NGO in India For Children Education

Lakshyam NGO : Hands to Hearts
Lakshyam NGO : Hands to Hearts

It has been more than half a century since India’s independence and 100 percent literacy rate is still a distant dream for our country where almost 35% of the population is still illiterate. On one hand where India is being called one of the worlds fastest growing economies it still lacks proper school facilities and efficient teaching staff across the government run schools across the country, which takes it far behind even the most underdeveloped nations of the world in terms of its social indicators.

So this is where the NGO’s in India for Children step in and take the necessary action to educate the underprivileged.  While most of the governments efforts to universalization of education goes in vain because of inefficiencies in its system and politics, the NGO’s help government achieve their goal since NGO’s only motive is community development where children and adults realize their full potential in a safe and a healthy environment.  They try to fill in for the inefficiencies of our system and bridge the gap between the underprivileged and the privileged sections of the society.

Since the last 2 decades or more the role of NGO’s and the dependency of the government and our country’s citizens on it for education has increased tremendously. NGO’s use many strategies such as public-private partnerships, teacher-training, family literacy, community involvement and developing funds for educational sector.

In rural areas especially, where women and girls are forced to give up even their most fundamental right like education due to various reasons such as lack of proper sanitation facilities at public schools, child marriage, family pressure and sexual exploitation by male teachers etcetera NGO’s protect their rights by providing a safe environment for both boys and girls to reach their full potential. Most of the NGO’s in India today provide education in the most remote villages and slums across the country.  They provide financial assistance to children who dropout because of lack of money and even provide free education at their own expense. To those children who don’t go to school because of inaccessibility, they reach out to these kids and teach them at their homes. Also a lot of NGO’s even assist in skill based higher education that can help unprivileged children become self- sufficient and not rely on others.

As Nelson Mandela very aptly said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” NGO’s in India have a crucial role to play in educating the children and thus developing the country.

Child Welfare Programs in India

Child Welfare NGO
Child Welfare NGO

“Child welfare” is a seemingly small word containing another universe of it’s own! When we talk about welfare, what do we mean? Do we mean education? Healthcare? Protection? Or do we mean giving the child a “normal” life as you and I have lived?

Development does not end at education, does not end at protection or healthcare. Development covers a loving environment for the child to grow up in, a pair of two to give the child care and support, a home and not an orphanage, it means clean water not mud, it means a toilet that’s not in a jungle, it means much more than you and I can think of.

Thousands of “Child Welfare” programs have been launched in India. Though lesser and lesser proved efficient. In every nook and corner of this country, every individual tries to do his bit, and so should you. The process of welfare, is simple really yet intricate. You start with the outlook, the dirt on the body, work towards the mind and finally, towards the emotional being.

Very few organizations have coherently understood the meaning of Child Welfare. Yet, some of the efficient ones such as Lakshyam NGO have done a stupendous job. Not only is the emotional, physical and mental growth is taken care of, it also targets the career path that the child chooses. For Lakshyam, actual welfare comes within a state when the child in independent in the broadest sense of the word.

Lakshyam informally adopts poverty stricken bastis (ghettos) and targets an all round welfare of the households. The children are enrolled in the remedial school and are taught three main subjects, which are Math, Computer Science and English. Additionally, Lakshyam endeavors to help children chose the right career path and enroll them under a professional tutor, which allow them flourish without any trace of depravity.

Child Welfare Organizations in India

Child welfare is a continuum of services designed to ensure that children are safe and that families have the necessary support to care for their children successfully. Child welfare organizations in India (Lakshyam Butterfly)serve a variety of purposes including adoption and foster care facilities, child abuse and neglect reports, family reunification etc. all of which ensure holistic growth and development of the children of the country, especially those belonging to vulnerable sections of the society.

Childerns Camp at Ranchi Center - Lakshyam NGO
Camp at Ranchi Center – Lakshyam NGO

Children constitute principle assets of any country.  Children’s development is very important for the overall development of society and the best way to develop national human resources is to take care of children.  India has the largest child population in the world.  All out efforts are being made by the Government for the development and welfare of children.   A number of organizations have been set up for this purpose. To name a few:

Organizations Serving Children in India

  • Indian Council of Social Welfare, Hyderabad
  • Delhi Council For Children Welfare, Delhi
  • O.S. Children’s Villages of India, New Delhi
  • Haryana State Council for Child Welfare
  • Bal Vikas Bhavan, Haryana
  • Holy Infant Mary’s Girls Home, Kerala

Such organizations fulfill the dream of building a brighter India by improving the conditions of the future of the country  – the children. All spheres are taken care of under most of these organizations to promote well being of children. They provide robust health and nutrition benefits to the children coming from the most marginalized communities. They work towards providing quality education and equal opportunities for all children in India. They strive towards working to make a difference in the lives of the most socially-excluded children by providing them protection against any form of violence, labor or abuse.

Why Should You Volunteer For an NGO?

Despite constant claims made by the economists and international organizations all over the world that India is truly on a recovery mode, we cannot simply ignore the hard head-hitting facts which do not portray India in a very positive state. A large portion of India’s population remains impoverished and in need of basic human necessities. 70% of the population still has limited access to housing and clean water. With an estimated 6 doctors for every 10,000 people, the people of India also continue to face severe public health problems on a daily basis — not to mention issues with women’s rights, education, and small business development.

Child NGO - Lakshyam NG Delhi
Image Credits: Lakshyam NGO

India’s GDP for the July-September period, grew at 7.4% – with a boost from manufacturing and financial services. But keeping in mind the stark realities that circumscribe the Nation’s goal from being a developing country to a developed one, we still have a long way to go. As the youth, who owe their existence to this country, it should be our prime motive to question our actions time to time and introspect and ask ourselves, that what have we given to this country? Are we doing our bit?
There are various ways to go about it and rather amazingly it can be found that beyond simply looking for ourselves and contributing to society can also help us achieve, self-happiness goals. Working with NGOs is one of the most feasible ways, which offer various volunteering programs in India to achieve the personal as well as social benefits.
How volunteering with NGO can actually help in achieving personal as well as social benefits?

1) Strategy making skills:-

In high schools and colleges, strategies were devised to achieve personal and professional goals. While working in an NGO , plans and ideas go much beyond and are even more widely discussed and appreciated. Targets aren’t set for few days or weeks but for months and years.

2) Better networking :-

It is always a treat to meet different people from different backgrounds and cultures, with the same thought process as ours while volunteering. It is important to let the comfort zone stretch and expand . In future, same people may become best buddies, mentors , people worth the time and energy spent on them.

3) Moral education :-

While helping the underprivileged, we are often reminded of the fact that the struggle is of the whole nation and that we should never stop supporting each other. A sense of perspective is gained, which helps in observing the impact of small things in the long run.

4) Leadership :-

Volunteering and planning strategies on a day to day basis help in improving personal growth and enhancing leadership skills. NGOs give a huge opportunity to increase the synergy of brainstorming which further helps in achieving long term personal benefit.

5) Happiness and self satisfaction :-

Becoming a volunteer with an NGO, gives the required boost to add something positive , in the lives of others .It gives meaning to us being here beyond simply looking after ourselves. It changes the life from being purely self-centered to being something with meaning for others, too.

6) CV BOOSTER :-

One of the most unique takeaways from NGOs, is that volunteering with them adds as a great experience as well as an extremely beneficial CV booster too. There is a win-win situation, whether we plan to go for further studies or straight away want to apply for a corporate job.
There are various volunteering programs in India, offered by various reputed NGOs. One of the best NGOs in this league is Lakshyam, an NGO based in Delhi, whose purpose of existence is to enhance the lives of underprivileged children and women, and to offer a positive direction and a healthier approach towards life. The NGO has incorporated various unique and out of the box projects, like Toy Library, Butterfly and ‘Rooh’- awakening women’s soul and has left no stone unturned to convert its vision of a prosperous nation into a reality.
Therefore keeping the above mentioned points in mind, working as a volunteer in a reputed NGO, like the one mentioned above is the best kickstart which a student can give to his/her career. All those who have been given so much in life should experience the joy of giving and sharing as well.