Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world and the most effective way to break out of the cycle of poverty. Yet many under-privileged children remain out-of-school in India. These children are not only deprived of their right to receive an education but they lose their childhood to earn bread for a living.
Government through its Right to Education Act, 2009 have been making its way in enrolling and retaining children in school especially from the marginalized sector. According to the National Survey for Estimation of Out-of-School Children conducted in 2014, more than 60% of children dropped out before completing 3rd grade and according to the Institute for Policy Research Studies (PRS), nearly 50% of students dropped out by 11th grade.
Neeraja Foundation plans to play a small role in ensuring that poor children receive the opportunity to build a better future through education. Neeraja works in the Western Maharashtra region to send the most vulnerable and underprivileged children back to school and empower them to break out of poverty.
Neeraja provides help by working with NGO’s who identify the most vulnerable children in the Western Maharashtra, and who are in shortage of funds. Workshops, counselling sessions and other activities should be conducted for awareness amongst parents and local communities about the importance of education. Learning activities, sports and school committees can help children in personality development and leadership. It will also help in building their skills and develop confidence.
We have supported following institutes and NGO’s during last one year:
1. Chaitanya Mahila Mandal, Pune
2. Cochlea, Pune
3. Gharkool Sanstha, Nashik
4. Guruji Education Foundation, Mumbai
5. Jagriti Blind School, Alandi, Pune
6. Kindness Unlimited, Mumbai
7. Kelshi Education Society, Kelshi
8. Mauli Seva Pratishthan, Ahmednagar
9. Majhi Maitrin, Pune
10. Prabodhini Trust, Nashik
11. Sathi Chandubhai Mehta Pratishthan, Mumbai
12. Savali Seva Trust, Pune
13. Seva Sahayog Foundation, Thane
14. Shabari Seva Samiti, Mumbai
15. Suhrud Mandal, Pune
16. UpLeap Social Foundation, Pune
17. Vanavasi Va Durbal Ghatak Vividh Seva Prakalpa Nyas, Harsul, Nashik
18. Vasundhara Trust, Mumbai