Yatra Foundation is a non-governmental, non-religious and not-for-profit organisation based in Australia, established to provide disadvantaged children in India the opportunity to access quality education.
Childhood education in India is a state-by-state arrangement. Traditionally, there has been heavy investment in the tertiary sector resulting in vast inequalities in education standards. Rajasthan state is a prime example due to the feudal social order generated over hundreds of years, geographic isolation, escalating childhood labour, resulting in poor school retention rates. Only 47% of children enrolled in year 1 reach year 8 level. ‘Millennium Development Goals’, set by United Nations to be attained by 2015, call for all children to complete to end of grade 5. India has a long way to go to achieve these goals. Latest results show that 50% of children in government schools in class 5 cannot do class 2 level (ASER 2018).
Education is recognised as a powerful tool for reducing poverty, unemployment and inequality and for improving health, nutrition and promoting sustained growth (World Bank, 2004). Education has also been shown to have positive knock-on effects in the future generations. Yatra Foundation seeks to effect an enduring change in the lives of children and their families by giving them the opportunity to access primary school education, with the hope that a good education will lead them to better opportunities.
100% of all donations made to Yatra Foundation are used to fund Yatra projects. No proceeds are used for any administrative costs.
Yatra Foundation aims to:
SANJAY JAIN was born in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Although a scientist by qualification, Sanjay is the managing director of a sporting goods company based in Melbourne, Australia. Having lived his early youth years in Kota, Rajasthan he is passionate about helping the disadvantaged children of India.
RENU BINAYKIA has grown up in Mumbai, India and her family hails from the Shekhatwati region of Rajasthan. She has lived for the past 30 years in Melbourne Australia. A designer by profession she travels regularly to India and is strongly compelled to help educate the poor.
Dr SOPHIE BEAUMONT (OAM) is a dental surgeon with a Masters degree in Public Health. She has always had a passion for public health, education and equity and a keen interest in India.
Professor RAVI SAVARIRAYAN is a Paediatrician and Consultant Clinical Geneticist who works at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. He is of Indian origin and is passionate about social justice.
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100% of all individual donations made to Yatra Foundation are used to fund Yatra projects. No proceeds are used for any administrative costs, which are paid for by the founders or by the organisations and businesses that support Yatra’s work. Yatra Foundation Australia has the authority to fundraise under permit no. CFN/21179 in New South Wales and 10272 in Victoria.