EArtH Mission Statement
To help underprivileged children in rural India realize their full human potential through comprehensive education. We encourage, support and enable:
We believe that Literacy is a human right, Literacy empowers humans, and Literates empower a nation. Education is our primary focus for the simple reason that well rounded education will lead to well rounded and responsible individuals and communities.
We would like to focus our efforts on uplifting under-privileged and middle-class families who live in villages and small towns, and who often cannot afford to attend private schools. Hence we usually partner with public schools and work with them in improving the quality of the education they provide.
We aim to fulfill our mission by instilling a sense of ownership, responsibility and involvement from all stakeholders who contribute to an EArtH child: students, parents, schools and elders of the community. Involvement of the parents is key in encouraging children to attend school and participate in the various activities sponsored by EArtH.
Why are we choosing villages?
Villages are what makes most of India and unfortunately villages is what need most catch-up to do in terms of development/growth. Since (most) villages are not developed, people from villages migrate to urban areas, so villages continue to remain undeveloped with lackluster economy, lack of opportunities and overall lesser preferential place to live. Urban areas are getting developed and their population growing exponentially, which provides lack of balance for the country’s overall growth (and may actually pose danger to the country). Developing villages lets India have more decentralized, scalable, balanced, and thus speedy growth. Reasons for migration:
If villages have a sustainable economy, why would villages remain so poor?
How does Education help in development of villages?
Any society is as good as its people. If people are poor, the society is poor. Educated people automatically take their society/village forward in every aspect of life. That is just a natural happening. Following is how education leads to villages’ (and thus India’s) development:
Education —> Better Employment/Businesses —> Better Earnings —> Better Spending —> Economy grows —> Village develops