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Tue 03 Dec 2013

Fall 2013 Newsletter

As we wind up year 2013, we look back at 7 years of the fruitful existence of Foundation for Freedom with pride and gratification. We have been steadfast in our mission to promote literacy in the developing world. Since our inception we have helped assist, build and support in various capacities, 29 schools in 7 countries, serving nearly 5000 children.

In addition to building infrastructure we provide support to post primary education with scholarships and tutoring for students in their secondary and college education as needed. Several of our students have graduated in computer science, postgraduate chemistry, literature and from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).

Read more in the PDF version of the newsletter...

Wed 23 Oct 2013

Celebrate Literacy Benefit Dinner - November 24



Sunday, November 24, 2013, 6 pm

New Dehli Restaurant, 160 Ellis St, San Francisco

Join us for a wonderful evening of dinner, entertainment, and to hear about our newest projects.
  • Student: $35
  • General: $100
  • Table for 10: $1000
Your support has helped more than 5,000 children at 29 schools in 7 countries gain access to primary education. Together, we can help more children.
RSVP by November 12th to Sakti Das: or (925) 639-5707
Tue 21 May 2013

Priti Runs the San Francisco Half-Marathon in Support of Foundation for Freedom

Please donate and send your encouragement to Priti as she runs the SF Marathon on June 16th in support of Foundation for Freedom!

Tue 05 Feb 2013

2012 Annual Fundraising Event - Report

On Dec/02, a Sunday evening, around 120 guests gathered for a noble cause of supporting children’s literacy at a gala evening of entertainment, fine dining and a passionate conversation. The evening was dedicated for the Foundation for freedom and its noble cause of “Education”. The event was held at around 6 pm in the vibrant city of San Francisco’s elegant New Delhi Restaurant. 

The evening started with volunteered entertainment show featuring solo singing by 17 years old Kidane and own poetry readings by Maria Peeple and Brook Barman that enthralled the audience. Then our own surgical resident duo Nina and Shailvi excelled in their scintillating dance performance. The entertainments ended with the finale of magic show by our Cyrus Stoller that was really spellbinding.

Secretary Joya made an appeal for funding for running our school in Haiti, Sujata talked about our school for the deaf, mute and blinds in India. Dr. Richard Godfrey gave his closing remarks making special appeals for support from our donors and sponsors to help us continue on our mission of education for the needy in the developing world.

The food and entertainment was followed by networking and conversations.  Read more

Sun 07 Oct 2012

Save The Date! Annual Fundraising Event

Our annual fundraising event for literacy in the developing World will be held at New Delhi Restaurant in San Francisco December 2, 2012 at 6pm.

Thu 13 Sep 2012

Fall 2012 Newsletter

2012 continues to be an economically challenging year. The global financial forecast continues to be gloomy. It is more difficult than ever to meet our goals of promoting literacy in the developing world. Our May 2012 fundraiser at the Golden Peacock Banquet (Hayward, CA) featured live Bollywood-style music and dance, but the event did not bring in the hoped-for funds. 

However, we were still able to increase our commitment, and now support 26 schools in 7 countries!

Gazipur Free Primary School (India)

Foundation for Freedom has funded building work at Gazipur Free Primacy School (India).

The interior has been completely transformed, as you can see below:

  Read more

Wed 08 Aug 2012

A Moving Video from our Swarachna School


Only 10% of children in India complete their education.

Here's what you can do to help:

Read more about the Swarachna School here...


Sat 14 Apr 2012

"Pate Bhar" - The Midday Meal Program at Swarachna School

‘Pate Bhar’ is the name of the midday meal program our partner, Milaan, has created at the Swarachna school in Uttar Pradesh, India.

Here's a report from local co-ordinator Dhirendra Pratap Singh:

A socio-economic survey of our school showed that more than about 85% of children come from Below Poverty Line (BPL) families.

As a result most children could not bring lunch boxes for the afternoon meal. The few who did mostly brought last night’s roti and sugar.

A health checkup brought to attention the fact that most of our children were underweight and malnourished. The problem was a serious one and had to be addressed. Children cannot be expected to study or pay attention in classes on a hungry stomach. 

In June of 2011, Milaan began the midday meal program to provide at least one nutritionally complete meal as part of the school day. Currently the Swarachna Learning and Resource Centre located in rural UP, caters for meals for around 300 children on an average. 

The two instant and visible impacts of the midday meal programme are,

Tue 03 Apr 2012

New Initiative: Teaching English through Skype!

Thanks to our wonderful volunteers Priti, Milli, Pampa, Paromita, Debanjana and Susmita in northern California, Foundation for Freedom has launched a new program of teaching English online through Skype.

Our young students at Shiksha Mandir school in Gurup, India and their local teachers are very excited and appreciative of this much needed help in English teaching. Very soon we will expand the project to another two schools in India.

Watch a recording of the session below: 

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