“Why is gender equality important? Gender equality is more than a goal
in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.”
- Kofi Annan

There is no doubt that this was also in Anand Mahindra’s mind when he started Project Nanhi Kali in 1996 to educate underprivileged girls in India. He designed this as a sponsorship programme so individuals could join in and support the cause.
Since then, we have worked tirelessly for the cause, reaching the hinterlands of our country to educate underprivileged girls.

Here’s how we are shaping India, one girl child at a time through strong and regular steps.


Mathematics and language skills are the foundation of every curriculum and often considered challenging by most students. That’s why our after-school tuition at Academic Support Centres focuses on concept learning through the cooperative-reflective methodology, to help the girls learn better.


We believe that providing material help to young girls can enable them to attend school with dignity. We give basic school supplies to them in the form of a kit that includes a school bag with stationery, books, school uniforms, shoes, socks and even hygiene material for the older girls.


While it may be hard to believe, educating a girl child is still not seen as a priority by many people. To eradicate this belief, we work closely with parents, teachers and elders in the communities to spread awareness and garner their support for girl child education.