Life has been beautiful and zooming at a fast pace, aimed at concentrating on self-roles and goals; the gifts of science and technology make it easier, faster and ensures almost everything made available at the click of a button.. until COVID 19.
THE CORONA LOCKDOWN IN MARCH Corona, the pandemic of the era has left every citizen of the world, rich and poor, educated and illiterate, young and old in the lurch, desperately in need of help. March 3rd 2020 was the day when the news of the first case of COVID-19 emerged in Bangalore, bringing life to a stagger and slowly to near standstill. Today, the whole nation strives to drive COVID 19 out of their lives. Social distancing being the order of the day, it is the primary duty of organizations like VIDYA to reach out to the needy, helpless and voiceless, to bring in awareness and supplies, driving home to them the policies of the government and its measures related to financial and material aids. The teachers of VIDYA were armed and were ready to inform and prepare the students for the impending epidemic.
In all the government schools and communities that we work with, students were shown instructional videos and demonstrations on preventive measures to be carried out. Significance of maintaining good health and hygiene, making masks at home and the importance of social distancing were taught. We shared emergency calling numbers with them and shared the new insurance policy released by the government in lieu of the prevailing.
When Rashmi Misra was living at the IIT Delhi campus in 1985, she used to see the same five girls from the neighboring slum playing in a stream adjacent to the campus wall. One day, she approached them and asked them why they weren't at school. They looked at each other, then at her, with incredulous expressions, and said, "don't you know girls don't go to school?"
VIDYA started then, in 1985, with Rashmi herself educating these five underprivileged girls in her apartment. Over the last 34 years VIDYA has impacted 3,75,000 people, with centers in Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Bangalore and Pune. Our goal is ensuring employability and self-sufficiency for each individual whom we serve. Our programs address literacy as multifaceted - encompassing academia, vocational education, mental and physical health, life skills, social awareness, and values.
2018-2019 has been another eventful year with many new beginnings and success stories. Please take a look at our attached annual report to know more about everything we've achieved this year.
Please note that many of the names of our beneficiaries have been changed to protect their privacy, and the rest have been printed with their permission.
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