Priya, daughter of Mr. Pappu kumar and Mrs. Rajmata is a five year old girl. Her father works as a Gardener and her mother is a homemaker.
Renuka, daughter of Mr. Mirem Singh and Mrs Tija devi is a four year old girl. Her father works as a pest controller and mother is a homemaker.
Rojes Ali, Son of Mr. Abdul Salam and Mrs Nazra is a five year old boy. His parents work as security guards.
Roshan Singh, son of Mr. Dhyani Singh and Mrs. Pinki is a six year old boy. His father is a tailor and mother works as a cook.
Raunak Jha, son of Mr. Shailendra and Mrs. Rani is a five year old boy. His father works as a construction supervisor and mother is a homemaker.
Adarsh, Son of Mr. HariOm Upadhyay and Amrita Upadhyay is a five year old boy. His father works as an electrician and mother is a homemaker.
Rohit, Son of Mr. Anuraul Hoque and Mrs. Jalekha Khatun is a six year old boy. His father works as a mason and his mother works as domestic help.
Sulabh kumar, son of Sanjay Ram and Urmila devi is a five year old boy. His father works as a Mason and mother is a homemaker.
Bhumika, Daughter of Mr. Mukesh kumar Rathi and Mrs. Sheela. Her father works as a driver and mother is a homemaker.
DIKSHA is a non-profit school in Palam Vihar, Gurgaon, India established to provide free and quality education to about 340 children from low-income families in the neighborhood. Children are typically from migrant labor families living in jhuggis (make-shift homes) and belong to economically weaker sections living in Chauma village, Dharam colony, Caterpuri and New Palam Vihar, found loitering in the streets begging for alms or drop outs from up to three previous schools.
Sponsoring such a child's education will go a long way in helping the child develop into a responsible and independent adult. The curriculum is designed to encourage participation in extracurricular activities as well. Each child is made to recognize and nurture what he/she identifies as their life skills and attributes and is prompted to add other facets to these skills to become a well-rounded individual. There are great opportunities also provided for sports, drama, dance and art forms. Your generous sponsorship for a needy child's education at Diksha will open the door to his or her future.
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Noshaba Ahmed, seventeen years of age, currently in Class XI proudly received the Best Scholar trophy in the Award Ceremony held at Diksha on 14 May, 2016. She spoke confidently about her journey in the school and wove dreams of an exciting future. Looking at this charming girl, who has her wits about her; one would imagine a caring and nurturing home. Born to Zaraar Ahmed and Farhad Banoo, Noshaba has four other siblings, a sister and three other brothers. Her father, a tailor by profession, was the appointed Diksha tailor and painstakingly stitched uniforms for three hundred students till the school became bigger. Her mother assists her husband with the finishing of the garments.
Noshaba remembers the day she joined school with great fondness. On a foggy winter morning on 13 Januray 2009, Noshaba and her two other siblings, Nagma and Altamas, held their father’s hand and walked into the school. She was nine years old then with no formal schooling to her credit. The village in District Barabanki taught her how to read and write Urdu. The memory of living in a large family in the village home is a happy one for her. Admitted in Class 1, Noshaba jumped to Class 3 in a matter of six months. Age class parity and learning readiness and acumen won her the double promotion in Classes 1 and 5.
In school, Noshaba learnt the valuable lessons of sharing, respect for another, shedding shyness and speaking up. She soaked up information zealously and it gradually dawned on her that in education lies the answer, to poverty and unemployment. She pored over Social Science books and hungrily sought out answers for the plight of the world around her. Her love for books drew her closer to the teachers, especially her class teacher, who became her mentor, friend and confidant. Her class teacher instilled in her a sense of self confidence and love for public speaking. Noshaba bloomed in the love and care she found in the school and was reticent to go back home. Vacations, she seldom looked forward to.
At home, Noshaba found understanding parents who encouraged school work and proudly showcased their children’s notebooks to friends and acquaintances. There was a brief period of strife at home. Noshaba, barely into adolescence, was terrified of quarrels and ran away from home at all odd hours, to seek comfort outside. Terming her behavior as abnormal, her father took her to the hometown to get an exorcism done. Timely information by the friends led the school to intervene and reprimand the father. Noshaba was fortunately brought back, safe and sound, without undergoing the horror of the primitive ritual. The parents were then counseled at school and the father was promised an added income of stitching school uniforms to ensure financial stability and reduce strife at home. Noshaba was in Class 8 at this time.
The year after saw a slipping in Noshaba’s grades as a brewing love story was discovered. A mobile, a gift from an admirer, was used to send messages to and fro. A furious and outraged father threatened to pull Noshaba out of school but he was successfully talked out of this dire reaction. The father then bought a rickshaw and rode his children to the school and back.