Sunaayy Foundation is a Non-profit Organization that was founded in May 2009 in New Delhi with the objective of providing education to the children from economically weaker backgrounds. In the process of studying the feasibility of Sunaayy’s objectives, we discovered that while there are a number of regular schools and educational facilities for the economically backward students, there are a large number of children who are unable to use these facilities. The basic reason is shouldering domestic responsibilities of their parents.
Sunaayy Foundation is running a pilot project for the last six years across 4 center’s that works with a group of 150 children in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. The children are three to twelve years old. Outdoor makeshift classes are held every day for three hours between 10am and 1pm at a MCD Park.
•The classes focus on teaching these children the basics of reading and writing in English and Hindi and on arithmetic through interactive methods. There are sessions on physical education, personal hygiene, social sciences and art and crafts as well.
•The students are grouped by their physical, learning and mental abilities and each group is taught separately.
•At the end of each day’s class, a nutritious snack/fruit is provided which they consume within the premises before going home. Students take the responsibility for keeping the park clean. They help in setting up and dismantling the classroom every day.
The objectives of Sunaayy are two-fold:
1.To hold short classes at a convenient time for children in the age group of three to twelve years and teach them the basics of reading, writing, mathematics and personal well-being.
2.To work with the parents and inculcate in them the importance of a proper education and motivate them to send their children to a regular school.
Fund Raising Need
Sunaayy Foundation’s pilot model at Vasant Kunj, has till now managed to get the support of individuals, patrons and volunteers. As Sunaayy Foundation embarked on its journey, friends and families extended their support as a gesture to help Sunaayy grow. Though this support has been extremely instrumental for ‘our cause’, we do not have any big cyclic funding to manage some of the basic recurring costs (mentioned below) which will help Sunaayy to create an larger impact in the society :
1. Activities needed to head hunt local leaders, teachers, and volunteers. Print pamphlets for creating awareness
2. Salaries of the paid staff or other administrative expenses related to infrastructure, stationary, food, uniforms, etc.
3. Quarterly or half yearly activities including camps, short trips or excursions.
4. Funding a scholarship for outstanding students who cannot get the basic support for education.
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