Donate for Mud School for Lakshyam Street Kids

***GREEN SUSTAINABLE SCHOOL BUILDING WORKSHOP AND VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY IN DELHI***

Lakshaym NGo Event in Delhi

With the motto of Hands to Hearts, Lakshyam works to safeguard and uplift children of not so privileged sections of the society. One of such is Vasant Kunj’s Sindhi Basti where 11 months ago Lakshyam NGO had set-up its school and camp for the betterment of children and people living in that area. From education to empowerment, Lakshyam has supported them all and tried its level best to improve their living. With this particular initiative, Lakshyam envisions to provide them with a school which will not stop them from learning and developing their inner skills in any circumstances.

This area is inhabited by around 100 families and approx 300 children who are seen begging or selling toys or performing on tarffic signals or are ragpickers.

The vision and idea is to bring these children out of these professions and provide them the basic education and amenities for their better future.

The need for a shelter:

  1. We are unable to function in that area due to no permanent structure in the vicinity to carry out activities. We started with our set up under the tree to a tent to a bamboo room.
  2. Currently, the bamboo shelter which is there is unable to withstand vagaries of nature such as strong rains, winds etc.
  3. For us to become a true engine of change, we need a reliable structure where they can carry out activities such as medical camps, remedial education for kids, vocational lessons for women, etc.

To see the video of the Basti visit: https://youtu.be/xccPbQMEOsc

We are grateful and delighted to collaborate with Ms. Shagun Singh, from Geeli Mitti Foundation, who would be teaching and helping to build the Lakshyam Centre with Earthbag technique.

This technique focusses on low cost, durable, energy efficient, environmentally friendly structures using recycled materials.
Earthbag structures are extremely strong and can withstand earthquakes, fire, floods, bullets…
Being a natural building using mud as the main building material, the school we are building will have thermal mass to remain comfortable through the sweltering Delhi summer heat, the humid monsoon and bitter cold of winter.

This will be a single room classroom in the middle of the slum. An oval shaped structure with a sloping roof.

ABOUT GEELI MITTI FOUNDATION

Founded by co-trustees, Shagun Singh and Osho Kalia,
Geeli Mitti Foundation spearheads projects and causes in the domain of Environment, Sustainability, Women Empowerment, Health and Skill Development for Jail Inmates, Women and Children.

Our core projects live right now include:

  1. The ‘Say No to Polythene and Yes to Cloth Bag’ campaign recognised by the Haryana Govt. in its list of achievements of 50 years for its impact in both substituting Polythene and providing skills and financial support to Jail Inmates and Women in slums.
  2. Under our work on Women Empowerment, we work with the Police across different cities and States to impart self defense training to school and college girls, especially in rural hinterlands surrounding the metros.
  3. We have adopted three remote villages in Uttrakhand and are working to make them self-sufficient eco-communities with organic farming, waste management, natural housing along with set up plan of a health centre, libraries, education support, upskilling trainings for women and a computer centre.

The Foundation also helps to market the produce from our SHGs and organic farmers.

HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE/CONTRIBUTE FOR THIS EARTHBAG BUILD

1. You can volunteer and join the workshop to learn to build with Earthbags and contribute to the cause at the same time.

10-day workshop covering:
– Natural buildings and its advantages
– Foundation and Plinth
– Earthbag walls, diddling, pattern, wire laying, tamping techniques
– Opening, doors and windows affixing
– Electrical and plumbing provisions

Workshop fee – Rs.5000
You can also pay the entire or part of course fee by way of donating some of the materials that we need.

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION WILL BE PROVIDED

Note – Please carry your own bottle of water and food/snacks.

2. Donate the materials or contribute money to the fund for purchase/sourcing of our building materials and labour.

List of Materials for donation:
1. Gravel for foundation
2. Tarpaulins for shade and cover. Strong ropes
3. Wood for doors/windows/roof frames. Also readymade/old doors and windows that can be reused
4. Large cardboard rolls or boxes for roof insulation
5. Clay soil / laal mitti / potters soil for plastering
6. Barbed wire
7. Iron rebars and angles
8. Tools – shovels, tampers, strip anchors, mud sievers
9. Tin sheets/panels for roof

CONTACT
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Raashi Anand – 9540690002
Email- support@lakshyam.co.in

Website: http://www.lakshyam.co.in/

What is the Role of NGOs in Support of Education?

Working for a Better Society NGO for Children in DelhiAs per the last Census held in 2011, there are 444 million children in India under the age of 18 years. This constitutes over one-third of population in India in 2011. This is said to be the world’s largest child population in a single country. About 27 million children are born each year in India where only 53% of habitation have a primary school and only 20% of the habitation have a secondary school. The statistics are further grim in nature. Less than half of India’s children between the age 6 to 14 go to school. Only about 33% of all children who enroll in grade one reach grade eight. Infrastructure-wise, in nearly 60% of schools, there are less than two teachers to teach Classes I to V. 1 in 40 primary schools in India is conducted in open spaces or tents. As far as drop outs are concerned, 25% children of school-going age are out of school in India. As per District Information System for Education 2014-15, only 32% children finish their school education age appropriately and only 2% of the schools offer complete school education from grade 1 to grade 12.

Under such conditions the role of NGO in India for children education becomes very crucial. There are numerous NGOs who have taken up the onus of taking care of children education, especially for the under-privileged ones. One of the prominent one is Lakshyam NGO. This NGO not only helps to spread education among the under-privileged children in India across various cities but also work towards protecting the basic right to education of children. It provides the attitude, opportunity and exposure to good education to such children and helps them develop to be at par with the more privileged children of the society in terms of literacy.
The major objectives of the NGO in India for Children education are:

  1. increasing the enrollment in schools
  2. developing learning skills in local schools & communities
  3. make education reach to such masses who are unable to attend formal schools due to reasons like poverty, proximity distance, health issues, etc.
  4. replicate their education models and scale them up to serve large number of children to achieve a large-scale impact
  5. provide inclusive education to children with special needs
  6. vocational training to children with permanent disabilities
  7. work as a catalyst to bring sustainable change in the lives of the children with a life-cycle approach of development

Girl child education has also been promoted widely by multiple NGOs through various means. For example, Lakshyam NGO in collaboration with a corporate giant plans to distribute free solar panels to all the girl students studying in government schools to encourage girl child education. It has already identified various govt. schools for girls in Noida where it intends to conduct the distribution along with awareness drive.

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The underlying principle on which such NGOs work is that education is the most effective tool which helps children build a strong foundation, enabling them to free themselves from the vicious cycle of ignorance, poverty and disease. For them, education is the means as well as the end to a better life because it empowers children to earn their own livelihood in future and it increases their awareness on a range of issues from healthcare, social behavior to understanding one’s rights – and in the process, help them evolve as better citizens of the country. Lakshyam has been a pioneering example where they prepare the underprivileged kids by teaching basic subjects and behavioral etiquettes in their free of cost remedial schools so that the kids can get admissions in nearby government schools easily. With government bringing in more and more policies to encourage children education in India, NGOs still have a long way to go in improving the current literacy rates of the country. With proper public support and resources, NGOs can surely change the face of India in the field of primary & secondary education by mobilizing the local communities and enabling the change in the lives of the children.

Evidence of Love

Children, what is the first thing that popped-up in your mind when you hear this word? Maybe you could picture a bunch of little souls playing in a park with big grins on their faces. Or, you might be thinking of any other stuff like children are the ones who have full potentials to become leaders, that’s why they have to get into school and be educated. Whatever it is in your mind, the main thing is how those things could be realized, isn’t it? Now the question is, who will bring it to reality?

Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) is defined as a non-profit, voluntary citizens’ group which is organized on a local, national, or international level. With 10 million population in Delhi, -which is a huge number- not all of the families are having a proper life where they can fulfill their basic needs, including giving the rights for their children to earn proper education. Many of the kids who live in New Delhi work as balloon sellers instead of going to school. There are also children in an area who don’t know how to brush their teeth, they never take a shower, and only having 2 or 3 pairs of clothings. Lakshyam, one of the NGO(s) in Delhi for Children, has been working to help the children to rise up from adversity, so that they could fight to eradicate poverty. As wise man once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon,” Lakshyam supplies the “weapon” which is education by giving books, building schools, and provide teachers to help the children to grow well, and to improve their ability.

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As an NGO in Delhi for Children, Lakshyam has promised and striving to do beyond so that these kids can have a brighter future. The cornerstone of why Lakshyam was established in the first place was because we care. A word caring means not only giving sympathy but do an action to help those in need. We act because we care. Now with 15 centrals all over India, we have proved that we participate to encourage children in India to dare dreaming. One saying says, “what you sow is what you’re gonna reap.” We sow the seeds of hope and optimism, and we believe we will reap something far than we could ever imagined. To see this kids gain success in the upcoming 10 or 20 years, is what Lakshyam always wishes for.

It’s never too late to do something, especially for children. Remember, you might not see the result at the moment, but kindly do it continually… and you will never ever regret of all the sweat, the tears, the energy, and the prayers that you have spent. It will be paid off! They will not only become heroes for themselves, but for all the voiceless people around the world.

“Children are full of surprises. Expect everything and they will make it happen.”

Delhi, 19th July 2016
Sharon Margriet
Lakshyam Volunteer from Indonesia

NGO for Children in Delhi

“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven millions.”

It is very rightly said that children are the most precious gifts given to us by god and we need to care for them. The above quote describes that children don’t have any knowledge about the world but there eyes have millions of dreams. Many of these dreams are left incomplete as many kids due to their family conditions or their exploitation by the society are not able to have a blissful life. In our daily life we come across so many child related issues like child labor, child exploitation, abduction, child trafficking etc. which are increasing at a fast rate and deteriorating our country. The reason is most of the times the inability of the parents due their economic conditions. Most of these cases are generally found in the capital of our country i.e. Delhi where children are made to beg on the roads, do household works and even work in the factories leaving their childhood and education neglected.

Concerning the utmost urge to do something and for the amelioration of this condition of children, many NGO’s for children in Delhi have been established working and serving for the cause. These organizations work for many child related issues like for education, nutrition, health services, and for child rights etc. Some of these NGO’s are like ‘Save The Children’ working for equal rights and nutrition of children; ‘Smile foundation’ working for children health and education; ‘CRY’ working for child rights and many more. One of these NGO’s in Delhi for children is ‘Lakshyam’ working for the education of the underprivileged children whose families are not able to provide them education in the very renowned private schools by opening ‘Lakshyam School’ at various centers.

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The Lakshyam NGO was started by Mrs. Rashi Anand, to improve the social structure of the society and help the kids to have a privileged future working through its child welfare programme ‘BUTTERFLY’ and ‘LAKSHYAM TOY LIBRARY’. In Delhi, there are 2 centers of the organization i.e. in Vasant Kunj and Ghaziabad. Many campaigns and workshops have been organized by the NGO for the welfare of the children and promoting child education in the country. Lakshyam is working very hard since its inception and have achieved many awards for its great work for the cause. The children are treated with love and care experiencing a secure school environment at the institution. Apart from studies, children are engrossed in various recreational activities like dance competitions, art and craft activities, field trips and excursions providing a joy while learning. The aim is not just to provide education to make the children literate but to cover all the aspects of their development which helps in making them earn a living which they dream for and become an efficient citizen of the country. The organization also works for women empowerment leading to their financial independence by them skilled by various activities held at the different centers.

Lakshyam has been an emerging name among the other organizations due to its sincere and true efforts in the sector and is working with the same spirit to exclude the word ‘underprivileged’ and transform our society into a new and brighter one.

Child Welfare Organizations in India – Building A Better Future For Children

With over 12 million child workers (on paper, possible there could be more than 60 million child workers) out of 440 million children, India is sadly the home to the largest number of child labourers in the world.

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International Labour Organization defines ‘Child Labour’ as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to mental and physical development. It refers to work that:

  • Is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children; and
  • Interferes with their schooling by:
  • Depriving them of the opportunity to attend school;
  • Obliging them to leave school prematurely; or
  • Requiring them to attempt to combine school attendance with excessively long and heavy work.

Over 50% of children face some kind of sexual abuse in India.

Nearly 2 million children in India do not live till the age of 5.

79% of children below the age 3, have anaemia in India.

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

However, there are various child welfare organizations in India that are working very hard to pull them out of the extreme conditions and return their lost childhood. One such child welfare organization is Lakshyam, an NGO covering PAN India that works for building a safe, habitable world for the unfortunate lot of our society. Since its inception in 2004 till today, Lakshyam has touched well over 18,000 lives in 11 states and directly benefitted them. With over 4 projects working towards child welfare, women empowerment as well as slum development; it steers infallible schemes that would holistically benefit the poor.

Lakshyam currently runs two programs for child welfare, “Butterfly” and “Lakshyam Toy Library”.

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Image Sources: Lakshyam Butterfly Child Welfare program

Lakshyam launched a Child welfare program named “Butterfly- Child Welfare and Education” that symbolizes freedom with the wings of a butterfly. The concept of ‘Butterfly’ is based upon imparting the two most crucial aspects of welfare, a holistic education and well-round development. With this objective, children at Lakshyam are taught Hindi, English, Math and Computer Sciences, in purview of methodically filling in the gaps in formal education. When a child who is not very well-versed with English or computer language suffers in government or private schools, Lakshyam’s remedial centre provides free of cost tutorials

CENTER BENEFICIARIES
GHAZIABAD 100
KURUSHETERA 40
VASANT KUNJ 120
TOTAL 260

The other child welfare program by Lakshyam is Lakshyam Toy Library. Lakshyam has always believed that money is not the only thing that builds a childhood; it is love too. Widely unnoticed, but children develop a strong and deep bond with their toys. In times of loneliness, it is toys that keep us company. Unfortunately, being poor in India is not only lack of money; it is lack of love too. To fill in this gap in their childhood, Lakshyam came up with a brilliant idea of a Toy Library.

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Image sources: Lakshyam toy Library

Lakshyam set up its first toy library 8 years ago with thousands of toys collected from various schools across Delhi. Now, it has 16 of them throughout the country. Children can access these toys whenever, however they want. Lakshyam’s aim to fill in this void in their lives has been so far successful. With storybooks and toys, Lakshyam wishes for the children to have a normal life without any depravity.

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

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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.

NGO in Delhi for Children

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Lakshyam NGO

Children are the future of a country. To ensure that every child in the country gets access to proper education, healthy lifestyle and good values, several NGOs especially in Delhi have come into the picture. They have taken up the responsibility to nurture and shape the future of the underprivileged and vulnerable children and hold their hands in times of need.

The route or method might differ from one NGO to the other, but the ideologies and objective remain the same. It is to work selflessly and sincerely to help improve the condition of the children and also inspire others to do the same.

NGOs like Lakshyam, CRY, Uday and Smile foundation and many more have set out to make this vision possible not only in Delhi but also in other branches in India to take up as many children as possible. The different training programmes adopted by these NGOs provide layers of exposure to the children and prepare them for the future endeavors. Be it life skills or general knowledge, there are constant efforts being made to uplift the mental horizons of the children. When the vision is clear, then only can the children think of breaking free from the shackles of their present and work to create a better tomorrow.

These NGO in Delhi for Children have covered lakhs of children under them and changed the lives of so many of them. The international recognition received by them is a testament to the scale at which the NGOs reach out.

It is only with the efforts of each and every one who is involved in the cause that has helped make this project a success. If everyone tries to contribute in any way in their locality than we can expect a change in the years to come.