• Announcement of the Grand Finalists!

    Announcement of the Grand Finalists!

    News & Updates | March 8, 2013

    Thank you for all the support and participation in Spark...

  • Tell us what you’ve been up to in 2011!

    Tell us what you’ve been up to in 2011!

    News & Updates | December 29, 2011

    2011 has been an exciting year for the Rise Team....

  • Premlata Poonia’s migration for education: Why access to schools isn’t enough

    Premlata Poonia’s migration for education: Why access to schools isn’t enough

    Culture & Education | September 29, 2011

    Premlata Poonia grew up among big dreams. Her father was an educator at a government school who dreamt of transforming rural India through education. He insisted that she receive the best education available. But as part of a farming family with deep rural roots, that education did not come without sacrifice.

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  • The Power of WE

    The Power of WE

    Culture & Education | December 13, 2011

    This unfolding story is the type of good news we all need to hear. No one enjoys reading stories of AIDS orphans in Africa. It hurts to hear of a nine year old struggling to care for his younger siblings but it is the situation which has given birth to this good news story

  • The Mercado Mayapan: Preserving Culture and Tradition

    The Mercado Mayapan: Preserving Culture and Tradition

    Health | November 1, 2011

    The Mercado serves a neighborhood that has been through hard times. The Chamizal, as the neighborhood is known, never recovered from the shift of the clothing factories to Mexico (and later China) with the advent of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994. Many of the women who worked in the industry lost their jobs and families are still struggling.

  • The Rise Blog in Review 2012

    The Rise Blog in Review 2012

    News & Updates | January 2, 2013

    As 2012 comes to a close, we would like to...

  • Vaibhav Chidrewar: Rising Above Challenges

    Vaibhav Chidrewar: Rising Above Challenges

    Agriculture & Rural Development | November 23, 2011

    In the face of lackluster public education, even poor families turn to private education. By scrimping and saving, many can afford “cheap” private school—and this is often the only way to obtain a quality education. In fact, private schools flourish in rural or low-income areas. The World Absenteeism Survey found that they were more likely found in villages in India where the public system was lacking.