Dilraj Bedi, In-charge, IAHV Child Care Center
Setting up the project in Srinagar was a great inspiring, learning experience. I discovered the inner strength of commitment against all adversaries, In spite of facing skepticism and breakdowns at various levels; I realized that if work becomes a passion then nothing can stop you from achieving your dreams.
Seema Raksit, Teacher at Banskopa School
I have been teaching in the school since the last 3 years and the satisfaction I accrue after teaching is incomparable. Children are naughty, and teaching them makes me forget everything in the world.
A teacher, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Vidya Mandir,Dharavi
Rahul's mother tells us that his father is an alcoholic. She is the breadwinner and works from 8am to 10:30pm. It's no wonder that Rahul used to come to school with unkempt clothes and had an attention deficit disorder. We nurtured him all the same. In fact, when it came to exam time, a volunteer sat with him through the test time and prodded him to reveal the answers we knew he knew. He performed brilliantly and Encouraged. Rahul now takes far more responsibility for himself than ever before. He takes pride in coming to school. His mother says he wakes up on his own and is ready for school at 5am! When she visits school her eyes well up with tears of gratitude.
Ravi Kumar, a parent who accompanied the children from the Purkhoo refugee camp
With having to live in 10 X 12 feet rooms with no source of income, we don’t have the means to educate our children. We feel bad that their future is permanently frozen in the refugee camps, but we are helpless.Sri Sri has come to our help by taking the responsibility of 87 children. We hope more children will be brought here in future.
Vasanthy Ravichandran, Teacher, SSVM School
I have been the principal of this school since 2007. Sri Sri Vidya Mandir (SSVM) was started on 26th July 2007. The school started with 177 students and increased to 198 students within the first year. At the beginning the classes were up to 6th standard only but now it has grown to standard 8.In 2007 there were only 11 teachers and now we have 17 teachers. The parents of the students studying here are illiterate and financially poor. This year we have given students free books, as well as provided them with free afternoon meals.We are giving more importance to discipline than studies; we teach them how to keep their environment clean. We tell them that we must throw all the garbage in the dustbins. We also conduct yoga and meditation classes twice a week. I want to develop the school in such a way that it will be able to give a life equivalent to the life of students in cities.