History and Mission
GPM was founded in 2012 by former hi-tech executive Jacob Sztokman turned social entrepreneur. On a visit to Mumbai in 2011 while working for an internet security firm, Jacob toured the city’s slums and was deeply moved to work on the issues of poverty and illiteracy among the children of India. Troubled by what he saw and motivated to help make a difference, Jacob met with grassroots Indian NGOs who provided research, experience and expertise, and instilled in him the belief that change is possible. Together they developed a model for combining long-term and short-term solutions by bringing international volunteers to work on food distribution and literacy. This model became the foundation of GPM.
In June 2012, as Jacob left hi-tech behind for good, GPM opened its first 8-week volunteer program in India, with three volunteers providing nutrition and literacy for 500 children every day. By the end of the school year, GPM had grown to 35 volunteers per year providing daily hot nutritious meals for 750 children. In June 2014, GPM is providing nutrition and literacy for 1000 children, with the help of 40 volunteers per year.
GPM operates in partnership with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the world’s largest Jewish humanitarian aid organization, and award-winning local NGO REAP that runs classes for children ages 4-14 in the Mumbai slums, as well as many other wonderful sponsors and partners around the world. GPM works in collaboration with local grass-roots organizations, women’s empowerment groups, the business community and the Indian Jewish community.
2013 at a glance
Thanks to the support of partners, volunteers and donors all around the world, GPM achieved the following outcomes in 2013: