MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT
We at the EduCare Foundation believe that education is the best equalizer and a gift of education lasts for ever. With this understanding, we have been providing educational assistance to needy children since 1994.
In this age of shrinking world, unrest or inequity in one part of the globe affects peace everywhere. South Asia has a large number as well as high density of poor children. As majority of our volunteers understand the culture and systems in India, they are able to stretch every dollar for maximum benefit going to the children. We will be happy to share our experiences with any one intending to take an initiative in other countries.
We have also started to branch out and start a scholarship program in United States. A couple of years ago, with an intention to instill a culture of compassion and giving among our youth, we sponsored an essay contest among high school students in New Jersey, as a part of the ‘Vision of a Better World Conference’ held at the Seton Hall University. In 2012, we conducted a similar contest in the Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ.
In addition, in 2012, EduCare started a unique charity program of providing free computer education to children in preschool. It's belief is that as a community we need to end the Digital Divide where children from disadvantged background do not have access to computers and fall behind in computer literacy.
EduCare focuses on those children who are already going to school, but are in a danger to drop out due to grinding poverty and tend to get pushed in to child labor. We work with a committee of teachers to provide right educational support in form of scholarships, books, uniforms, desks, blackboards, computers, etc. We have minimum 30 children in each of our sponsored school. EduCare has also sponsored the education of thirty children of the victims of 2008 Mumbai Terror Attacks. These girls and boys belong to several languages, castes and religions. Many are physically challenged or orphans.
Helping the needy children for education in India through EduCare Foundation is inexpensive. About $50 supports one child for an entire year. With all volunteer workers, its administrative expenses are limited to stationary, postage, and regulatory fees. All fund raising events and gift items are sponsored by individuals. Many of our own children have dedicated their birthday and graduation parties to EduCare.
As you know, Fund raising is a challenge. We count on the generosity of our supporters who care for the most vulnerable children in this world. We can help a child to stay in school for one full year just for $50. I hope we can also count on you to help at least one child to break her or his cycle of poverty.
The power of your generosity can make all the difference.