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.
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
Bloom India Grade School
The grade school provides quality education to destitute children who are living in slums and impoverished rural villages. These children come from the poorest of the poor and would otherwise be overlooked by the rest of society and would be forced to barely survive. 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. The school has been successfully operating for the past 25 years and has been able to give hundreds of children hope.
Bloom India High School
Our high school is a pre-university in India which provides a quality tuition free program for underprivileged girls in India. Pre-university, similar to 11th and 12th grades in the United States, is a bridge degree program that helps students prepare for University but also dictates which type of professional course you will be eligible for. Underprivileged and impoverished girls are at high risk for trafficking, adolescent marriage and forced labor. Their families cannot provide the day to day necessities much less afford additional education. Often out of necessity to make ends meet, these girls will have to stop their schooling to help provide for their families.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Executive Director, Bloom India
Dennis is the co-founder and executive director of Bloom India. In this role, Dennis works with the board to set overall strategy, supports fund raising activities and drives programming in India. Dennis has been working with non-profits in leadership capacities over the last twenty years. He strongly believes that every child deserves a real childhood and his two daughters, Emilie and Micayla, have only deepened this conviction.
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.
Board of Directors
Jon George, MD
Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Director of Interventional Research at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jon lives in Center City Philadelphia with his wife and two children (ages 8 and 6). He works as a cardiologist and has been on several medical mission trips around the world including Haiti, Kenya, and most frequently to India. Jon is passionate about serving the underserved in healthcare, which has led to his involvement in various humanitarian projects. It is this passion that connected him to the mission and vision of Bloom India and he serves on the Advisory Board of the organization. In his free time, Jon loves to travel with his family and play sports with his children.
Jocelyn Kuryan, MD
Ophthalmologist, Partner at Vantage EyeCare, Bucks County Division
Jocelyn works as an ophthalmologist and serves on the Board of Managers for Vantage EyeCare, the largest ophthalmology practice in the Delaware Valley. She is a mother of three and a long-time advocate for women and children who have fallen victim to sex-trafficking in India. She believes that education means freedom for so many women and girls. Jocelyn has provided vision screenings on several medical trips to India. Besides performing specialty eye procedures, Jocelyn loves to spend time with her family and travel.
Johnson (Ben) Parayil
Assurance Partner, EY
Ben currently lives in Houston, TX, but is originally from NY. He graduated from the State University at Albany with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting and minors in Business Administration and Economics. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family & friends and traveling. Ben is a longtime friend of the co-founder of the Bloom Academy High School. He is passionate about education, especially for marginalized individuals. He is excited to serve on the Board of Bloom India and believes education is key to opening opportunities to drive sustainable changes for individuals, families and communities.
Chief Executive Officer, Managing Partner, Eventide Asset Management
Robin John and his wife Jaunita were both born in India and have a heart for the people in India. Although Robin moved to the U.S. on his 8th birthday, he continues to stay closely connected to India. In 2008, Robin co-founded Eventide Asset Management, a values-based and socially responsible investment firm in the United States. Robin serves as CEO and Managing Partner at Eventide. Robin and the founders of Eventide are involved in supporting various schools around the world, including a high school in Uttarakhand, India. In 2019, Robin and Jaunita, along with Tom and Leena Varghese, founded Bloom India High School in Bangalore, India in order to provide leadership training and an academically-rigorous education to high caliber young women from underprivileged backgrounds, and empowering them to discover their true identity, purpose, and potential so they can become catalysts for change in their communities. Robin and Jaunita have 3 children: Olivia, Christian, and Gianna.
John Kuryan, MD
Allergist, Managing Partner at Allergy & Asthma Care
John works as a physician specializing in the management of allergies and asthma. He is a father of three and is a die-hard Philadelphia sports fan. He and his wife have been long-time volunteers with medical and educational projects in India. Recently, he helped steer Bloom India’s brand and creative identity initiative. John is passionate about the work of Bloom India because he firmly believes that we can help end the cycle of poverty, slavery and injustice through improved access to education and healthcare.
Education Advisory Council
Christy Ware Biscocho, Associate Director of Mobilization for Teach Beyond
Winson T. George, PhD, DO, Physician at Mainline Health and Faculty for the Bryn Mawr Family Practice Residency Program
AJ Juliani, Faculty for the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, Speaker and Author
Karunakar Kothapalli, PhD, Professor of Physics, King University
Farzana Nasreen, PhD, Physics
Jooly Philip, PhD, Assoc. Professor, English; Chair, Dept of English, Trevecca Nazarene University