Katha is a nonprofit organization that has seamlessly connected grassroots work in education, teacher training, and publishing for 28 years. We thank all of our wonderful partners who continue to make our work sustainable and meaningful. Thank you!
In an effort to transform the way the world learns, Katha is proud to be the knowledge partner of Ashoka Changemakers and LEGO Foundation in the Re- imagine Learning Challenge.
Champions of learning through play will receive a total of $200, 000 and have their innovations presented at the 2015 LEGO Foundation IDEA Conference in Billund, Denmark.
The Barrington Education Initiative Since 2007, BEI has strongly supported Katha’s efforts to train teachers and community volunteers to use Katha’s innovative teaching methods creatively, engage children and improve learning outcomes. In 2014, BEI joins us in scaling up our I Love Reading campaign across Delhi’s municipal government primary schools and slum communities to reach 160,000 children and 900 teachers.
The British Asian Trust Katha is honoured to be in partnership with the British Asian Trust, one of the charitable organizations supported by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. BAT has arranged a consortium of donor partners to support our flagship program and center of innovation, the Katha Lab School in Govindpuri, as well as provide key leadership support and capacity building to Katha. With BAT’s long-term support, we are able to focus on scaling up our programmes to reach tens of thousands of children each year in need of quality education. In November, Katha had the immense honour of welcoming HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to Katha Lab School and a birthday cake prepared by our children was presented to him! View his visit here.
BT Changing the I of IT from “Individual” to “Inclusive”. In 2001, BT was looking for a partner in South Asia and fortunately at the same time Katha was in need of a strong partner for Katha InfoTech and eCommerce School (KITES). The instant understanding between the two organizations made the basis for a an enduring strong alliance of 13 years. Together we have brought IT education and modern skills training to over [9,000] underserved children and community adults, opening up a world of opportunities for them. BT’s support has also enabled our children and teachers to visit UK to interact with educators in London and other cities. BT employees also regularly contribute their time, energy and enthusiasm to working directly with our children at the KITES center. BT also provides essential support to Katha’s senior leadership team, strengthening our organization and helping us focus on growth and sustainable delivery.
Oracle Katha is proud to be supported by Oracle. The financial support of Oracle for Katha’s I Love Reading initiative has helped Katha spread the joy of reading across 30 MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi) schools. With more than 420,000 customers and deployments in more than 145 countries, Oracle offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications, platform services, and engineered systems. For Oracle, corporate citizenship means being responsible not only to their shareholders, but also to their stakeholders—those affected by and with an interest in our activities—including employees, customers, partners, society, and the environment.
Central Board of Secondary Education Katha has partnered with one of India’s premier education boards, Central Board of Secondary Education, to cultivate India’s next generation of young writers through a program for creative writing and translations across India. Our web presence is called www.ilovereading.in, where students can share their stories, vote and access a growing repository of online resources. We envision a world of reading and writing wherein children across the country will wear storytelling hats and use their pens as wands to recreate a world of words!
Delhi Government | Government of India, MHRD | MCD, Municipal Corporation of Delhi Through a public-private partnership with Delhi Government, MHRD and the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi, Katha is helping children read and training teachers to use Katha’s innovative methods across Delhi’s municipal corporation primary schools. In Delhi this year, Katha’s I Love Reading campaign is reaching 160,000 children and 900 teachers across 248 slum communities and 88 Municipal Corporation Delhi schools.
Essel Social Welfare Foundation Essel Social Welfare Foundation supports Katha in delivering holistic as well as quality education including vocational skills training in bakery, carpentry and tailoring to children living in Govindpuri slum community who are enrolled as students in Katha Lab School.
Halcrow Foundation A member of the BAT consortium, Halcrow Foundation supports the Katha Reading Excellence and Teacher Education (KREATE) Programme, through which Katha trains teachers, in Katha Lab School and those from other government/low-cost schools and youth volunteers from our communities on how to use Katha’s innovative teaching methods to better-engage children and improve learning outcomes.
International Monetary Fund Generously supports Katha’s experimental and innovative testing ground, the Katha Lab School. Naoyuki Shinohara, Deputy Managing Director, in a blog to IMF staff referred to Katha as “An Educational Jewel in India’s Crown” following his visit to Katha Lab School in 2013.
Lohia Charitable Trust A member of the BAT consortium, Lohia Charitable Trust supports the Katha School of Entrepreneurship, part of Katha Lab School, which provides professional and non-professional vocational skills training in carpentry, baking and cutting and tailoring to children and community adults.
Maitri Trust A member of the BAT consortium, Maitri Trust provides support and capacity building to Katha’s leadership team, strengthening the organization and enabling us to pursue our ambitious growth plans.
Millenium Alliance Katha is a proud winner of the 2013 Millennium Alliance Award for our innovative I Love Reading campaign! Promoted by USAID, the Government of India and FICCI, the MA is an inclusive platform to leverage Indian creativity, expertise, and resources to identify and scale innovative solutions being developed and tested in India to address development challenges that will benefit base of the pyramid populations across India and the world. The MA is a network to bring together various actors within India’s social innovation ecosystem including, but not limited to, social innovators, philanthropy organizations, social venture capitalists, angel investors, donors, service providers, and corporate foundations, to stimulate and facilitate financial contributions from the private and public sectors and offer a range of support to innovators.
Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust Katha has been planning on digitizing its award-winning content for children to be able to spread the joy of reading to thousands of children, especially in underserved areas, in a cost-effective manner. Sir Ratan Tata Trust is supporting Katha achieve this dream by converting 22 CBSE recommended titles into eBooks disseminating them to children and teachers. The trust also supports our academic centres.
Oxford Bookstore | The Park Hotel Delhi | Apeejay Surrendra Group came together to support Katha’s Silver Jubilee Celebration in 2014, our first major fundraising event that honored Katha’s Founder and Executive Director, Padma Shri Geeta Dharmarajan, and also raised awareness about Katha’s good work over the last 25 years. Oxford Bookstore also strongly supports Katha Books by promoting and distributing our titles across India.
PacificIN Katha is proud to be supported by PacificIN, who is helping Katha deliver quality education to children and improve our self-sustainability. PacificIN took a leading role in organizing and generously supporting Katha’s Silver Jubilee Celebration in 2014 which raised awareness about Katha’s great work over the last 25 years and also raised funds to support our education programmes. Mr. Paul Dass, the Chairman and Managing Director of PacificIN, is dedicating his financial support and wealth of business experience to help Katha spread the joy of reading and bring quality education to underserved children in India.
Sohan Lal Charitable Trust Our partnership with Sohan Lal Charitable Trust began in 2013 with their support of Katha Lab School. Over the years, the trust has been instrumental in helping Katha deliver holistic, quality education and vocational skills training to children from Govindpuri slum community.
Tata Communication Limited Katha and Tata Communication Limited share the same belief of empowering communities by educating and giving them means of livelihood and feeling of self-respect. Working around this belief, they have formed a new partnership to provide IT skills training to children using an integrated-subject approach and activity-based learning.
TechMahindra Foundation (TMF) A long-term supporter of our educational innovations at Katha Lab School, TMF and Katha are now partnering on a new program to bring IT/computer skills and eLearning to government school teachers in Delhi. This transformational initiative lays the foundation for scaling Katha’s Teacher Education Program initially in government and low-cost school across Delhi and later to other states.
Vitol Foundation As member of the BAT consortium, Vitol Foundation supports Katha Lab School in delivering holistic-quality education to students at Katha Lab School in Govindpuri.
Woodleigh School Australia Students and Teachers from Woodleigh School, Melbourne, Australia have been working with and upgrading the skills of students of Katha Lab School. Katha is thankful for their support.
Lama Rice has lent a very generous support to Katha’s education intiatives. Lama Rice Pvt. Ltd (henceforth called Lama Rice) was started in 2009 with a vision to promote Indian Basmati rice internationally with a sole goal of establishing the identity of Basmati rice through exceptional purity and in adherence to global standards.Today it’s one of the leading manufacturers that provide the finest quality of Indian traditional Basmati rice.
All of Our Partners Adobe | AusAid | Bank of America | Barrington Educational Initiative | BT.UK | Bernard van Leer Foundation | British Asian Trust | CAF India | Central Board of Secondary Education | MHRD (Delhi Government) | Essel Social Welfare Foundation | IOC | International Monetary Fund | Government of India | Halcrow Foundation | Lohia Charitable Trust | Maitri Trust | Millenium Alliance | Municipal Corporation of Delhi | NTPC Ltd. | PVR | Sir Ratan Tata Trust | Sohan Lal Charitable Trust | Tata Communication Limited | Tech Mahindra Foundation | UNESCO | United Ways | Vitol Foundation |Woodleigh School Australia|Oracle
We would also like to extend a special Thank You to Rt. Hon. Patricia Hewitt, Judith Unwin, Mr. Paul Dass and all our other individual donors for their generous support. All the children and adults of Katha say a BIG thank you to all our donor partners and each one of our supporters from the bottom of our hearts! None of our work would have been possible without your inestimable and generous support. YOU can make a huge difference! Join the family. Help our children succeed!