Every child has the right to childhood, and no childhood is complete without a taste of education. We, at Veerangana aim to bridge the gap between education and under-privileged children involved in beggary and rag-picking by spreading awareness amongst such children and their families. The time when children should be in school is spent in earning a rupee or two to feed the family members. For a family in poverty, age is not a factor when it comes to who is responsible to feed the family members dying of hunger. Our aim is to make such people realise the importance of education, so that illiteracy is not what is passed on through generations.
Starting with Ghafoor basti of Haldwani, and later going door to door covering Rajendra nagar, Jawahar nagar and Rajpura, we commenced our awareness drives in 2013- long before Veerangana was officially registered. But even after all the struggle, we found no permanent solution to the problems faced by these families in poverty. The children and their parents were so involved in earning for the family that attending school seemed a mere waste of time to them. They needed daily motivation to go to the school and a source to fulfil their education requirements. So, our team collected some funds and opened a small centre where every morning, we started going to the slum to get children to study. Our main focus has been to motivate them to attend proper government schools and those who are reluctant to attend schools or face problems in admission are taught by our teachers in the centre. Veerangana fulfils mostly all their educational needs, from stationery to proper uniforms. To maintain the interest of children, we also involve them in activities like dancing, singing, craft, and show them motivating movies and narrate stories. One of the major pulls for children to come to the centre daily is the lunch that we provide. What else does a hungry stomach demand?Read More