Gyanada, Rebooted

by Adrianna Tan on March 15, 2015

Welcome to the brand new Gyanada, where it is not only our website and branding which has changed and improved, but also our work in improving girls’ education in India.

In late 2014, we received our 80G and 12A certification from the Indian government, which means we are able to offer tax exemptions to individuals and corporations who contribute from India, from 2015.

We have also spent the last few months creating a database and donor access platform (check it out here), which lets donors view details about their contributions in real-time. It also lets our staff perform their tasks more efficiently, as they are able to keep abreast of the child’s academic and personal development a few times a year when our partners fill out the details. For more information about how it works, have a look at this post outlining how the database works. If you’re an existing Gyanada contributor, you should have received an email with your access details. If not, please write us an email and we will set you up.

We’re delighted to announce the winners for our first International Women’s Day essay and art contest. Maitreyee Roy Malakar of IEM submitted a winning entry, “Education, Freedom and Social Transformation in India”, which resonated deeply with the judges, while Dyuti Sen of Loreto College won with her submission for an art piece signifying the importance of educating women in India. Congratulations to both Dyuti and Maitreyee for your great work! Thanks also to all participants for taking part in our contest. Find out all about the winning entries here.

We are also looking for volunteers and donors to help us take Gyanada forward. If you’re interested in volunteering, here are some volunteering opportunities. Donations are always welcome (and very much needed), and we now accept INR donations through our Indian entity, as well as SGD and USD donations through our Singapore bank account (more details here). Any amount is welcome, though it costs about US$200 / INR 12 500 / SGD 250 to sponsor 1 girl child.

We look forward to hearing feedback and advice from you about how we can do better, and how you would like to improve girls’ education in India together with us. Simply drop us an email or reply to this post and let us know what you think!