“Friends for Education International” was initially started as “Ambedkar Scholarships” in 2003 with just 2 scholarships of Rs. 5,000 each. It was started by Benjamin P Kaila to honor his parents, Kaila Neelambram and Vazramma. The aim is to encourage Dalit (ex-untouchable) students from financially, socially, culturally, and educationally backward families to further their education after successfully completing tenth grade. These kids are intelligent, but with no encouragement or guidance. The project targeted students from his native district Guntur in Andhra Pradesh.
Upon learning his initiative, more people joined him with their donations. It grew year after year, added more projects, and able to give more than 100 scholarships in some years. It also started supporting students from other states such as Tamilnadu, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka etc.
From its inception, FFEI ran with complete transparency. Its donations, disbursements, expenses, donors, beneficiaries etc were published on FFEI’s website. Donors are encouraged to have contact with beneficiaries.
FFEI doesn’t have paid staff and runs with volunteers. Its overhead costs are nil or negligible.
FFEI was registered in India in 2008 and in California in 2009. It got its non-profit status 501(c)(3) in 2009.
FFEI ran the following projects, some of them are discontinued due to logistical issues and/or lack of funding. Ambedkar Scholarships to Dalit children
- Ambedkar Scholarships to children from scavenging families
- Ambedkar Microloans
- Ambedkar Awards
- Ambedkar Libraries
- Educational Adoption
- Helping Hands (help to Individuals)
- Healing Hands (help to caste atrocity victims)
- Vocational Training (New)
- History Project (New)
- Overseas scholarships (New)
- Counselling (New)
The architect of modern Indian constitution, Babasaheb Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar’s life is the inspiration for FFEI. FFEI believes that nothing can limit man’s capacity to excel when right environment is provided. It also believes that it is the moral responsibility of every right-thinking person to help them by all means possible.
Currently FFEI depends mostly on individual donors who approach it by reading an article or by hearing form a friend. FFEI gives full freedom to its donors to choose a project of their choice.
FFEI publishes its activities on its website www.friendsforeducation.org .
FFEI is actively seeking help (big or small) from individuals
Interested donors can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.