We started off with an Open-air classroom, teaching kids under the trees, and since then, we have come a long way. Currently, we are running 4 projects to work in the best possible ways for the upliftment of each and every child possible:
- Dhanak Pathshala is an inclusive, non-profit, neighborhood school in Vasundhara, Ghaziabad working to provide quality education to the children coming from under-serviced and underprivileged backgrounds. We are impacting the lives of more than 150 children by working with them for about 3 years now and growing our spectrum each and every day.
- Project Prayaas is a day-boarding batch of students, in order to maximize their learning in a holistic way. After school, they are retained at school premises till evening. Prayas aims to reduce the exposure of the environment in which they are living right now and increase the time span of the learning environment. This helps them keep away from falling prey abusive practices in the absence of their parents, who are compelled to stay away from home to earn bread and butter.
- Mission Navoday where we dream of seeing our children continue to receive quality upper primary education, once we successfully complete their primary education. For this, we tutor and coach our students of Grade-5 to enable them to pass the entrance exam of NVS, which would ensure their bright future and make them competitive and at par with the society.
- ADHUNIK Online classes We leave no stone unturned when it comes to learning of our kids! In this pandemic time, we have been compelled to force shut our school until the situation revives. But the learning continues through the online classes. We are putting major efforts in imparting learning to our kids through Face to Face live classes along with recorded lessons. We pledge to continue this futuristic approach of teaching even after the Lockdown is removed.
DHANAK receives no grants or funding from government agencies. It whole solely depends on the funds being raised through donations from various organizations, friends, and well-wishers. The lockdown has affected this inflow terribly.
This crowdfunding will help us meet the actual expenses to keep the school running - to pay for technology needed for the current times, to pay for rent and maintenance and to pay our teachers & staff who are working at very nominal salaries. Below mentioned is a breakdown of the running costs of our school for a month:
School Building’s Rent: 23000
Teacher’s Salaries: 21000
Non- Teaching Staff: 2000
Electricity Bill: 1500
Miscellaneous Bill+ Stationery: 2500
Total Expenses: INR 50000
What if we can’t raise?
Learning paused: With a very limited number of devices currently, we will not be able to conduct online classes for all the children enrolled in our school.
Salaries due to teaching and non-teaching staff: Our staff needs money for basic survival, as some of our teachers belong to humble backgrounds. This is a tough time for their own survival.
Back to Open-air classroom: This will be a huge loss to the children who have adapted themselves to the school environment.