Akanksha Education Fund

About Us

About Akanksha

We strive to provide children from low-income communities with the knowledge, skills, and values so they can lead empowered lives and maximize their potential. Akanksha runs a network of 26 innovative schools in partnership with local municipal corporations to provide free high-quality education to children from low-income communities in Pune, Mumbai, & Nagpur. We build a 20-year partnership with the children, their parents, and the community and create pathways out of poverty for them through transformative education.

  • 100% of our students complete high school
  • 96% enroll in higher education
  • 74% of our alumni are employed full time
  • 80% of working alumni are continuing higher education – graduate or post-graduate studies
  • 12 students are studying in undergraduate colleges in the US on full-ride scholarships


Our Impact

Akanksha Education Fund has a community of over 3000 donors across the US that supports education initiatives that strengthen our schools but also support leadership capacity building, innovation, and expansion. Our community of supporters is committed to providing a high-quality holistic education to underserved students in India.

What Sets Us Apart
  • Our schools are free to attend with a lottery-based admission process to ensure equitable access.
  • We receive 2.1 times the number of applications every year versus the number of seats available.
  • Akanksha enrolls students in kindergarten and tracks them until the time they graduate college and begin to work.
  • Akanksha provides a holistic learning experience that encompasses academic learning using digital tools, socio-emotional well-being, and helps every child achieve their full potential.
  • Akanksha’s parent engagement program involves the parents as partners in the learning journey of their children.
  • Top industries employing our students include banking, finance and accounting, hospitality, IT/telecom, and the NGO sector.