INTRODUCTION



Education is empowerment. Education gives us hope. Education has the power to uplift not only individuals but the entire world. In today’s world, good education is not always accessible to the underprivileged in our society. There is tremendous potential and talent in these children, all they need is access to good education. At the Sitare Foundation, we believe in providing access to high quality education to the most talented underprivileged children in our society. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

WHY US



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250+ Students Strong

Project Hope is our first project in our philanthropic journey. Starting in the beautiful city of Jodhpur, India, this project aims to identify the most deserving, under-privileged children, and provide them with a great education through scholarships to attend the best schools in the city. Project Hope is now running in four cities, Bhopal, Indore, Jaipur, and Jodhpur, and has over 250 students, our “Hope Scholars.

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Why Project Hope?

India has a dichotomy in its education system. According to the ninth Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), three in four children of ages six to fourteen go to the government schools. Given the sheer scale of the student population the government run schools in India face unique challenges in delivering quality education to the masses.

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How?

India does have a network of private schools in every city which strive to deliver higher quality education to children. Unfortunately this is only accessible to the privileged few in the country. Project Hope identifies the most talented under-privileged children, and alongside giving them scholarships to attend these private schools.

FOUNDERS



SHILPA AND AMIT SINGHAL

Our founders Shilpa and Amit have been passionate about education as far back as they can remember.

Both Shilpa and Amit have directly experienced the transformative effects of education. Their families’ lives have been changed over generations, all because of good education.

Shilpa is a Physicist and a Computer Scientist with degrees from State University of New York (Binghamton) and Cornell University. Her family’s known journey starts four generation back from humble beginnings. Her great-grandfather was a sweet (dessert) vendor with little education. Education pulled her family out of hardships, and her grandfather and father both became Engineers. She worked as a software engineer for many years, before deciding to devote her time to family and philanthropy.

Amit Singhal is known as the man behind Google search. Amit led Google search for over fifteen years (2000-2016). His family story is also that of education. Amit’s great grandfather, Mr. Shiv Gupta was a person of few means. He had very little education, and made his living by repairing bicycle punctures (flat tires) on a roadside in a temporary shop, which was all of four bamboo sticks and a tarp. Again, successive generations’ emphasis on education resulted in Amit’s father becoming an engineer, and Amit getting a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell. After fifteen years of leading Google search, Amit, with Shilpa, decided to give back to his community through the Sitare Foundation.


Shilpa and Amit Singhal

FOUNDERS



SHILPA AND AMIT SINGHAL

Our founders Shilpa and Amit have been passionate about education as far back as they can remember.

Both Shilpa and Amit have directly experienced the transformative effects of education. Their families’ lives have been changed over generations, all because of good education.


Shilpa and Amit Singhal

Shilpa is a Physicist and a Computer Scientist with degrees from State University of New York (Binghamton) and Cornell University. Her family’s known journey starts four generation back from humble beginnings. Her great-grandfather was a sweet (dessert) vendor with little education. Education pulled her family out of hardships, and her grandfather and father both became Engineers. She worked as a software engineer for many years, before deciding to devote her time to family and philanthropy.

Amit Singhal is known as the man behind Google search. Amit led Google search for over fifteen years (2000-2016). His family story is also that of education. Amit’s great grandfather, Mr. Shiv Gupta was a person of few means. He had very little education, and made his living by repairing bicycle punctures (flat tires) on a roadside in a temporary shop, which was all of four bamboo sticks and a tarp. Again, successive generations’ emphasis on education resulted in Amit’s father becoming an engineer, and Amit getting a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell. After fifteen years of leading Google search, Amit, with Shilpa, decided to give back to his community through the Sitare Foundation.

THE SECRET SAUCE



We have learned a lot about working with bright underprivileged children in the two years we’ve run Project Hope. We improvise as we learn, and the learning continues. Here are a few things we’ve learned and how we’ve improvised to make our program more effective.

Slow intergation

SLOW INTEGRATION

Female child education

FEMALE CHILD EDUCATION

parents touch points

PARENTS TOUCH POINTS

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 Secret Sauce

THE SECRET SAUCE



Secret sauce

We have learned a lot about working with bright underprivileged children in the two years we’ve run Project Hope. We improvise as we learn, and the learning continues. Here are a few things we’ve learned and how we’ve improvised to make our program more effective.

Slow intergation

SLOW INTEGRATION

Female child education

FEMALE CHILD EDUCATION

Parents touch points

PARENTS TOUCH POINTS

Read More