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Two Brothers With a Dream

November 2, 2011

A few years ago, we were approached by two brothers from the Kua community who had a vision of a school for the children of their village. They had heard about Effect and tracked us down to share their story and ask for our help. These men share our passion for education. The Kua School will provide education to the […]

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Filming

September 2, 2011

A good friend wrote me about the new video, “There is something about the consistency of human nature that is absorbing. Seeing the simplicity of the smiles. Their wants and needs are just like our own, and they deserve it too.” When I first arrived to India last year, I wished I had a professional camera to catch the daily […]

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Madhya Pradesh

March 2, 2011

Written by Mandi Burton  I sit here during the coldest of the cold days in India. Our visit was the reason Aashkardeep (our school) was kept open this week despite all the public school closures due to cold temperatures in Sasaram. The children’s shivers were muted by their enthusiasm to please and participate with their visitors–Effect International. We love being […]

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And You Thought Teacher Tenure in America Was Tough

February 2, 2011

Teachers in many developing countries are often absent or don’t teach material to students. On some accounts teachers will mark absent students as present and failed grades as passed. In India the World Bank has stated that 25% of teachers were absent from school, and only about half were teaching, during unannounced visits to government primary schools. India ranks second […]

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Whitney’s Update

February 2, 2011

I woke up this morning in the most peaceful way. All of my senses were active as my brain calmly surveyed my surroundings. With eyes closed, I drank in the potent scent of the incense burning beside the bed. I felt comforted by the weight of the heavy blankets that blocked the morning chill. As my eyes opened I saw […]

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Mandi’s Update

February 2, 2011

Just like every journey ever embarked, roadblocks and speedbumps are inevitable. Unlike those experienced in an autorickshaw in Delhi, which left me feeling like a 13 year old girl on Mr. Toad’s Wild ride infused with cultural shock and elevated risk factors, the kinds most recently experienced left me confused and starved for innovative ideas. Traveling brings humility, folks. Although […]

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