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Success story of SSC student of StudyMall Surungali village

The most satisfying thing is giving back without expecting returns and appreciations. But we all are humans and we do love appreciations and we love to know what and how our help did better for the person we helped.

To all our supporters who believed in helping rural children read,learn and play better by supporting our project StudyMall , we would like to tell ” YES YOUR SUPPORT IS INDEED CHANGING RURAL CHILDREN’S LIVES”.
Well we can’t quantify each and every way rural children are getting benefited by StudyMall, but we can surely update you on few measurable impact that occurred recently.

You  are now helping five villages  (June 2017, to know exact locations of project click here http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/projects/study-mall) and that is around more than 3000 rural children. You are responsible for providing books to read , colors to paint, pencils to draw, space to play a educational game, learn computer and  enjoy learning even complex topics with the help of digital projector and many more such educational infrastructure.

 

StudyMall at Vangani village

There are many success stories we would like to share  but we would like to mention about our first StudyMall project Surungali village story.

This is story of brilliant student Avinash Dandge. He is a resident of Surungali village and he has been frequently coming to StudyMall since its inception in Sep 2013. He says that StudyMall provided him a quite environment to sit and study after school and also   non academic, grammar, essay writing and language books that helped him prepare for his written and communicative skills. StudyMall has also provided him access to computer which he used to prepare for his exams. During power cut in village, it was StudyMall where he could study with the help of Solar lamps. StudyMall also gave him a friend and mentor Arun, our project volunteer. Arun helped him in discussions about  complex topics during his exam time.

Although he gives a major credit to StudyMall for his success of scoring 91% in SSC (10th std) exam, we know it’s his hard work and intelligence. Avinash hopes to be doctor some day, we wish him best luck and we promise to help him further if needed.

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There are many students who scored very well with the help of StudyMall in surungali village in not just SSC but also in various other grades.

Since  its inception till 4  years til now StudyMall is acting as a catalyst in  success of Surungali village children.

We congratulate Avinash and students like him for there achievements.

You too can donate and support for students like Aviansh to read, learn and be better by providing them right educational infrastructure in there villages. Also your donations will help you as all our donations have tax benefit.

Click the link to donate now – https://milaap.org/fundraisers/thinksharp

You can also donate on our website ..http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/donate

Thanks and keep your Human side up that will keep you smiling….

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

Web- www.ThinkSharpFoundation.org

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Twitter- https://twitter.com/ThinkSharpFound

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-4cDXLuwAThHXhNOazv5KA

Media Coverage- Click to read recent media coverage on National platform

Donate –http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/donate

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Aswalamba (Dist -Beed) Upcoming StudyMall project -Digital Class

Thinksharp Foundation team is helping 5 villages and approx more than 3000 rural children by providing  better rural educational infrastructure  through 5 StudyMall projects as of Aug 2017.

Our aim is to put one village one StudyMall throughout India. As we are progressing we are getting lot of inquiries to establish StudyMall from lot of villages . While we would love to help and set up StudyMall in each and every village that approaches us, however due to funds and operational challenges we prioritize villages.

Thinksharp foundation team has decided to help 10 villages in this financial year (preferably by Dec 2017). Out of this 10 villages one is Village Aswalamba which will have Digital class under StudyMall project.

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Thinksharp Foundation founder Mr. Santosh visited village Aswalamba  as a part of pre visit on 22 July 2017. Our active supporter and team member Mr.Nitin Dhakne helped us in arranging the visit and has been our point of contact for this entire process.

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Aswalamba is a small village in Tq.Parli Vaijanath, Dist Beed with a total population of 1870 people. Nearest railway station is Parali Vaijnath .There are no other  schools in the village except Z.P.School Aswalamba.

 Z.P. School Aswalamba  which enrolls children from 1st to 7th std . The total number of students in school is 179 (92 boys and 87 girls).Total number of teachers is 08 . There are total 10 classrooms out of which only 5 are RCC. There is no library, digital infrastructure, solar lamps or extra curricular activity infrastructure for children.

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After interacting with  students and discussion  with teachers, we realized  they have lot of potential to develop and grow provided they have access to better educational infrastructure.

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We were requested by parents, teachers and students to provide them with library, digital projector and any other beneficial educational infrastructure.

We are very excited to help this 179 students read and learn better. Our StudyMall project-Digital class in this school will create an motivation and increase interest among the students to attend school. Moreover it will also increase awareness among the parents on importance of education.

Please help us in providing them better rural educational infrastructure.

You too  can donate and support to help many other rural children learn, read and grow better. You will also gain from the donation as all our donations have tax benefits.

You can  donate on our website ..http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/donate

Thanks and keep your Human side up that will keep you smiling….

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

Web- www.ThinkSharpFoundation.org

Fb- https://www.facebook.com/ThinkSharpFoundation

Twitter- https://twitter.com/ThinkSharpFound

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-4cDXLuwAThHXhNOazv5KA

Media Coverage- Click to read recent media coverage on National platform

Donate –http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/donate

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Kalyachiwadi (Dist-Raigad)-Upcoming StudyMall project-Digital Class

Thinksharp Foundation team is helping 5 villages and approx more than 3000 rural children by providing  better rural educational infrastructure  through 5 StudyMall projects as of Aug 2017.

Our aim is to put one village one StudyMall throughout India. As we are progressing we are getting lot of inquiries to establish StudyMall from lot of villages . While we would love to help and set up StudyMall in each and every village that approaches us, however due to funds and operational challenges we prioritize villages.

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Thinksharp foundation team has decided to help 10 villages in this financial year (preferably by Dec 2017). Out of this 10 villages one is Village Kalyachiwadi which will have Digital class under StudyMall project.

Thinksharp Foundation team Shraddha and Santosh visited village  Kalyachiwadi  as a part of pre visit on 05 Aug 2017. We were very fortunate to have with us Mr.Paste sir who has been very helpful and supportive throughout our entire visit of villages in Raigad district.

Kalyachiwadi  is a small village in Tq.Karjat, Dist Raigad with a total population of 186 people. The total number of school/college going students is apprx 16. Nearest railway station is Neral connected by Mumbai rail.There is only school in the village i.e. Raigad Z.P.School Kalyachiwadi.

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We visited Raigad Z.P.School Kalyachiwadi  which enrolls children from 1st to 5th std . The total number of students in school is 23 (16 boys and 07 girls).Total number of teachers is 02 . There are total 02 RCC classrooms . There is no library, digital projector, computer, solar lamps or extra curricular activity infrastructure for children. There is  electricity supply but it has power cut issues.

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This is tribal school and many of the students are from poor family background. When we talked to students and discussed with teachers, we realized  they have lot of potential to develop and grow provided they have access to better educational infrastructure. The children were less interactive due to language barrier and maybe lack of confidence. This village is in the interiors with no access to outside world making this children less interactive. 

We were requested by parents, teachers and students to provide them with library, digital projector and any other beneficial educational infrastructure.

We are very excited to help this 23  students read and learn better. Our StudyMall project-Digital class  in this school will create an motivation and increase interest among the tribal students to attend school. We aim to provide them games, toys and books that will enhance there interaction and confidence.  Moreover it will also increase awareness among the parents on importance of education.

Please help us in providing them better rural educational infrastructure.

You too  can donate and support to help many other rural children learn, read and grow better. You will also gain from the donation as all our donations have tax benefits.

You can  donate on our website ..http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/donate

Thanks and keep your Human side up that will keep you smiling….

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

Web- www.ThinkSharpFoundation.org

Fb- https://www.facebook.com/ThinkSharpFoundation

Twitter- https://twitter.com/ThinkSharpFound

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-4cDXLuwAThHXhNOazv5KA

Media Coverage- Click to read recent media coverage on National platform

Donate –http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/donate

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Chorwaghalgaon Village gets fifth StudyMall project

On 27 June 2017 we opened our fifth project at Chorwaghalgaon village which helps 225 students. Chorwaghalgoan is a small village in Vaijapur taluqa, District Aurangabad. Our volunteer Mr.Amol Nikam introduced us to the Village and helped us by being our point of contact with the Z.P. Prathamik School, Chorwaghalgaon. One of other key supporter to make this entire project possible is Mr.Pankaj Salunke.

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This StudyMall is set up in the Z.P. Prathamik School, village Chorwaghalgaon which enrolls children from 1st to 7th standard. The school has total 7 classrooms out of which only 2 are RCC.  Total number of teachers is 8. This school has 225 students, 108 boys and 113 girls. School timing is from 9.30 to 4 pm and Saturday is half day. Chorwagahalgaon village has total approximate population of 2200 to 2300.
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Thinksharp Foundation team comprising of Santosh, Shraddha and Amol visited the school on 11 Feb 2017 as a part of our pre visit procedure. We met school teachers, had dialogue with school children, parents and Village school committee members to understand the gap and the need in the educational requirements of this children. During this visit in consensus with the school teachers and parents it was decided to open StudyMall in the month of June . It was also decided that in the first phase of StudyMall we will install digital projector with academic and supporting extra curricular content.

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ThinkSharp Foundation team then stared fundraising from the month of Feb 2017 till May 2017 on various platforms mainly Milaap (https://milaap.org/), and other social media platforms. We are very thankful to all our supporters and donors who contributed by donating, sharing and spreading our cause.

On 27 June 2017 at 11 am we conducted official opening ceremony of StudyMall at chorwaghalgaon village. The opening ceremony event was attended by many dignitaries such as Mr.Abhay Patil Chikatgaonkar, Mr.Mhaske,Mr.Pankaj Thombre, school teachers, parents and others.
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Thinksharp foundation team was honored to have this event also featured in various media coverage such as Dainik bhaskar,Dainik Ekmat,Divya Marathi,Lokmat, Sakal.

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All the best wishes to students of Z.P.Prathmik school chorwaghalgaon village to use the digital educational infrastructure provided to them . We urge all teachers, parents and students to make  use this infrastructure for there growth and betterment . We promise to do our best to provide more as needed by them.

Once again Thinksharp Foundation team would like to thank all  supporters who made this possible for the 200+  rural children to read and learn better.

For detailed impact you can check our activity report http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/gallery/Activity%20Report%2016-17.pdf

You too  can donate and support to help many other rural children learn, read and grow better. You will also gain from the donation as all our donations have tax benefits.

You can  donate on our website ..http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/donate

Thanks and keep your Human side up that will keep you smiling….

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

Web- www.ThinkSharpFoundation.org

Fb- https://www.facebook.com/ThinkSharpFoundation

Twitter- https://twitter.com/ThinkSharpFound

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-4cDXLuwAThHXhNOazv5KA

Media Coverage- Click to read recent media coverage on National platform

Donate –http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/donate

 

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Our Founder’s view on Social Entrepreneurship at launch of E-cell event


We are very proud to share that our Founder Mr.Santosh Phad was invited as guest speaker at inauguration of E-cell at ADMI. Mr.Santosh is a firm believer of concept “social entrepreneurship”. Mr.Santosh is a Social entrepreneur himself  who is constantly in search of different entrepreneurial ventures to help his society. Currently through his NGO Thinksharp Foundation’s “StudyMall” project he is helping approximately 1700 village children. StudyMall helps village children  read, learn and play by  providing them  better educational infrastructure.

Mr.Santosh Phad as guest speaker at launch of E-Cell ADMI

Mr.Santosh Phad as guest speaker at launch of E-Cell ADMI

On 22nd August 2016, E-Cell i.e entrepreneurship cell was successfully launched in Alkesh Dinesh Mody Institute for Financial & Management Studies, in association with Wadhwani Foundation’s NEN (National Entrepreneurship Network).

Wadhwani Foundation is an philanthropic organisation which was founded in 2000 by Dr. Romesh Wadhwani with the primary mission of accelerating economic development in emerging economies through large-scale job creation.  Wadhwani Foundation  under there project “National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN)”  inspires, educates, and supports student entrepreneurs, startups, and SMEs for creating high-value jobs. NEN has also ventured into creating city-based entrepreneurial ecosystems consisting of mentors, investors, and incubators supporting startups and SMEs.

The ‘Alkesh Dinesh Mody’ Institute for Financial and Management Studies’ is an institute of the ‘University of Mumbai’. The Institute was co-founded by the Mr. Dineshbhai Mody in loving memory of his beloved son Late Shri Alkeshbhai D. Mody. The Institute was established in 1994 which is offering managementeducation with a focus of financial services.

Mr.Santosh at inauguration ceremony of E-CELL.

E-cell ADMI event Mr.Santosh talks about Social entrepreneurship

At E-cell ADMI event Mr.Santosh talks about Social entrepreneurship

 

Other esteemed speakers included Dr.Smita Shukla, Director ADMIFMS, Dr.Radha Iyer Entrepreneurship area chairperson SIMSR, MR.Ronald Fernandes NEN representative, Ms.Tanisha Chatterjee and Mr.Madhav Kabra Jaihind college and many more .

The complete team during the event of E-CELL INAUGURATION

The complete team during the event of E-CELL inauguration

During this event Mr.Santosh Phad was one of the guest speakers. Mr.Santosh spoke about social entrepreneurship.

He discussed the need of social enterprise in today’s world. Specific challenges in social entrepreneurship, how to overcome them, how to scale the social enterprise and various resources that can help in success of  social entrepreneurship.

He explained that social entrepreneurship is an innovative entrepreneurial idea with the potential to solve a community problem. As it deals with profit in terms of how many individuals will benefit instead of typical monetary gain, the challenges faced by social entrepreneurs in terms of  raising funds, mobility of resources and scaling up are very different than a profit making enterprise. He congratulated and thanked the E-CELL team for launch of this event which will greatly help social entrepreneurs grow and succeed

He further talked about few ways to deal with them and then gave example of few of his favorite social entrepreneurs like Mr.Mohammed Yunus, Nobel peace prize winner founder of Grameen bank, Mr.Dhruv Lakra from Mirakle couriers, Mr. Pranil Naik from leap for word and many more.

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We congratulate Wadhwani foundation and Alkesh Dinesh Mody institute for taking up this good initiative to help upcoming promising entrepreneurs. We wish them Good luck and look foreword to any support and collaboration @ https://www.facebook.com/ECell.ADMI/

We strongly recommend on behalf of our founder to connect with  E-CELL ADMI team to grow there entrepreneurial ideas and venture’s.

If you believe in our Founder’s vision of Thinksharp Foundation NGO and want to donate for StudyMall for the better rural education infrastructure log on to http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org

Thanks and keep your Human side up that will keep you smiling….

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

Web- www.ThinkSharpFoundation.org

Fb- https://www.facebook.com/ThinkSharpFoundation

Twitter- https://twitter.com/ThinkSharpFound

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-4cDXLuwAThHXhNOazv5KA

Media Coverage- Click to read recent media coverage on National platform

Donate – https://milaap.org/campaigns/thinksharpfoundation-studymall

 

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It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

Preeti an 7th std standard student from village Surungali in 2013 told us “she wants to be astronaut” that amazed us. Because in a village of hardly any TV, Satellite, forget about internet but no desktops and 2 school at long distances with poor infrastructure her confidence and knowledge that she wants to be an astronaut. We asked her what she is doing for achieving to be astronaut, she said she goes to school but she does not know exactly how to be one? She spends her time after school looking after her younger brother and doing daily chores of house till her parents return from farm. She does not have place to study or read amazing stories of astronauts after school or in school, she does not  have access to internet to google “how to be a astronaut”. Surungali is a village  close to Aurangabad and native village of our creative head Mr. Bhagwan Jadhav.

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So we took up this challenge not just for Preeti but to help maximum children of Surungali who wander after school in village or farms and who do not have access to basic education infrastructure like a place to read, learn and play and have access to academic and non academic learning material. A place where they can read wonderful stories, do their homework, interact, play games etc. A place they can share and learn. We wanted them to give a place one stop solution for their educational need and we called it “StudyMall”- a educational mall, its more than a Library.

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After 6 months  of opening StudyMall, our StudyMall children Avinash told us on one of our visit, he cannot study after 6 PM because there is no electricity. The children urged donors and supporters through a video and we passed on this video message on our social media, and within a month we supplied them solar lamps.IMG-20140213-WA000

In our summer vacation visit children told us they want to play as they have vacations now, but they lack sports equipements. So  again with help of our supporters we added more sports and games.  It started with cricket competition but now they have one sports event every month.
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Then there came a visit where children became so trusting towards us they demanded desktop right away as we entered village, with bunch of flowers they grew in open space of our StudyMall they welcomed us and then immediately said unanimously “we want computer” and as again one of our supporter within 1.5 months sent us desktop which is children’s new friend now in StudyMall.

 

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Recently on our visit an elderly couple meet us and blessed us, we were not surprised as we are fortunate always to get blessings on our trips but we were curious. They told us there son used StudyMall to study for his entrance exam  and now is enrolled in a military job.

What started as just a small idea of providing place to read books has turned into  a place of trust, learning, development and growth which was impossible without our kind donors and supporters.

But there is still a long way to go we are yet to provide more books, desktops, e-learning, vocational training and so much more to surungali chidren.  And there are so many villages in need of  help where children are waiting to be doctors, lawyers, hi-tech farmers, sportsmen, soldiers and the list of dreams goes on.

We are happy and more motivated to work because seeing few of the results of StudyMall lbenefiting rural children like  in increasing grades, studytime, sports interest, awareness on career path extra curricular learning, personality development and playing sports has increased substantially.

Now we are gearing up for 4th StudyMall at Chikatgaon village, Aurangabad, support us on https://www.bitgiving.com/project/index/id/BIT469

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Because we believe when Children are strong a society is strong and “It is easy to build strong children but difficult to repair broken men”. We have easy chance to build strong children now.

Thanks and keep your Human side up that will keep you smiling….

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

Web- www.ThinkSharpFoundation.org

Fb- https://www.facebook.com/ThinkSharpFoundation

Twitter- https://twitter.com/ThinkSharpFound

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-4cDXLuwAThHXhNOazv5KA

Media Coverage- http://m.indiatoday.in/story/read-play-learn-surangali-jalna-district/1/444148.html

Donate – https://www.bitgiving.com/project/index/id/BIT469

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ThinkSharp

StudyMall – Read, Learn, Play is more than just a library which provides better educational infrastructure in rural areas. Include better sitting place during and after school. It also provides Books, Educational games, Toys, Computer learning, Digital/ Multimedia learning, and conducts workshops on various topics.

Problem that we intend to solve

  • Lack of better place to sit after school for study

  • Poor infrastructure of schools which fail to give required educational facilities

  • Libraries are either absent or are at long distances

  • Rural children do not have access to digital / Multimedia learning.

Impact of StudyMall

At present with one StudyMall the statistics are-

  • More than 1500 children are getting advantage of our current StudyMall

  • Increase in awareness regarding education and its need by 25 to 30% of previous level.

  • Increase in study time by 300 to 350% i.e previously student used to study for 1 or half hour now 3 to 4 hour

  • Increase in marks / percentage by 5 to 10 % of previous level

  • Computer learning and benefits are known to students

  • Digital learning experience through projector, Interactive board and educational tabs

  • Increased in school attendance

  • More concentration during class due to digital learnin

  • Smart education systems with multimedia content would help teachers in teaching in a demonstrative way

Project Locations

  • At Post – Surangali, Tq. Bhokaradan, Dist: Jalna, State: Maharashtra, Country: India,
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  • GSC School, Varangaon, Tq.Bhusawal, Dist. Jalgaon, Maharashtra, Country: India,
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  • ZP School No.3, Village Vangani (w), Taluka Amernath, Dist.Thane, Maharashtra, Country: India,
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