Chandigarh

Open Eye Foundation formed by former NSS volunteers helping for poor school students in Chandigarh

April 19, 2018 05:30 PM

Punjab News Express/ Y.S.Rana
CHANDIGARH: City-based based grass root level NGO is involved in Charity work for the poor and needy students of government schools. Two former NSS volunteers—Sandeep and Savita—who have passion in social service and compassion towards the sufferings of the disadvantaged sections of the students came together and formed an NGO “Open Eyes Foundation.”

They have clear insight in the socio-economic condition of most of students especially of slums and colonies and faced by the downtrodden, under privileged and marginalized segments of the communities. The NGO India is a non-governmental, non-profit, social service voluntary registered organization working for poor and needy students of Classes IX and X who have problems in access to education.

Open Eyes Foundation, a city-based NGO founded by two former NSS volunteers—Sandeep and Savita—has decided to woo the students to donate their old books of Classes IX and X for the needy students. It has touched a new heights when it has held a function where 150 students of Class X of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 41-D were given books.  While talking to this reporter, Sandeep revealed while he was teaching primary classes as guest teacher in Haryana, he found many students in the school were being deprived of the right to education due to economic constraints. Then there struck an idea to form an NGO that could provide books to the needy.                                   

The NGO a registered body was formed with a few members but now the number has swelled to 142. These members collected books from the students as well as provide financial help. The books are distributed among the needy and the parents of wards whose children have passed the exam returned the books to us, says Savita. She further revealed that they have kept data of every students and their parents.  Members of the NGO remain in contact with the students of Classes IX and X and prod themto donate the old books to the NGO. He further said that simultaneously, the trustees of the NGO will also visit government schools to know the number of needy students. "And as soon as we will get some sets of old books from students, we will distribute them to the needy students of government schools, said Savita.
 
The way we select the needy is by personal visits to their homes, belongs to economically disadvantaged students and family background. They also discuss with the school headmasters to identify the students from Class IX and X who are really in need of books. The way they select the students by visiting their homes belong to economically disadvantaged and family background. They discuss with the school authorities to identify poor students of Classes IX and X.

Aims at providing access to education to the needy so that such students may not drop out in the middle of their schooling because of their parents could not afford to provide them text books.

Sandeep further stated that in coming days they would extend the area of operation to other government schools. Their parents are mainly working in shops, establishments, or doing small manual work and unable to pay for the education of their wards. ” Our executive committee oversees all the organization's efforts. The committee meets regularly to ensure that all of our teams perform efficiently and to facilitate cross-functional connections. Our team of excellent staff, volunteers & members, who are dedicated, are available for any social cause (s) always. They are our real strength to carry on with the noble cause.” Says Sandeep.


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