Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Volunteer need for Community Connect visit near Sec-45, Kanhai Village, Gurgaon

Project : Shiksharth
Number of Volunteer Required : 20-30

1. Volunteers are required to make an effort to beautify the school with plantation and levelling. We would like to have activity day once a week, preferably saturday or sunday for this. Starting at 11 and could last for 2-3 hours.
2. Water tank to be installed as it is required for water usage in toilet. Funds required for the first 2 activities.
3. Monitoring the kids enrolled in the school.
4. Mentoring them and connect to their parents.
5. Curriculum development.


Shiksharth is running properly from the last 2 weeks. Developments in the last 2 weeks are as follow:

A permanent teacher has been appointed and to assist her ‘Mathangi’ and ‘Mrs Grover’ (retired principal) provide their service daily.

Following items are arranged for the school.

1 Black Board
2 chairs
Bamboo Chik to cover the gallery where school is running (see attached pics)
20 Slates for Kids
Carpets, etc.

Some tracking of children is already done by Mrs. Grover and Mathangi..
Some land leveling work has already been started on Sarpanch's orders.
Talked to Gardener of the adjacent park and he would help us in grass and tree plantation in school. 

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Project Prerna


*Certainly, Slumdog Millionaire is one more example of India’s undeniable brilliance and extraordinary talent that the world is increasingly saying 'Jai Ho'. One can rightly appreciate the wonderfully inspiring story of a poor boy who overcomes all odds to make a million.*

But It’s a pity that even today we are struggling to ensure basic rights to the children who are living in slums.Their right to education, nutrition, health, shelter and protection — stands threatened and undermined.

And the desired changes in the lives of such children will come only when more and more privileged people with a desire to bring changes start participating proactively in finding solutions for these children.

With this conviction, we have started project PRERNA to help the kids in the slums. Project PRERNA is an inspiration to make a difference in their lives.

Prerna was started started on 14th Nov,2009,(Children Day) for Saturday and Sunday Classes only.

*Project faced continuous problems and threats to keep the school running, but the team always loved the challenges coming their way and eventually Brigadier Saab A S Yadav (Retd.) living near by came to the rescue and provided his vacant land to start up the school.*
*Today, we are running this school on regular basis with full time teacher hired. We are teaching around 40+ students in two groups of around 20 each.*

*Remember:* **"No child is born imperfect. Every life is a blessing and a hope for
mankind". *And* "Education is the primary catalyst which transforms ignorance to hope."

Near Presidency Building
Sector 14

Shiksharth- A means to bright future !

On Sunday, Nov 6, 2009, Zariya and AID- Gurgaon chapter launched their project Shiksharth to educate the underprivileged children residing in the slums of Kanhai village in Gurgaon. Association for India's Development (AID) is a volunteer movement promoting sustainable, equitable and just development. AID supports grassroots organizations in India and initiates efforts in various interconnected spheres such as education, livelihoods, natural resources including land, water and energy, agriculture, health, women's empowerment and social justice. Zariya is a group of young Indians who have come together to become a means to providing a solution to various causes. The group intends to work as a bridge between large social organizations and the lower sect of the society. Zariya is working consistently towards achieving their milestones to contribute to the society. In the pursuit to achieve that, the group is working with many organizations on various projects. However, Shiksharth is the first big step, of team Zariya, in their endeavor to community service. Shiksharth is a community school based out of Kanhai village. The volunteers from AID Gurgaon and Zariya walked around the slums in Kanhai village to spread the word of importance of education for all. The team registered the students into the school and on its first day on Sunday saw an overwhelming response from the residents. The school on its inaugural day marked the attendance for 40 children from the village. Sarpanch Satish Yadav ji inaugurated the school in the presence of the volunteers and a few guests that included Colonel Rajinder Singh. The average age of the children who attended the first day was 8 years. The students were made to learn a few lessons on moral values through cartoon movies and were thereafter provided refreshments. Shiksharth has taken its first flight with one teacher and forty students, and aims at achieving a headcount of 125-150 students to be managed by four teachers. The school will operate, from 9 am to 1:30pm from Monday thru Friday and 9am to 12 pm on Saturdays, in the premises adjoining the temple in Kanhai village. The purpose would be to provide the remedial classes for weak and underprivileged kids and prepare them for admission to the public schools. The project Shiksharth owes sincere thanks to the Sarpanch Satish Yadav ji of Kanhai village for providing the land and all the support and the residents of Kanhai village in showing their faith in us.