Aakash was a bright boy who loved going to school. He was inquisitive, smart and participated in all school activities. However, his parents were finding it increasingly difficult to pay for his education. Working in a factory, his father knew education was important, but there was also a rent to pay and food to buy for a growing family.
Aakash was on the verge of giving up his studies when Hindustan Times’ campaign to support the education of underprivileged children came into his life. By partnering with an NGO and with the help of funds collected from every newspaper sold, Hindustan Times subsidized a part of his school fees. Thus allowing Aakash to continue his schooling.
Today, the twelve year old is doing very well in studies and wants to become an astronaut. Thanks to readers like you, his life has changed from playing marbles on a dusty street to studying the marvels.
This story is about Rahul, the youngest son of a carpenter, whose life was changed by Hindustan Times’ campaign to support the education of underprivileged children.
A bright student, Rahul had to discontinue studies midway as his family had to move from one location to another due to his father’s transient nature of work. When he wanted to get back to school, his family discovered that his enrollment at a new school was not possible because he did not have a transfer certificate.
Hindustan Times partnered with an NGO in Delhi to get Rahul’s missing documents. A team from the NGO went and spoke to the principal about Rahul’s right to education. After multiple meetings and formalization of his documents, the NGO finally managed to get Rahul admitted to 6th standard.
Since that day, Rahul has not looked back. Today, Rahul is a confident boy, writing a future for himself that he had only dreamt of.
Khushi was a nine year old girl who never spoke in class and never completed her home assignments.
Her parents were both school dropouts, whose daily struggle for livelihood kept their attention away from Khushi’s performance at school. Since there was no one to guide her, she continued to struggle in writing basic letters and was unable to keep up with the daily classroom activities. Her confidence dwindled and soon she became disinterested in her studies. In class, Khushi could barely write and she would freeze whenever her teachers would ask her to read.
It was then that Hindustan Times’ initiative to support education for the underprivileged came to her help. With special classes and counselling, a partner NGO helped bridge the gap between Khushi and her peers. For the first time in her life, there was a person who took the time to explain to her how letters made words and words made sentences.
Today, Khushi is in the fourth standard and continues spreading smiles around her and living up to her name.