We share with you a link to an interesting article which appeared in Forbes.com
On August 9, in light of its 10- year celebrations, IIMPACT was formally launched in Australia at the City Hotel in Sydney.
While IIMPACT in India has educated over 30,000 children since 2003, this is the first time an overseas entity has been established to further the cause.
The Consul General of India in Sydney Mr Arun Goyal was the Chief guest at the launch.
IIMPACT’s CEO in India Ms Nirmala Tandon made an emotional appeal for support via Skype video-link from the IIMPACT office in Gurgaon.
Read more about this launch in the full page feature which appeared in Indian Link
Give India recently launched the “First Givers Club” initiative with 50+ HNI families seriously inclined towards giving in Delhi/NCR. An inaugural summit was held on Aug 23rd evening at The Oberoi providing an interactive, outcome-oriented knowledge exchange platform.
IIMPACT was one of the three NGO leaders invited to participate in this event. On this occasion Nirmala Tandon, IIMPACT’s CEO, effectively emphasised in her address the following points about the IIMPACT model:
-100% of donor funds go directly towards the education program
– IIMPACTs reach into the most backward and remote geographies
– IIMPACT’s sustainability- the local communities are gradually handed over the responsibility of running the learning centres.
– Its continuous close connect with the girls beyond their IIMPACT years, providing them guidance and support as they move up the ladder of higher education.
Mr Ajay Relan, Managing Partner- CX Partners and a philanthropist and one of IIMPACT’s important donors spoke at length about his reasons for selecting IIMPACT as the organisation he chose to support over the years. He shared his IIMPACT journey with all those present.
Mr. Rakesh Bharti Mittal was the keynote speaker at the event. Ms. Anu Aga (Chairperson, Thermax) and Mr. Amit Chandra (MD, Bain Capital) were the key speakers at the summit.
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Some relevant words from her speech:
‘So let us wage, so let us wage a glorious struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism, let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first.” Visit this video link to hear Malala’s entire speech to the United Nations
IIMPACT has released a special report titled “Educating the Girl Child – Transforming Lives“.
With this report we wish to share with the readers, our ten years of experiences working with the most marginalized communities. These experiences have been drawn from our direct work as well as the studies, observations and experiences of our partners, donors and associates in the common mission of educating the girl child in some of the neediest rural areas of India. You can view the complete report below or download it from the following link.
‘Making a difference’ ……while
Officer ING Vysya Bank and Trustee ING Vysya Foundation, Mrs Manju Mithal represented the US based Katherine and Kamal Aggarwal Foundation. They all shared their respective IIMPACT experiences with the guests.
The girls had traveled far that day to share their personal experiences and their future aspirations with all those present. Village elders also spoke on this occasion, describing their gradual mind shift towards the importance of education in the life of a girl.
IIMPACT started its journey with 12 Learning Centres in remote villages in Alwar District providing free primary education to 360 girls – thereby making its dream to bring quality education to the doorstep of girls not in school, a reality.
IIMPACT has till date impacted approximately 30,000 girls across nine states – (Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Odhisa, West Bengal, Bihar and Uttarakhand. The girls who have graduated from IIMPACT’s learning program, with many choosing to continue with their education, are sources of great pride for their families and communities, as well as IIMPACT.
IIIMPACT’s mission is to impart education to 60,000 girls by the year 2015 – this would be equivalent to an entire district in India! The daunting 2001 Census figure of 52 million illiterate girls in India makes all of us at IIMPACT even more determined to make this mission a reality.