About NEF


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Before he passed away in his late nineties, Principal Nanubhai’s advice was, “Be sincere. Always be sincere! And exercise.”

The Nanubhai Education Foundation was founded in 2004 by Raj Shah, a first generation Indian-American. His vision was to empower the next generation of students in rural India by improving the quality of education.

The Foundation is named after Mr. Nanubhai Naik, a revolutionary educator. During his tenure as Principal at The Kadod High School, Principal Nanubhai inspired his students and staff to work hard, to value education, and to serve as models in the community. As a result, Kadod is a success story – many former students pursued higher education, emigrated to other countries, and used their newfound prosperity to support families members who remained in India. The cycle continues to this day.

Since 2004, we’ve launched several successful endeavors in Kadod and surrounding areas such as the construction of two computer labs, three student lending libraries with over a thousand English books, and thousands of hours of instruction from Nanubhai Teaching Fellows.

Today, we are focusing our efforts on the fact that a college education is an option for only 1 in 10 students in India. Each year, our Nanubhai Scholars program awards renewable scholarships to rural girls to assist them in attending university. The Nanubhai Scholars are a direct representation of Mr. Nanubhai Naik’s vision of equitable education for rural India.

Mission & Values of NEF

Our Mission

The Nanubhai Education Foundation works to have a positive impact on financially vulnerable rural students in a scaleable and sustainable way. We seek to empower women by providing them access to quality education. For the past decade we have worked closely with communities in Gujarat and Rajasthan, India.

Our Values


We strive to uphold the highest professional standards of international development.


We believe that transparency is an essential part of trust and the trust of both our communities and our donors is what allows us to continue the mission of Nanubhai. By maintaining total transparency in all financial doings, we strive to build an even stronger trust with all of our stakeholders.

Cultural Sensitivity

We are aware that we operate in a different, vibrant, and nuanced culture. It is important to us that our work is informed by and suited to the local context.

Impact and Measureability

We are committed to programming which has the maximum possible impact and we believe that these programs must have clearly measurable outcomes.

Sustainability and Scalability

We are committed to programs which are sustainable. It is also important that these programs be easily scalable in the rural context.

A Closer Look

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