About Karma Points
Karma Points are a way to recognize and reward the many different ways that campers make IFNet a positive experience for everybody.
Anytime you see a camper do something positive - like helping another camper with a difficult challenge, showing kindness or leaning in to learn more about Indian culture - you can give that camper a Karma Points card.
There is no correlation between the design of the cards and specific activities - feel free to give the camper any card that inspires them.
There is no minimum "degree" of impact or any other measure of how "positive" the action is - use your own discretion and be generous.
Each parent volunteer has a deck of 102 cards. Your goal is to give out all your cards by the end of the week. Be sure to write the camper's name and grade level on the back.
If you are a cabin parent, before bedtime, ask your campers whether they earned any points during the day. Be sure to count up the points and relay the count via the Brightwheel app that you use to check in for the night.
There are 10 teams competing. Points tally up to $10,000 to 5 charities and other surprise rewards. Scan the QR code to learn more about each charity. On the first night, share those descriptions with your campers and help them choose the charity they want to support.
4th+5th Grade Boys
4th+5th Grade Girls
6th Grade Boys
6th Grade Girls
7th Grade Boys
7th Grade Girls
8th Grade Boys
8th Grade Girls
9th Grade Boys
9th Grade Girls
Each of these charities will receive donations based upon the points won by the teams. Each group has to pick a charity that they are supporting. On the first night of camp, share these different charities with your campers and discuss which one they'd like to support.
American India Foundation (AIF): AIF is a nonprofit organization established to catalyze social and economic change in India. Founded in 2001, AIF aims to bridge the gap between the United States and India by mobilizing resources and expertise from both countries to address pressing development issues in India. AIF focuses on key areas such as education, livelihoods, and public health, working in collaboration with local organizations to implement innovative and sustainable solutions. Through various initiatives, partnerships, and programs, AIF seeks to empower marginalized communities, promote education and skill development, enhance healthcare access, and create pathways for social and economic advancement in India.
Pratham: Pratham is a prominent nonprofit organization in India dedicated to improving the quality of education and learning outcomes for underprivileged children. Established in 1994, Pratham focuses on innovative and scalable solutions to address gaps in education. It operates a range of programs, including the flagship "Read India" campaign, which aims to enhance reading and math skills among children. Pratham's approach involves community engagement, teacher training, and the development of low-cost teaching materials. By working closely with government schools and local communities, Pratham strives to ensure that children receive a strong foundation in education, helping them break the cycle of poverty and achieve brighter futures.
Educate Girls: Educate Girls is a non-profit organization in India that works to improve the access and quality of education for young girls in rural and marginalized communities. By mobilizing community volunteers and implementing creative learning techniques, they aim to increase enrollment and retention rates, bridge the gender gap in education, and empower girls to become agents of change in their communities.
Akshaya Patra: Akshaya Patra is an NGO in India that addresses hunger and education simultaneously. It operates the world's largest mid-day meal program, providing nutritious meals to school children in government and government-aided schools. The initiative aims to promote education by ensuring children receive a hot, balanced meal, enhancing attendance, and academic performance, while also alleviating malnutrition and encouraging children to stay in school.
Akansha Foundation: The Akansha Foundation is a non-profit organization based in India that focuses on transforming the lives of underprivileged children through education. They provide after-school and weekend programs, mentoring, and academic support to enhance students' learning and life skills. The foundation aims to empower children from low-income communities to realize their potential, pursue higher education, and break the cycle of poverty.
Ekal Vidyalaya: Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation is an NGO working in India to bring education to remote and tribal villages. They establish one-teacher schools, called Ekal Vidyalayas, to impart basic education, healthcare, and skill development in these underserved regions. The foundation's holistic approach aims to promote literacy, instill cultural values, and improve overall socio-economic conditions in rural communities.
Agastya: Agastya International Foundation is a non-profit organization based in India that focuses on hands-on science education and creativity development. They offer innovative science education programs to disadvantaged children and teachers, especially in rural areas, to foster curiosity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. The foundation aims to ignite young minds and inspire a passion for learning, ultimately contributing to India's socio-economic development.
Akshara: Founded in 2000, Akshara Foundation designs and implements various programs aimed at enhancing foundational skills like reading, writing, and math. These programs often involve innovative teaching methods, learning materials, and community involvement to create a more engaging and effective learning environment. Akshara Foundation's mission is to bridge educational gaps and promote holistic development among children, enabling them to succeed in school and beyond. Please note that there might be multiple organizations with similar names, so it's recommended to verify the details based on the specific context.