FAQs

1What is the cost for supporting a Nanhi Kali?
  • For Residents of India, it is INR 3600 per year for a Nanhi Kali studying in primary school (Class 1-5) and INR 4800 per year for a Nanhi Kali studying in secondary school (Class 6-10).
  • If you are a UK resident, you may contribute to Mahindra Foundation UK by donating £48 to support a girl studying in primary school (Class I – V) and £60 to support a girl studying in secondary school (Class VI – X) for a minimum period of one year.
  • If you are resident of the USA, you may contribute to Mahindra Foundation USA by donating $60 to support a girl studying in primary school (Grade I – V) and $78 to support a girl studying in secondary school (Grade VI – X) for a minimum period of one year.
2How is the donation amount used for the education and welfare of the girl children?
The money that you donate is utilised in the following ways:
  • 2 hours of daily free academic support at Nanhi Kali Academic Support Centres, where trained tutors engage the girls in concept-based learning. These centres operate before or after school hours, within school premises.
  • An annual school supplies kit including a school bag, shoes, socks, stationery, innerwear, feminine hygiene material and a pullover/raincoat is provided to every Nanhi Kali to help her attend school with dignity.
  • Social support wherein regular interactions with their parents and community to sensitise them on the importance of girls’ education. This encourages the community to become collective guardians of the girls, to provide them with a conducive, girl-friendly eco-system and also ensure that these girls don’t drop out.
3How can you pay by cheque?
  • In India, Cheque or Demand Draft can be drawn in favour of "Nanhi Kali". These can be sent to the K.C. Mahindra Education Trust’s office address:
    K. C. Mahindra Education Trust,
    3rd Floor, Cecil Court,
    Behind Regal Cinema,
    Mahakavi Bhushan Marg,
    Colaba, Mumbai- 400001
  • In the USA, Cheque or Demand Draft can be drawn in favour of "Mahindra Foundation". These can be sent to this address:
    Mahindra Foundation, USA,
    c/o Mr. Kulashekar Raghavan,
    10 S Almaden Blvd, Suite 600,
    San Jose, CA 95113, USA
  • For all other nationals/residents, online donations can be made at www.nanhikali.org through the Online Payment Gateway.
4How long is the period of sponsorship?
Each sponsorship cycle is of one year. You can decide to support the education of as many Nanhi Kalis as you wish for up to 3 years instead of just one Nanhi Kali and one year. For example, you can support 1 Nanhi Kali for 3 years at a time or support 3 Nanhi Kalis for one year and renew the support each year or decide on any other combination of number of Nanhi Kalis and years. The choice is completely yours.
5What will you receive after donating to Project Nanhi Kali?
After donating to Project Nanhi Kali, you will receive the following:
  • A welcome letter along with your login details
  • With your login details, you can access your account to see the profile and photographs of your Nanhi Kali (s), details of her family and living environment as well as three progress reports will be shared to keep a track of how your Nanhi Kali is performing in school
  • Receipt of your donation within 7 working days
6Can you visit your Nanhi Kali?
In case all Nanhi Kalis from an entire school have been supported by you, a school visit can be organised by and in the presence of the K.C. Mahindra Education Trust and / or the implementing NGO team. To protect the interest of both the donor as well as the Nanhi Kali, one-on-one interactions are not allowed.
7How do you keep in touch with your Nanhi Kali?
You can keep in touch with your Nanhi Kali by sending her letters and birthday cards/e-cards. Post these to the following address and rest assured she will receive them:
Project Nanhi Kali,
K. C. Mahindra Education Trust,
3rd Floor, Cecil Court,
Behind Regal Cinema,
Mahakavi Bhushan Marg,
Colaba, Mumbai- 400001

Please note that we do not encourage sending gifts to Nanhi Kalis.
8Can you send a gift for your Nanhi Kali?
We do not encourage sending of gifts so that the other children, who are not Nanhi Kalis, don’t feel left out. In case, a cheque is sent as a gift, we use the money to distribute sweets to all the girls in the Nanhi Kali’s class.
9Are you the only sponsor for your Nanhi Kali?
Yes, during your sponsorship period you will be the only person sponsoring your Nanhi Kali. At the end of your sponsorship period, you may choose to renew your support to the Nanhi Kali(s) as she moves to higher classes, by sending us the sponsorship renewal amount. A renewal reminder e-mail with the details will be sent to your registered email ID. Kindly note, if the sponsorship amount does not reach us within 2 months of the renewal due date, another donor will be found for your Nanhi Kali to ensure that she continues receiving educational support. If you wish to continue supporting the project after this period, you will be assigned a new Nanhi Kali.
10Are there any tax benefits for donating to Project Nanhi Kali?
  • In India, yes, all contributions are deductible under Section 80 G of the Income Tax Act.
  • In the USA, yes, Mahindra Foundation USA is a Section 501 (c) (3) organisation with Tax ID # 20-8105205, under the US Internal Revenue Code and all donations are therefore tax deductible.
  • If you’re a UK taxpayer, the charities you give to can reclaim the basic rate of tax you’ve already paid on your donation. This means that a £1 donation is worth £1.25 to the charity. If you’re a higher rate taxpayer, you can also claim back the difference between higher rate and basic rate tax on the value of your donation. For a 40% rate taxpayer, that means for every £1 you donate, you can claim back 25p in tax relief.
11Will we send you tax exemption certificate?
  • In India, yes, once you make your donation we will send you a receipt which also serves as your 80G certificate.
  • In the USA, the receipt includes the Mahindra Foundation USA tax ID which you can use to claim tax exemption.
  • In the UK, All you need to do is fill out a Gift Aid Declaration (GAD) form. This is a statement from you to the charity confirming that you want to donate through Gift Aid and receive tax back on your donation.
12In which regions of India is Project Nanhi Kali reaching out to girl children?
Project Nanhi Kali is currently reaching out to girl children from Class 1 to 10 in the following regions - Maharashtra (Mumbai, Nashik, Chakan) Andhra Pradesh (Araku, Vishakhapatnam), Tamil Nadu (Krishnagiri), New Delhi, Haryana (Gurugram), Punjab (Moga), Madhya Pradesh (Ratlam), Uttar Pradesh (Noida, Barabanki, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Shravasti), West Bengal (Kolkata, Darjeeling) and Gujarat (Bharuch).
Project Nanhi Kali also extends its support beyond school through N-Star: Life Skills Centres for Adolescent Girls. These centres are for girls in the age group of 16 – 18 years and have been set up in the following regions - Maharashtra (Mumbai, Chakan), Telangana (Hyderabad) and Haryana (Gurugram).
13Can you choose to support Project Nanhi Kali in a specific area/region?
We do not give choices in area/region/caste/creed in the selection of Nanhi Kalis as our aim is to reach every underprivileged girl child in India in an unbiased manner, prioritizing the need for support. We have a list of girls who require the support that Project Nanhi Kali will provide and thus, we urge donors to contribute towards the education of the girls irrespective of these conditions.
14In case your Nanhi Kali's academic performance has not been good, can you find out the reason behind it?
Yes, you can. Kindly e-mail your query to us and we will get back to you at the earliest.
15On what basis are the Nanhi Kalis selected?
The girls are selected as per the following criteria:
  • Girl children who are enrolled in government schools
  • Girl children hailing from economically challenging and socially disadvantaged background
  • Girls who are first generation learners belonging to illiterate families
  • The eldest girl child in the family and girls with many siblings
  • Girl children from communities known for gender biases like female infanticide and early marriage
  • Girl children from households headed by women
16Is it safe to give your credit card details online?
The Project Nanhi Kali website partners with CC Avenues in India, Cybersource in the USA and Globaliris in the UK, because these online payment gateways adhere to high security measures. All three portals are committed to ensuring that details shared by user, especially sensitive information like credit card details, etc remain protected. For further information, please visit www.ccavenues.com , www.cybersource.com & www.globalpaymentsinc.com
17How safe is your personal information with Nanhi Kali?
In case of changes in personal details, we encourage you to log in and make changes to your profile. You can also notify us by e-mail and we will update our records accordingly.
18How can you update your personal details if they change?
In case of changes in personal details, we encourage you to log in and make changes to your profile. You can also notify us by e-mail and we will update our records accordingly.
19 Can you donate for the renewal of the Nanhi Kali sponsorship online?
Yes, you can.
20If there is a problem with the net banking or credit card donation process, whom do you contact?
21What is the purpose of a login ID & password?
All donors receive a system generated login ID and password through a letter. The login details enable the donor to view the profile and progress report of their Nanhi Kali, online on this website. The donor can also log in to renew sponsorship of their Nanhi Kali(s) or to sponsor new Nanhi Kali(s).
22How is your donation amount utilised?
From every donation, only 5% of the funds are retained by the charity for administrative, marketing and fund-raising costs; the remaining 95% is utilised exclusively towards our project expenses.