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Bloom India

Education is Freedom

aka Bloom India Development Foundation Inc   |   Winchester, MA   |  https://bloomindia.com/

Mission

Bloom India's vision is to provide high-quality education to underprivileged children to break the bondage of poverty, injustice, and social discrimination.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Dennis Mathew

Main address

56 Lorena Road

Winchester, MA 01890 USA

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Formerly known as

Kaleo Group

EIN

80-0727023

NTEE code info

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (P19)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Distance Learning (Bridging the Digital Divide)

School buildings have been closed since March 2020 because of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Bloom India quickly pivoted to provide distance learning for over 400 children. We provided 145 laptops and tablets for our middle school students and all of our teachers. We distributed 438 school supply kits, including new textbooks, paper, pencils, and math tools. Most of our students are first-generation learners. We refuse to let them fall behind in their studies. Teachers are in touch with each student daily to keep them on track.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
Preteens
People of South Asian descent
Extremely poor people

In India, most children from underprivileged backgrounds are lucky to finish 10th grade, which is the final required year of school. Instead of 11th and 12th grade, like in the US, students have to pay tuition to attend a Pre-University Course (PUC). Only after paying for those two additional years of school, plus required tutoring, can you apply to university.

Since all of our 10th graders passed their competitive 10th-grade board exam, we felt strongly that they should continue their education. We are committed to providing scholarships and coaching so that these students can reach their dreams of going to university.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

In the spring of 2020, Bloom India distributed over 20 tons of food provisions to our school families. The Covid-19 Lockdown in India was abrupt and harsh, especially for daily wage laborers. Their work completely dried up and they do not have extra savings or stored food. Bloom India provided over 30,000 lbs of rice, 3,500 lbs of lentils, and 2,500 lbs of spices to over 1600 people over the 9 weeks of lockdown.

Now, we are starting an ongoing school meal program for the children. We are renovating the kitchen to be able to provide a hot breakfast and a hot lunch for each child. Food insecurity is a real and ongoing problem in this poor community. You can not learn with an empty belly. We are excited to launch this new program in 2021.

Population(s) Served
People of South Asian descent
Extremely poor people
Students
Adolescents
People of South Asian descent
Extremely poor people
Students
Adolescents
Children

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of high school seniors who graduate from high school on time

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, People of South Asian descent, People of Southeast Asian descent, At-risk youth

Related Program

Scholarships for Continuing Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Each year all of our students have graduated as well as passed their 10th-grade board exams.

Number of graduates enrolled in higher learning, university, or technical/vocational training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of South Asian descent, People of Southeast Asian descent, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Scholarships for Continuing Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These students are pursuing degrees or vocational programs in engineering, nursing, commerce, hotel management, bookkeeping, and culinary arts which will allow them to get quality jobs and salaries.

Number of pounds of medical surplus supplies shipped to communities in need

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of South Asian descent, People of Southeast Asian descent, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We delivered 50,000 units of PPE and 24 ICU ventilators to partner hospitals to expand their emergency department.

Number of children reached with a meal each school day

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of Southeast Asian descent, People of South Asian descent, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Food Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers best accurately reflect the number of families served. In 2020, we served these 500 families with 2 separate food distributions. Each distribution provided the families for 1-2 months.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, People of South Asian descent, People of Southeast Asian descent

Related Program

Distance Learning (Bridging the Digital Divide)

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This reflects the number of students at our school and PUC programs. In 2020, we also provided emergency relief to students/schools who were in need outside of our immediate school community.

Number of children who received school supplies

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of South Asian descent, People of Southeast Asian descent, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Distance Learning (Bridging the Digital Divide)

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provide each student with all the resources and supplies they will need each school year, including uniforms and shoes.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of South Asian descent, People of Southeast Asian descent, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Scholarships for Continuing Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provide free education to those in impoverished areas so they can have access to high-quality education.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Poor rural communities in India need access to quality education and we want to expand our approach to learning by establishing digital centers in different at-risk schools focusing on science, math, and English for students from 1st grade to 6th grade. Our focus is to provide high-quality education to underprivileged children throughout India to help them to be successful and break the cycle of poverty not only for themselves but for their communities and the generations to come. Many schools in rural areas are understaffed and under-resourced. The rate of turnover is high for teachers in general much less for qualified or skilled teachers. These disadvantaged children then are stuck not having the necessary basic skills or proficiency to compete with their counterparts. We know that there are many other poor rural communities in India that need access to quality education and we want to continue to expand to reach as many as we can.

As our students reach 10th grade and continue to excel in their board exams we are committed to providing scholarships so they can pursue higher education from PUC (Pre-university) to beyond.

Only 3.6% of children in the state of Karnataka eat an acceptable minimum diet. We are developing a strategic plan to address the issue of food insecurity which includes launching a sustainable food program for our 540+ students. For the vast majority of our students, this will be the only nutritious meal that they receive that day. Most of our children's parents are daily wage laborers who work very hard to provide for their families but they often make anywhere from $2-$5 a day which has to go to pay all their expenses including groceries.

A lack of sanitary bathrooms and resources for girls can lead them to miss school during menstruation or drop out altogether. Not having access to menstrual products, waste management, and education causes physical, mental, and emotional challenges for young women. More than 40% of students in India resort to missing school while menstruating because of social stigma, isolation, and embarrassment.

Less than 1% of government schools in the city of Bengaluru have playgrounds. The lack of playgrounds or open areas causes a lack of physical activity which is one of the greatest contributors to childhood obesity as well as anxiety and depression. Playgrounds and physical health programs are designed to promote play, activities, and social interaction among children which are all necessary for the full well being all children.

As our students reach 10th grade and continue to excel in their board exams we are committed to providing scholarships so they can pursue higher education from PUC (Pre-university) to beyond. That is a continued commitment to all our 10th-grade graduates to ensure they have the resources to excel.

We want to continue to expand to add additional Bloom Schools in areas where we see a great need and can mobilize our efforts to help. We know that there are many other poor rural communities in India that need access to quality education and we want to continue to expand to reach as many as we can. With the education crisis continuing throughout India, we want to expand our approach to learning with multiple centers in different at-risk schools by placing digital classrooms with a focus on science, math, and English subjects for students from 1st grade to 6th grade.

We are launching a sustainable food program for our 540+ students. We want to renovate the kitchens at the school so we can provide a hot, healthy homemade meal to each of our students and staff.

We are making renovations which include 20 updated toilets and stalls so all our students have access to sanitary and hygienic bathroom facilities. We will continue to address proper hygiene and access to sanitary conditions in the schools and centers we establish.

We want to update our grounds with playground equipment so our students can also just be kids and have fun. We want our children to have the same opportunities to be well-rounded and enjoy being a child.

We have been able to support all our 10th graders from the pandemic onwards. We provided added support to help ensure that the 10th graders stayed connected by providing laptops to continue their education online. Our teachers also were committed to providing extra help to make sure they all successfully passed! Once they passed we supported each of them to pursue PUC as well as onward to degree programs in engineering, nursing, and commerce. We know we can continue to provide to ensure that they are all successful.

We are partnering with low-income, hard-to-reach schools to establish smart classrooms to provide needed science and math courses. Our team of excellent math and science teachers provides online instruction while local teachers facilitate hands-on projects in specially-designed STEM classrooms. We were able to successfully pivot to digital learning during the pandemic when our students were at home for over 20 months. Our teachers are trained on various digital tools and platforms to provide support and creative learning solutions.

We recently renovated the kitchens at the school so we can provide a hot, healthy homemade meal to each of our students and staff. We were able to install new equipment, provide all the necessary utensils and plates as well as hire kitchen staff to ensure meals are homemade for our 540+ students and staff. This has ensured that our children can focus on learning and not being hungry as many of our families are daily laborers struggling to make ends meet.

We renovated the bathrooms which include 20 updated toilets and stalls so all our students have access to sanitary and hygienic bathroom facilities. We also have provided menstrual products and proper waste management so our female students don't have to be concerned about these resources. We have staff and teachers that are trained in teaching and addressing health concerns and hygiene.

We have updated our grounds with a cricket pitch, volleyball courts, and updated playground equipment so our students can also just be kids and have fun.

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, we quickly acted to meet the needs of students, their families, and the school community by providing emergency food relief, necessary medical care, and digital learning.

Due to the strict COVID-19 lockdown in India, our schools were shut down, and we pivoted to distance learning. The majority of low-class children in India do not have access to the internet let alone have the funds to afford digital devices. We immediately trained our teachers on Google classroom and other online resources and purchased over 400 devices for digital education. We delivered over 400 at-home learning kits with new textbooks and school supplies. The Digital Divide is a big problem, but now our students have access to the technology they need to succeed in the 21st century.

We expanded beyond just education for children to provide for their families and the local community. We provided 70,000 lbs of emergency food relief to address growing food insecurity, 50,000 units of PPE, and 24 ICU ventilators for our partner hospitals.

We have been able to support all our 10th graders from the pandemic onwards. The classes of 2019 onwards have all had a 100% pass rate on their board exams. We supported each of them to pursue PUC as well as onward to degree and vocational programs in engineering, nursing, and commerce.

In 2022, students were allowed to return to in-person learning for the first time in 2 years. We expanded our school partnerships and focused on improving science and math education by launching the Bloom STEM Centers educating 600 hard-to-reach, underprivileged students.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Bloom India

Board of directors
as of 09/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dennis Mathew

Comcast

Term: 2020 - 2021

Dennis Mathew

Senior Vice President, Comcast

Robin John

Chief Executive Officer, Managing Partner, Eventide Asset Management

John Kuryan

Managing Partner at Allergy & Asthma Care

Jocelyn Kuryan

Ophthalmologist, Partner at TriCentury EyeCare

Jon George

Interventional Cardiologist at Pennsylvania Hospital and Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Johnson Parayil

Assurance Partner, EY

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/26/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/03/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.