Fellows by Category

Organization: SCORE Foundation

George Abraham is helping the visually impaired reach their full potentials. His Vision Enhancement Center provides blind and seeing impaired patients with the counseling, support, and training they need to function as independently as possible.

As thousands of children migrate annually from rural India to join the millions of children working in cities, Damodar Acharya is attacking the problem by eliminating the reasons for child labor. By investing in educational opportunities and putting political power in the hands of children, rural families are discovering alternatives to migration.

Organization: Adhyayan

Kavita is is fundamentally tranforming the way school audits can take place to become a powerful tool in the hands of every school. By placing the process of audits in the hands of ‘insiders’ in schools, she is shifting it from a process of scrutiny to that of self-evaluation and reflection.

Organization: NandalaWay Foundation

By creating a large resource base of new ‘role models’ or mentors for underprivileged children, Sriram Ayer is introducing the component of empathy in the existing education system and bridging the gap between a child’s perceived intelligence quotient and hidden emotional quotient. He is thus ushering in a systemic change in the way education is perceived and delivered to low-income groups and...

Organization: Diksha

Paramita believes communities living in red light areas in India continue to experience the highest rate of violence and abuse, not just because of external perceptions, but also because of internalized sights of disempowerment. By putting the local youth in charge of change, Paramita has completely stopped forced intergenerational prostitution and pimping in one of Kolkata’s major Red Light...

Samina is building an inclusive and accountable education system, opening up access for children to an equitable education irrespective of socio-economic status. To do this Samina is building a movement of students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and government officials who are demanding an inclusive education system through policy and implementing it through accountability...

Organization: Ujjwal

Already an educational toy designer and manufacturer, Anjana Batra wants to develop and propagate the use of a range of toys/aids which address the specific learning needs of children with mental, hearing, learning, vision and speech disabilities.

Organization: Pragat Shikshan Sansthan

Maxine Berntsen is an American-born linguist who moved to India in the early 1960s, settled in Phaltan, Maharashtra, and became an Indian citizen. She is launching a model preschool and follow-up supplementary education program for poor small town and rural children, and is beginning systematically to reach out from this base to the dispirited public primary school teachers. She's also...

Patricia Day Bidinger is providing health care and medical testing to the villagers of rural India, while launching a "traveler's aid" service that will help these villagers obtain sound specialized medical care when they travel to large cities.

Organization: Riverside School

Through her education curriculum and initiatives to build a healthy relationship between students and their community, Kiran Bir Sethi is changing the experience of childhood in Indian cities. Kiran believes when children are raised in nurturing environments, they in turn, create such environments for future generations and ultimately build a culture a citizenship between children and adults...

Working through state "remand" homes and citizen groups, Sohini Chakraborty introduces new and much needed techniques to rehabilitate girls and teenagers who have been forced into prostitution.

Organization: Pratham

Dr. Madhav Chavan has designed a low-cost, replicable way of bringing pre-primary and primary education to poor children living in the urban and semirural slums of India. His method for universalizing primary education has been adopted throughout the country.

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