In the year 2003, 165 children from marginalized families started a new chapter in life, huddled together on a small roof-top in a school in Rajendranagar,Bengaluru. Today, with four schools (Jayanagar, Koramangala, Sahakarnagar and Nandini Layout) and one junior college, Parikrma Humanity Foundation continues to offer high quality education, hope and support to thousands of children from four orphanages and over 71 slums in the city.
In Sanskrit, the word Parikrma means a circle. At Parikrma we call this a journey of transformation – or ‘The Circle of Life’. We support each of our children right from 5 years old until they are an active and contributing member of society. Each of our children is support right from age 5 to 25. At Parikrma, we aspire to provide quality education on par with privileged children. We prove that underserved children have the ability to do as well, if not better, when given an opportunity. We have the highest attendance in the country at 96% and the lowest drop-out rate at less than 1%.
Parikrma understands that a child’s family plays a critical role in their education and aspiration. Our Community Development Program works with families and the community. As of July 2016, 709 of our families have opened bank accounts, over 75% of our households have increased their earnings - including 190 fathers increasing their salaries by 10%, 16 fathers have moved from daily wages to permanent jobs, over 365 mothers have picked up new skills through various development programs. Through these initiatives, Parikrma has created an ecosystem that enables sustenance and growth. We have given the benefit of ‘choice’ to our country’s ‘unbankable’ poor.
Parikrma focuses on the real meaning of education and development. Through advocacy and proven case studies, we influence systems, policies and processes of education at both the regional, national and global level. Our way of scaling is to share our model and expertise with government school teachers through our Education Transformation Centre.
Parikrma Humanity Foundation has been awarded the Derozio Award for excellence in special education and social commitment. Parikrma also received the Governor’s award for exemplary social work in January 2007. Parikrma Humanity Foundation is now a chapter included in Cornell University and IIMB. CNBC Digitalizing India Award 2016 for the category of Digital Innovation in Driving Social Impact, CSR Awards for being one of the 50 Most Impactful Social Innovators in 2016.
Our graduates are leading change. A software engineer with Cisco Systems, an assistant chef at Hilton, a dialysis therapist in Manipal Hospital, a dentist, an activist and avid blogger, an actress in a regional TV show - a student pursuing law at the prestigious National Law School, biotechnology at MS Ramaiah... the list grows longer and diverse with each passing year.
We are Parikrma and these are our change makers!
Parikrma’s mission is to unleash the potential of underserved children, enabling them to live their life on equal terms and become valuable contributing members of society.
Reforming education in India has become a numbers game. Bigger, it seems, is better. But is it? The government, as well as most non-profit organizations, are working together to improve education as if it is just a statistic. They are addressing these huge numbers without addressing the quality of education. The statistics have, at best, shown marginal change. Is a child, then, just a number to be improved incrementally?
There is a huge gap that exists between those who get a good education at private schools and those who have access only to the sub-standard government schools and low-cost, poor quality private schools. This gap creates the inequality that results in the privileged few going on to college and getting meaningful jobs, while others simply drop out of the system. This gap needs to be addressed. And that is what Parikrma is attempting to do – bridging the gap by transforming the content of education.
We believe that it is because the poor have no access to high quality education, they are unable to break out from the cycle of poverty. Hence, generations of poor are condemned to live in abject poverty and despair. Parikrma, hence, is a catalyst for effecting fundamental change in the way people perceive education of the poor and the marginalized.