Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act

Meet Kavita, she is a smart, talented and an ambitious young girl. She lives in one of the largest slums in Asia – Dharavi. Her mother works as a domestic help in the high-rise apartments closeby. Her father works in a local factory. Her parents believe that Kavita and her two sisters will have better life than theirs. And that is why they send their children to school.

Kavita is equally motivated to study because she wants a better life for her parents. She gets good grades in schools and works hard because she wants to go to medical school. But she knows that her parents cannot afford it. How can we help ambitious young girls like Kavita to follow their dreams? How can help Kavita to become a strong and independent individual who can support her family and her community?


Hidush believes in the strength of the “Individual” and the power of education. We believe that through providing scholarships and loans to deserving children like Kavita we can change positively impact the lives of our future generation.

School dropout rate amongst adolescent girls like Kavita, in India is as high as 63.5% (Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation - MoSPI, 2012). We have to change this statistic and develop programs specifically focusing on educating the girl child.

If we invest in municipal and government schools that provide education to children like Kavita we can make a deeper impact. We are currently working on adopting a school in Madh island, Malad west, Mumbai (approval received) and a School in Rural India and have plans to provide support systems such as clean drinking water, books and Support Infrastructure.

Areas of Impact

According to UNESCO reports, 1.4 million Indian children aged 6-11 out of school. The report attributes India's woeful performance to, among other things, the largest cuts in aid to basic education effected by any country. Its aid to the sector fell by a massive $278 million between 2010 and 2012. (Source: Times of India) In lieu of this Hidush feels it is vital to intervene and make sure we get more of our children into school through the following initiatives.


The Net Enrollment Ratio (NER) at the Upper Primary Elementary Level in government schools in India is only 58.3% (Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation - MoSPI, 2012).Hidush’s adoption of municipal schools will include support for drinking water and overall support to school initiatives. Through these endeavors we hope to push enrollment numbers up. Current initiatives you can contribute towards include a municipal school in Madh, Mumbai (approval received) and Rural India.


Interest free loans to be provided to qualifying under privileged children for higher studies. The systems in place will allow for one to repay the loan once the recipient begins to earn money and has the ability to pay. Flexible payment plans and deduction options make the loans a low risk option.


Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) at the Secondary Level in government schools in India is below 50% (District Information System for Education - DISE, 2011-12) Hidush is positively determined to reshape the life of many children who deserve a chance and we offer that opportunity to evolve.  Through the study scholarship Hidush hopes to change the statistic and provide help to deserving children in school (Primary, Middle and High school) who cannot afford fees, books and or uniforms.


Hidush Foundation plans to provide a scholarship to support the further education of deserving under privileged children from municipal schools in Mumbai and have secured more than 90% marks in SSC examination.

Hidush will provide the following

  • Bus/train pass to travel from home to college

  • College fees

  • Books and stationery

  • Tiffin box

  • Bagpack

  • Umbrella

  • Umbrella

Any other support that the child may require on a case to case basis.


Dr. Debabrata Shome was a physician par excellence. He took voluntary retirement from ONGC as the head of medical services in 2003. Dr. Shome was a Captain in the Army Medical Corps (Indian Army) till 1975. He completed his MBBS from Guwahati Medical College, Assam and his post graduate training in ENT from Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi. Dr. Shome completed his Master in Hospital Administration from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai.

Besides being an exceptional physician, Dr. Shome was a very proud Indian and dedicated his life to philanthropic activities to make a difference to the lives of the poor and the destitute in India. Dr. Shome himself passed away due to lung cancer in 2011 and is survived by his wife, his son, his daughter in law and two grandsons.

The Shome family dedicates an annual contribution in Dr. Debabrata Shome's memory, to be used for the education and health care treatment of the needy in India.