The Omprakash Foundation is a registered 501©3 organization offering a new model of global education that empowers people around the world to become conscious participants in processes of social transformation. Our website, www.omprakash.org, offers an ever-expanding database of grassroots educational projects with which we have established personal relationships. In the democratic, all-empowering spirit of YouTube and Wikipedia, the content of our website is user-generated: as Americans young and old travel the world to volunteer and build relationships with scattered schools and libraries, we invite them to bring these educational projects into the Omprakash network.
Each project is given the opportunity to represent its own needs on our website, and to make public its wish for volunteers, money, curricular materials, and the like. Omprakash responds to these needs simply by helping Americans learn about them: once informed about the many foreign educational projects that need books, buildings, teachers, and other material resources, the many people involved with Omprakash realize that they can make a difference, and are inspired to donate or raise funds and collect other material resources under the umbrella of Omprakash. Likewise, by providing Americans with informational and financial resources that enable them to volunteer around the world, Omprakash also helps foreign projects find the human resources that they need.
However, Omprakash does not only empower grassroots projects in other parts of the world. Its entire methodology also empowers Americans young and old by enabling them to play an active role in processes of social change-- that is, by enabling them to "do something." Omprakash serves as an empowering platform from which diverse Americans can combine their energy and experience to support educational projects in need.
The Omprakash network enables Americans to find volunteer opportunities at different grassroots educational projects around the world, but it is also a great resource for Americans who are not interested in volunteering but want to help in some other way: Americans can use the Omprakash website to learn about the needs of specific projects, and then work to meet these needs by collecting resources under the umbrella of Omprakash. Young or old, rich or poor, Americans who involve themselves with the Omprakash network will suddenly realize that they can change the world-- perhaps by raising money to pay for a new library in India; perhaps by encouraging high-schoolers to consider volunteering at an after-school center in South Africa; perhaps by enabling a small educational project that they know about to represent its needs on the Omprakash website.
Thus, simply by maintaining the Omprakash website and expanding the network of human relationships that it contains, the administrators of the Omprakash Foundation allow a growing number of people around the world to build relationships with each other and with grassroots educational projects. These relationships, as well as the overlapping communities that they have created, are themselves fundamentally educational and empowering: they lead people out of ignorance and passivity and into awareness and activity. Those involved can craft a new role in which they can become conscious, deliberate actors in processes of social change.