KAGAJ KALAM DAWAAT FOUNDATION, a Delhi-based NGO, fills this niche by providing capacity building consulting and volunteer staff support to education organizations in India. In addition, KKDF facilitates collaboration between organizations in India’s education sector. REEMA CHANDRA and APARNA SINHA, POORNIMA SINHA from DUBAI and SONI SINHA from INDIA— these young women from AMERICA who initially came to India as —founded KKDF in 2015. They saw a need for professional assistance for NGOs, and built the organization around a vision for quality education for all children in India. Executive Director ANJU SINHA joined KKDF in 2015, originally as a volunteer working with an education NGO in Delhi.
KKDF works with partner organizations—high-potential NGOs open to change and already delivering high-quality service. KKDF’s goal in identifying partners is to understand each organization as a whole—its history, successes, challenges, and team members. The chemistry between the organization and KKDF’s staff is essential to a successful partnership.
“After selecting a partner organization, KKDF identifies areas for improvement in the organization, and then teams the partner with KKDF volunteers to help implement agreed-upon solutions. “We have their best interest in mind and understand what they are looking for. We help them and hold them to the agenda that they set” explains.
Their volunteer program is the centerpiece of their work. KKDF volunteers are full-time, unpaid professionals, and often individuals looking to shift to development work from the corporate sector. KKDF looks for professionals who can provide one-on-one expert support to the partner organization for a period of three months on a specific aspect of a long-term project. Volunteers typically stay in India or the sector after their volunteer experience. KKDF partners hired 10 volunteers for permanent positions, one volunteer started their own social enterprise, and four volunteers joined KKDF’s permanent staff.