Having started with 11 children in one locality in 2011, it has expanded to reach out to over 600 children in six sites in 2020. The Trust has accreditation from NIOS and the children can appear directly for their class 5th and 8th examination.
One of our centres is located in Surajpur slums, which is predominantly inhabited by Muslims. The children are not allowed to venture out of the locality. Vikas Vishranti has been working with this community for the last three years, providing basic education to over 100 boys and girls. The children are taught in the open, under a tree, for two hours, five days a week.
Skill building is another focus area of the organisation and the children are taught various handicrafts, stitching, embroidery, basic computer and paper mache among others to enable them to earn a living in the future. However these facilities – sewing machines, computers - are presently available at our main centre.
While we have been able to take care of the recurring expenses like teacher’s salary, stationery, uniforms, and daily snack; transportation remains a big challenge. The monthly recurring expenditure of Rs. 25,000 for transporting the 25 senior students from Surajpur to our main centre has been difficult to raise. We are looking for funding support to take care of the travel cost of the students.