J.D. Khurana is a 70-year-old Retired Engineer from Gurgaon who has dedicated the past 10 years of his life in helping over 800 kids from underprivileged background get quality education FREE of cost. He started Nai Kiran Universal School with his own pension funds and has ensured children between the age 5-16 get a quality school education. Nai Kiran school is currently running intents and needs your support to get out of the open ground and into a proper school building.
"Age is just a number, it is never too late for an act of kindness"Khurana is a retired public servant from Haryana State Government and has been a ray of hope for parents, for whom providing school education to their kids was a distant dream.
Nai Kiran School is a makeshift school though it may look like a temporary setup, however, in last six years, the school has positively affected lives of hundreds of kids by introducing them to the mainstream education absolutely free of cost.
Apart from classes from nursery to 10th grade, the school also provides free stationery, textbooks, and uniforms. To ensure that none of the students have any nutritional deficiency, Khurana supervises a midday meal program. Nai Kiran is a one of kind initiative is supported by its own group of volunteers and well-wishers.
"It all started with my driver's son"Khurana recalls an instance from 1998 when he was posted in Faridabad. He was impressed by the inquisitive nature of his driver's son often visited the family home. The family began tutoring him every evening, and soon the child began to develop a keen interest in science. When the child showed promise, Khurana, enrolled him in private school and funded his education. Eventually, the kid grew to become an engineer and now works in a reputed organization. Khurana then decided that after his retirement he would start a school which would take care of such children.
Khurana is a Sikh who religiously practices Dasvandh, where the community donates one-tenth of their earnings towards the common resources of the community. He experiences immense satisfaction by serving the community and helping the people in need.
After returning to Gurgaon in 2005 post his retirement, Khurana with two kids from nearby slums started the school in a parking lot of his society. Inspired by his initiative of helping kids spend their time constructively, the other parents from nearby areas approached him. Gradually the number increased to 30 children and they needed a bigger place to conduct the classes.
Khurana used an old plot he had invested in to conduct classes and the school was now conducted out in the open. In order to ensure that the kids won't be distracted during the class, he set up tents with his own pension funds.
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