Did you know that just in Gujarat state in India more than 5,000 bright students every year give up on col- lege because they cannot afford it?
Since 1982, the Share and Care Foundation (SCF) has
been active in transformative work, particularly in rural
areas, with a focus on education, empowering women and
youth, and providing primary and basic healthcare.
In 2006, its efforts crystallized into unique signature programs, when it launched Educate to Graduate (E2G), a 4
year college degree scholarship, to support brilliant, and
driven high-school graduates who could not afford college
fees to pursue a degree in the sciences. And the results have
been positive and many dreams have been realized.
Dharmesh Guna of Surat, who scored 80 percent of the
points in the 12th grade (a standard much harder to
achieve in an Indian context), is in his final year, pursuing a
degree in technology with the support of SCF funds and
donors. His family annual income is $1,000. During college
campus interviews, he received a job offer from the Tata
Technologies Ltd, with an annual starting salary of $8,000,
an income his father would have taken eight years to earn.
Or there is Abhishek Shirke of Vadodara, whose father
earned $250 annually. Abhhishek often needed to relieve
his father at work. And yet, he earned 60 percent of the
points in his finals in mechanical engineering. Recently, he
received a job offering him an annual salary of $5,000 - 20
times his family’s current income.
SCF is supporting 720 students at different stages in the
four-year college cycle, while 100 students have already
graduated due to the E2G program. The program’s graduates are gainfully employed, their starting annual salaries
ranging from $4,000 to $8,000 - multiple times their family
annual incomes. Once through, they are able to help their
own siblings go for higher studies without having to rely on
help from others or loans.
This is the kind of work that prompted Drs Leena and
Nitin Doshi of the Doshi Foundation in New York, to assert
that ‘this program will
dissolve the barriers
that have been blocking the full potential of
a student and a future
leader. We are privileged to deeply absorb
vision and strategies of
Share and Care that are
To fund this effort,
SCF seeks to get $1,000
per year, with a recommended four-year
Did you know that
100 million children in
India do not go beyond
SCF’s Educate to
Success (E2S) signa-
ture Program will
education in 20 schools in seven remote states of north-
eastern India. These areas are hilly and densely forested
and are populated by tribes.
This is where we found Simran, who lost her parents to
malaria when she was 10 and moved to her aunt’s, where
she did household chores and work on their farm in
exchange for shelter and food. Today, Share and Care programs ensure that she goes to school.
The foundation aims to help 1,000 students by the end of
this year. Besides enrolling 500 brilliant students, it has
helped reduce absenteeism and dropout rate. It has helped
recruit highly qualified teachers to raise the teaching standards by using unconventional techniques such as field
trips and reading seminars. It has also increased the rate of
college enrollment and literacy in northeastern India.
Make a difference by donating $50 a year and/or $200 to
educate a child from Grade 8 to Grade 12, and $500 to fund
a two-year web development program for physically challenged youth.
SCF also takes special attention to address Women
Empowerment Programs for economic independence &
health services. Only 48 percent of adult women are literate in India, which is far below the male literacy rate of 73
Economic growth is the key to breaking the cycle of
poverty. Opportunities for poor women to earn a living and
providing preventive healthcare education and services
promise a better standard of living both for the present and
future generations in Indian villages.
Using a loan of $250 from the SCF-supported Grameen
Technique School, Rajani (now 35) opened a beauty parlor
in a village near Bharuch, Gujarat. Today she employs three
stylists and is expanding her business to a second location.
The school offers courses on marketing and finance skills
to help women earn a livelihood and support families.
Rajani’s daughter visits a neighborhood school and gets
education on preventive healthcare and receives nutritious
mid-day meals. SCF supports more than 12000 boys and
girls in 20 schools in south Gujarat and in the Rajkot area,
providing preventive healthcare to combat disease and
malnourishment. It also trains local doctors monitor the
program through the year.
Donations to SCF enabled 7,000 women to earn a decent
livelihood through 25 SCF-sponsored projects backing
SCF youth wellness camps help more than 1,500 students
in village and tribal schools every year. Visiting physicians
from the US examine them once a year and, teachers and
families are educated on preventive healthcare, hygiene
and nutritional needs.
Support women with $300 for a skill training course,
$1,000 for the micro-finance loan program for entrepreneurs, $200 to combat polio, cataract and provide preventive healthcare for a child, $350 for sanitation and hygiene
programs, and $5,000 for the youth wellness initiative for
Did you know India is ranked number 144 out of 188 with
an infant mortality rate of 52.91? (5 years average ending
SCF’s Healthcare to Unreached (H2U) Signature project
aims to help people in remote areas of Madhya Pradesh,
Rajasthan, Gujarat, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Orissa. Results
in Rajasthan have been particularly encouraging.
There is Madu Devi, 30, who was eight months pregnant,
when the community-based health team brought her to
the Health Center in Rajasthan. She had received no prenatal care until then. A mother of 3 children, she had lost 2
during delivery, and suffered two miscarriages. Her prenatal checkup and ultrasound revealed a fetus of 32 weeks
with no heart beat, indicating it was dead. After counseling,
Madu Devi and her shocked family agreed to have her
admitted to the facility and get the stillborn baby delivered,
thus saving her life.
There are many such success stories from this center and
thousands of sad ones from parts of India where such help
is not available. SCF hopes to duplicate this model center in
other villages needing our help.
SCF investments helped cut down infant mortality rate
from 79 percent per thousand to 0 percent in a year. The
infant vaccination rate went up from 13 percent to 55 percent. Of the3,500 patients who received healthcare, 1,350
were women and 760, children with 206 prenatal visits. 9
babies were delivered at the center. Besides, more than
5,000 people received healthcare education.
Impact the unreached by donating $50 for healthcare
education, $100 for the vaccination program, $200 for prenatal care, and $500 and more to set up a healthcare center.
31 years of empowering, enabling
and impacting rural India
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Girls who are part of the Help Her Learn and Earn Program
The Share and Care Foundation is transforming rural areas,
SCF argues that compassion should
thanks to its focus on education, women, youth and healthcare