Indian-American NGOs launch $1 million fund to establish digital libraries


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Christened “Project Umeed”, the groundbreaking initiative of Indian-American non-profit organizations in the US to start a $1 million (Rs 8.29 crores) fund to establish digital libraries in underserved communities in India, to promote education and digital literacy in rural India, is being launched in partnership with Teach for Life, India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF), Guru Krupa Foundation and SM Sehgal Foundation.

Project Umeed will leverage innovative technology and infrastructure to establish fully equipped digital libraries in remote villages. The project is to be implemented by the SM Sehgal Foundation on the ground in India. It will provide schoolchildren and community members with access to computers, internet connectivity, educational software, and digital learning resources.

We are delighted to embark on this transformative journey as we work together to realize the vision of Project Umeed. With the generous support and expertise of these partners, we are confident that our shared efforts will bring about positive change and create lasting opportunities for individuals and communities across rural India,” said Navneet Narwal, Project Umeed Lead, SM Sehgal Foundation.

They have already raised $ 900,000 for the project and hope to raise the rest during the India Giving Day on March 1, said the foundation in a release. India Giving Day is an initiative of the India Philanthropy Alliance to grow the culture of giving to India in America by making it more visible, impactful, youth-friendly, and joyful.

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