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Mahindra, Chairman of Mahindra Group, started Project Nanhi Kali in 1996 with the objective of providing quality education to underprivileged girls in India. Jointly managed by K.C. Mahindra Education Trust and Naandi Foundation, the project has transformed the lives of over 500,000 girls across 14 states since inception. 

With the aim of helping girls complete schooling, the project provides them with comprehensive support including daily afterschool academic support through centres which operate within government school premises. An annual school supplies kit comprising of a school bag, stationery, pullover, raincoat, and feminine hygiene material is given to every girl, enabling her to attend school with dignity. Project Nanhi Kali has partnered with a leading EdTech organization to provide girls with access to a personalized, adaptive learning software pre-loaded on digital tablets. This AI powered software matches instructions to the learning level of each girl, enabling her to learn with understanding and thereby, improve her learning outcomes. The girls are taught English, Math and their local language from Class 1-10 and additionally Science from Class 6-10. Further, a professionally designed sports curriculum has been integrated into the intervention to promote holistic development. 


The project’s on-ground operations are managed by an all-woman team of over 7,000 Community Associates, who are recruited from local communities and trained to become learning facilitators and mentors to the girls. They also engage with parents and community stakeholders to create conducive, girl-friendly ecosystems. 


Aligned with the UN SDGs 4 and 5 of Quality Education and Gender Equality, Project Nanhi Kali ensures that every girl is given the opportunity to learn and achieve her full potential.


How Do You Go About It?

Project Nanhi Kali is a participatory project where you can sponsor the education of an underprivileged girl child. You can sponsor a Nanhi Kali studying in class 1-5 at just Rs. 5,400 a year, while for Rs. 6,000 you can sponsor a girl studying in class 6-10. Thereafter, you will receive a detailed profile of the girl you support, along with her photograph and two progress reports, updating you on how she is faring in both academics as well as extracurricular activities.


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