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As a lot of our jewellery gets made in India, we are very passionate about giving back to the community there. We give at least 5% of our profits to a very important charity called Pratham.
The charity was founded in 1994 by Unicef and the Municipal Corporation of Mumbai, all to support the education of children in slums in and around the city. These days, has helped over 36 million children, is present in 20 states and is the largest education NGO (non gorvernment organisation) in India.
They work with various platforms, including the government, local communities, teachers, parents and volunteers around India. Pratham also helps with finding work for those children they have helped, creating pathways to employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.
Pratham's flagship campaign 'Read India' was started in 2007. The reason for this being lauched was that more than 50% of Grade 5 children in India were barely able to read after 4-5 years in schooling. Although high levels of children attend school, India is home to 40% of the world's illiterate.
Read India targets children from the ages of 6-14 years old and sets targets for those children and for specific grades. They also use intensive learning camps to help and encourage them. Children are taught based on ability, not age, which is extremely important and a wide variety of books and materials are available at Pratham aided schools around the country. Read India has reached around 36.4 million children, covered over half of the total 600,000 villages around India and has 450,000 volunteers working on it to date.
Pratham Second Chance, is a project aimed at girls who have dropped out of school for whatever reason, offering them a second chance at the education they will have missed out on. 70% of students drop out of school before Grade 10 and the level of girls who do so is much higher. Pratham Second Chance is a 15 month programme, designed to help those girls. They partake in a foundation course, after which, they spend a week at an intensive training centre once a month. They have tutors who are local to them, who help them with their homework and lessons on a daily basis. This ensures they understand the work they are doing and keeps them focused.
Pratham Institute is campaign which houses specific skill-based education courses and entrepreneurship programmes. Currently, only a tiny 5% of the 250 million young people in India are provided with vocational training after education. With Pratham Institute, they are provided with information about work, access to training, certification of skills and provision of subsequent employment are offered. Currently, 90% of graduates of this programme find work after their training. For more information and to donate to this fabulous and extremely important charity, please visit www.pratham.org.uk. If you would like to run a fundraising event or volunteer yourself, please contact the Pratham UK office on email@example.com. We donate over 5% of all our profits to Pratham, see if we have anything you like!