Since the launch of Be! Movies on STAR, calls, SMSes and letters have poured into the Be! Fund.
60,000 calls in the past 6 weeks
150 letters and postcards
and growing every day…
We’re hard at work answering these calls, messages and letters, and finding young entrepreneurs throughout India! if you’re a young entrepreneur who has applied to the Be! Fund, you can expect a call from us soon.
Going to School has signed an MoU with the Government of Bihar’s Education Department to run an entrepreneurship skills training program in 1,000 secondary schools. We will train 2,000 teachers to use Be! Books in their classroom; children will read one Be! Book a week and complete an interactive activity that we will monitor to chart their progress over a year.
We hope that the Be! an Entrepreneur Skills Training Campaign pioneered in the state of Bihar will become a model for the rest of India.
“Pintu aur uske 99 Dost” will air on STAR Utsav on Sunday, January 22, 2012, at 12:30 p.m. This is the seventh film in our “Idea Ho To Aisa: Be! an Entrepreneur” series.
In a slum, divided by a wall, live two communities. The school is on one side of the wall, the water pump on the other, so children have to go up and around the wall to get where they need to go. Pintu has moved here from the village, a place where he claims he once had 99 friends. No one believes him at first, but Pintu convinces them by quickly making friends on both sides of the wall.
One day Pintu and his friends are playing football and their ball lands in a large pile of garbage. The boys frantically rummage through the trash—wrinkling their noses in disgust at the smell—but are unable to find it. Pintu decides enough is enough; it’s time to clean up the place. And so he embarks on a journey to set up a waste management enterprise in a slum where Ranjan Bhaiya, the local don, owns everything—even the fear in people’s hearts. Through this roller coaster of a ride, Pintu builds a team—‘the Chakachaks’—that includes his football friends, a gang of girls (led by the feisty Afsana, the undisputed hopscotch champion of the slum) and Bharat who used to be the slumlord’s right hand man. Tension builds as his business becomes more and more successful and Ranjan Bhaiya starts to notice that the boy on the other side of the wall is taking away his business. Will Pintu’s 99 friends be enough to see him through the fight?
“Rukhsar ka Asmani Bagh” airs on STAR Utsav on January 15, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. This is the sixth film in our series titled, “Idea Ho to Aisa: Be! an Entrepreneur.”
Rukhsar, a young woman from the village, moves to the city to join her husband. Instead of the city of dreams she imagined, she discovers a crowded slum where everything—jobs, water and vegetable supply—is ruled by the local slumlord Chinni. Her stubborn nature starts her on a journey to start a rooftop farming business that will give people freedom from Chinni and a way to earn a living by growing and selling their own vegetables. But will Rukhsar be able to overcome people’s fears and her husband’s opposition? Will she be able to bring together a community to challenge the way things are?
‘Suraj ka Super Waterworks’ the fifth Be! Movie from our series titled “Idea Ho To Aisa: Be! an Entrepreneur” airs on Star Utsav at 12:30pm on Sunday, January 8, 2012.
“When will you send electricity to our village?” Puja, Suraj’s sister, hopefully asks the engineers building a dam in their river. The engineers laugh and tell Puja that the electricity from the dam is for the big city, not for her sleepy village. Puja is distraught to hear the news.
Suraj is moved to change the world for his sister, and starts on a journey to bring electricity to his village. He faces opposition from the village elders and the District Collector, who tells him, “Create your own electricity if you want it so much.” Emboldened by this challenge, Suraj finds out that traditional watermills (gharats) can be used to generate electricity. But no one has the money to turn his ambitious plan into reality.
Will Suraj find a way to finance his dreams or will his village remain in the dark?