Mera Sahara is an education center run by the Joint Women’s Programme in the city of Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The main demographic that this project serves are the children of day laborers. Mera Sahara serves as a day shelter for these children and provides access to basic education in hopes to prepare them for government schools. The project aims to empower these youth to pursue higher learning and partake in after-school vocational training for adults.
For the past two years, Asha for Education, Berkeley has paid the educational costs for all 15 children residing in the Aman shelter. This includes tuition expenses, as well as the costs of books, uniforms, and tutors. Over the last five years, Jamghat has seen over 40 children mature and graduate as young adults positively impacted by education, vocational skills, and a safe and supportive community.
Jamghat is a registered NGO that works to create a safe environment for street environment for street children in Old Delhi, by providing them with a secure space as well as access to quality education. Jamghat runs three facilities to help the vulnerable youth in Delhi: a 24-hour boy’s shelter (Aman), a 24-hour girl’s shelter (Anchal), and a co-ed day shelter.
Avantika Vidhya Bhavan is a K-12 school in Madhya run by ARPAN Society, an NGO that has been working for the last 8 years to educate almost 430 children from 13 villages. The children are from impoverished families and include children of migrant farmers and day laborers. Local government schools in the area are in poor conditions and the families cannot afford private schools. The school provides a supportive atmosphere with qualified and caring teachers, free school lunch to all students, free transportation to and from the school, and medical care. The curriculum includes sports, handicrafts, and computer literacy.
Little Stars School
Little Stars School provides free education for over 600 children from underprivileged homes in Nagwa, Varanasi. It is the only school of its kind in Varanasi providing quality education to children from poor families from pre-nursery through 10th grade. The school depends totally on private donations and sponsorships, as it is not funded by the government or big agencies. The demand for this kind of education is growing, so LSS is working to expand the school on a plot very close to the present building specifically for grades 6 to 12. Their students are now able to access a complete education and even have the opportunity to attend university.
Reward Trust is a volunteer-run, zero-overhead organization that works on creating a strong government school system in rural Tamil Nadu. This is accomplished by adding well-qualified, well-trained teachers to the government classrooms and providing continuous teacher training. Several of their teachers have received commendations from the government for their stellar teaching performances. Reward Trust serves close to 8000 students in 25 villages across a number of different government schools with smaller class sizes and better-trained teachers. Hundreds more students are graduating high school and continue on to pursue higher education.
Tihar Jail is a project within the Samarpan Foundation, at India’s highest security facility and prison complex. The project works to bring education to incarcerated individuals, providing an alternative to the life of poverty and crime that most prisoners turn to after being released. Samarpan Foundation hopes to motivate prisoners to educate their children and provide support for their families. Tihar Jail is Asha for Education, Berkeley’s newest project, and began receiving funding in May 2015.