Project Nanhi Kali, the flagship programme of the K. C. Mahindra Education Trust, was incepted in 1996 with an objective of building an educated and literate Indian female population which in turn would have a positive multiplier effect on the Indian economy. The project is jointly managed by K.C. Mahindra Education Trust and Naandi Foundation since 2005. The program provides high quality; learning outcome guaranteed education interventions to underprivileged girls studying in government schools in poverty stricken urban, rural, and even conflict afflicted tribal regions in India. The Nanhi Kali Project also aims to reduce the high rate of drop outs among girl children in these areas. Assistance is provided in the form of academic, material and social support.
The Nanhi Kali project sets up Academic Support Centers at government schools, where concepts of maths ,language and science are taught to the girls after school hours. Material support is provided in the form of school bags, uniforms, shoes, books, stationery and hygiene material which ensure the girls can attend school with dignity. The Nanhi Kali team also works with the parents and community at the grass root level to sensitize them on gender equity and hence gradually help change mindsets and attitudes. Currently we are reaching out to over 100000 underprivileged girl children from 9 states in India i.e Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Haryana and Karnataka.