FAQS

What are the goals of the organization?
Organization has 2 goals in each of our adopted villages. They are

  1. Make sure EVERY child goes to school, preferably government school
  2. Provide personality-developing education which develops skills and values in students.

Please refer to Home Page for a detailed goals. 


How is the organization working towards the goals?

It’s been only 4 years since the organization is established. Yet, we are seeing significant results in many villages currently adopted in both goals. Af of 2016, we have increased student attendance by 61% from 256 to 418 in the 7 villages (8th is started). Academic performance also went up by 50% in students. Please refer to Accomplishments to see organization’s progress.


How is Earth Foundation different from other organizations?

Many organizations work with a goal of helping underprivileged kids financially by providing money and/or material and/or and some extent of working with villagers. While this is certainly helpful, it doesn’t address the root problems -1)  lack of awareness among villagers on importance of education 2) Education taught at school doesn’t improve personality/capacity of kids.

EArtH foundation is started with the vision of fixing education related problems in the right way – fix these 2 problems in a long-lasting way – rather than focusing on helping only few kids financially.


What does ‘adopting’ a village means?

Earth Foundation adopts a specific government school in a village. If the village has only 1 school, it works with the whole village (school and village), else works in the section whose kids go to the adopted school.

In terms of schools in the adopted village, we adopts the Primary School and/or Upper Primary School and Anganwadi (pre-school). We do not work with High School.

We works on the 2 goals once adopted until the village becomes self-sustainably developed w.r.t education. We works with the school at the ground level. The foundation recruits a local candidate with best possible credentials. The candidate teaches academics and personality development skills at the school daily either during or after the school or both.


 How long does Earth Foundation adopt each village?

The length of time depends on the village and severity of it’s problems, but it may take around 3-5 years to achieve the 2 goals in self-sustainable way.


 Why not open a private school instead?

Indian government spends a lot of tax payer’s money in government education system (Annual Education budget is 1 lakh crore Rs), so it’s best to make that investment count rather than spend private and nonprofit money on parallel education (private schools).

Earth Foundation uses the existing government education system and connects the villagers to the already existing school and anganwadi in the village. This is lot more scalable than investing money on parallel education.  


How much does it cost to adopt a village?

In general it costs upto 2.5 lakhs Rs (Approx. $4000) per year for each village. On average, it costs less than 2000 Rs per student. This includes the cost for both the goals. For adoption, it is enough to contribute 75% ($3000) of the total cost to adopt a village – those are the expenses that are strictly specific to the village, rest of the expenses ($1000) are common to all villages adopted.

  1. Mobilize kid’s family to change the education scenario of the family.
  2. Child’s real education (academics + personality development)

How do you know this model will work?

The model that we are following changes the education scenario in the whole village level with long-lasting effect. It’s been only 4 years since the organization is established. Yet, we are seeing significant results in many villages currently adopted, so we believe the model works.


 Can Earth Foundation adopt my village?

EArtH can adopt any village (in India) that meets EArtH’s criteria, which is primarily:

  1. Should be enough underdeveloped.
  2. Logistically feasible to adopt (accessibility, etc)



 How can I help (or How can I get involved)?

EArtH is doing hight quality work solving real problem in education. We need and deserve your support. You can provide monetary help and/or can help with your time or effort or ideas. Please go to Contribute page for monetary help.


 How long has been Earth Foundation been running?

We started in 2012 with 1 village. As of March 2016 we are running in 8 villages. Please refer to Adopted Villages page.


 How scalable is your model?

On average, it costs less than 2000 Rs per child annually, which is super-low cost which makes EArtH highly scalable. This includes the cost for both the goals below for the child.

  1. Mobilize kid’s family to change the education scenario of the family.
  2. Child’s real education (academics + personality development)




 How do I learn more about Earth Foundation?

Please go through the website and see if you get satisfactory information about the organization. You can always email or call us at the info in Contact Us page.


 How can I track progress of the village I adopted?

If you decide to adopted full or partial village, please contact us so that we can setup a channel so you get all the updates pertaining to your adopted village at enough frequency.


 Are my donations tax deductible?

Yes. Donations in Rupees (India) or USD (USA) are tax-deductible. EArtH is 501(c)(3) org in US and 80(g) org in India.