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The Musahar community is possibly the most exploited and poverty stricken community in India. Musahars have been known as the rat-eating community. (‘Musa’ means rats and ‘Ahar’ means food in Hindi.) They generally live in ghettoes in the outskirts of the villages of Bihar. It is estimated that 99.5 per cent of the Musahars are landless, and literacy among them is just around 3 per cent.


“Musahars have been living in grinding poverty and sub-human conditions for centuries,” says Sinha, a 1967-batch IPS officer, who retired from service in 2005 as Secretary to Government of India. “My first contact with the community came way back in 1969 as a young police officer when I was asked to raid a Musahar ghetto to apprehend a gang of criminals. Their sub-human existence, literally living alongside pigs, was shocking and a moving experience for an urbane youngster like me who had lived a privileged existence” says Sinha.
Soon after retirement, he sold his flat in Delhi and returned to Patna as he wanted to “make some solid, meaningful contribution” to society. His quest to do something for the community led him to establish Shoshit Seva Sangh (SSS) in 2005 with the objective of providing quality education to the Musahar children.
“To my shock, little had changed in the community in 40 years,” says Sinha, who hurriedly got down to work.


He explains the importance of providing education for social change. “Knowledge has the power to liberate and emancipate. The obvious road ahead, therefore, was to provide quality education to the children of the Musahar community so that they could be empowered to compete with the best,” he says.After the formation of SSS, he started raising funds for the school, and in 2007, SSS collaborated with Samadhan, a Delhi based NGO and established Shoshit Samadhan Kendra (SSK), a fully free English medium residential school for Musahar children in Patna, Bihar. When he started visiting Musahar hamlets around Patna to persuade the impoverished families to send their children to his free school, he was ignored and his friends laughed at him. But now, the community regards him as an angel. Starting with four students, the school has total strength of 550 students today and is affiliated with Central Board of School Education (CBSE). The school provides free boarding, lodging, clothes, healthcare, and other necessities to its students.

J K Sinha was recently awarded Padma Shri for his tireless efforts in transforming the lives of unprivileged and deprived Musahar community in Bihar by proving free education and Boarding to their children for the past 1 decade.


Sinha says “The vision of the project is to bring about a silent revolution in the musahar community, which has lived in sub-human conditions for centuries. It will not be enough to give the children brought under the project proper schooling. To enable and empower these children to make a quantum jump in life, and become a catalyst of change within their community, it will be absolutely essential to see them through higher education. The school Shoshit Samadhan Kendra will have to parent these children till they reach their destined destination.In April 2019, 100 more Mushar children joined the school from all corners of Bihar, making the total number of students studying at the residential school to 650. The school needs support to cover costs of educating increasing number of students. The cost of supporting one student for a month is Rs. 4600 which includes providing all the requirements including stationary, uniform, food, lodging and medical care.

The state of the affairs of the Mushar community is a national shame. The community has been ignored and exploited for hundreds of years. JK Sinha is a on a mission to uplift this community of fellow Indians. The school needs funds to continue to provide quality education to the most exploited. Your support will ensure JK Sinha can continue to work for the betterment of the Musahar community.
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18th October 2019
Dear Supporters,

I would like to tell you that the Annual Sports Day of the school run by Shoshit Seva Sangh was held on October 08, 2019.  Some of the photographs of the Annual Sports Day are given below.



Dear Supporters,

I would like to tell you that the Annual Sports Day of the school run by Shoshit Seva Sangh was held on October 08, 2019.  Some of the photographs of the Annual Sports Day are given below.



7th August 2019
Dear Supporters,

Ujwal Thakar, the former CEO of Pratham and GiveIndia, visited the school Shoshit Samadhan Kendra on July 16, 2019, on the occasion of its Foundation Day. He blogged about the visit on his facebook which widely read, the blog is reproduced below -  

“Normally I write about young entrepreneurs and their amazing  journeys.. but this one is way more impressive.. it’s the story of a second innings after a very successful career with Indian government, success that took the IPS officer to the top of India’s spy establishment.. the story is all the more amazing because the second innings had nothing remotely to do with the first.. and considering that his father and grandfather were both Head of the police in pre independence Bihar as officers of the then blue blooded IP ( Indian police ) one would have expected the retired officer at age sixty to aspire to be either MP or governor as most Bihar cadre officers aspire.. But Padma Shri Jyoti Sinha was obviously made of a different mettle.. He chose to start a free residential school for the children of the Maha Dalit Musahar community starting with his own savings post retirement ...

This was fifteen years back with twenty young children in classes one and two in rented premises in Patna .. Mr. Sinha,s theory is that only education and nothing else can transform the inter generational poverty of this community which is so poor that it is rat  eating .. He also believes that if in thirty years if ten thousand of these community kids graduate from colleges after a well rounded value based education in school,and at least a thousand of them join the civil services, they will be able to transform the lives of the entire community.. It was an audacious daring dream backed fully by conviction. He was not daunted by the fact that he was sixty when he started and the results of his efforts would begin to deliver concrete transformation only after a minimum of twenty to twenty five years..

And like all dreams born out of the purity of conviction this one also materialised .. yesterday was the fifteenth founders day of the school, called Shoshit Sewa Kendra,it has a beautiful school building with nice playgrounds and hostel accommodation for four hundred kids.. it’s now a fully residential accredited CBSE school with four hundred kids on board all from Musahar community from all over Bihar.. the first batches are now in college.. and that leads to the second phase of the dream ., and by now Mr.Sinha is 75 ( yesterday was his seventh fifth bday) .. the dream is to build an academy which will train these kids for civil services and other competitive options.. to double the capacity to thousand kids and young adults all living together in same premises .. first steps have already been taken .. the hostel is ready and a young man has joined to lead the charge .. well the young man is thirty, has just turned down a job which was offering him a salary of a crore of rupees, not surprising considering that he is an IIT Delhi alum with a degree in computer sciences who had a JEE rank of 109.. but more about him when I engage with him over the next few months, the young man was there for the founders day function five days after his marriage to another inspiring young girl who is going to give up a job in an international school in Dubai to join the school ..

And going by the show the children put up yesterday ranging from “The Merchant of Venice” in English to a beautifully choreographed dance to depict Gandhian values to an exhibition that displayed scientific innovation .. I have no doubts that Mr.Jyoti Sinha’s vision of transforming the Musahar community will be reality in the next decade.. Mr.Sinha its a rare privilege to be a trustee of your organisation and to learn from you about how conviction and vision makes age just a number .. Was truly inspiring to be at the foundation day in Patna yesterday
Happy seventh fifth, may God grant you health and energy to fulfill all your dreams”

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Dear Supporters,

Ujwal Thakar, the former CEO of Pratham and GiveIndia, visited the school Shoshit Samadhan Kendra on July 16, 2019, on the occasion of its Foundation Day. He blogged about the visit on his facebook which widely read, the blog is reproduced below -  

“Normally I write about young entrepreneurs and their amazing  journeys.. but this one is way more impressive.. it’s the story of a second innings after a very successful career with Indian government, success that took the IPS officer to the top of India’s spy establishment.. the story is all the more amazing because the second innings had nothing remotely to do with the first.. and considering that his father and grandfather were both Head of the police in pre independence Bihar as officers of the then blue blooded IP ( Indian police ) one would have expected the retired officer at age sixty to aspire to be either MP or governor as most Bihar cadre officers aspire.. But Padma Shri Jyoti Sinha was obviously made of a different mettle.. He chose to start a free residential school for the children of the Maha Dalit Musahar community starting with his own savings post retirement ...

This was fifteen years back with twenty young children in classes one and two in rented premises in Patna .. Mr. Sinha,s theory is that only education and nothing else can transform the inter generational poverty of this community which is so poor that it is rat  eating .. He also believes that if in thirty years if ten thousand of these community kids graduate from colleges after a well rounded value based education in school,and at least a thousand of them join the civil services, they will be able to transform the lives of the entire community.. It was an audacious daring dream backed fully by conviction. He was not daunted by the fact that he was sixty when he started and the results of his efforts would begin to deliver concrete transformation only after a minimum of twenty to twenty five years..

And like all dreams born out of the purity of conviction this one also materialised .. yesterday was the fifteenth founders day of the school, called Shoshit Sewa Kendra,it has a beautiful school building with nice playgrounds and hostel accommodation for four hundred kids.. it’s now a fully residential accredited CBSE school with four hundred kids on board all from Musahar community from all over Bihar.. the first batches are now in college.. and that leads to the second phase of the dream ., and by now Mr.Sinha is 75 ( yesterday was his seventh fifth bday) .. the dream is to build an academy which will train these kids for civil services and other competitive options.. to double the capacity to thousand kids and young adults all living together in same premises .. first steps have already been taken .. the hostel is ready and a young man has joined to lead the charge .. well the young man is thirty, has just turned down a job which was offering him a salary of a crore of rupees, not surprising considering that he is an IIT Delhi alum with a degree in computer sciences who had a JEE rank of 109.. but more about him when I engage with him over the next few months, the young man was there for the founders day function five days after his marriage to another inspiring young girl who is going to give up a job in an international school in Dubai to join the school ..

And going by the show the children put up yesterday ranging from “The Merchant of Venice” in English to a beautifully choreographed dance to depict Gandhian values to an exhibition that displayed scientific innovation .. I have no doubts that Mr.Jyoti Sinha’s vision of transforming the Musahar community will be reality in the next decade.. Mr.Sinha its a rare privilege to be a trustee of your organisation and to learn from you about how conviction and vision makes age just a number .. Was truly inspiring to be at the foundation day in Patna yesterday
Happy seventh fifth, may God grant you health and energy to fulfill all your dreams”

Thank You for all the support! Please continue sharing this link with your friends and family. 
22nd July 2019
Dear Supporters,

Please find attached the update report on the project.

Thanks for all the support.

Regards,
J. K. Sinha

 
Dear Supporters,

Please find attached the update report on the project.

Thanks for all the support.

Regards,
J. K. Sinha

 
Rs.272,137 raised

Goal: Rs.1,000,000

9 Days to go

Beneficiary: Shoshit Seva Sangh info_outline
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