A small yet indispensable free school amidst Delhi Slums
In the heart of the slums of Delhi, India lies a little slum school which is making such an incredible difference to the lives of the children which attend. This school has been running now for three years. There is currently one teacher who teaches the CBSE curriculum in all subjects to the children who are mixed ages. The children are in four different groups of learning. It is a wonderful project which has been funded almost the whole time by Happy Masih, the founder out of his meagre monthly wage.
The school, known as the ‘Ashish Ashirewad Society Tuition Centre’ was set up as an NGO in 2013 and has recently become one of Epiphany Trust’s overseas partners.
The school building is old and extremely dilapidated. It is a multi-purpose building which was given by the government to Happy’s family who use it on Sundays for church and during the week it is used by the community, for birthdays, weddings or simply to house individuals who fall on hard times, or anyone who has nowhere else to stay. The roof is made of plastic and bamboo and has been damaged by cats and birds and badly needs repair. However, Happy’s dream is not only to refurbish the building (which has in fact three rooms), rewiring and making it secure, but to build another floor above where he could house eight orphans, and a house parent to cook for them and help them with their studies.
Future plans also include starting another school for the Bangladeshi community in a nearby slum, and to open schools in the Bihar area from where Happy’s family originate, where children from a large region have no access to education.
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