New York City is going to shimmer and bask in the glory of the joyful celebrations of Uplift Humanity, an organization committed to empower juveniles and orphans in India and help them gain access to education in order to lead a modest life. SHAKTI, a soiree, is being arranged by the organization on Saturday April 14th (at Distilled, 211 West Broadway, New York), to celebrate the success of educating and transforming the lives of 1,000 students in India.
Uplift Humanity, the New York-based organization, was founded by 16-year-old Anish Patel in 2010, who dreamt of transforming the lives of all those capable children who have been shunned by the society or their families for various reasons. He wanted to remodel their lives, ingraining it with a goal and a path that they can work upon and get accepted back into the society with an identity. This soiree is Anish’s way of celebrating his successful students, the sincerity of his organization that worked collectively toward a common goal, and the efforts of the numerous American teenagers who played a huge part in educating the needy kids of India.
Uplift Humanity’s mission is to use disruptive and innovative curriculums to empower detained juveniles and orphans in India to achieve their full potential through education. The organization’s goal is to ensure that these children successfully assimilate back into society and have higher career prospects once released, ultimately reducing recidivism rates.
It has been launched at four locations throughout India – Gujarat, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and the newest this year is in Delhi. Over the past eight years, Uplift Humanity has contributed over 250,000 hours of volunteer work and brought over 500 Americans to volunteer in India.
The organization delivers through three key programs:
The Summer Program: A yearly program in July whereby hundreds of American teenagers travel to India for an 18-day volunteer excursion. These students undergo a rigorous application process to volunteer in either of the organization’s programs in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Gujarat, and Delhi. The purpose of this program is to provide ostracized students in India with life and behavioral skills ranging from anger management to public speaking – taught by like-minded American teenagers.
The Academic Program: Perhaps the most crucial element of the on-site work done at the juvenile centers, this is a daily program where juveniles and orphans are taught English-speaking skills by local teachers. This program is intended to equip students with the right skills they will need to secure employment once released. By providing these students with these core-skills, it reduces the probability that juveniles and orphans will resort to crime once released, thereby building safer communities.
The Health and Wellness Program: Launched this month, the health and wellness program is designed to empower kids to learn about themselves and explore their identities. Lessons range from hygiene to mental health and are delivered through hands-on activities and games. The objective of this program is to normalize educating youth about complex topics like mental disorders and puberty, enabling them to be more mature and understanding individuals.
These programs are all developed in-house by Uplift Humanity’s team, which is one of the youngest teams in the nonprofit space. In fact, the average age of an Uplift employee is 26. Because the team is so young, the organization heavily relies on creative grassroots fundraising to fuel its programs in India, instead of high-net-worth donors and corporations like most nonprofits.
“I think that we have one of the most amazing teams here at Uplift. Our team comes from such global and diverse backgrounds that it enables us to develop effective state-of-the-art curriculums. In fact, just within 5 months of us implementing our Academic Program curriculum, we’re seeing results: students are now actually starting to speak English” says Founder & CEO Anish Patel
Let’s grab this wonderful opportunity to be a part of their happiness and joy and get to know more about all the zestful people of Uplift Humanity.
Purchase your tickets for the show here (http://bit.ly/2D2J4QP) and participate with the wonderful team of Uplift Humanity and get to encourage them in their endeavors.
For more information about Uplift Humanity, visit their website http://www.uplifthumanityindia.org/