What is the focus area of Fly Higher India?
Fly Higher India (FHI) runs activity based learning programs for underprivileged children. Through this we instil life skills and make them better prepared for adult life.
When & where was Fly Higher India (FHI) started?
FHI was started in 2017 in Bangalore, however it became a registered non profit in June 2018. It is an initiative of the APMVM Foundation run by Mr. Vishal Mimani & Mr. Preetham Murva.
Where is the office?
The registered office is in Bangalore, but our activities are spread across India. We do not have local offices. Our programs are run at different orphanages/ shelter homes/ schools spread across the city and the team meets directly at the workshop. Most coordination happens over WhatsApp.
How does the NGO operate?
Each month on a pre-decided date, time and location the team meets at a orphanage/ shelter home/ school to conduct a workshop on skills like communication, team building, problem solving, critical thinking, etc. All information on the workshop and the activities is shared on a volunteer WhatsApp group. City Coordinators lead the team and ensure smooth functioning.
Why should I volunteer?
Fly Higher India is an organised platform for students and working professionals to participate in social good and in a team. There is a focussed agenda through which FHI adds value not only to the lives of children but to lives of volunteers too.
What are the roles and responsibilities of a volunteer?
As a volunteer you’d be expected to participate in the events and help in planning and organising which happens mostly on WhatsApp.
Will I get a volunteering certificate?
Yes, as per FHI rules i.e. after participating in a few workshops.
Why is there an annual contribution for volunteering?
Only in 10 larger cities (Alpha cities ie. Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi NCR, Hyderbad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune) there is an annual contribution. The number of people registering in these cities is large, the fee not only helps to the restrict the number of volunteers but also supports costs incurred on a workshop.
There is no annual contribution for (Beta Cities) Bhubaneswar, Calicut, Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Goa, Guwahati, Indore, Jodhpur, Kochi, Lucknow, Mysore, Nashik, Pondicherry, Raipur, Rajkot, Shimla, Surat, Vadodara, Visakhapatnam.
Once I register, can I volunteer anywhere across India?
Volunteers of an Alpha city can volunteer across all our cities, while volunteers of Beta cities can volunteer in another Beta city or become a Alpha volunteer and participate in major cities too.
How do I know this is a genuine non-profit?
We are a registered NGO, certified by the Govt. of India. We touch the lives of over 6000 children in 30 cities through over 1600 volunteers. Our 100+ partner organisations (orphanages, schools, shelter homes) and activities are well captured in our social media profiles.
With over 380 Google reviews, 1750+ Likes on Facebook, 8000+ followers on Instagram.. we have a proven record of being genuine among a large number of people.
Adding further credibility, we are an ISO 9001:2015 certified organisation.
From where does FHI get its funding?
As of now, primarily from the Founders and their network. And also small contributions made by volunteers.
What are FHIs future plans?
There is just much to do, from identifying new learning tools to making our programs even more impactful. From the present 30 cities, 100 schools and 6000 children we have set a higher target for ourselves for 2020 and beyond. We wish to do more and better. Also with the help of organisations like Salesforce & Oracle we are working on systemising our records. We wish to tap into CSR funding to increase effectiveness and efficiency of our programs.