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Signature Event: October 19, 2023
Akanksha is hosting a Signature Event this year unlike any other before it. “Voices on the Rise” will celebrate Akanksha’s groundbreaking work in providing innovative, high quality holistic education to children from low income communities in India.
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Our Annual Report 2021-2022 is Live!
Please take a few minutes to meet Akanksha’s star student, Dhanashree Birajdar, as she walks you through a year that was marked by intermittent school closures causing severe learning loss across India.
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We believe that
All children should be equipped with the knowledge, skills and values they need to lead empowered lives.
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India Giving Day
On March 2nd, Akanksha Education Fund will be participating in India Giving Day! Early giving kicks off on Feb 14th. Please follow us to our India Giving Day site by clicking the button below.
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2022 Year End: Stronger Together
We are thrilled to launch our year-end giving effort - The Stronger Together Campaign. Our goal is to raise $1 million so that students can have the support and tools they need to recover from learning loss and strengthen core programming in Akanksha schools and communities.
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From India to the World
Akanksha school makes it to the TOP 3 shortlist for the World's Best School Prize for Community Collaboration.
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Join Our Community of Supporters

Be part of a group of supporters who believe education can transform children's lives

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Uninterrupted Learning Continues at Akanksha

Technology infrastructure and device support for our students and educators

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Akanksha In Nagpur

Partnering with Nagpur Municipal
Corporation to impart quality
education to the children of Nagpur

3 cities | 27 schools
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About Akanksha


To advance better educational outcomes for underserved children in India, by raising awareness and providing donors in the U.S. with opportunities to make an impact. 
We fund educational opportunities for underserved children in India, enabling some of the most marginalized children in the world to maximize their potential.

Our Approach

  • Provide equitable access to a high-quality education to underserved children from low-income communities
  • Implement a progressive pedagogy with a team of excellent educators
  • Comprehensive support for our students from kindergarten through to their first job
  • Share our model and best practices to advocate for reform leading to an excellent education for all children
  • Support every child’s socio-emotional well-being and provide skills for lifelong learning and growth
  • Engage parents to support children’s learning and offer programs to address social issues

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Our Alumni


Mrunal Khadke

Focused on Liberal Arts

Mrunal began her journey as a young third grader at KC Thackeray Vidya Niketan School in Pune. A talented dancer and driven student, Mrunal set her eyes on Liberal Arts as the program to pursue for her higher education. Presented with a school opportunity to apply to United World College in Singapore, Mrunal faced the challenge head-on and gained admission with a full scholarship.
After that there was no looking back! Mrunal went on to secure a full-ride at Bennington College, USA for her graduation in Liberal Arts. She studied Japanese, Dance, Geography, Video Making and Visual Arts in her first year at Bennington! She will now be graduating with honors in summer of 2022 which a focus on Environmental Sciences, looking to make a career in the same.


Namrata Khanvilkar

Pursuing Higher Education

Namrata was an exceptional student in her school days at Acharya Vinoba Bhave School in Pune, and is still trail-blazing as an Akanksha Alumni. After graduating from Akanksha she joined a 2 year program at UWC Armenia on a full scholarship. She then gained admission to St. Olaf College in Minnesota, in Sept. 2017, on a full ride scholarship. After graduating she worked as a Consultant at Antara International Non profit, and later at Healthcare Clinic as Patient Services Coordinator. Currently she holds 5 offers for a Masters in Public Health at top universities in the US including George Washington University, DC and Washington University, WA.


Chaitrali Reddy

Empowering through Education 

Chaitrali Reddy deeply believes in holistic education and learning through experiences.After completing her 10th grade at Akanksha’s Acharya Vinoba Bhave Municipal School, Chaitrali joined United World College-Mahindra in Pune. Along with her classmates, she initiated the project Kriya Shivaji, which worked towards empowering women through outdoor and sports education.
Through Kriya, Chaitrali worked on teaching swimming, cycling and fitness coupled with sessions to build self awareness and confidence. Chaitrali is currently studying Psychology and Theatre at Wartburg College, Iowa on a full scholarship for four years!