“Education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world” ~ Nelson Mandela
At the risk of stating the obvious, it would still make sense to highlight the fact that the future of any country depends on its children. How they get access to quality education, study materials, books that would fire up their imagination and shape their dreams, should not depend upon where they live, which economic layer they belong to or who were their ancestors.
And the Future India team precisely does that. It works with the schools, the administrators, teachers and children primarily in the rural areas and ensures that their educational needs are taken care of. Its a small team of working professionals who has the common goal of giving back to the society from where they received so much. No child should give up on going to school. That is the dream of Future India.
In this album we cover the recent Future India Project in some villages in West Bengal…the Journey started 4 years back and we are happy to share with you the progress the Team has made.
With the students we talked about the life of APJ Abdul Kalam – the son of a poor farmer who became a Rocket Scientist and then the President of India.
We met Wondergirl Payo – She is in the habit of winning, whether it’s a race she is running or being the best in the studies in her class. She wants to become an Astronaut when she grows up. She loves to sing and dance whenever she gets a chance. The fact that she does not have a pair of slippers or a bed to sleep on, does not deter her from having Fire in her Wings!
We met a Primary School Teacher who donates 50 per cent of his salary every month so that 120 boys and girls like Payo can live in the ashram and continue to go to school. He is doing a commendable job of supporting these kids whose parents are migrant laborers, working in distant cities and can hardly afford to educate their kids. An inspiration for all of us.
The Main Administrator of the school has dedicated his life for the cause of these children. He has been working with the children from his student days. A man of great ideas, vision and energy. He is the eldest in a family of six brothers and along with taking care of all the children, he takes care of his brothers and their families too. We are honored to work with him.
We met a grandfather like figure – a poet with an exceptional memory. He is part of a long generation of poets who composes poetry about the lives of people, their struggle, their love, their hopes and dreams. Despite his wavering vision and old age, he is willing to walk or bicycle any number of miles for his poetry. Some he writes and many he has memorized from his ancestors. He has offered more poems on our next trip.
We would also like to express our gratitude and sincere thanks to all the well wishers, supporters, contributors, literally from across the world, without whom this progress would not have been possible.
Hope you like the progress we have made so far. Our Thousand Mile Journey has just begun with these steps!
Future India Team