Unfortunately, this is not a thought experiment; it is a reality for children in the Saradhapali and Munda Sahi slums of Khandagiri and Baramunda, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, where the crisis is exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A real-life story: Ravi
During a crucial moment of their formative years, thousands of impoverished children in Bhubaneswar—like Ravi — have lost their means of education as well as their essential social connections. Despite the glaring challenge faced by these children, there were minimal to no interventions in place addressing their needs.
SOOVA and Unmukt have been actively working in urban and tribal parts of Odisha to make quality education accessible and fun to underprivileged children.
Since April 2020, we are continually working to impart education by engaging children from urban slums and an orphanage in Khorda district, Odisha. Along with the learning centre, we have started two other programs, Project Jedi and Aama Kritishaalaa (Our Creative Library) during COVID-19 and has a plan to continue after the pandemic too.
- Develop comprehensive, sustainable, and long-term projects that ensure under-served children do not miss out on quality education and cognitive development due to the current crisis.
- Promote emotional stability among children by creating a network of friends/guides to foster sharing and belongingness and reduce neglect.
How can you contribute?
We need to raise INR 21 lakhs in order to sustain these crucial projects aimed at ensuring that the children have access to quality education.
Your minimum contribution of INR 350 / 5 USD will give a child access to quality books and learning for a month.
We believe these times require an extraordinary effort from a multitude of people and organizations to ensure underprivileged children have access to education. Join us to make this world a little better than today.