Mr. Khurana is a Sikh who religiously practices Dasvandh, where the community donates one-tenth of their earnings towards the common resources of the community. He experiences immense satisfaction by serving the community and helping the people in need.
"I have been through the pain, which these kids go through"
He recalls his days of struggle when he was just 3 years old when he witnessed the horrifying experience of the partition. His parents had no money when they came to India which forced him to stay in one or the other tents during his childhood. While growing up he realized the importance of education and used to spent hours studying under street lights. Since then, he had a strong desire to help people in need.
Khurana is a retired public servant from Haryana State Government and has been a ray of hope for parents, for whom providing school education to their kids was a distant dream.
Apart from classes from nursery to 10th grade, the school also provides free stationery, textbooks, and uniforms. To ensure that none of the students have any nutritional deficiency, Khurana supervises a midday meal program. Nai Kiran is a one of kind initiative is supported by its own group of volunteers and well-wishers.
Khurana recalls an instance from 1998 when he was posted in Faridabad. He was impressed by the inquisitive nature of his driver's son often visited the family home. The family began tutoring him every evening, and soon the child began to develop a keen interest in science. When the child showed promise, Khurana, enrolled him in private school and funded his education. Eventually, the kid grew to become an engineer and now works in a reputed organization. Khurana then decided that after his retirement he would start a school which would take care of such children.
Khurana is a Sikh who religiously practices Dasvandh, where the community donates one-tenth of their earnings towards the common resources of the community. He experiences immense satisfaction by serving the community and helping the people in need.
After returning to Gurgaon in 2005 post his retirement, Khurana with two kids from nearby slums started the school in a parking lot of his society. Inspired by his initiative of helping kids spend their time constructively, the other parents from nearby areas approached him. Gradually the number increased to 30 children and they needed a bigger place to conduct the classes.
"For six years now, I have been waking up 5:30 AM to prepare for the classes"
Khurana's day starts at 5:30 AM with cleaning the plot, and arranging equipment for setting up the tent and ends at 10:00 PM when he finishes buying stationery and grocery for next day's midday meal. Nai Kiran School is run with the help of a paid staff of 14 teachers, four assistants, and one administrator. Eight volunteers also help with the smooth functioning of the school. The biggest challenge the school faces currently is the absence of an infrastructure. Every day, time and effort go into raising the tents. The children also get distracted easily because of the lack of secure rooms and need to be monitored constantly so they stay within the school premises.
Why should you contribute?
The school currently requires financial support in order to build a school building. Your support will help the children to get an education and build a great future for themselves, their family and the nation.
About NAI KIRAN UNIVERSAL SCHOOL:
Associated with Government Approved NGO, Gurunanak Sewa Sansthan (regd.), regd. no. 6972/4/1871 Dt. 7/7/05.
It began as Mr Khurana and his wife deciding to help their driver's son, and then a blind student. Slowly, it became ‘Nai Kiran Universal School’. The school started with four children in the parking area of Ardee City and is now a full-fledged institution. Classes here are held from pre-nursery to ninth grade in make-shift tents.
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Annual Expense Incurred by the school, and the money collected will be used for the mentioned activities:
Team SARATHI , which consist of Students of Executive Post Graduate Program in Management (EPGPM), one year MBA, of Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon have taken an initiative to be a part of this journey of Mr. Khurana through a fund raising drive.
- Account number: 8080808010107910
- Account name: Gurunanak Sewa Sansthan
- IFSC code: YESB0CMSNOC