Poverty & Education:
A cycle of oppression
Over 100 million children in India live in extreme poverty, ⅓ of all poor children in the world. They were born into a cycle of injustice and social discrimination. Girls, especially have very few choices. They are at-risk of sex trafficking, forced child labor and adolescent marriage.
Schools for the marginalized poor, when they do exist, are rudimentary and often struggle to get the resources they need.
We have an audacious plan.
Over the next decade, together, we can establish ten world-class academies. In a generation, the education system for impoverished children in India will be transformed.
Radical Transparency for
a Radical Solution
Our partners go through a rigorous due diligence process with our on-site Partner Coordinator, along with oversight from our US-based staff. The required audit includes financial statements, legal documentation, strategic plans and leadership profiles.
The Education Advisory Council developed a Core Competencies framework for regular impact measurement of teachers and schools.
Over the last 10 years, Dennis Mathew, TV Kunnil, and a core team of other supporters and champions, have been raising awareness and fundraising for important initiatives in India, primarily focused on rescuing women and children from sex trafficking and slavery.
Through these efforts to provide restoration and rehabilitation, the team recognized that education was one of the keys to breaking the bondage of poverty, injustice, and social discrimination. However, many schools for the underprivileged in India are underfunded and lack the resources to provide true transformational learning.
In the fall of 2019, they launched Bloom India with the vision to establish 10 schools in 10 years. Read More…
Bloom India Primary School
Bloom India’s Primary School, known locally as Divine Mercy School, provides quality education to over 400 underprivileged children. Most of these children come from the Dalit caste, known as Untouchables, and most are first-generation learners. Their parents are daily wage earners, who work at the local quarry, in construction, and as maids. Headmaster Gerard is the founder and visionary of the school and has dedicated his entire life to educating impoverished children to prevent trafficking, adolescent marriage, and forced child labor. We know that education IS freedom for this community.
The Darsha Academy
We are pleased to partner with The Darsha Academy, a Pre-University Course (PUC) that prepares resilient young women for leadership and community transformation through education and character development. Pre-University Courses are similar to an 11th and 12th grade in the US. It is required for students entering university, but is often unaffordable to low-income families. Darsha focuses on STEM-based curriculum, to prepare young women for studying in a math- and science-focused university. We are excited to see young women empowered and equipped to pursue their dreams!
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Dennis Mathew is also the Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Western New England Region (WNER). As the head executive of this region, Dennis oversees nearly 1.7K employees and all aspects of the residential and commercial businesses including sales, marketing, financial performance and customer experience. WNER serves almost 1M customers in 300 communities throughout New England.
Previously, Dennis was named a “Top 40 Under 40” executive by the Philadelphia Business Journal and Multichannel News and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania ‘s Wharton School of Business.
Dennis enjoys spending time with his family which includes visiting nearby sites in New England, exploring restaurants in neighboring towns, playing games and building Legos.