Social Enterprise, Enterprise
Started in 1999, Dream a Dream works to empower young people from vulnerable backgrounds to overcome adversity and thrive in the 21st century. It works with communities directly in Bengaluru, partners with five state governments and collaborates with a host of national and international partners to re-imagine the purpose of education.
Currently, it works with 10,000 young people every year in Bengaluru and has trained over 35,000 educators and impacted over 1 million children through strategic partnerships.
The fallout from this pandemic has resulted in healthcare concerns, a loss of income and livelihoods, diminishing family resources, and a sharp drop in access to education. Adapting its operations, Dream a Dream has impacted nearly 25,000 families through both waves of the pandemic. This includes 19,868 ration kits, COVID-19 awareness to 1,253 students, financial support for 812 students and teachers, medical support to 463 people, and assistance to 353 people with vaccinations.
The organization has also provided 50 digital devices, 292 learn-at-home kits, and 32 placements/scholarships, and assisted 929 people with mental health support.
COVID-19 heightened existing adversities and widened systemic inequities. While Dream a Dream responded swiftly to ensure the right support was provided to our young people and their communities, the need has never been greater to overhaul existing education systems. India urgently requires a new approach grounded in social-emotional learning practices and trauma responsiveness, and focused on the well-being of young people.