How it all started
It was a chance meeting in a Satsang that Ajanta and Meera discovered a shared passion to educate kids forgotten by the system.
Thus began their journey foraging into the slums, handpicking children who were not in school, breaking barriers, earning the trust of children and their parents…
Armed with the resolve to make a difference, Ajanta and Meera continued to make sincere appeals to the landlords in the area, until one relented and let them have a room in a mud hut in 2018. With their steady persistence, they eventually secured four rooms where they began teaching the children. Each passing day brought the joy of learning to the kids. The founders got Akshaya Patra to provide mid-day meals, another initiative to keep the kids in school.
This kept the children at school for longer hours and provided safety and eased the burden on the parents, who were out working the whole day.
Then out of the blue came COVID-19.
The organization’s first response was to procure food for about 100 families.
Landlords were urged to put evictions on hold. Good Samaritans donated
laptops and computers – learning continued online, despite the panic of the pandemic.
Growing acceptance and support for the programme attracted financial help from individuals and businesses. School uniforms could now be handed out to the children – giving them greater confidence and a sense of dignity.
Today, Swapaksh Learning Foundation serves underprivileged children from five to 15 years old in a beautiful facility with five fully functional classrooms. To ensure the safety of our students, we offer them a transport in our own bus. From 25 teaching volunteers, we now have 10 paid staff and five volunteer teachers, enabling 80 kids to climb the ladder of education.
Going forward: Dignified jobs and a prideful place in society.
As always, everything is geared towards helping the children acquire the
knowledge and skills to become valuable – and valued members of the society. We believe that by inspiring kids to love a life of continual learning, they will bless everyone around them with ripples going even beyond that. To us, when you witness lives being transformed, there is no more beautiful sight to behold!
“The ability to read, write and analyse; to confidently stand up and demand justice and equality; the qualifications and connections to get your foot in the door and take your seat at the table – all these begin with education.” –
The Journey of Swapaksh begins – teachers and students sit under a tree, outside a local shop in the slums.
Rented a mud-hut – a place that the teachers and the students could call their own.
Moving on from the mud hut, the team is able to source 4 concrete structures, where kids can sit and learn.
Partnered with Akshaya Patra to provide lunch to the kids.
As Covid-19 grips the country, classes go on-line, learning never stops.
U&I partners with Swapaksh to conduct classes in English on Saturdays.
Swapaksh starts operating from a single-family home converted into a learning center in HSR layout.
From 25 teaching volunteers to a total staff strength of 10 full time teachers and 5 volunteers.
Marathon – Our students are being trained to run marathons.
Every day students travel to the Centre in the bus.
Sports – The sports programme was started to tap the hidden potential of the students.