There are these 120 sons and daughters of daily wage earners, rickshaw-pullers, and house-helps in NCR, who are hopeful of retaining their new lifestyle, one revolving around education and learning, instead of hopelessness and aimless wandering in unhygienic and insecure areas.
I, along with my friends, have been volunteering in a slum area (Wazirabad) near Sector 52A, Gurgaon. In the last 3 years that we have been teaching these children, we have brought a change in the lives of these children from being entrapped in the circle of rag-picking and skipping schools to attending classes, going to school regularly, and even holding group study sessions.
Of course, there are lacs of such slums in India, and from my many years of volunteering and leading projects in the field of education, I have seen that almost each such slum has been a beneficiary of ad hoc support in the form of food or clothes distribution from NGOs or enthusiastic groups of people. However, that's not what they need!
The people there need a continuous involvement of people like you and I, and support in the form of education. We all know the phrase, "Give a man a fish, feed him for a day; teach a man how to fish, feed him forever". But this philosophy has not percolated, and one ends up doing rather insignificant things such as distributing sweets and chocolates during festive seasons, which brings happiness to them more and causes nil contribution to the lives of the underprivileged. It takes much more than that. We not only teach these children the basics of languages, math, science and the World but also try to build their personality and inculcate good habits with focus on sanitation, discipline and a healthy lifestyle. We try to provide a safe and conducive environment to these kids so as to enable flow of knowledge and to promote learning.
This Christmas, I call upon you all to donate some money, so that volunteers like me can properly run an educational centre at the said slum in Wazirabad, Gurgaon. We have been teaching about 120 kids aged 4-14 there for more than 3 years. We pooled in our money, asked friends and family, and even approached many corporates. We received some success, but since last 6 months, all sources of funds have dried up, and we don't know for how long we can keep this up.
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The rent of the educational centre and stipends of teachers have been pending for months now. We need funds to pay rent, hire teachers, buy stationery, and in this help, only applause or lip service will not do us any good. Thus, once again, I call upon you to help us help these children.
A silent revolution is happening in the slums of Wazirabad, and to fuel this revolution, only you can help us. Donate Now!