Our Story
A Spark
It all began with an idea to unlock the life-changing power of modern technology, something ignored or forgotten in many developed areas around the world. Kinspire wanted to focus on using this technology in order to ensure that every child has access to a well-rounded schooling. This was, of course, easier said than done. One of the biggest challenges we faced in our initial planning was the fact that in these underprivileged communities, education was a luxury; simply proclaiming that education would be the solution was far from enough.
There is a 49.9% pass rate for government schools, compared to a 82.0% pass rate for private schools.
The average teacher salary in private ... schools [is] only 42% of that in government schools.
Higher levels of parental education led to higher levels of optimistic educational aspirations.
We wanted to go beyond just providing materials; we wanted to teach, to have a direct connection with these students. And so began our Skype tutoring sessions: a platform that not only allowed for volunteers from across the world to help out, but also create a bond with each and every kid on the other side of the call. We established contact with Gracious Paradise Orphanage in the outskirts of Hyderabad, India, and their enthusiasm only fueled our passion.
Timeline
See how much we've progressed, starting from just an idea.
Smiles for Miles
Smiles for Miles
First day of contact with the kids from the Gracious Paradise Orphanage! It was great to see all the smiling faces on the screen.
Jan 13, 2013
Growing Up
Growing Up
Official start of Kinspire, a non-profit organization! A small spark had started that would lead to a fiery passion to enlighten the children.
Jan 30, 2013
Making a Mark
Making a Mark
August Kid to Kid camp finally started! Volunteers in the cities of Bellevue and Bothell attended the day camp and proceeds were used for the children in the orphanages.
Aug 7, 2013
Leaving a Mark
Leaving a Mark
Finally met the children in person! A great feeling to play games and interact with the children off the screen.
Dec 30, 2013
Branching Out
Branching Out
Kinspire's first branch started at the University of Washington, Seattle. As more and more college students came together for the cause, Kinspire UW's future glowed bright.
Sep 16, 2014
Graduating
Graduating
Kinspire registered as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization with the IRS! National recognition was a big step forward for the cause.
Dec 22, 2014
Getting Recognized
Getting Recognized
The Indian Culture Exchange at Emory University raises over $500 for Kinspire in one of their annual fundraisers. Kinspire is slowly making its way to many corners of the country.
Feb 12, 2015
New Faces, Same Smiles
New Faces, Same Smiles
As Kinspire entered its third summer, new faces were introduced to the national board. We're excited to see what the team accomplishes in upcoming years!
Aug 31, 2015
Holiday Hunting
Holiday Hunting
Kinspire hosted its second event in bustling Pike Place, Seattle. Titled "Holiday Hunt," volunteers helped raise money to aid orphanages back in India affected by the devastating floods.
Dec 26, 2015
Spreading North
Spreading North
Kinspire connected with Niradhar Balasangopan Orphan Home in Pune, Maharashtra, and held their first ever Skype call! One more orphanage and many more smiling faces were welcomed into the Kinspire family.
Aug 28, 2016
Artists' Gala
Artists' Gala
On a sunny September afternoon, Kinspire hosted its first large-scale event! Around 20 local artists showed off their stuff in the Artists Gala hosted at Brightwater Center in Woodinville, WA.
Sep 3, 2016
Setbacks
Working internationally poses some issues, but as an organization we've worked hard and come far in overcoming these obstacles.
Kinspire has worked with its volunteers to circumvent these obstacles. In order to accommodate for the time difference, our Skype tutors have found optimal times to conduct the video call. Our multilingual volunteers also help us translate to better communicate with the orphanages in India.
Got any ideas to diagnose these errors?
Propose a solution!
The Future
Our enthused team foresees a successful future ahead for Kinspire. We work tirelessly today so that the children in need will have a better tomorrow. Our goal is to create many more partnerships with a network of orphanages across India. We will ensure that even as we expand, our current personal and detail-oriented approach is maintained.
"I see Kinspire as the next frontrunner at the intersection of education, technology, and social impact."
- Nikhil Sablani, Kinspire Volunteer
Kinspire aims to make a life-altering difference in every child's education plan. We hope to be recognized as a career counselor, life coach, and best friend for students of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities. In order to touch more children’s lives, we’ll need more helping hands. We want to see Kinspire’s team build into a large body of volunteers all over the world.