World Literacy Canada’s India Project


In 2014-15, World Literacy Canada’s India Project reached 501 urban and rural communities in Uttar Pradesh, India. It had a direct impact on the lives of over 5000 women and children, and indirectly thousands more.   Within each community World Literacy Canada organized a Mahila Mandal (women’s group) that oversaw the project.  At that time, the Mahila Mandals, with a membership of 15,153, were democratically elected to support the Adult Literacy Classes (ALC) and Early Childhood Learning (Balwadi) programs in their community.  The Mahila Mandals advocated for gender equality (click here to read WLC’s Gender Policy), and highlighted their achievements by organizing  public events.


In 2015, World Literacy Canada trained and employed 100 young women as teachers to deliver the ALC/Balwadi programming.  The project enrolled 2,500 women in the ALCs, and over 2,500 children participate in the Balwadis.  To retain literacy skills, World Literacy provides dommunities a library service with a book collection that numbered over 63,000 Hindi and 3,000 English titles.  Library services included computer, music and art classes for children and youth.


The Sally Swenson Scholarships supported the education of 191 children by providing tuition, uniforms, books, and afterschool tutoring to academically promising girls and boys from supported communities.  In partnership with local organizations, World Literacy further supports social enterprise programming for women, and advocates for access to education and other public services.

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Our Partners in India

  • Amar Shahid Chetana Sansthan
  • Grameen Vikas Sansthan
  • Sri Sachchidanand Siksan Sansthan
  • Tagore Bal Niketan Vikas Sansthan
  • Purti Sansthan
  • Child and Women’s Welfare Associates