The Lucknow Project works to improve the educational system of rural villages in India, along with health and quality of life. Improvements to the educational and health systems have led to broader community empowerment and a sense of a future for the younger generations.

Since 2006, Project Founder Nazeela Nasseri has traveled to Amethi, India to teach English initially during summer break.  Now, her sister, Afshan Nasseri, 20 years old, has taken over the responsibility of Project Director.  They have collected basic school supplies and want to continue their lessons year round.  Through generous donations, and the help of GRACE Cares and the Nasseri family, the small project has grown into a number of initiatives serving the entire community.

Educational Initiative

Currently, through generous donations, the project now funds six full-time, qualified, English teachers to maintain the curriculum year-round.  Afshan Nasseri travels to India every year to oversee the project as well as teach in the schools.

Medical Initiative

The Lucknow Project has been expanded to include an annual medical initiative, overseen by Dr. Afshin Nasseri. The Lucknow Project and Dr. Nasseri are constantly recruiting physicians who are willing to donate their time for this cause, and would be grateful for any donations from pharmaceutical donors in terms of basic medicines and ointments.

Community Initiative Project

The community initiative is led by a group consisting of 7-10 members from each constituency in Amethi and manages a small fund to help pay for marriages, funeral rites, birth certificates, hospitalization for a critical illness and other official ceremonies or emergencies. Each area of the village will be equally represented through the group of leaders, to ensure appropriate and fair apportionment of the funds in this category.

Internships

In 2017, the Lucknow Project began an internship program.  Interns can either be local, year-round interns or from abroad.  Interns can either work remotely on administrative tasks or participate in field work with other volunteers.  Hindi/Urdu is not required but a bonus. Interns must be at least 17 years old.  Please contact afshan.nasseri@mail.mcgill.ca for more info.

Donate to Lucknow to help Afshan and her team bring education, economic opportunity and medical care to rural India.