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Bernie White's Fundraiser:

Racing Against Illiteracy

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Running a relay is a group effort- it takes a whole team pulling together to train, motivate, and encourage each other towards the finish line. The fight against illiteracy in India is no different. It takes all of us to fight this injustice and ensure that all children have access to quality education! 

This is an uphill battle, and anything you can contribute makes a major difference. Oxfam International has found that, 

  • India is home of largest population of illiterate adults in world – 287 million, amounting to 37% of the global total.
  • India is ranked 123rd out of 135 countries in female literacy rate.
  • The literacy rate of female Dalits in Bihar is 38.5% in 2011.  It is far behind India’s progress trend. It is still 30 years behind the India’s national literacy Rate which was 43.7 in 1981
  • There are more than 350+ million people in India alone who cannot read or write. That is greater than the entire population of the US!
  • According to the last census report, one-third of all children in India aged 6-14 years (55 million total) are out of school.

To take just a small part in the fight against illiteracy, we are raising funds for India Literacy Project as we train to run the Golden Gate Relay May 6-7. 


India Literacy Project (ILP) was founded in 1990. With its mission to be 'A Catalyst for 100% literacy in India', ILP is a developmental support organization that works in partnership with local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and networks in India to play the role of a catalyst for literacy. ILP's main role is to enable and support the implementing partner (NGO) in its processes of strengthening the community, to identify and address the gaps in the delivery of education services, and to bring about systemic changes through advocacy.  ILP is registered as a Non-profit 501(c)3 organization (Tax Id. 36-3779020). Donations to ILP in the USA are tax-deductible under Section 501(c)3 of the IRS Code

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