Thrive Seed is a non profit initiative based in New Delhi, India. We aim to establish and maintain caring and nurturing learning environments where children from less fortunate backgrounds are given the opportunity to learn, and develop, essential skills and attributes to better their own futures, and those of their communities. Thrive Seed's primary mission is to provide support, fundraising and volunteers to help local grass roots education & women's empowerment projects. Thrive Seed believes that special attention needs to be given to women and girls, to ensure they have equal access to, and encouragement and support to complete, the same educational opportunities as their male peers. Thrive Seed has a strong focus on: 1. Helping establish safe and nurturing learning environments where girls can attain a high level of education 2. Helping eliminate gender disparity in literacy and educational levels 3. Helping promote gender equality and empowering women
In 2003, Sonu Kaur, a teacher and social worker from Nepal, saw the desperate need for quality education and positive influence in her community of Baljeet Nagar. Using her training as a teacher, she began teaching underprivileged children in a small space at the back of her family home. By 2010, Sonu began exploring new ways to make a positive impact on the lives of those around her. Her and her husband, Raju, began counselling women and couples in their community through what is now known as the Women’s Empowerment Programme. Thrive Seed now has four primary schools (nursery to fifth grade) in four different slums (Baljeet Nagar, Nehru Nagar, Zakheera, and Daya Basti) in West Delhi. The Women's Empowerment Programme operates in two slums (Nehru Nagar and Daya Basti) and a Community Development Programme has also begun. Thrive Seed officially obtained NGO status in 2015.