Frequently Asked Questions

We have categorized and presented the most common information about our organization and our work. Click on a category to see the questions and answers.

About Us

ILP is a registered nonprofit organization of enthusiastic volunteers passionate and dedicated to make India 100% literate. ILP’s vision is to be a catalyst in making India 100% literate.

ILP’s goals are to:

a) Spread awareness about literacy and its importance

b) Identify and partner with organizations in India working for the cause of literacy

c) Raise funds to support these organizations in their literacy-related projects.

d) Develop and execute successful and sustainable projects to increase literacy rates in India.

e) Scale successful ‘model projects’ geographically to help achieve 100% literacy in India

f) Create a knowledge repository to capture our learning and cross-pollinate the best practices across like-minded organizations.

g) Promote advocacy at the micro-level to ensure the local communities are aware of opportunities and are positioned to maximize them.

h) Promote advocacy at the macro-level to bring about systemic changes and to influence government policy to increase its investment in education.

 

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ILP partners with grass-roots organizations working on literacy initiatives by providing both financial and program-management support. Our financial support is typically used to provide learning materials, create innovative teaching methods, fund teacher salaries and to support community mobilization efforts and enrolment campaigns. Through our program-management support, we guide our partner organizations to improve their operational efficacy, conduct partner workshops to share best practices, introduce linkages to other institutions and tap into government resources to amplify the impact of our projects.

 

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ILP partners with and funds organizations that implement the literacy programs. ILP-USA primarily focuses on spreading awareness of the cause, raising and disbursing funds to our partner non-profit organizations in India. Volunteers in India help us identify and monitor projects. In some cases, ILP may work directly with the children. Example is our Prathibha Mitra program started in 2005, through which volunteers in India conduct weekly study sessions and mentor high school students and young adults to help them achieve their full potential.

 

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We select projects carefully through our Participatory Evaluation Process (PEP). We monitor projects in a consistent and ongoing manner. Monitoring to specific metrics is a critical reason for our project successes and is our core strength. The ILP India team, comprising of staff and volunteers with over 15 years of experience working at the grass roots level, plays a key part in this process. We also consult with outside experts whenever needed. Such expertise helps ILP to not only to manage the funds disbursed to our partner organizations, but also to build their capacity to manage future projects

 

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Zero in the USA - All operational expenses are borne by volunteers or through special donations for admin purposes. Fund raising expenses are supported through sponsorship and event registration fees. 

 

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India Literacy Project is a registered non-profit organization in the USA. Donations to ILP in the USA are 100% tax-deductible under Section 501(c)3 of the IRS Code in USA.

ILP is a registered Charitable Organization in India. Donations made in India are 50% deductible under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

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Helping & Volunteering

There are various ways in which you can help:

 

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You volunteer your time to the extent you can. All our volunteers are people like you. We come from all walks of life - students, children, professionals, doctors, engineers, housewives, etc. Volunteering at ILP has not had an adverse effect on our social lives. On the contrary, it has enriched our lives by providing opportunities for personal growth and the satisfaction of working with like-minded people for this great cause

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Literacy

At ILP, Literacy = Education, Earning Potential and Empowerment!

This definition is based on our years of learning that literacy cannot just be measured by one’s ability to read, write and perform arithmetic.

Education: Development of knowledge, skill and character in the 0-14 years age group.

Earning Potential: Education of youth (15 to 24 years) with a focus on income generation, economic mobility, life coping skills, cultural and social responsibility, etc.

Empowerment: Equip individuals and communities with the ability to make choices by promoting an understanding of their basic rights and social responsibilities.

 

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The importance of literacy can be stated at two levels: National and Individual.

At the national level, in a participative democracy like India, a literate population is required to build a nation with strong social, economic and political foundations. Literacy is an important starting point that brings awareness in people to work towards a better living. It helps them to break free of shackles of ignorance, avoid getting manipulated, and being left out of the mainstream.

At an individual level, the increased confidence of every newly literate person to achieve the impossible bears heartwarming testimony to the power of literacy.

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Projects

Your contributions are utilized to fund such projects in four key areas:

1) Functional Adult Literacy: Primarily focused on women's education and skills training.

2) Back to School: Residential & non-residential 'bridge' courses that bring children up to speed before putting them back in government schools.

3) Strengthening Mainstream Schools and improving quality of education: Working together with the local community and government to ensure that there is self-sustenance. Development of innovative and effective teaching methods.

4) Mass Literacy Initiatives: Raising literacy levels over a large geographic area (block/ district/ state) by effective utilization of government resources & applying successful intervention models

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Detailed project information is available here

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ILP projects’ performance is tracked against quantitative metrics and for qualitative impact.

Quantitative Metrics

These are defined based on the type of activities (also referred to as methods of intervention). Some examples of interventions and the corresponding metrics are listed below.

1) Intervention: Enrollment Campaigns

a. Balwadi / Anganwadi Enrollments

b. Out of School children

2) Intervention: Supporting a Balwadi / Anganawadi

a. Attendance Tracking

3) Intervention: Bridge Schools/Retention Programs

a. Drop out Numbers

b. Out of School Children

c. Attendance Tracking

d. Children enrolled into main stream schools

4) Intervention: Adult Literacy Programs

a. Literacy Class Attendance

b. Skills training coverage

Qualitative Impact

We ensure that our interventions bring about social change, create awareness, and empower the community. Examples of some qualitiative metrics are:

1) Community mobilization including empowerment of School Development and Monitoring Committees, Self Help Groups, Youth groups etc.

2) Working with networks, specific activities, issues highlighted with the network etc (Advocacy)

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Yes. ILP supports alternate formal schools that promote self-sustenance and become models that can be replicated / adopted by mainstream schools

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Project evaluation is done based on

1.      Whether the project is in line with ILP's mission.

2.      Whether the organization has a valid FCRA Registration from the Government of India to receive foreign funds.

3.      The resources and experience of the project coordinators.

4.      Evaluation by experts/consultants of the credibility, secular and non-partisan nature of the organization.

5.      The organization's project plan.

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Most often we find them with help from people like you who are familiar with the work of the organization and make a recommendation to ILP. We also seek out organizations that are serving in underserved areas.

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Please contact projects@ilpnet.org for a synopsis of ILP and a project application form.

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If the project proposed and the organization meet ILP's criteria, it will certainly be considered for funding. ILP evaluates whether funds should be sent, depending on the project's scope and goals, and availability of funds.

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No. Our goal is to partner with any organization dedicated to the cause of literacy.

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If ILP has sufficient funds to take on a project, it usually takes up to 3-4 months to evaluate and approve the project before sending funds.

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Yes, if the project and organization align with previously mentioned requirements.

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Recognizing the role of Early Childhood Education in a child's education, ILP does support balwadi and anganawadi centers. These centers also ensure that older siblings do not drop out of school to take of their younger brothers and sisters.

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ILP's primary mission is to provide non-formal education to women, adults and children. Where regular formal schools are available, ILP funds initiatives that supplement mainstream schools, by supporting services like para-teachers and after school support. We have seen that this methodology helps immensely to improve attendance at government schools.

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