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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.

Grants Awarded to Yuva by One Kind Act

  1. 8 February 2021: £16,200 Education Sponsorships for 9 children onto the Bright Start Scholarship Programme
  2. 3 March 2021: £19,800 Education Sponsorships for 11 children onto the Bright Start Scholarship Programme
  3. 5 April 2021: £25,200 Education Sponsorships for 14 children onto the Bright Start Scholarship Programme
  4. 10 May 2021: £16,200 Education Sponsorships for 9 children onto the Bright Start Scholarship Programme
  5. 13 June 2021: £3,600 Education Sponsorships for 2 children onto the Bright Start Scholarship Programme
  6. 6 July 2021: £3,600 Education Sponsorships for 2 children onto the Bright Start Scholarship Programme
  7. 18 August 2021: £3,600 Education Sponsorships for 2 children onto the Bright Start Scholarship Programme
  8. 14 September 2021: £3,600 Education Sponsorships for 2 children onto the Bright Start Scholarship Programme
  9. 31 October 2021: £14,400 Education Sponsorships for 8 children onto the Bright Start Scholarship Programme
  10. 14 November 2021: £12,600 Education Sponsorships for 7 children onto the Bright Start Scholarship Programme
  11. 11 December 2021: £7,200 Education Sponsorships for 4 children onto the Bright Start Scholarship Programme
  12. 7 February 2022: £9,000 Education Sponsorships for 5 children onto the Bright Start Scholarship Programme
  13. 19 April 2022: £3,600 Education Sponsorships for 2 children onto the Bright Start Scholarship Programme
  14. 12 July 2022: £5,400 Education Sponsorships for 3 children onto the Bright Start Scholarship Programme
  15. 11 November 2022: £10,800 Education Sponsorships for 6 children onto the Bright Start Scholarship Programme
  16. 10 December 2022: £19,800 Education Sponsorships for 11 children onto the Bright Start Scholarship Programme
  17. 19 December 2022: £9000 Education Sponsorships for 5 children onto the Bright Start Scholarship Programme
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


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One Kind Act have used residual pledges made on this page, on the Yuva Unstoppable Charity Partner page and drawn from OKA residual funds to sponsor 4 more students onto the Bright Start Scholarship Programme

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  • Jogesh Soni
    10-Feb-2022 19:18

    " £50 donated by Paramjit Soni and Jagjit Soni "
  • Neelam Thapar
    08-Feb-2022 10:04

    " A brilliant cause. Education gives confidence and a voice to make change. Neelam Rakhee and Usha Thapar "
  • Rashmita Kapadia
    31-Jan-2022 18:58

    " So proud of you Alisha for a wonderful cause. X "
  • Shamit Malhotra
    27-Jan-2022 15:24
  • Meena Dhawan
    04-Jan-2022 21:13

    " " Such an amazing cause - so proud of you Alisha ! “ In memory of Ravi Papa & our fathers who gave us the gift of free education and inspire us to do the same. Tony & Meena xx "
  • Lynne Khindria
    29-Dec-2021 23:05

    " Great opportunity and initiative "
  • Nilesh Patel
    22-Dec-2021 00:03

    " “It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” Mother Teresa "
  • Reena Popat
    22-Dec-2021 00:01

    " "It's not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving" - Mother Teresa "
  • Shamit Malhotra
    07-Sep-2021 10:34

    " Aunty Kamy X "
  • Hanisha Pindoria
    27-Aug-2021 18:04
  • Richa Varma
    23-Aug-2021 23:05
  • Rakesh Patel
    29-May-2021 07:39

    " Good cause please keep it up god bless you "
  • Anonymous
    20-Apr-2021 11:59

    " Happy to support such a wonderful initiative. "
  • Narinder Kohli
    03-Apr-2021 21:17

    " Dear Alisha, Keep up the good work. Best wishes from Manjinder & Narinder "
  • Ajay Khindria
    31-Mar-2021 12:40

    " Education was always seen as paramount by our parents who passed away 50 and 25 years ago. In their memory, we would like to give the gift of education to somebody who may be less fortunate. "
  • Anaar Kanji
    22-Mar-2021 21:32

    " On the occasion of Navruz 2021, I donate a small sum, on behalf of my young granddaughters whose growing up will remind me of the children connected to Alisha Malhotra's Programme. With love. "
  • Amit Chohdha
    03-Mar-2021 10:32

    " Your initiative to support these gifted children is a step towards making this a fairer world with opportunity for all. Proud to be part of that journey. Amit, Naina & Rusika. "
  • Balv Ubha
    02-Mar-2021 15:08

    " In memory of Aleem Alisha - wishing you all the success in this most worthy cause to help educate the future of our planet. Aleem would be very proud. Keep up your amazing work Balv, Ryanpal & Hardy "
  • Raju Kishinani
    01-Mar-2021 15:56

    " To my darling Alisha. Very proud of you. Truly remarkable person. Well done. MAMU "
  • Muthuccumaru Kaneshanathan
    25-Feb-2021 19:22

    " I would like to sponsor a Tamil student so that we can communicate with him easily "
  • Kishan Lakhani
    20-Feb-2021 17:12

    " Putting something back into the community. ...Breaking the cycle of poverty. "
  • Ashita Johnson
    19-Feb-2021 12:22

    " Such an amazing cause which will impact the lives of many - so proud of you. "
  • Ritu Sethi
    18-Feb-2021 14:29

    " In loving memory of my Sister Seema . "
  • Raghav Varma
    09-Feb-2021 20:25

    " Thank you OKA for all the great work you do ❤️ "
  • Nina Dann
    06-Feb-2021 13:12

    " We are delighted to support a great cause. Best wishes from SATISH and KUSUM KOCHHAR. "
  • Nina Dann
    06-Feb-2021 13:10

    " Best wishes from Harbans and Pink Sandhu "
  • Nitin Lakhani
    04-Feb-2021 16:43

    " Education will break the cycle of poverty by giving life long tools to the child and will also uplift the whole family. "
  • Kurran
    03-Feb-2021 16:14

    " Kurran & Pooja "
  • Sanjai Patel
    03-Feb-2021 14:28

    " What a wonderful cause Alisha. "
  • Ashiv
    03-Feb-2021 13:31

    " Ashiv and anisha "
  • Varun
    01-Feb-2021 15:28

    " Best of luck Alisha! Varun & Ann "
  • Ritu Sethi
    01-Feb-2021 12:14

    " Education is power- lets empower all around us. "
  • Neera Sarna
    01-Feb-2021 10:35

    " This is an amazing cause that will help so many children. Wishing you success with this wonderful venture. Surinder and Neera Sarna "
  • Pallavi Shah
    29-Jan-2021 10:40

    " Wishing you all the best in your project Alisha! Such a brave girl. "
  • Amar Prashar
    24-Jan-2021 23:18

    " Well done Alisha for this amazing initiative from Rohit & Chitra's family. "
  • Mehul
    22-Jan-2021 16:29

    " Wishing you all the best in your worthy venture. From Miti, Mehul and fam x "
  • Shamit Malhotra
    22-Jan-2021 09:29

    " From Kanti & Guddi "
  • Usha Bhagat
    21-Jan-2021 19:51

    " Thank you for making it possible to make such a difference to someone's life. "
  • Raj Patwal
    21-Jan-2021 13:39

    " 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
    18-Jan-2021 13:14

    " 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 Ali
    17-Jan-2021 12:12

    " Amazing initiative- what you're doing is going to help improve so many lives. Well done Lish. "
  • Anonymous
    15-Jan-2021 17:45

    " Thank you Alisha for creating this platform and giving us an opportunity to make a difference in a young student’s life. Love you "
  • Priya Bhatia
    11-Jan-2021 20:19
  • Sundeep Bains
    10-Jan-2021 17:21
  • Medha Shah
    09-Jan-2021 17:33

    " 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
    09-Jan-2021 16:05

    " 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
    08-Jan-2021 21:17

    " Well done Alisha, you’re such an inspiration ❤️ "
  • Mathew Lewis
    08-Jan-2021 18:35

    " Amazing work and a huge inspiration to people everywhere! Well done, I hope this helps. "
  • Ashwin Bedi
    08-Jan-2021 15:55

    " 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
    07-Jan-2021 22:41

    " Many congratulations on the launch of Bright Star - this is so inspiring Alisha. xx "
  • Shamit Malhotra
    07-Jan-2021 10:15

    " From Anju and Family "
  • Shamit Malhotra
    07-Jan-2021 10:13

    " From Ashok Mahububani "
  • Ishan Malhotra
    05-Jan-2021 20:33

    " So proud of everything you have achieved Alisha over these five years. A great cause that will help so many children "
  • Amrisha
    05-Jan-2021 17:03

    " Proud of you! "
  • Katie
    05-Jan-2021 15:36
  • Anonymous
    04-Jan-2021 21:08

    " Fantastic initiative "
  • Jogesh Soni
    04-Jan-2021 21:03

    " 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
    04-Jan-2021 20:46

    " You are so incredible and make the world a better place!! So proud of you!!! "
  • Anonymous
    04-Jan-2021 19:52
  • Arti Patel
    04-Jan-2021 19:47

    " Wonderful Alisha! An incredible programme! Arti xx "
  • Alisha Malhotra
    04-Jan-2021 12:25

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