Help A Child

Success Stories

Ritesh Billur
Bachelor of Engineering

With scholarship aid from HelpAChild, Ritesh went on to complete his Bacherlor in Engineering (B.E.) & is now successfully employed by the Federal Bank in Bagalkot district.

Shalaka Gunda
Master of Computer Applications

Shalaka since always was focused enough to do well in her life and with financial as well as moral support from HelpAChild, she completed her Bachelors as well as Masters in Computer Applications with flying colors.

Kavita Kalal
Post Graduation in B.Ed

After getting a scholarship from HelpAChild, Kavita has completed her pre university course, graduation as well as her post graduation in B.Ed.


“Help A Child” was established by Shri Samir Somaiya in 2002 as a joint project of Somaiya Vidyavihar Trust and Godavari Biorefineries Ltd Help A Child’s vision is of an India where all young people are able to continue their higher education and excel, regardless of their financial status and background. We work towards this goal by providing scholarships to highly motivated underprivileged students who have scored well in their studies. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, from slums and villages, their parents may be labourers, weavers, watchmen or domestic servants.Some students are orphans or belong to single parent families, many work part time to help their families survive. Despite these insurmountable odds they have shown ability and a will to succeed as well as a talent that should not be wasted simply because their family does not have the financial resources to help them continue.

The Foundation

Mr. Samir Somaiya

The Help A Child To Study Project was established by Shri Samir Somaiya in 2002 under the auspices of Somaiya Vidyavihar Trust to assist these students to complete their higher education and achieve their dreams.

Scholarships are given to the students for courses after the 10th grade and covers a variety of courses right from junior college up until medical and engineering.

Our Objective

We aim to reach out to those who need our help the most, to ensure that they do not have to give up their education simply because of a lack of funds. We believe that education is the best way to end the cycle of poverty, ensuring a better future for our beneficiaries.

Help A Child does not discriminate between students based upon caste, religion or gender. The only criteria for sponsorship is the student's own poverty and that they have scored highly in their studies, above 70% for girls and above 75% for boys.

The students have thereby already shown their potential to succeed within education and that they have the enthusiasm to do so.

In terms of child sponsorship programs in India, Help A Child is largely unique. Most programs operating here focus upon the young child, supporting them only until the age of 16 or 18. While these programs are aimed at alleviating poverty, something extra is needed in order to break the poverty cycle for the child and their family.

Help A Child firmly believes that further education is the most powerful way to lift families out of poverty by enabling them to stand on their own feet by using their own knowledge and talents.


We have supported more than 3500 students to achieve their dreams, many of whom are sponsored for more than one course. Help us to reach out to even more students in need, transforming their lives through the gift of education.