Reality is harsh for underprivileged children. While the Constitution decrees their right to education, the road to it is riddled with challenges. Lack of facilities, poor teaching and their inability to assimilate what’s being taught, are just a few of hurdles they are faced with. On the home front too, things are far from rosy.
Shedding the stress
Ankur, a comprehensive residential education program, was started to break this vicious cycle of poverty breeding ignorance and vice versa. Ankur works as a bridge to a haven, where they could be children again, free from their burdens of poverty and the pressure of contributing to the family’s income.
Taking full responsibility for a child is no easy matter. Yet nothing less would do if we are to change things. A novel method has been evolved where children are taken into Ankur at a very young age. The program takes complete responsibility for their physical and emotional well-being in addition to their education needs. Yet, the important parent-child bond is kept strong through regular visits.
Once they’re through with their schooling the students are guided with career counselling to make the right choices based on their ability and aspiration. It is very gratifying to know that through Ankur we are helping a growing number of youth already. And the program is expanding, spreading roots in other cities too.
Ankur takes in children at a very young age after doing the necessary assessments including physical and psychological tests to identify areas of care needed.
From those who are referred to us we look for the following criteria:
· Age between 3.5 to 4 years.
· Should come from poor socio-economic backgrounds
· Have the potential to be nurtured
A home visit and background check is done to ascertain the reality of the children's backgrounds. The children are only admitted upon the parent or the referring guardian signing an undertaking sealing the commitment to have the child enrolled in the program in a continuous, uninterruptedand supportive manner.