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Last Updated on February 6, 2021

Operation in state

  • Pan India
 

Thematic Areas

  • Community Development
  • CSR and Sustainability
  • Education and Employment
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Women and Gender
 
 

Tax Compliance Eligibility

  • 80G (for 50% tax benefits)
  • 12 A (Tax exemption for NGO income)
  • FCRA (Eligible for international funding)
  • Organization Registration Certificate
 
 

Katha

Verified Organization

Established In 1989


A3, Sarvodaya Enclave , Sri Aurobindo Marg , New Delhi , Delhi , 110017

About the organization

Affected by the plight of children begging and peddling wares at busy traffic junctions on the roads of Delhi and even more shocked by the standard of education in Delhi, the Founder, Geeta Dharmarajan set up Katha to bring big ideas about health, society and environment to enhance the joy of reading. Income generation activities for the women in the community were initiated to enable the mother to send the children to school. With a focus on the girl child, to enable the elder girl child to attend school instead of taking care of her siblings at home, a crèche was created in the school to take care of the siblings. Founded in 1989, Katha has been, for the last 32 years, empowering underserved and marginalized communities through quality education, vocational skilling & entrepreneurship training, women wmpowerment, WASH, world-class book publishing and teacher training. Katha has several programs in place to help check various types of poverties amongst the population at the Bottom of Pyramid’ (BoP). Katha’s initiatives, across many states, have reached over 10.4 million beneficiaries (children, youth and women) from impoverished and underserved communities. Katha’s work spans the literacy to literature continuum by seamlessly connecting grassroots work in education & training and community resurgence. Katha works in the underserved and impoverished communities to ensure these children are able to receive the quality of education and skill based training, needed to build a better future for themselves and their families. They have an innovative, proven education model that makes learning a fun, creative experience for children, youth, women and teachers alike.

 

Vision: Katha is built on the vision that children can be agents of positive socio-cultural change.

Mission: Katha’s mission is to empower socio-economically disadvantaged children as they read for joy and meaning. Children, via Katha’s StoryPedagogyTM engage with “Big Ideas” through high-quality reading content, which fosters their critical thinking and problem-solving skills so that they can go on to create a kinder, and more equitable, and sustainable world for all.

 

Katha’s expertise has been its engaging teaching-learning content and its unique and innovative StoryPedagogy© that has been tested, refined and replicated in thousands of low cost schools across geographies of India. Stories and storybooks are the core of all educational and training programs that brings excitement among learners. Katha’s expertise comes from the vast experience in running low cost schools through storybooks and the StoryPedagogy, bringing first generation learners in government schools into grade level reading-numeracy and empowering community women and youth to become agents of sustainable change.

 

Katha's Reach from 1989 to 2020

  • Through its various initiatives, Katha has benefitted over 10.4 Million beneficiaries (children, women and youth) across India.
  • Working in 1142 government schools, brought a systematic change in the quality of education through direct intervention with children and teacher training (trained over 21,000 teachers). Many government schools adopted and transformed them into the ‘Best Schools’ as recognized by the government itself.
  • Covered 1157 communities (urban slums, rural and tribal) and trained more than 5,00,000 community women on their social, political, educational, personal and legal rights.
  • Trained more than 36,000 youth and women resulting in over 88% percent of them either in jobs or in gainful employment with consequent visible and sustained changes in the family wellbeing. With the increased family income, due to employment and training, expenditure on health, nutrition and education increased.
  • Published +400 titles and disseminated over 20, 00,000 books in Hindi & English and other major Indian languages, spreading the joy of reading. Katha has set up beautiful libraries in schools and communities powered by technology to enhance the joy of reading and bring children and communities out of ‘reading deficiencies’.
  • 124 of their books are recommended by CBSE and NCERT and 13 titles procured by Director of Education, Delhi. Many have won awards.
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Special features of the organization

  • Innovative, quality books that are well written/translated/designed/illustrated.
  • Engaged families and communities of first generation school-goers.
  • StoryPedagogy™ & Exciting classroom practices based on a Curriculum for Life.
  • Creative, engaging skill based training content that increases the effectiveness of intervention, specially reading skills in children.
 

Why should a corporate partner with organization?

Katha with its high impact work, has benefitted more than 10.4 million beneficiaries largely children in the government schools and nearby communities. 550,000 women from 1200+ communities through vocational training, WASH, leadership, advocacy, functional and digital literacy programs. Katha School of Entrepreneurship (KSE), trains 500 women and youth annually in diverse vocational courses, such as bakery, tailoring and IT and help them to get gainful employment and have set-up small businesses of their own.

 

They are globally recognized mission driven organization with 32 years of experience and  expertise  that has yielded high results and lifted several communities out of many types of poverties and that makes Katha as the most suitable for partnerships with corporates, as an implementation and knowledge partner. Katha with its work in deprived communities are a well-recognized figure. They have strong internal systems (finance and accounts, HR and administration, research & evaluation etc.) that makes us strongly compliant to the CSR laws and legislations. Its work is aligned and contributed to national and international goals and missions such as Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Right to Education (RTE), Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 4, SDG 5, SDG 6, SDG 8 and SDG 17), Beti Bachao - Beti Padhao, Swacch Bharat and Swacch Vidyalayas, Pade Bharat - Badey Bharat etc.

 

 

Chief Functionary

Name :  
Parvinder Kaur
 
Designation :  
Executive Director
 
Email :  
parvinder.kaur@katha.org
 
 

Contact

Name :  
Parvinder Kaur
 
Designation :  
Executive Director
 
Email 1 :  
parvinder.kaur@katha.org
 
Phone :  
011-41416635
 
 

CSR projects of organization

I Love Reading! (Building foundational grade level literacy and numeracy among children)
Project Type: CSR
I Love Reading! (ILR) is an innovative reading and school transformations program that Katha runs in....
 
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Katha Lab School (A high-quality low-cost community school for most marginalized children)
Project Type: CSR
Katha Lab School is a low-cost affordable school located at the center of bustling narrow streets of....
 
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Katha School of Entrepreneurship (KSE)
Project Type: CSR
The Katha School of Entrepreneurship (KSE) was established in 1995 with the objective of offering sk....
 
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