Agastya International Foundation was named Winner in the Google Impact Challenge, India 2013. The foundation's innovative "TechLaBike" Project won in the Judges choice Award for use of Technology to positively impact India and the world.
With the $500,000 Award, Agastya will launch a network of fully-staffed motorbike science labs that are equipped with modern technology. In addition, Agastya will also train local teachers on how to incorporate hands-on science into their classrooms.
Over the next three years, Agastya will teach the power of science education to children and teachers at 1,620 rural schools.
Original Post on 10/25/2013:
Three Give2Asia partners have been named finalists for the Google Impact Challenge India, which awards grants to Indian non-profits who use technology to tackle the world's toughest problems. You can vote for up to four of the finalists to help decide who will win RS 3 cror Global Impact Grant, worth approximately US$500,000. On Oct. 31, all finalists will present their projects to a panel of judges, who will select three winners. The fan favorite, decided by public vote, will also be announced and received Rs 3 Cror award. Learn more about the finalists below and vote for your favorites here.
Agastya International Foundation
Agasyta International Foundation addresses the problem of educational apathy in many poorly-funded schools by providing disadvantaged and at-risk K-12 students, especially girls, an opportunity to engage in learning through mobile science labs. With the Global Impact Award from Google, Agastya will provide science education through a network of motorbike science labs to 65,000 students and 3,000 teachers in rural Karnataka. Learn more about Agastya or make a donation at give2asia.org/agastya.
Chintan Environmental Action Group
Chintan Environmental Action Group works with some of the poorest and most marginalized people in urban India – waste pickers. These people salvage paper, plastic and metals from waste dumps and earn a living by selling them for recycling. The waste pickers can be children or adults. If children, Chintan helps them phase out of this work and into school, through a combination of primary learning centers, support classes and fellowships. If they are adults, Chintan helps secure safer jobs and organize them to be able to access social security, their basic rights and facilitate their participation in governance as equal citizens. With the Global Impact Award, Chintan will create an online marketplace and integrated mobile apps to connect waste generators with waste recyclers to curb pollution in Delhi. Learn more about Chintan or make a donation at give2asia.org/chintan.
Pratham seeks to improve the quality of education in India and to ensure that all children in India are not only attending but thriving in school. Using very low-cost and scalable methods. Give2Asia has worked with Pratham USA to support the Pratham Urban Learning Center in Gujarat, which provides education and extra tutoring services to out-of-school children. With the Global Impact Award from Google, Pratham will create an online open source platform for collaborative content creation to solve the issue of getting learning materials into the native languages of students. Over three years, the platform will make 20,000 books available in 25 languages to millions of students across India.