In India, a sizable proportion of the population—approximately 52%—attends government schools, yet 55% of these students do not complete the seventh grade. However, this challenge is one we can collectively overcome. Education is the foundation of a better India, and our collaboration with the government is pivotal in driving this transformative change.

Kalisu Foundation, a dynamic youth-driven NGO founded in 2013, has a consistent focus on delivering high-quality education to children from low-income backgrounds who attend government schools. Our dream is to equip every child with Knowledge, skills & character required realise their full potential and undergo life-altering transformations. We are also a 12A and 80G registered organisation.

Kalisu's inception sprouted within the vibrant minds of Mysore, blossoming from local 'addas'—gatherings. As products of a standardised and formal education system, we keenly sensed the need to break free from monotony and infuse a sense of curiosity and excitement for learning within these young minds. Hence, Kalisu, translating to 'to enable,' was conceptualised during the early months of 2013.

Today, the Kalisu Foundation is making a tangible impact, reaching the lives of over 8000 children across 16 government schools. This incredible accomplishment is the result of a network of change agents from all backgrounds who share our unwavering vision. Our approach is all-encompassing, centred on the holistic development and education of each child, nurturing the potential to illuminate their future prospects. Together, we possess the capability to rewrite the narrative of education for these children, arming them with the essential tools to thrive and flourish.


To bring back the habit of reading & Play


1 Crore Children by 2030


The Maharaja of Mysuru

Sri Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar

We are privileged to have the support of the Royal Family of Mysuru, who have a rich legacy of pioneering education in the state. The present titular holder, Sri YKC Wadiyar, serves as our ambassador and shares our unwavering vision of ensuring access to books for every child. He actively engages with schools, conducting sessions for our children and contributing to our mission.


  • 2013

    Kalisu foundation started on 2013 with the vision to bring back habit of reading among government schools.

  • 2015

    Launch of Library project

  • 2019

    Completed 50 libraries

  • 2014

    Started with paathashala project covering 15 schools

  • 2017

    Completed 10 libraries

  • 2023

    Started Kalisu play project and build 2 sports lab and 2 Play areas

Our Approach

At Kalisu, our unwavering focus is on nurturing the holistic development of every child, supporting teachers in their crucial roles, and fostering an environment that maximizes learning and growth. Through collaborative efforts, we aim to create a brighter future for all.

All Kalisu programs are centred around the child's well-being, ensuring that:
Enrollment rates in schools rise
Dropout rates decline
Comprehensive child development is achieved

Our exceptional college graduate fellows undertake the role of educators for children from low-income communities within government schools. These dedicated fellows actively engage with students, parents, teachers, and the community at large, striving to eliminate education inequality. Our formidable volunteer network provides steadfast support to our fellows in classrooms and extracurricular activities, bolstering our mission.

For Students

Innovative programs encompassing Personality Development, Moral Values, Computer Classes, and supplementary syllabus support are introduced.

A rekindling of the joy of reading is facilitated through the establishment of best-in-class libraries.

Organizing sports, cultural events, educational tours, and field trips.

Organizing sports, cultural events, educational tours, and field trips.

Scholarships are granted to deserving students to motivate and encourage their pursuit of education.

For Teachers

Training and motivational programs empower teachers and staff.

Modern teaching techniques are promoted to enhance education quality.

Environment and Administration

Simple management concepts are introduced.

Cost-effective environmental enhancements are implemented.