The Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of Canada
The Benefit Gala for Ekal Vidyalaya
Friday, December 1st
Royal King Palace
The Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of Canada is a registered not-for-profit charity organization that is dedicated to empowering the tribal and rural communities in India through education, skill development, health awareness, as well as through the learning of modern and productive agricultural practices and rural entrepreneurship.
Ekal Vidyalaya, which literally translates to ‘a single teacher school’, educates those children who do not even have the basic necessities of life, which we take for granted. In the past 28 years, Ekal has built over 56,000 schools and enrolled 1.5 million children. The recent endorsement by the PM of India, Narendra Modi, has further accelerated support for the foundation. And yet, the illiteracy rate in India is still 10% lower than the world average.
There are currently over 280 million Indians who have not received even a basic primary education.
This Charity Gala is an effort to raise awareness of this incredible cause to Canadians and help lower the illiteracy rate in India. As residents of this great nation, which gives us so much, we often take education for granted, while rural India still lacks access to even the most basic education. So lets join hands to help eradicate illiteracy from rural India to allow every child to reach their true potential. And since there is a strong correlation between illiteracy, poverty, and disease, we will be simultaneously eradicating poverty and disease as well.
This memorable evening will include delicious Indian food, Entertainment from all regions of India, live and silent auctions, and plenty of opportunities to meet and mingle with other likeminded community members.
To reserve a table or for information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sheetal Gupta at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.727.0149.
Where The Funds Go
The goal is to raise CDN $50,000 from this gala to build 100 schools in Rural India. What makes Ekal incredibly effective is that there is complete transparency in the organization, and a very small sum of money goes a long away.
$500 CDN is all that is costs to run an Ekal school in rural India for 30 children for an entire year! The school will be given the name chosen by the donor. 60% of the donation amount is spent on the teachers’ salary, 27% on teacher training, 5% on teaching material, and the final 8% on school administration to run the schools.
Once the donation for a school has been made, the donor is able to log onto the Ekal website to see in which village the funds have been allocated and the foundation encourages and helps facilitate visits to the schools.
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