We are dedicated to helping our communities thrive.

Our projects address disparities in the realms of health, water & sanitation, renewable energy, education, and income generation.

Our Projects


We focus on key developmental disparities that challenge our target village populations. Our aim is to identify and appropriately address the disparities our communities face while empowering them with the knowledge, tools, and resources to ensure lasting change.


Our Methodology


We use a five-step process to ensure that the needs of our partner communities are effectively met. This framework maintains the quality of service and support we provide to our target population.

HEALTH


We aim to provide access to health care in areas that need it the most through affordable emergency ambulance services, healthcare education, health camps and fully funded rural health clinics.

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Featured Project


Location: Vadamanappakkam, Tamil Nadu
Chapter Lead: UCLA
Methodology Stage: #5 Evaluate


India only has 6.5 physicians for every 100,000 people with a ratio much lower in rural areas. In Vadamanappakkam, the closest hospital is too far to provide readily accessible healthcare. In its founding, Project RISHI donors opened a free clinic with the aim of addressing the high incidence of preventable diseases. Project RISHI has utilized Hesperian’s Where There Are No Doctors and partnered with local self help groups to implement various health education programs focused on increasing knowledge of and prevention of health problems such as diarrhea, asthma and blindness. We continue to monitor the impact of these programs by measuring the decreasing instances of patients affected by these diseases.


WATER


We aim to decrease the incidence of water-borne diseases through affordable safe drinking water kiosks, water delivery services, filtration systems and practical sanitation solutions.

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Featured Project


Location: Bharog Baneri, Himachal Pradesh
Chapter Lead: UC Berkeley
Methodology Stage: #4 Implement


Despite many existing natural sources of water surrounding rural villages in mountainous regions, access to clean water continues to exist as a problematic disparity. For example, in Bharog Baneri, water testing showed levels of E. Coli that were not compliant with the standards set by the world health organization. Project RISHI aims to address the village’s poor quality of consumable water and the secondary health effects stemming from contaminated water. In partnership with SATHI, we have distributed biosand water filters, effective tools to provide affordable access to safe drinking water, to one ward of Bharog Baneri. Project RISHI will monitor the benefit of selling village consumers on the benefit of these biosand water filters and expand this program to additional wards accordingly.


ENERGY


We aim to help rural villagers secure a stronger environmental, health and economical outlook through hand-held solar power, fuel-efficient cookstoves and bio-gasification systems.

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Featured Project


Location: Vadamanappakkam, Tamil Nadu
Chapter Lead: UCLA
Methodology Stage: #5 Evaluate


Smoke from open fire cooking is 4th largest factor impacting health in the world. 50% of the families, especially the women, in Vadamanappakkam are exposed to these fumes with resulting respiratory afflictions, eye infections, asthma, and lung cancer. These problems associated with solid biomass fuels could be reduced with efficient burning. Project RISHI has partnered with Prakti Design and Greenway infra to provide fuel-efficient cookstoves that will limit smoke emissions, decrease negative health impact and improve user productivity and savings due to decreased fuel consumption.


EDUCATION


We aim to balance educational inequalities through targeted tutoring programs, resources for vocational training, and technological advancements within current school systems.

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Featured Project


Location: Tanda, Sonepat
Chapter Lead: Cal Poly Pomona
Methodology Stage: #1 Understand


In rural India, less than half of 5th grade students can read at a 2nd grade level or higher. 80% of adults in Jhunpur, Tanda and Jagdishpur have never been schooled beyond the 8th grade, contributing to the high rates of unemployment and economic insecurity. Dedicating time to solidify basic skills in struggling students could lay a better foundation for socio-economic progress. Cal Poly Pomona has partnered with International Group of Institutions, a nearby pharmacy and engineering college, to tutor children in need and inspire learning with hands-on projects and workshops.


INCOME GENERATION


We aim to increase opportunities for farmers and laborers to generate more income through microfinance, drip-irrigation technology, access to mobile-technology and other entrepreneurial-driving solutions.

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Featured Project


Location: Bharog Baneri, Himachal Pradesh
Chapter Lead: UC Berkeley
Methodology Stage: #2 Research


Mahila Mandals are support groups in rural villages that promote women’s empowerment through financial independence. In Bharog Baneri, this group aims to strengthen their economic independence by creating baskets with materials found near their homes. The work is so ornate that each piece can take days to create - resulting in beautiful products that can be very appealing to buyers. However, their market is limited due to the isolated landscape of Bharog Baneri. Project RISHI is working with college students in Delhi who have had past experience and success in expanding markets of rural artisan products to handicraft boutiques in Delhi. We hope to identify a successful implementation scheme that will cater to the needs of these village women and empower them in gaining better success with their business.


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