MUMBAI (Diya TV) — Project Umeed, spearheaded by a consortium of US-based nonprofits, is set to revolutionize education and digital literacy in rural India. The collaborative effort, valued at $1 million, aims to bridge the urban-rural digital gap and enhance opportunities for underserved communities.

Implemented on the ground by SM Sehgal Foundation, in partnership with Teach for Life, India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF), and Guru Krupa Foundation, Project Umeed seeks to democratize access to knowledge and empower rural populations through technology-enabled learning solutions.

“Umeed,” which means hope in Hindi and Urdu, symbolizes the initiative’s mission to bring positive change and lasting opportunities to rural India. The project will initially focus on regions across Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Telangana.

The collaboration has already raised an impressive $900,000, with a goal to secure the remaining $100,000 during India Giving Day on March 1, primarily through individual donations.

Launched in 2023 by the India Philanthropic Alliance, India Giving Day commemorates the significant contributions made by Americans, particularly Indian Americans, to India’s development.

Key components of Project Umeed include:

Digital Libraries: Leveraging innovative technology, the initiative will establish fully equipped digital libraries in remote villages. These libraries will provide access to computers, internet connectivity, educational software, and digital learning resources for both students and community members.

Capacity Building and Training: Project Umeed will conduct targeted training sessions and workshops to enhance digital literacy skills across all age groups. This effort aims to empower individuals to navigate the digital landscape confidently and utilize online resources effectively.

Content Development: Collaborating with local educators and experts, the project will develop high-quality educational materials and curriculum content tailored to the needs of rural learners. These resources will ensure relevance and effectiveness in addressing local challenges.

Community Engagement and Sustainability: Emphasizing community participation, the initiative will work closely with local stakeholders to foster ownership and sustainability. This approach aims to create meaningful and long-lasting impact in each target community.

SM Sehgal Foundation, founded by Indian American philanthropist Suri Sehgal and his wife, Eda, boasts a presence in over 2,000 Indian villages, focusing on sustainable development initiatives.

Teach for Life, headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, promotes knowledge-sharing to enhance children’s education, while IDRF, based in Bethesda, Maryland, works to alleviate poverty across India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

The Guru Krupa Foundation, a private philanthropic entity, supports various charitable causes and organizations.