Alisha Malhotra's Bright Start Scholarship Programme

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Alisha Malhotra, in conjunction with One Kind Act and YUVA Unstoppable, is delighted to announce her Bright Start Scholarship Programme:

'Five years ago, after suffering a stroke, I had to put my teaching career on hold. The work I did empowered children to stand on their own two feet. Five years on, I'm returning to education. In partnership with One Kind Act and Yuva Unstoppable, I'm launching Bright Start - An Educational Scholarship Programme to help some of the brightest but most marginalised children in India. Our 6-year programme of education, mentoring and support will help children from 15 years old, through to university and then their first job. This life-changing opportunity will not only help our little heroes but will provide a sustainable solution to helping their own communities in the long term. More than donating money, we are offering you an opportunity to adopt a child for six years. You can get to know them personally, help them grow and inspire them to dream……and together, we can build India's future leaders.' Alisha Malhotra


The Cycle of Poverty

The Problem?  - Only up to 50% of India’s children go to school, of which 71% come from impoverished backgrounds but who invariably have to drop out of school by the age of 15
Why? For reasons totally out of their control - their family poverty, child exploitation, forced marriages, poor teaching, lack of school meals…this sad list is endless. 
The Impact? This drop-out pattern means these children never get out of their poverty cycle and cannot aspire to dreams they are capable of fulfilling. 
The Solution? Alisha Malhotra Bright Start Scholarrship Programme

Bright Start
The Bright Start Scholarship Programme provides access to further education to the smartest children in India's most economically challenged families; children who are carefully selected by YUVA Unstoppable via a rigorous selection process that takes into consideration their academic ability and their social economic background (family income less £3,000 per annum). 

With your support of £1,500 (equivalent to only £250 per year) and a top up grant of up to £500 from One Kind Act and Yuva Unstoppable, we will be able to provide a child from 15 years old with 6 years of education, mentoring and support through university to their first job.

Your donation will not be handed over to the beneficiary but will be handled by YUVA over the 6 years to pay for all educational expenses of admission to college, tuition fees, stationery, textbooks, college projects and field trips.

And whilst your donation will be directly supporting the full educational needs of the child, our partnership will ensure that the families get any financial support they require to see through their child’s education.

In addition to your donation, we offer you an opportunity to effectively adopt your child and get to know them personally through modern technology, mentor them to help them grow and inspire them to dream and realise their ambitions. You will be regularly appraised of their performance and achievements. 

Education is a human right and a public responsibility. Please help us to help to change the trajectory of the lives of talented children, to invest in a more sustainable future for them and to help them give back to their community in a way that simply was not possible before.

How to Donate
Sponsor a Child
  • £1500 from your group of family or friends to sponsor a child for 6 years of further education
  • Select Sponsor a Child above
General Support
  • Any smaller amount to help support ancillary costs of improving upon their educational experience.  
  • Select General Support £20+ above. You can pledge more once you've selected this option

About Yuva

Please note that YUVA Unstoppable is a non-profit in India which has benefited over 1800 schools and 800,000 underprivileged children across 41 cities of India. They work with 100 top corporate companies (HDFC Bank, 3M, IBM, Google, SGS, Korn Ferry, Vedanta, Disney, Hexaware, Nomura Bank, HT Parekh Foundation, CAF, UNICEF, UnitedWay and many others) to transform government schools (better toilets, improved drinking water, scholarships, digital literacy, value-based training, etc.). KPMG audits financials and Deloitte reviews processes.

About One Kind Act

One Kind Act Changes Communities and lives of others globally who suffer as a result of Poverty of Health, Nutrition and Education and may have Fallen Through The Net of the larger charities. Learn More here


Alisha Malhotra
Jan 04, 2021

I am fortunate to be able to give back to those who need it the most. Together we can make a difference and it doesn't matter not how small or big your donation as every penny makes a difference. "Giving to others will not take away from what you have but will in fact add to your life"

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  • Mehul

    " Wishing you all the best in your worthy venture. From Miti, Mehul and fam x "
  • Shamit Malhotra

    " From Kanti & Guddi "
  • Usha Bhagat

    " Thank you for making it possible to make such a difference to someone's life. "
  • Raj Patwal

    " What a totally inspirational young lady you are Alisha. We are so proud of you and your dedication to helping others. Education is definitely the way forward! Love Raj Shikha Ishani and Krish. "
  • Pankaj Shah

    " Fabulous initiative Alisha on behalf of OKA - education is the key to so much opportunity. Wish you much success for this Scholarship Programme. Rohini and Pankaj "
  • Saamia Razvi

    " Amazing initiative- what you're doing is going to help improve so many lives. Well done Lish. "
  • Anonymous

    " Thank you Alisha for creating this platform and giving us an opportunity to make a difference in a young student’s life. Love you "
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  • Medha Shah

    " This is an amazing cause that will help so many children. We are supporting in memory of our Nanima and Nana who believed in the value of quality education. Medha and Dhara "
  • Tony Palluotto

    " Well done Alisha! It’s a pleasure to hear of the important and valued work that you are doing! Best wishes for the future. Tony "
  • Barbara Lloyd

    " Well done Alisha, you’re such an inspiration ❤️ "
  • Mathew Lewis

    " Amazing work and a huge inspiration to people everywhere! Well done, I hope this helps. "
  • Ashwin Bedi

    " Well done Alisha this is amazing work that you are doing and a very worthy cause. Wish you all the best Ashwin, Laura and Family xx "
  • Nishi Singh

    " Many congratulations on the launch of Bright Star - this is so inspiring Alisha. xx "
  • Shamit Malhotra

    " From Anju and Family "
  • Shamit Malhotra

    " From Ashok Mahububani "
  • Ishan Malhotra

    " So proud of everything you have achieved Alisha over these five years. A great cause that will help so many children "
  • Amrisha

    " Proud of you! "
  • Katie
  • Anonymous

    " Fantastic initiative "
  • Rita Soni

    " We are really pleased as a family to support a child on this programme . As a teacher I know the importance of education and how it impacts on the family’s long term outcome. "
  • Karen Mann

    " You are so incredible and make the world a better place!! So proud of you!!! "
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  • Arti Patel

    " Wonderful Alisha! An incredible programme! Arti xx "
  • Alisha Malhotra

    " In memory of my Dadu, Nani and my little sister Tiana who will always be in my heart. "