Project WHY set out to create a model whereby quality education support in underprivileged areas, could be spearheaded by parents even if they were illiterate. The idea was to empower the community to pool its resources and run a sound support programme for its children.
Project WHY started with 40 children and spoken English classes.Today it reaches out to over 1000 children and runs one early education programme class, primary support programmes in four locations, secondary support programme in 3 locations a day care and life skills programme for 20 children with disabilities as well as three computer centres. Its main mission is to ensure that no child drops out of school, that children out of school are mainstreamed into an age appropriate class and that children perform well in school.
A beautiful family that brings together different parts of India, different
social and economic strata of society, different forms of worship and faith under one invisible roof big enough to hold everyone together.
Ties and bond are strengthened by sharing pain and anguish. Problems bring us close and solutions are found together.
Moments of sorrow are shared as well as times of joy. And each day our family grows..
From the very outset we decided to draw all resources from within the community as we felt that education can only have a true meaning if it is independent of extraneous factor, hence it was decided to find teachers from within. Though the staff may not at first seem qualified in a conventional manner, it was found to be most appropriate for several reasons. First of all it is an extremely motivated group as it has been given the recognition it never had. Secondly belonging to the same social background it is able to understand the problems faced by the children and above all being totally different from the 'image' of the teacher the child has, it is able to garner the confidence of the child. Hence Project Why has created over 40 'new' jobs within the community it works with. Team Project Why is a winning team and you can meet themhere.
But the true success of Project Why lies in its ability to empower the community to take on their responsibilities and show them how to find solutions
within the existing context. We realised very early that invisible barriers existed - be they caste or creed - and our first venture was to break those barriers and make project
why a true reflection of an ideal India. It is for us a mater of pride to see that communities that barely interacted slowly learnt to discover each other and respect one another.
In our quest to make citizenIndia a reality a number of awareness initiatives were launched as a first step towards empowerment. Read about some of our special projects:
Contact us at: C 15 Chiragh Enclave, New delhi 110048
(Field office) 251A/3 Govindpuri, Kalkaji, New Delhi 110019