of $2,500 Needed
Bangalore, , India
Team Coordinator: Anisha Mudaliar
The voices of young individuals in underprivileged urban slums or remote rural villages in the developing world are not often heard. In most cases, there is a high level of illiteracy and lack of education. Team Seeds is working with Niveditha Vidya Peetha, a school for 120 children (pre-primary to 7th grade) who come from the nearby slum, called Chinnappa Gudusidu Slum. Many of the children were originally child laborers or were kept at home to carry out household duties. The school is run by the Sri Sarada Math and has a population of 65% girls and 35% boys. There are more girls because it is mainly girls who are deprived of an education in this community, and the school prefers to take in children who are otherwise deprived of the chance to go to school.
Our solution is to promote literacy for youth living in poverty-stricken areas by mobilizing them to become empowered and original storytellers. In order to do so, we will conduct storytelling workshops that teach children to use the Pocket Mobile learning device in the communities of Bangalore and Nagpur. We will collect the children's stories and then publish the best work internationally for mobile learning applications at mobile application stores (e.g., Apple app store, Amazon kindle e-book store). The proceeds of these mobile application sales will be returned to the storytellers, their families, and communities to promote entrepreneurship and support the local education system.
Our 1,001 Stories project intends to plant seeds of hope and opportunity for underserved communities around the world. We hope to raise global awareness around the issues of literacy, education, and poverty alleviation. As the children's stories are universal, this project promotes global citizenship by sharing tales of empowerment, hope, and peace with youth around the world. We hope our project helps to fund the next generation of creative innovators and entrepreneurs.
Team Seeds is requesting $2500 to help cover some of their travel costs from the US to India and some of the in-country living expenses.