A group of three elderly women has embarked upon a noble mission for the welfare of underprivileged children.
At a time when people their age would be relaxing at their homes, these women, all above 60 years, impart education to slum children, besides providing them bags, books and stationery items.
The group comprising Raj Goyal, Sudha Gupta, Ranjana Gupta has also helped these children secure admission in nearby schools.
Nearly 70 underprivileged children daily attend classes from 3pm to 5pm in the park of M Block in South City-1.
The students are taught a variety of subjects ranging from moral science, cultural heritage, mathematics, English and Hindi.
“I used to see these children begging near a temple. My journey started from that very moment. These children have great potential and I did not want them to ruin their lives. I felt the need to educate them,” Raj, who started the initiative five years ago, told Hindustan Times on Wednesday.
Raj said the biggest challenge before her was to convince the parents of these children.
“A majority of them worked as domestic helps in surrounding areas. They had never thought of sending their kids to school. I somehow managed to convince them for the betterment of their future,” she added.
Raj said post the teaching session, she used to visit nearby schools to check whether these children could be accommodated.
“Earlier, we arranged school bags, books and stationery items for these children. But over a period of time, their parents understood the importance of education. They now support us in buying things for them,” said Sudha, another volunteer.
“We’ve also asked the children to contact us anytime if they find difficulty in reading and writing,” she added.
“The society has given us so much. It is our turn to help those in need of help,” said Ranjana Gupta, the group’s third member.
Whereas all other volunteers take classes six days a week, Raj teaches students on all seven days of the week.
“These children are like my own. We teach them the importance of celebrating festivals. We also educate them on the significance of national holidays,” said Ranjana.
For these children, the group has come as a blessing in disguise.
“I have been attending classes right from day one. Later, I was admitted to Class 4 in a school,” said Deepak Kumar, a student, beaming with joy.