The Walking School Bus is proud to announce an incredible milestone in our operations:
TWSB - India has received its charitable status accreditation! Since our initial integration of including Indian volunteers for our Uganda expeditions 2 years ago, to having an official registered entity in India, it has been quite an exciting journey!
This is an incredible moment for TWSB India and TWSB as a whole. The accreditation allows TWSB to solidify its presence in India, and most importantly, enact our objectives and projects with the support and name of an established entity. The projects that have been so successful at the schools in Uganda, will now be extended to, adapted and implemented in Indian communities with limited resources.
While this news is extremely exciting, the process to get to this point was not so simple. The Indian government tightened the process of registering a non-profit to ensure that their actions are in line with government NGO objectives. The rules of incorporation, banking and taxation were made to be much more stringent.
While the process may have been tedious, it helped us to solidify our position over how we move forward with our operations in India. With such a milestone, it becomes easier for TWSB to enact its Indian projects and incentives. Most prominently, we are better able to involve more Indian volunteers, students and researchers, to continue furthering our research-based agenda. With this accreditation, TWSB’s mission in India is further legitimized and it better positions our teams to work at a grassroots-level and make even more of a tangible impact!
Here, it is important to acknowledge and give extreme gratitude to Sukriti Sachar and her team in India who have worked so many hours and have committed endless energy to this process. Without their undenying commitment and motivation to this important project, TWSB has taken a gigantic step forward in increasing access to transportation, nutrition, and curriculum for students in India. Looking forward to what comes next!
Learn more about how TWSB has evolved from its presence in Uganda to India here!