthcare
  5. Solar Lantern Project
  6. Rags-to-Pads Project
  7. Women' Self Help Groups

ruling year

2003

Founder, Chairman of the Board

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Mr. Virendra (Sam) Singh

CEO

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Ms. Renuka Gupta

Keywords

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India, girls, women, education, vocation, empowerment, school, economic, textile, sustainable, rural, rights, poverty, illiteracy, healthcare, community, development

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EIN

43-2001162

 Number

4774571695

Physical Address

9291 Briary Lane

Fairfax, VA 22031

Also Known As

PPES

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Employment Training (J22)

Women's Rights (R24)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Our goal is to empower girls and women with education, health and employment to create the opportunity for a productive life in society. The challenges are the centuries old traditions of no education for girls, no healthcare availability, no alternative to manual labor, servitude, child marriages, malnutrition and no voice for women in society.

PPES's impact over the past 12 years has been remarkable. Each day over 1200 girls receive 3 nutritious meals, access to healthcare, education, the promise of a job or higher education upon graduation and, above all, a safe and supportive environment in which to flourish. Our approach is a model to be replicated throughout rural India on how women can advance in society as we see first hand how our graduates postpone getting married, are inspired to achieve and empowered to demand human rights.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Primary and Secondary Education

PPES runs a school for girls of families who earn less than 400 rupees (US$8) a month in Anoopshahr, India. Because these girls are economically disadvantaged, their parents are resistant to letting their daughters leave home during the day when they are usually obligated to contribute to the family's livelihood through chores and other work.

The school opened with 46 girls in 2000. Today there are 1278 students , ranging in age from 4-19(there are 4 separate schools-preschool, 2 elementary schools and an Upper school-Class 6 to 12). This school receives no government support, with all funding coming through private individuals, foundations and corporations. There are now 4000 girls on the school waiting list. Pardada Pardadi was started as a vocational school, with girls being guaranteed jobs upon graduation. This June, all 28 graduates passed testing to graduate. 24 of these girls have gone on for higher education, in computer technology, nursing school, and hospitality school. These girls demonstrate the progress made in just 12 years of the school.

PPES uses holistic education as a means for bringing about a change in the lives of the students to address both economic and gender disparities at home and in society.

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Program 2

Primary and Secondary Education

PPES operates 4 schools attended by over 1200 girls. Our primary focus is to empower girls and women from the poorest sections of society with education and employment opportunities or higher education. Our schools provide, classroom teaching, meals, transportation, uniforms, healthcare, sports and other development opportunities. Our target population is the girls from the poorest families and casts in the over 50,000 families in the community of Anoopshahr, Uttar Pradesh, India. This is one of the poorest regions of the world. Wome's literacy is less than 40% and girls have traditionally not attended school and women are marginalized in society.

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Female Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

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Program 3

Community Heath and Hygiene

A community toilet and bathing facility constructed by PPES is now such an overwhelming success that plans are now underway to double its capacity. Over 200 families currently use the facilities.This Community Hygiene Center is in addition to over 80 individual toilets constructed by PPES at student homes. These fill the need for privacy and hygiene what was sorely lacking in the community.

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Program 4

Healthcare

Providing healthcare to our students and the extended community is a major focus of the PPES. In the Fall of 2012 fall, we opened a Health Center at the school and hired a school nurse. PPES is the only school in the region to provide for the health needs of their students. A Hygiene program allows the girls to brush their teeth and wash with soap daily at school, reducing illness and spread of disease. In June 2013, a medical camp was organized with 25 US medical personnel participating through a partnership with International Medical Relief. The team saw over 2500 patients in 6 days. Due to the success of the program, IMR has committed to return in March, 2014. We are currently working on plans to build a much needed medical clinic on school grounds for the villagers, as there is no health care available in the village. Our partnership with Vitamin Angels allows us to provide Albendezole(deworming) to all villagers, as well as Vitamin A to all children under age 5. We are currently seeking resources and support in order to vaccinate our children. Leprosy, typhoid, polio,TB and malnutrition all affect the lives of many villagers.

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Program 5

Solar Lantern Project

147 families are participating in a Solar Lantern Project, allowing girls to read and study at night. This program is held in the very poorest village, providing incentive for parents to send their daughters to school. To qualify for a lantern, daughters must attend school and have a 70% attendance record.

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Program 6

Rags-to-Pads Project

The school has a Rags to Pads project, manufacturing disposable sanitary pads, allowing girls to stay in school throughout the month. Pads are sold in the village as well.

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Program 7

Women' Self Help Groups

1500 village women participate in Self Help Groups, receiving Health and Hygiene Education, as well as learning about, and having their own banking system. This allows the women to borrow from the money they contribute and not have to go to money lenders, who charge exhorbinant interest rates. A dairy project has created business opportunities for the women to sell their buffalo milk. A recent grant has allowed for expansion of the program, improving breeding and milk production, artificial insemination and veterinary care to build this program.

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our goal is to empower girls and women with education, health and employment to create the opportunity for a productive life in society. The challenges are the centuries old traditions of no education for girls, no healthcare availability, no alternative to manual labor, servitude, child marriages, malnutrition and no voice for women in society.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our strategies include:
    - Opening a pre-school to help adjust young girls to the rhythm and routine of attending school to greatly increase they chance of success in primary and secondary school.
    - Provide a well rounded education in Math, Science, English, Hindi, Arts, and History
    - Teach leadership and health skills
    - Provide healthy meals and healthcare
    - Provide incentives to attend school and graduate
    - Guarantee either a job or higher education upon graduation
    - Support the community via community development projects
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    PPES capabilities include:
    - Exceptional board and management leadership
    - Committed and supportive donors worldwide
    - Outstanding staff and teachers
    - Incredible students with unlimited potential from the poorest caste families of society
    - 4 school buildings and land
    - Community Health Building and land
    - Close ties and good relationships with leaders of the community
    - Office in Delhi
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    PPES keeps rigorous records of daily operations, projects and key performance indicators to track and manage our success. These include student and staff attendance, student enrollment, drop-out rates, reasons for missing school days, academic testing and scores including government standardized testing, number of student meals provided, girls attending higher education, number of local women employed by PPES, the number of students treated by school nurse, diagnosis and treatment, number of villagers using hygiene facility, number of solar lanterns charged, attendance of village women at Self Help Group meetings and monies collected. More qualitative indicators monitored include health of students, postponement of marriage, career options, standard of living and more.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    PPES's impact over the past 12 years has been remarkable. Each day over 1200 girls receive 3 nutritious meals, access to healthcare, education, the promise of a job or higher education upon graduation and, above all, a safe and supportive environment in which to flourish.

    There are now 4000 girls on the school waiting list. In June 2013, all 28 graduates passed testing to graduate. 24 of these girls have gone on for higher education, in computer technology, nursing school, and hospitality school.

    Our approach is a model to be replicated throughout rural India on how women can advance in society as we see first hand how our graduates postpone getting married, are inspired to achieve and empowered to demand human rights.

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Founder, Chairman of the Board

Mr. Virendra (Sam) Singh

CEO

Ms. Renuka Gupta

BIO

Virendra "Sam" Singh, former head of Du Pont's South Asia operations, was born and bred in Anoopshahar, India. He eventually moved to the US in 1963 to participate in the Masters program in Textile Engineering at Lowell. He spent the next 37 years in the US working and globe-trotting for Du Pont. After a successful career, Sam decided to take voluntary retirement from Du Pont and return to his ancestral village to give back to the poorest of the poor in India's society. He established the Pardada Pardadi Girls' Vocational School in 2000 to begin the rest of his life trying to alleviate the plight of rural india, or 80% of India's population. As of 2013 the Pardada Pardadi School enrolls over 1300 students and has established a sustainable model for how to uplift girls and women in rural society.

Governance

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Mr. Virendra (Sam) Singh

Pardada Pardadi

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