Surya-Chandra Foundation

Empowering women to eclipse poverty and inequality

aka Educate & Empower Girls   |   AGOURA HILLS, CA   |  s-c-Foundation.org

Mission

To stop violence against women, and empower underprivileged women to rise above poverty and inequality through encouragement, basic education and vocational skills.

Ruling year info

2014

President & CEO

Murli Nakappan

Director, Finance

Sue Nakappan

Main address

29932 QUAIL RUN DR

AGOURA HILLS, CA 91301 USA

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EIN

45-4708552

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Employment Training (J22)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are working on educating and empowering girls and women. We have three focus areas: 1) help girls stay in school, and complete secondary education. 2) help young women pursue vocational training to acquire job related skills. 3) help all women to rise above gender based violence and inequality.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Give now to #qualityeducation for adolescent girls

Did you know that if India enrolled more girls in secondary school, its GDP would rise by $5.5billion?
(Source: Global Campaign for Education and Results Education Fund)
This program is intended to keep adolescent girls in secondary school, and prevent them from being subjected to unwanted marriage, pregnancy, and associated medical complications. The longer they stay in school, the more educated they become and are able to make informed choices in life. Typically, the distraught parents stop them from going to school around 8th or 9th grade citing financial reasons and try to get them married as early as 13 or 14.

It costs about $25 per month for 10 months (for a total of $250) for each academic year. To support a girl for 4 years on the average to ensure completion of high school, it could cost a total of $1,000 per girl. This is money well spent, as the girl's future is radically changed to have a positive impact on her life forever. The future generation is also saved as educated mothers take care of their girls better.

The program is called 'No Child Left Behind' or NCLB by our Partner NGO, Sarva Vidya in Chennai, India.

The main goals are:

To achieve improved academic performance.
To provide at least one nutritional meal daily.
To conduct monthly medical checkup.
To help the students in personality development.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Women and girls

Project Goal:

Expand the Nursing Assistant curriculum with improved training tools, materials, infrastructure and subsequently reach out to wider section of the society at poverty level or below.

Project Target:

The project will target a maximum of 60 underprivileged young girls, unable to equip themselves with employability skills due to prevailing social and economic disadvantages faced by their families and communities.

Project Details:

There is an initial cost of US$5,000 needed to cover the following:

1) Up front lease costs for the building housing class room & toilet facilities
2) A library to maintain a number of subject matter related text books
3) A well furnished laboratory for practical course work

The target number of students is in the range of 50 to 60 Girls. Ideally our effort is to establish a course that has good employability rates. Sponsored course is proposed in the following field:

Nursing Assistants -- Underprivileged women who have completed middle school level education, are eligible to train as nursing assistants.

This course is supplemented with spoken English and Personality Development classes.
The trainees are required to attend orientation programs at the Banyan (Home for destitute women), KarnaPrayag (adoption centre), Little sisters of the poor (Home for the aged) and SCARF (Centre for Schizophrenia), as part of their course work.
They also undergo practical training at Sundaram Medical Foundation (SMF), Appasamy Hospitals and Bone & Joint clinic in Anna Nagar for hands on training in specialty care.
Basic physiotherapy sessions will also be provided as part of the course.

On completing the six (6) months course work, they will be certified by SMF as nursing assistants. Alumni students are provided with refresher courses to update their skills. This course has the widest reach, among women who are the most vulnerable and are at the lowest rung of the social ladder. The trainees are in high demand for their services, as nursing assistants to take care of the patients at home.

The average salary of a nursing assistant ranges from Rs.9000 to Rs.12000/month.

Salient Features:

1) Our model ensures that there is flexibility in terms of pace of teaching, teaching methodology, time-table etc. that is customized for every batch of trainees so that no eligible candidate is left out of the program.
2) The focus is that the training has requisite quality and is student centered and gender-sensitive.
It is based on a curriculum that is relevant to the needs and reality of learners, and relies on trained teachers equipped with appropriate learning materials.
3) Training is held in a professional environment – one that is safe, clean and conducive to learning.
Curriculum is designed so that apart from imparting education, it also molds the trainee’s personality in a positive way.
4) All efforts are made that egalitarian values, confidence, self motivation, social ethics and health education are integrated into the curriculum.

Proposed Activities:

1. Mobilization of funds and community volunteers to support the programs
2. Training of teachers
3. Development of curriculum
4. Focused training for 10 to 12 women in each batch
5. Two months learning in the classroom
6. A reputed assessment body to assess and certify trainees
7. Internship program to provide exposure
8. Placements for the trainees

Ongoing cost of supporting the project: USD 20000.
Initial setup costs in India: USD 5000.
Total Funds needed: USD 25000.

Project Location
ANEW, AH107 - New #16 4th Street, Shanthi Colony Anna Nagar,
Chennai,
Tamil Nadu 600040
India.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people

Project Details
This fundraiser is to help support PCVC, a non-profit organisation, in offering comprehensive burn care and rehabilitation services to women burn survivors.

Burning (from acid, kerosene, gas, alcohol) is one of the most horrific forms of violence against women/girls, it leads to severe deformities leading to partial or complete disability. Many women succumb because of inadequate, unresponsive support services, overwhelmed by more than just physical injury.

How the funds will be used:

PRESSURE GARMENTS:

Burn survivors need extensive physiotherapy for over 7 hours a day, pressure garments to prevent scar formation & contractures which restrict movement of the bones which could lead to complete lack of movement at the joints. Pressure garments are made from special spandex material not readily available in India. They cost INR 1000-8000 per piece. PCVC gives two sets of pressure garments to every survivor, which are replaced after 3-6 months based on need. As a result, every year PCVC spends approximately 4,00,000 (4 lakh) INR to ensure survivors have pressure garments.

WOUND CARE MATERIALS:

Survivors often come with open wounds from the burns and need regular wound care, in order to facilitate appropriate healing. To aid this, we have disposable wound care materials, and trained wound care specialists to care for them.

The cost of wound care materials for all survivors, comes to 1,50,000 (1.5 Lakh) INR, for one year.

REGULAR MEDICAL TESTS:
Survivors undergo multiple surgeries and procedures at hospitals, which often require regular medical tests including blood tests. The cost of regular medical tests for all survivors, is 2,00,000 (2 Lakh) INR for one year.

FOOD & NUTRITION:
Nutrition is a huge component of recovery from burns. Because it takes a lot of energy to heal, survivors need more calories than normal. They also need a lot of protein because the body loses protein through the burn wounds and muscles start breaking down. Every survivor is recommended an intake of a high protein diet comprising of:

health drinks, protein supplements, eggs, cheese, dry fruits with every meal.

The cost of providing appropriate nutrition for all survivors, is 1,60,000 INR for one year.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Our mission is to stop violence against women, and empower underprivileged women to rise above poverty and inequality through encouragement, basic education and vocational skills.

We educate and empower women from very low income families and distraught segments of society.

We want to prevent child marriages. If trends continue, 28 million girls born between 2005 and 2010 will become child brides by 2030 in India.

We want to provide at least one nutritional meal to adolescent girls. Even a moderate iodine deficiency can lead to a loss of 10-13 IQ points. Such deficiency directly impacts girls’ concentration, cognition and learning abilities. Combined with the onset of menstruation, poor school performance contributes to a higher dropout rate among adolescent girls.

We want to offer rehabilitation services to burn victims of domestic abuse. These services include:

Wound Care Materials
Pressure Garments
Regular Medical Tests
Food & Nutrition
Physical Therapy

We partner with local NGOs in the impacted areas who can bring the operational expertise and volunteer resources to train and educate the girls and women. Here are some Examples:

ANEW - Vocational Skills Training for Young Women. Please visit the link below to learn more:
http://anewindia.org/index.php/supporters/

Sarva Vidya - We support NCLB (No Child Left Behind) project through Scholarships and nutritious health food, Scholarships are also provided to the economically weak students joining Patient Care courses. Please visit the link below to learn more:
https://www.sarva-vidya.org/our-network

PCVC - We support crisis intervention for abused women by providing funds for medical services and emergency shelters. Please visit the link below to learn more:
http://www.pcvconline.org/support.htm

We raise money through social media and employer portals besides holding specific events to increase awareness and raise money for the causes we support.

We perform due diligence for the organizations we support by visiting them at least once a year. We also partner with a local charity that provides medical checkups for the girls and young women once a month. They are able to update us on the general progress of health and utilization of funds for deserving girls. Please visit the link below to learn more:
http://saihealingtrust.org/medical-care/

We have helped more than one thousand girls and women since our beginning in April 2013.

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Surya-Chandra Foundation

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Murli Nakappan

Ashok Kumar

Shankar Rao

Sue Nakappan

Organizational demographics

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