In early April 2015, Project WHY came to know of some children living, a stone’s throw away from our women centre at Khader. The Yamuna Centre is on the banks of the river and caters for children of agricultural workers who cultivated vegetables on tracts of land owned by landlords. These children, are invisible and don’t go to any mainstream government school.
We are providing education in informal classrooms while at the same time seeking to mainstream their access into formal government education.
The children, 36 girls and 44 boys, are bright and eager to learn. We offer quality education and this year we hope to build their exposure to computers and start to teach computer skills.
PROJECT COST: Rs. 22 000 – 330 US$; 230 £
PROJECT COST: Rs. 32,000; US$ 480; 330 £
Writing about this class is akin to writing the project why story. Our Senior Secondary Project began on the roadside in the dead of winter 2001 to answer yet another deafening why. A bunch of class X students from our Spoken English class has been beaten in school. This was inadmissible to us and a visit to the school brought to light the contempt with which children from poorer homes were treated. The Principal sneered at them, calling them gutter snipes that would never be able to pass their Boards. The body language of the children compelled us to throw a challenge stating that they would ALL pass!
As everything at Project Why, the computer centre started because children wanted it. When we opened our office in 2001, we installed a computer for our office work. As we follow an open door policy, children use to walk in and out and we soon realised that it was because of the computer. We would allow some of the children to sit at it and would show them how it worked. We knew that the next item on our list had to be a computer centre.
In no time, we managed to get a few old computers and our computer project saw the light of day.