PPES was founded by Virendra (Sam) Singh, retired President and Managing Director of DuPont South Asia. Sam grew up in Anupshahr and moved to the US to pursue a successful corporate career. The internal calling to uplift his childhood community brought him back to his native village.
Founded in the year 2000, PPES has been working for holistic rural development through social and economic empowerment of women and girls in Western Uttar Pradesh. PPES provides free education, job opportunities, healthcare, and livelihood enhancement for girls and women from the marginalized sections of society and enables them to break out of the cycle of poverty.
About 3 million girls are out of school in India.
Estimates show that for every 100 girls in Rural India, only 1 reaches Class 12.
51.3% of girls enrolled in school in rural U.P. drop out before completing class 8.
Most girls in rural U.P. drop out of school due to lack of toilets, to get married or to work in fields.
Up to 72% girls in rural U.P. get married or engaged before the age of 15.
Sex ratio in Bulandshahr is 896 vs 940 in India.
Only 63.3% students between classes 3 to 5 could read a standard level 1 text.
Merely 47.1% could do subtraction.