Friends for Education
International (FFEI), formerly known as “Ambedkar Scholarships” is in
its 6th year of operation and growing leaps and bounds due to your
trust, support, and generosity.
With a strong belief of getting your continued support,
we are expanding it to the areas wherever we think we can help the
underprivileged sections of Indian society. For all our activities, please
visit our website at www.friendsforeducation.org,
In brief, currently, we have the following projects:
Scholarships: Scholarships to bright economically backward
Dalit children who are bound for college. Each Scholarship
costs Rs.5,500 or USD 150. To the mimimium, it consists of a cash award of
Rs.5,000, a biography of Dr Ambedkar, and a certificate of achievement.
(Scavenging Children Scholarships): Millions of children live
subhuman lives for the mistake of being born in a family that cleans human
excreta with bare hands for a living. Generations together suffer in the
same profession for lack of other alternatives, if they like it or not. We
are trying to help a few of them to get education and thereby to have a
human existence. We take the help of gross-root organizations working for
them to identify students from these communities.
Hands (Individual Help): Poor but bright children come to us
for educational help to do courses like Engineering,
Medicine, and Nursing; to enroll in coaching classes for taking entrance examination to various courses; to buy
books, a computer, and other school related items. We advertise these
requests our website and among our mailing lists. If a donor responds, we
help the student with the donations we collect. We also establish
donor-beneficiary relationship, if the donor desires so.
- Healing Hands (Help to Victims): Help to victims of caste
atrocities. Dalits are being discriminated every day for some reason or
the other. One in many are reported in Indian progressive newspapers. When
we come to know of any such ghastly incidents and if we can establish a
contact with the victim, we appeal for help. We deliver the
donated money to the victim through our connections in India.
Small loans ranging from Rs.3,000 to Rs.7,000 (US $75 to $175)
is what it takes to help a marginalized family to live an independent and
dignified life. We have been giving such loans to start small businesses
such as vending vegetables, open tea-shops and grocery stores, buy
buffalos and pulling carts to carry loads etc. The project is currently
running in 4 villages with 100% repayment rate.
Adoption: We have this project in mind for so long. We have
established relationship with a couple of good English
medium schools in AP. Through this project, we wish to help
children from 1st grade until 10th grade by
sponsoring children from economically backward communities. If any donor
is interested, we will identify the student(s) and pass complete details.
We expect the donor to give us a long-term commitment of providing the
costs of fee, books, cloths etc to the child he/she sponsors.
We give awards to people who made a mark on the lives of Dalits and other
marginalized communities. Award money depends on the donations we receive.
This year, we have decided to honor Mr Gaddar, famous balladeer singer
from Andhra Pradesh.
Though we are not directly involved currently, we helped
establishing a few libraries in Dalit localities in AP and they are very
successfully. I feel happy to hear the readership. The demand is growing
and we are getting several requests to start more libraries. We need
money, books, and equipment. If anyone is interested, we will
identify the location and provide complete details of the library.
Training: We have been thinking
of starting a sewing training to Dalit girls in a village in AP. We have
community hall to start the classes. But we need money to buy machines and
to pay salary to the instructor. So, if anyone is interested, we will
provide complete details of our project.
You can support us in any one or more of these projects.
If more details are needed, please send me an email.
How are we different from others?
Volunteers with similar
economic and social background run the project.
We update every detail of
the project to the donors on regular basis.
We publish all our
donations/expenses on our website.
We match the donor and
beneficiary in most of the cases and provide beneficiary information.
Scholarships are named
after the loved ones of the donor and CofA (Certificate of Achievement) is
issued with donor’s name on it
We have very negligible
We encourage our donor to
have a one-to-one relationship with the beneficiary by providing all details.
Currently we do not have
any organizational support. We depend entirely on individual donations.
If anyone is interested and have more questions, please
visit our websites at www.friendsforeducation.org,
www.friends4education.org, or www.ambedkarscholarship.org,
or write to me at email@example.com.
forward to hear from you.