Lawrence received a grant from the Inter-American Development Bank to research his theories in Latin America. In 2002 Lawrence partnered with a local NGO, SBMA, in India’s northern state of Uttarakhand. The program was implemented through SBMA on a very limited basis in nearly 1,400 schools. EGG and SBMA were not partnering with the government and were not addressing any of the serious issues regarding the quality of education. With such a limited intervention the program’s impact was negligible.
In 2005 Lawrence was introduced to Mr. C.K. Mathew, the Minister of Education for Rajasthan at the time. The Rajasthan government was preparing to launch with Rajasthan Education Initiative in partnership with the World Economic Forum. Under this umbrella EGG signed its first MoU with the government of Rajasthan and was assigned 50 schools to implement its model. After two years 47 of the 50 schools responded favorably to the program.
In 2007, a new MoU for 500 schools was signed and EGG created an independent organization, Foundation to Educate Girls Globally (FEGG) to implement and operate the program in India. FEGG’s program under the leadership of Safeena Husian has today grown to 2,342 schools.
EGG is fully committed to funding and supporting FEGG to ensure the realization of the incredible potential the community mobilization model holds. As EGG supports the expansion and growth of FEGG into multiple districts and states in India, EGG will also look to expand the model to new countries throughout the world. It is EGG’s vision to launch programs in multiple countries that will grow into sustainable and independent organizations using the model of community mobilization as a catalyst to effect large scale and measurable social change throughout the developing world.