AAROHAN is an NGO working in the area of education. It helps underprivileged children of the society to climb in the social ladder and become confident, self-reliant and responsible citizens. Our vision and mission can be summed up as ‘literacy for all’.
Aarohan work with children who have never been to school or are school dropouts, who come from the lowest economic strata of our society. Our aim is to provide quality education and bring about overall development of these children which we intend to achieve by providing them quality education. We prepare these children for appropriate classes and help them to seek mainstream schooling . To sustain and complete their schooling successfully, we provide them with academic support after school hours under our different projects.
We also take care of other needs of the children like food, clothing, stationery etc. Keeping in view that extra-curricular activities are an essential ingredient for overall development of a child, we give the children training in dance, art and craft. With a view to enhancing their employability in the future, we also give them training in computers, art and crafts, photography and English speaking.
Since 2005, Aarohan has brought over 1700 neglected slum and street children under its wings. Aarohan’s various path-breaking projects and programmes have ensured that this count never dwindles. We belive that illiteracy generates a vicious cycle of illiteracy Our projects are formulated with the aim of breaking the vicious cycle of illiteracy.
Vicious Cycle of Illiteracy
AAROHAN’S VISION AND MISSION
To secure the rights of the children by providing quality education
- To provide quality education to the underprivileged children, and making them aware of their rights and privileges.
- To provide holistic support to the children till they become self reliant
- To put government infrastructure to optimal use and follow the state-sponsored education
- To bring about community empowerment through education.
This is our “Flagship” ;project which is being run it the slum of Jagdamba Camp in Sheikh Sarai through which we address educational needs of the children between 3-5 years of age.
This project focuses on the children who have never been to school or are school drop outs. Under this project children are being prepared for entrance exams to get admission in schools. On an average we help more than 100 children every year to get admission in schools.
After school academic support
Through our projects like Pass, Pathways, Ambassador of Hope and Shikhar, we provide after school academic support to the children to ensure that they remain in the mainstream of education and do not drop out of school. We also arrange for sponsorships for the children and provide career counseling services to them so that they are able to make informed decisions about their future.
Vocational Training and Extracurricular activities
Our vocational training centre helps the children enhance many skills which can later become a viable source of livelihood for them. Classes are held to teach Spoken English, Computer usage, classical dance like Kathak, other art and craft classes and photography.
Teach the Mother
This project was started in April 2012 and was functional for a period of eight months. The aim of the project was to empower the illiterate mothers through functional educational to become independent and cope up with their day-to-day problems. The main components of this project of this project were mother and child care, health and hygiene, awareness about their rights, addressing adolescence issues, and developing vocational skills like tailoring. This programme achieved remarkable success with 100 per cent attendance. However, lack of funds forced Aarohan to discontinue the project.
Our beneficiaries reside in slum areas in the most unhygienic living conditions and, as a result, suffer from chronic ailments. Given the circumstances, it becomes important for us to partner with the government, businesses and other organizations to improve the performance and reliability of the health system in these slum dwellings.
Centre outside Delhi
We strongly believe in ‘literacy for all’ and keeping this mission and vision in mind, we decided to replicate our New Delhi model in Baripada (Odisha). We started an education centre in Baripada with the purpose of providing education to the most marginalized sections of society in order to enable them to break free from the vicious cycle of poverty and deprivation. We have also started a computer learning centre here with the aim of providing vocational training to the children so that the opportunities available to them in the future widen. Nearly 100 children are direct beneficiaries of the work done by Aarohan at this centre.
- Aarohan has received Nayi Soch award by Star Plus in April 2013
- Successful completion of the 9th batch of Basic Computer course and 3rd batch of Advance computer centre.
- Most of the students of Aarohan have secured 1st, 2nd & 3rd position in their respective classes. .
- Our work is highlighted through an article published in Humaneity Magazine (an offshoot of Humaneity Foundation run by well-known philanthropist Mark Philpott) based in Singapore in the Feb2012 issue
- Aarohan’s work has been recognized in the International Conference on “Relevance of Policy Reforma on Development: Challenges before Emerging Economies” held on 24th February 2011 at Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi and the same was published in a book titled “MacMillan Advanced Research Series”.
- Aarohan has been presented with the Best Extension Learning Centre award by India Habitat Centre in April 2012.
- Aarohan has more than 93% sustainability rate.
- Class X students scored more than 90 per cent in Mathematics and Sciences and 100 per cent in Social Sciences.
- Aarohan opened an education centre in Baripada in Mayurbhanj District of Odisha where approximately 150 children are receiving the benefit of our work.
- Shashi Sahai, one of the members of Aarohan who is also a renowned ;photo-journalist, organized an exhibition of his photographs at ITC Sheraton Rajputana (as part of their CSR) and Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, to sensitize people and generate awareness about education of underprivileged children. It was appreciated by one and all including the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Rajasthan Mr Ashok Gehlot and Minister of Tourism and Culture Mrs Bina Kak.
To execute this kind of work, we need the support of philanthropic minds to join hands with us.