Story 3

Created at: Oct. 14, 2019, 1:15 a.m.

Story 3

With the inspiration of Babasaheb Dr B R Ambedkar, Friends for Education International (FFEI) started as Ambedkar Scholarships in 2003 with just 2 scholarships of Rs.5,000 each to encourage students from Dalit (or untouchable)  communities who passed tenth standard with highest percentage of marks in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh,  India. As more right thinking people joined hands, its activities are extended to several areas such as Microloans, Awards, Libraries, Dalit History Project, Help to Caste Attrocity victims, Individual educational help, Help to women to improve their living conditions etc. Subsequently in order to consolidate all these activities into one, Ambedkar Scholarships is renamed as Friends for Education International in 2009 and registered as 501(c)(3) organization in United States.

FFEI identifies organizations catering to the needs of the underprivileged people and help them to help the individuals under their care. Now, FFEI operates in several states of India.

Execution of any project through FFEI depends on the availability of funds to that project in that year. Donors can choose for what purpose their donation can be used and their request will be honored.

FFEI runs as transparent as possible since its inception. It publishes donations, expenses, disbursements, and recipients’ information on its website as minutely as possible. Its over head costs are just under 2% all these years. FFEI doesn't have any paid personnel.

FFEI also encourages its donors or anyone else to go and visit its projects in India whenever they can to get first hand information.

Currently FFEI depends solely on individual donations. FFEI is hard pressed to cut its activities as donations received are not enough to meet all its obligations. It is actively seeking help from organizations and foundations. We appreciate any donation- small, large, cash, or kind. We appreciate if you introduce us to other interested individuals and/or organizations.

Please explore our website to understand the cause and how we are trying to address it in our own small and limited way.

If you want to know more about the condition of these marginalized communities of India or FFEI's activities, please write to  benjamin_kaila@yahoo.com.

FFEI sicerely thanks every donor for his/her support all these years. 

FFEI loves to hear from you and it welcomes your questions, recommendations, and/or any viable suggestions to improve its activities.