Come join me on a little stroll down the dust ridden lanes of Girirajpura, a small village in SawaiMadhopur region of Rajasthan India. The mud houses lining the street are small, mostly one room establishments. The village population is somewhere between 500 to 1000 people. On a typical summer day when the temperatures soar to 100 degree Fahrenheit, you can still find groups of little boys and girls playing on street corner or in the courtyards of those little mud houses. As we stroll past one such group, we pause to see a little girl who just scraped her knee which is now bleeding badly. Her mother runs out with a little pitcher of water. Cleans the wound, tears off a corner from her dupatta (an unstitched piece of cloth used in the traditional attire to cover the head and bosom) and ties it around her daughter’s knee. You think to yourselves, ‘whatever happened to bandaids?!?’
The answer to your question is that poverty happened!! The average household income in villages like this is less than $3 a day. When you are living on less than $80 a month, you improvise like this. This scenario is a reality in most third world countries today. When a band aid is a luxury and access to basic and reliable healthcare is sparse at its best, educating the youth is probably not on the top on anyone’s priority list. Especially if it is not free. The Government of India recognized the need of the hour and started free schools in these areas. The nearest school to Girirajpura however is 4km away near Amli Railway Station on the other side of a very busy railway line. Most children who want to go school would have to walk 8 km or 5 miles to and fro each day in sweltering heat or bitter cold and in many cases barefoot. It is no surprise very few choose to go. Those that do go, the method of education used in those schools does not seem to lead anywhere for their agrarian communities - it does not provide meaningful employment and the educated person is useless to extant agrarian patterns.
This is where comes in Asha For Education, a 501(c)(3) non-profit with 50+ chapters around the world whose mission is to catalyze socio-economic change in India through the education of underprivileged children. Asha has over 200 projects spread across India trying to fulfill this mission.
This is where comes in Asha For Education, a 501(c)(3) non-profit with 50+ chapters around the world whose mission is to catalyze socio-economic change in India through the education of underprivileged children. Asha has over 200 projects spread across India trying to fulfill this mission. One such project, GraminShiksha Kendra Samiti started Uday School in Girirajpura in 2015. This three room school has one room dedicated to kids of pre –K age group, 3-6 years old. The other room is for elementary kids ranging in age from 7-11. The last room is used for teaching supplies and also as living quarters by the teachers. Uday School is an Alternative education school. Alt-ed schools that Asha supports have been especially created to not only address the pitfalls in the conventional education system but also ensure that children from poor socio-economic backgrounds are not deprived of the opportunity for high-quality education. Alt-ed schools assist children in taking the mainstream government exams which can then get them stable jobs.
What does a non-profit, 100 % volunteer run organization like Asha (Hindi for Hope) need to keep making the strides in the field of education in India ? Funding! So for their Giving day on May 12th Health Products For You has picked Asha for Education to donate a percentage of their sales to.
Shop for your health care needs or maybe for that special gift for mom and at the same time give the gift of education to a child in a third world country! We at Health Products For you care about our community, our world! Do your share and help us do ours!
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