Shiksha Daan was started in 2013 as an initiative of FICA (Federation of India Community Associations of North East Ohio) to increase the Indian community's involvement with the education and development of underprivileged youth in Greater Cleveland. Shiksha Daan has its own virtual tutoring program for children from low-income families. We also partner with various youth education and development organizations in Cleveland to have members of the Indian community serve as tutors/mentors in their spaces.
Before our recent switch to online tutoring, Shiksha Daan held an in-person program in Cleveland Heights (from September 2013 to February 2020) for children of refugee families from Nepal/Bhutan, and a tutoring program on the Cleveland west side (from October 2017 to February 2020), attended by children of refugee families from the Middle East and Africa. These programs provided a weekly 2-hour, one-on-one tutoring session to students and had 15-20 students enrolled in each of the programs.
We stopped the in-person tutoring in March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and started providing online tutoring to the students who were enrolled in our programs. Visit our programs page for information on our current programs – both on how to enroll students in our programs and how to volunteer as a tutor.
Shiksha Daan also helps recruit volunteers from the local Indian community to serve as mentors and tutors in programs run by our partner organizations. Visit our partners page to view our list of current partners and the volunteer opportunities available with them.
The Shiksha Daan program is managed through a committee of volunteers. Please contact us for any inquiries or suggestions.