In early April 2015, Project WHY came to know of some children living, a stone’s throw away from its women centre at Khader. The Yamuna Centre was set up in an abandoned cowshed and under tees on the banks of the river and caters tor children of agricultural workers who cultivate vegetables on tracts of land owned by landlords. These children, are invisible and don’t go to any mainstream government school.
The children are being provided with age appropriate education with a view to mainstream them through the Open School. The children are given an all-round education with proper assessment as well as a range of co-curricular activities.
The centre runs full day from 9 am to 4 pm. The mornings are earmarked for academics and the afternoon for co curricular activities. The centre even has a ‘tiny’ computer centre with two laptops !
A hot nutritious lunch is provided to the children courtesy Azure Hospitality!
PROJECT COST: Rs. 84,000; US$; 1100
As the children made up for lost time and caught up with their studies we were amazed to see that in no time the need of a secondary section emerged. The Yamuna Centre has its ‘secondary’ section and six students are now ready to sit for their class X Boards. The dedication and motivation of these children is nothing short of amazing.
We even have a computer section with two laptops to the delight of all the children.
A hot nutritious lunch is provided every day to the Yamuna children and staff by Kabir Suri of Azure Hospitality. Many of these children had never eaten pulses or beans earlier as their meals consisted of vegetables that were left unsold. Lunchtime at the Yamuna Centre is definitely and experienced to be shared!