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SHAKTII

Educate. Empower. Edify.

Project SHAKTII is an after school program to empower girl students from underprivileged backgrounds. We at Shaktii believe in a hands-on learning experience that focuses on delivering a wholesome education to these bright young girls.
SHAKTII was conceived in the year 2015 to create a model for meaningful engagement of students in arena of learning and self-development. SHAKTII is presently making its impact in New City International school and Satish Haware Junior college, Kharghar. We have moved to a new location for academic year 2019-20.

We are proud and happy to announce that Shaktii has completed 5 years!

Why Shaktii?

India has an impressive enrolment rate in primary school but the rate drastically reduces especially for girls as they proceed into secondary school.

It is estimated that for every 100 girls that enroll in school in rural India, forty reach grade four, seven reach grade 8, nine reach grade 9, and only one reaches grade 12(source: Infochangeindia.com). Therefore, only 35% of girls reach the upper secondary level of education in India.

These stark statistics show that girls need support to complete their school education.

Our Vision

We at Shaktii, will educate, empower and edify girls from the underprivileged sections of the society of India through a quality holistic after-school programme.

Mission Statements

EDUCATE

Educate holistically through academic support and enrich their social skills, soft skills, life skills and sports.

EMPOWER

Empower girl students from underprivileged society by:
Providing vocational training for those who cannot pursue their studies beyond Std X or XII,
Providing financial support to bright girl students to pursue higher education.

EDIFY

Edify by motivating and guiding girl students to pursue their dreams, and providing a safe and healthy environment for them.




Objectives of Shaktii

01.

Innovation

Create academic programme and implement using innovative teaching techniques, inviting experts, and field visits throughout the academic year.

02.

Mentoring

Provide mentoring for non-academic programmes to develop social skills, soft skills, leadership skills and life skills throughout the academic year.

03.

Vocational Training

Identify girls who are unable to pursue studies beyond Std X or XII and provide and vocational training.

04.

Financial Support

Identify bright girl students and provide financial support to enable them to pursue higher education.

05.

Complete Safety

Ensure emotional and physical safety of each Shaktii student in the classroom and on field trips.

06.

Learning Environment

Provide a healthy learning environment.

07.

Role Models

Mentors to become role models to establish values like integrity, teamwork, punctuality and commitment.

Meet the Founder

The Force Behind Shaktii

Mrs. Vimala Nandakumar - Chairperson & Mentor

Shaktii was conceived by Mrs. Vimala Nandakumar in 2015 as a direct outcome of her imperative to create a model for meaningful engagement of students in learning and self-development, as well as her years of work as a Principal and Teacher in India and abroad.

Shaktii is for those girls who have fire in their bellies . It is for those girls who are waiting to conquer the world with their innate talent, hard work and charm. Shaktii is a platform for those young girls who may fade away due to lack of opportunities , awareness of their own potential or due to financial constraints or a combination of all. Shaktii has been my life's mission to bring opportunities to such extraordinary girls. They need a place to hone their skills and showcase their talents and given courage to dream and dream big. Shaktii itself is my dream . It has grown into a beautiful tree entirely due to the support and.contribution of people who feel strongly about women

Our Beginning

Where It All Started

Mrs. Ujjwala Haware - Trustee

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. When Mrs. Vimala Nandakumar approached Mrs. Ujjwala Haware for a place to start the Shaktii Programme, she immediately offered her a solution that would change lives for years to come, "Why don't you come to my school?". This started a revolution that attracted many Good Samaritans and Shaktii has only grown since then. She also brought in her friends to contribute towards Shaktii.

A true inspiration and a celebrity, she is the first woman realtor in Maharashtra. She has been instrumental in changing many lives for the better in the capacity of a realtor. We are eternally grateful to her for giving a launching pad for Shaktii.

Making them smarter

ACTIVITIES FOR 2020-21

21st February 2020
Farewell for IX standard girls
- On February 21st, 2020, SHAKTII said farewell to the IX standard girls. This is an annual tradition, as the girls graduate from their 2 years of learning, growing and blooming at SHAKTII.
- The 8th graders decorated the centre and welcomed their seniors. They even had a red carpet for them. A beautiful entertainment program of dance and games followed.
- Meher Banga and her team had arranged a sumptuous lunch for everyone and brought beautiful Jaipuri bags for all the girls.
- The outgoing Shaktii-ites also got a thoughtful gift from Shaktii, white board and marker, to help them practice their answers or sums
- Mothers were color coordinated with their daughters and Meher and her team made them do catwalk! They played a game of "how well you know your daughter"
- Some future Shaktii-ites had also come. They took the admission form for next year with a spark in their eyes and an anticipation to experience learning with fun
28th February 2020
Asian Literary Society Awards 2020
- The Asian Literary Society promotes Asian art, culture and literature. They conduct an annual literary festival to celebrate luminaries in these fields. Awards are given for excellence in these areas, as well as in Social Work.
- Ms. Vimala Nandakumar, Chariperson of SHAKTII was facilitated for winning the Asian Literary Society’s Award for Social Work and for the important work that SHAKTII is doing to educate, and encourage girls from underprivileged backgrounds.
- The event was conducted in New Delhi, where several other women leaders and entrepreneurs were facilitated for leadership in their fields.
- The awards were handed by the former Governor of Sikkim Shri. Balmiki Prasad Singh at the ceremony.
8th March 2020
Women's Day Celebrations
- SHAKTII was invited to participate in the Women’s Day celebrations organized by Stellant Communications.
- The event was “Pleiades Women’s Day” and took place in Navi Mumbai.
- The event was the best platform to show-case the work and progress of SHAKTII, whose core mission is to advance the lives and futures of young girls from underprivileged communities in Mumbai
- SHAKTII auctioned beautiful paintings created by Ms. Vimala Nandakumar in order to raise awareness of SHAKTII’s work as well as money for the operations of the organization
- The event helped raise nearly Rs. 60,000 for the work of SHAKTII.
April 2020
Resilience in adversity – Remote learning during the lockdown!
- When the whole country went into lockdown in March 2020 Communications, SHAKTII’s mentors kicked into high gear, and remote lessons were started on April 13th.
- A timetable was drawn in order to allow for different types of classes to be taught throughout the week.
- Between 6 – 7 PM on each workday, the girls received remote lessons, and readily completed exercises to ensure that their education was uninterrupted
- The girls completed exercises and received badges of encouragement to keep their interest going!
- Eventhough the classes wound down on May 18th, a few SHAKTII-ites expressed additional interests and received some extra lessons through the course of the summer
Year 6 - Founder’s Day
The Candy / Iron Anniversary
- On founder's Day we celebrated the beginning of 6th Anniversay - The year of candy / Iron.
- Due to the lockdown and social distancing regulations, this entire event was conducted virtually.
- Longtime supporters of SHAKTII, mentors, some ex-students, and even new students were able to participate in the event
- Mrs. Kalyani Basu kicked off the celebration with a brief welcome speech
- Mrs. Vimala Nandakumar announced that the scholarships for SHAKTII girls would be doubled in the upcoming year due to the crisis.
- Several students had created beautiful artwork during the period of lockdown, some had tried their hand at cooking unique dishes, and one girl had even written poetry!
- Shakuntala and Dimple were announced as the Students of the Month for May 2020.
74th Independence Day celebrations at Shaktii
Upcoming event on 15th August 2020
- Shaktii plans to celebrate the freedom of expression with some fun activities, games, dance and speech.
- Event will be attended by ex Shaktii-ites (Batch 2018-2019)
- Guest of honour for the celebration is Ms Mitali Rudra, principal of Garodia International School, Chembur
- Chief Guest for the celebration is Ms Suvarna Vast, Lawyer at Mumbai Highcourt


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Current Mentors

Kalyani Basu

I am Kalyani Basu and I am a Biology graduate. I joined Shaktii in December of 2016. My previous experience of Volunteering at The American International School, Frankfurt . motivated me to volunteer at Shaktii, where mentoring the underprivileged girls to believe in themselves and see them blossom into beautiful strong individuals has been the most rewarding experience. And now with this pandemic situation, switching to online classes is another learning experience that I am enjoying. So mentoring at Shaktii is not only satisfying to the soul, it is also a big learning experience for me.


Rupali Madan

My experience at Shaktii foundation has been more emotional than professional. Through the years I have worked with the girls, I believe I have not only seen hope but also the future of successful talented women at the foundation. Everytime I interact with the girls , I can connect myself to them emotionally and the fact that they are so dedicated towards growing and grooming themselves encourages me to guide them even more throughout their journey with me. When I saw the urge to learn in their eyes is when I decided that I would do everything in my best possible ways in moulding them into women with a strong will power and mental strength. Every interaction of mine has been based on the reality of life and how survival by keeping our dignity and self respect is the only solution to sustain in the outer world.


Priti Singh Roy

I have been associated with SHAKTII for the last 5 years, since it’s inception. Today, Shaktii has grown in scope and reach with a focus on high quality, low cost, and replicable interventions which addresses the lapses in the education system. With a mission of EDUCATE, EMPOWER, EDIFY, SHAKTII has addressed several issues. Their programs focus on education, vocational training, technology. In the last 5 years I have seen girls getting metamorphosed from tiny caterpillars to beautiful butterflies with their wings spread out to face the world with their beauty, charm, intelligence and a go getter attitude.


Aparna Saxena

Aparna Saxena has been a constant supporter of Shaktii. She was the first major donor who provided Shaktii in the initial years with stationery, library books and art materials. In 2018, she sponsored the scholarships for 19 girls. She has been a true contributor in spite of being based in Jakarta and has not let distance be a hurdle in her effort to enable the dreams of young girls at Shaktii. She is a dependable and a compassionate person, we are blessed to have her as a part of our organization.


Dr. Shubhangi Hinge

I have been associated with Shaktii for last 4 years as a mentor. Shaktii has a mission to educate holistically. Traditional methods to teach science were replaced with project based methods.The best part is girls are encouraged to take responsibilities. Healthy competition amongst them has helped to upgrade their skills. As a mentor every challenge at Shaktii provides opportunity to improve myself.


Lakshmi Ravindran

I have been associated with Shaktii for 5 years now. While I have been lucky to have grown up in a household, where education or its quality was not differentiated based on gender, there are many girls born in under privileged houses where sending them to school is considered a luxury. When I met Vimala Aunty, I could relate to her belief that girls do not drop out of school or stop education, if you give them support and guidance, in their most crucial years. Shaktii, was born out of this belief and it was something I wanted to be a part of. I am an ex-banker and now a fintech professional. I love being a mentor behind the scenes. I am extremely glad to be doing my bit for Shaktii to grow and create an impact in the lives of many girls. Every bit makes a difference and I will always be part of Shaktii's journey in whichever way I can.


Aparna Muralidharan

I have been involved in mentoring the girls of SHAKTII for the past few years. The girls and I have read poetry together, told stories, given speeches and played many word games. My goal has always been to build their confidence in reading, writing and speaking in English. This has been one of the most enriching experiences of my life. The girls of SHAKTII have taught me resilience, enthusiasm and an undying spirit to learn. The mentors of SHAKTII have taught me that anything is possible.


Shruti Ganapathy

The girls at Shaktii have been a joy to teach. As first generational school goers, each one of them comes with their own set of challenges. And yet they show their strength and resilience by taking it all in their stride. They smile when I correct them, laugh when we learn and glow when they’ve finally figured it out. I might be teaching them English but what I’ve learnt from them is life. I wouldn’t trade this experience for the world.


Asha Subramaniam

Asha is a gold medalist in Hindustani classical music from the University of Delhi. She ia performing artist having performed in various cities like Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai and has an experience of over 20 years. She is a graded artist in All India Radio. She has been invited as an examiner for various music examinations at Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, and has also judged many music competitions and trained many prospective singers for various reality shows such as Indian Idol, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa etc. She has performed at shows at Swami Sukhbodananda Discourse, ISKON Mumbai where she was felicitated by Bhajan Samrat Padmashri Anup Jalota.
Presently, Asha is working as a coordinator, senior faculty and business development executive with Shankar Mahadevan Academy where she is imparting knowledge to prospective students in the field of music.


Plans Ahead

Open more centres (in Mumbai as well as other metros in the country)

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT & TRAINING (FY20)

  • Training on public speaking by Geetha Poduval
  • Quizzing by Aparna Saxena
  • Story Telling by Aparna Muralidharan
  • Training on debating by a debating club from New York

FUND RAISING

  • tie-up with NGOs and Organizations to train X & XII std pass girls for employable skills.
  • Build a corpus for Shaktii and to also secure institutional funds for the next 3 years.
  • Pay honorarium to committed teachers.
  • Obtaining funding support from big corporates for the girls wanting to study beyond std X and XII.

BUDGET FOR 2019-2020

  • Shaktii has worked out a budget of Rupees 10 lakhs for this academic year and is looking forward to receiving donations to make a crucial impact in the lives of these underprivileged girls.

IMPACT STORIES...

  • Hello Ma'am, it's me Pranchal from New City Internaltional School.
    I just got admission in MBBS in Himachal. I want to thank you for supporting me.
    Thanks for believing in me. You are the best mentor!

    — Pranchal Sharma

  • Thank you Shaktii for not taking fees from us, infact giving us scholarships plus certificates. Thank you Shaktii for teaching Art, vocabulary, quiz games, technical maths, knowledgeable activities etc. and for taking us to visit many places Manibhavan, Byculla zoo, kidzania.
    Thank you Vimala Ma'am and all Shaktii mentors for staring Shaktii classes for girls. I am glad to be a part of it.

    — Aarati Chavan

  • Shaktii helped us in Std. X by increasing our English vocabulary and help us by solving our doubts.
    Mentors have taught us how to treat people even in bad times.
    They helped us in Std XI too by solving our Maths doubts.
    They made sure all girls were treated equally.

    — Adwita Kotian

  • Shaktii helped me in improving my English. Shaktii also helped me in studies, singing, arts etc. We also have leart Geography of the world.
    At Shaktii, all the mentors are very friendly and they helped me in may activities.
    I will always be grateful to Shaktii as it has improved by personality. "Shaktii is best!"

    — Raveena Lohar

  • Pranchal
  • Aarati
  • Adwita
  • Raveena


Speakers/ Mentors

What our speakers/ mentors have to say

Guest Speaker
Mr. Satyendra Singh

  • I feel blessed to have trained around 30 girls at Shaktii on the said date. The girls are very ambitious, highly motivated and go getters. I found, they were very brilliant, hard-working, full of life and very enthusiastic to pursue their well-defined ambitious goals.

Guest Speaker
Ms. Saytashree

  • It is a joy to present ideas to the girls at Shaktii, to witness their eagerness to absorb new information and to share their thoughts. The students of Shaktii are intelligent, sensitive and bright and under Ms. Nandakumar`s dedicated guidance and care plus the support of mentors including Ms. Basu, they are undoubtedly on their way to realising their latent potential.

Help us make a difference

We are entering the sixth year with gratitude for the support we get. We hope to provide better infrastructure in the coming years, with more goals to achieve we move ahead to help the girls realize their dreams. We know you are with us in this incredible journey!

Donations for the following are welcome:
1) Scholarship - Rs 5,000 per girl
2) Field Trip(s) - Rs 10,000 per trip
3) Stationery - Rs 500 per girl
4) Transportation - Rs 14,000 per month
5) Birthday Celebrations - Rs 500 per girl
6) Prizes for Competitions - Rs 500
7) Art Class - Rs 2,500 per year
8) Corpus Fund - Min Rs.10000
8) Student of the Year - Rs. 5000
8) Laptop - Rs. 28000

Donate Now

Donations to Shaktii Girl's Education Trust are exempt from Income Tax U/S 80G of the Income Tax Act 1961 vide Certificate No.CIT(E)/80G/1695 (2015-16)/(2016-17) dated 21st December 2016.

Shaktii Girl's Education Trust does not have any other branch