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About Us

We're a group product leads, consultants, operations managers, and students united around two big ideas. One, that we can and should make an impact. Two, that decision-making must be driven locally. It's the reason we do this on a voluntary basis on top of our full-time jobs.

Alessandro, Founder

“Whenever anyone asks me the thing I am most proud of in my life, I tell them about education: access. Every time I visit India, I see the impact we can have and I am reminded why we started this in the first place."

Why we're different

When we started this project, we knew we wanted to do things differently. Transparency is not just a buzzword to us. Local leadership is not just a theoretical model. Putting our scholars' interest above everything else isn't just something that we talk about. These are the core principles that we live by.

100% model

We want to maximize the impact of every dollar you donate. That's why our team in the U.S. and EU are volunteers and help cover our operational costs. This means 100% of your donation goes to our projects.

Local decision-making

Many nonprofits talk about grassroots , but few make it the core of their model. All of our operations are run by a team of changemakers in India. They understand local contexts and issues, and drive decision-making.

Trust-based giving

Our scholarships are based on a simple but radical ideal: trust. We relentlessly verify the facts on the ground, but we also believe in the right balance between controls and flexbility based on trust.

Core operations team

We believe decision-making should be made from the ground up, not the other way around. Our Operations Team is the core of our organization. They are role models, mentors, and so much more.

How we got started

The power of chance

In 2014, Alessandro found himself volunteeering in a village deep in the Himalayas. Upon return, he convinced some friends that they should do something to help the people in this remote and neglected area. education: access was born. 

Over the years, the concept has evolved . We have focused on scholarships, learned the importance of local leadership, and become more effective. But we've never forgottten our humble beginnings and the lesson we learned from them: chance can be a powerful catalyst for impact if you're willing to take a leap of faith. 

Support team

An all volunteer-team from diverse backgrounds powering the strategy and fundraising of education: access since Day 1. We're united by the desire to always do what's right.

Board of directors

We introduced a Board of Directors in 2023 to help guide our strategy and ensure we are always maximizing our impact.

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Ready to give the gift of education?

Every $100 can pay for one year of education for a girl in India. 

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