Shakti Empowerment Education Foundation

Providing free quality education and opportunity for socio-economically disadvantaged and at-risk children and women in West Bengal, India.

“Shakti” is the Sanskrit word for the feminine creative energy of life and love 

Shakti Empowerment Education Foundation for Children and Women (SEEschool) provides free quality female empowerment-focused education, literacy and vocational training for 300 socio-economically challenged women and children annually in Ranaghat, West Bengal, India. 

SEEschool works in collaboration with the community, parents, teachers and volunteers, focusing on innovative interventions to address gaps in the education system for students from the lowest income families. We also provide resources and education to protect them from the risks of early marriage, child labor and trafficking.

SEEschool’s mission is to teach the values of original thinking and problem solving outside the box, equality, collaboration, spirituality, sports, and respecting those of different genders, faiths and backgrounds.

SEEschool was co-founded by Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri and Ajay Pal-Chaudhuri in their home in Ranaghat, West Bengal. In the early 2000’s they had to go door-to door, to ask families to let at least one of their children gain an education instead of working in the fields and factories. These students soon provided the education for all their siblings. We began teaching mothers as well, and found they were able to dramatically improve the circumstances for their families upon receiving microfinancing. Now there's a long waiting list of women and children eager to learn. The current modernized additional school building was dedicated in 2002. High School Coaching classes are taught in the Pal-Chaudhuri Gupinath Mandir and gardens. Women's Education classes are held in the villages outside Kolkata.