Striving for a bright future | Deepalaya Loesche Learning Centre
“Man needs difficulties in life because they are necessary to enjoy the success.” Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
Striving for a bright future
It was an emotional home-coming for Ranjit Kumar, one of our ex-students who went to the US for CCIP (Community College Initiate program) last year. He had fond memories of his visit as he said “I had only dreamt to study in the US but never expected that it would come true”.
Coming from a very poor family in Bihar, Ranjit's father was a pot-maker, struggling to make ends meet. The area they belonged to was also a Naxal affected zone. Thinking of a bright future, they moved to Delhi, unaware of the high cost of living in the city. Their financial condition worsened. At times, they had to sleep without food.
Ranjit came to know about Deepalaya and joined Deepalaya School Kalkaji extension. After completing his schooling, he enrolled for Chartered Accountancy. He took tuitions at home and worked as a freelancer for filing Income Tax returns to meet his education expenses.
He was thrilled when he came to know about Deepalaya's scholarship program in the US. He grabbed the opportunity, worked day in and out to pass the eligibility test and the interview. His dedication bore fruit as he was selected for pursuing a course in Miami Dade College School of business where he studied subjects like Business management, entrepreneurship, learnt project management, proposal writing and got an insight into conflict resolution. The program has lent a new vision to Ranjit who now wishes to venture into business after finishing his studies.
Deepalaya Loesche Learning Centre – A Small step towards a better world
Of late, our team had been burning midnight oil for setting up a new learning centre at Noida, exclusively for girl child education, in collaboration with Loesche India as a part of their Corporate Social Responsibility. It was an uphill task as hiring a space was a big problem. Finally, our team was able to make a breakthrough and build new relationships. The center was formally inaugurated on 19th May with the enrollment of 60 girls for non-formal education. The girls shall be mainstreamed to government schools and given remedial education later on.
The day started with lighting of lamp by Mr. T K Mathew, Ms. Geeta Jain, representating Loesche India, Mr. Jahangir Alam, program coordinator, Mr. P T Varghese and a small girl from the community. In line with the spirit, children from Education on wheels (EOW) sang a rejuvenating song, “Hum Honge Kamyab, Hum Honge Kamyab ek Din, ho ho man mein hai vishwas, hum honge kamyab ek din”. The inaugural speech was given by Mr. T K Mathew, CE followed by a nukkad natak for creating awareness in the community why girl child education is important?
The confidence and the elegance with which children performed, speaks about the impact our programme brought in their lives. Thereafter, Ms. Geeta Jain addressed the children and their parents. This was followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony. Soon, children occupied the entire space, exuberating lot of energy, with their teachers guiding them. The new center is a small step towards a big change, for which Loesche India and Deepalaya have pledged to work together, providing a boost to Corporate Social Responsibility.