Who says one needs a degree to teach or a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to help? The students of Delhi University’s Kirori Mal College didn’t require any labels or fanfare to fulfill their powerful vision of creating a difference in the society. With only a sincere heart and a burning desire to help, their successful initiative lead to the formation of the society, Sahyog. Staying true to its name, it involves a group of student volunteers who work together with full dedication and cooperation to empower the future of underprivileged children in Delhi.
Sahyog was founded in 2013 by Aditya who encouraged everyone to work towards the betterment of the conditions of these children as much as they could. What started as a group of only five to six members has now emerged as a forum of a total of thirty six volunteers. Their main aim is to provide less-fortunate children with free education in all essential subjects, training in co-curricular activities such as dance, drama, art and athletics and lessons in all moral values of life.
These students regularly visit the backward areas around their college in search of disadvantaged children or the ones seen doing labour and motivate their families to send them for their classes. As of now, they have more than fifty children who come to their college from neighboring areas such as Chandrawal Gaon, Kamla Nagar and Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar.
Ritesh Yadav, one of the members of Sahyog, said, “It gives us great happiness in seeing the children enjoy themselves in our classes. These children are always enthusiastic about learning something new every day. Sometimes, they would get so excited that they would arrive hours before the scheduled time, especially for the dance and drama classes.”
The members of Sahyog teach these children for two hours daily and most of the time, hold their classes in the basketball court due to lack of available places. They source all the required materials such as books and stationeries themselves, but are also provided with necessary aid by their teachers at KMC whenever needed.
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