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SEEKHO


We empower dreams through well-being.

SEEKHO is working to create a self-sustaining culture of learning in rural India. We use well-being to inspire confidence, meaning, and growth in education and the community.

The Problem


Social discrimination leads to discouragement in the classroom, home, and community.

90% of Indian children never graduate. 58% dropout before finishing primary school. 4% don't even start school. This is why there's a lack of gainful employment, dissatisfaction, and violence.

Success rates are highly correlated with socioeconomic status, so disaffection links itself with casteist and communal politics, leading to a violent and less tolerant society:

Our Progress


SEEKHO is on track to reach 2000 children in 2014.

Thus far, we’ve opened a learning center, trained 25 volunteer teachers, reached 600 students through our learning camps, and are currently training 20 local students to become leaders in the community.

Working with a group of illiterate and dropout children in Bishanpur Village, Bihar, I started with an art-based activity to inspire some creativity and self-expression in which the children were to draw their families. However, all of the children refused to pick up the markers, and when I asked them why, they said that they would not be able to.

I encouraged the children to at least try, but a parent showed up and told me that I was wasting time. The children were never taught the ability to express themselves in any form.

And this is where we're headed

The science of well-being is a new approach for empowering people in rural communities with the tools needed to increase and improve the five elements of well-being known as PERMA: positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment.

Starting in January, we will kick off our new teacher-training program in a pilot study in four schools. We will also expand our leadership methodology to ensure the village continues to focus on learning, happiness, and well-being.

It is time to expand our definition of success and well-being in a way that encourages all children to dream.

Moving Forward

This is just the beginning. We have a long way to go.

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