“Harsh Singh, 19, a resident of Dhanbad, has over the years seen coal workers and their struggles fulfill their meager daily wages by selling their daily coal sacks. Harsh tells that it was even more heart-wrenching to watch. And that’s where the Sahadeva Foundation started with a team of 30 volunteers.”
Harsh Singh said;
“One boy told me that he wanted to go to school, but he also needed to earn money to take care of his family.”
Most of these children are not only unable to attend school due to financial constraints, but are also brought up to make them believe that this is their future. Harsh decided to contact the parents of those children and persuade them to let their children go to school. He also wanted to ensure that they got proper food every day.
What is Sahadev Foundation?
The Foundation has 12 teachers – 8 volunteers and 4 salaried. It teaches over 200 children from Nursery to Class 6, but plans to expand to Class 10.
Harsh says, “We have tied up with a private school, which will help our students to register for their class 10 board exams with CBSE.” Teachers cover most of the basic subjects such as Maths, Science, English and some Arts and Crafts subjects as well. It aims to develop a system of education where students can analyze their own problems to improve their thinking and reasoning skills.
Harsh says, “We also provide food to each of these children every day so that their nutrition is not compromised. Only with proper food they will be able to study properly.” The NGO is supported by donations from their college seniors, students and other well wishers.
Aid in pandemic
Sahdev’s volunteers, with the help of other NGOs, reached out to these 4,000+ families to distribute ration kits, and are raising funds through DonateKart .
To ensure continuity in classes, local volunteers reach out to children in their area based on their grades and teach about four children at a time to avoid crowding .