The word "Parikrma" implies a full
revolution, a complete path around -- and Shukla Bose's Parikrma Humanity Foundation
offers literacy to kids in poor urban areas around Bangalore. Parikrma's four
Schools of Hope teach the full, standard Indian curriculum to children who
might not otherwise see the inside of a classroom, with impressive results.
Equally important, the schools build an "end-to-end" environment that
supports learning -- offering lunch every day, health-care and family support.
Beyond these schools, Parikrma has inaugurated several afterschool programs and
has plans for setting up a central teacher-training hub.
Bose left behind a corporate career in 1992 to found
Parikrma with a small group of friends. The nonprofit holds itself to
formal business goals and strict accountability, and has developed some clever
fundraising and marketing campaigns. As Bose puts it, the goal of Parikrma is
to help build a better India by tapping its greatest strength: the vitality and
potential of its people.
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