Based in Jaipur, India, Monica discovered this incredible school on one of her trips to our workshops and was so deeply moved, she immediately got involved. We talk to Jai Krishan Jajoo, founder of the Jagriti school, about how the foundation was set up and their goals for the future.
Tell us a bit about the Jagriti school, what you do and what your goals are?
We believe in the power of education and its ability to improve the lives of the children but also the families that they come from. The Jagriti school was set up after a major earthquake in the area. Thousands of people died and many were injured so we had to come together as a community to provide aid. It was at that moment that I realised the power of people coming together, and Jagriti was born. We now have 200 members and almost 1,400 volunteers! We provide free education to children from the slums. This is so important because in general, their household incomes will come from rag-picking, begging and child labour, so education is vital to give them a platform to progress.
And what are your goals?
Our goals are all about change and to bring change, we needed to work together which is why we set up a trust. Seven years ago, just 30 of the 320 children from the local slum had access to education. Now all 320 of the children do - and more! We also offer vocational training to the mothers and fathers of the children to aim to help entire families change their lives.
The trust runs many other initiatives to improve the lives of the underprivileged - we've come a long way but have a long way but have dreams of doing more!