US-based foundation’s Project Umeed promotes digital literacy in rural India

US-based foundation’s Project Umeed promotes digital literacy in rural India

Project Umeed, a ground-breaking initiative dedicated to promoting education and digital literacy in rural India, recently announced the launch of a $1 million project to establish digital libraries in under-served communities in a landmark partnership between Teach for Life, India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF), Guru Krupa Foundation, and Sehgal Foundation — to be implemented by US-based S.M. Sehgal Foundation on the ground in India.

The foundation said the collaboration underscores a shared commitment to democratising access to knowledge and empowering communities through technology-enabled learning solutions. Fostering inclusive development and opportunity, Project Umeed will help to bridge the digital divide and equip rural schoolchildren in underserved areas in Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Telangana with the tools and resources needed to thrive in the digital age.

With the support of partners and donors, Project Umeed will implement a comprehensive strategy to deploy digital libraries in rural communities across India.

Key features of the $1 million project, which only requires another $100,000 from individual donors to meet this consequential goal during the India Giving Campaign, include:

Establishment of Digital Libraries

Project Umeed will leverage innovative technology and infrastructure to establish fully equipped digital libraries in remote villages, providing schoolchildren and community members with access to computers, internet connectivity, educational software, and digital learning resources.


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Capacity Building and Training Programmes

Project Umeed will conduct targeted training sessions and workshops to enhance digital literacy skills among individuals of all ages, empowering them to navigate the digital landscape, utilise online resources, and unlock new opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Content Development and Curriculum Enhancement

Project Umeed will collaborate with local educators, content creators, and subject matter experts to develop high-quality educational materials and curriculum content tailored to the needs and interests of rural learners to ensure relevance and effectiveness.

Community Engagement and Sustainability

Project Umeed will prioritise community engagement and participation throughout the project lifecycle, working closely with local stakeholders to foster ownership, sustainability, and meaningful impact in each target community.

Navneet Narwal, Project Umeed Lead, S.M. Sehgal Foundation, said: “We are delighted to embark on this transformative journey as we work together to realise the vision of Project Umeed. With the generous support and expertise of these partners, we are confident that our shared efforts will bring about positive change and create lasting opportunities for individuals and communities across rural India.”


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As Project Umeed mobilises resources and expertise to implement digital libraries in rural India, the collaboration of Teach for Life, India Development and Relief Fund, Guru Krupa Foundation and Sehgal Foundation is seen as a significant step forward in advancing education, digital inclusion, and sustainable development.

India Giving Day was initiated by the India Philanthropic Alliance in 2023 to highlight and commemorate the contributions made to India by Americans, and notably Indian Americans.

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