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Moved by seeing the pathetic condition of homeless children at Lucknow Railway platform, begging, sweeping floors in trains, selling water in used bottles, rag-picking, Ms. Sonia Singh decided to do something for them. She strongly felt that education was the only way to save them from falling prey to exploitation, violence, stunted growth and psychological scarring and also to bring them in the mainstream for living with dignity. Thus an informal school for these children was started by Ms. Singh on the platform of Charbag Railway station of Lucknow.
Encouraged by the enthusiasm and willingness amongst the children and the improvement the little education brought in their living, Ms. Sonia Singh decided to extend her endeavour to provide free education to orphans and slum children, who were deprived of any sort of education, in other areas in the city.
This modest beginning gave birth to “ASTHA KIRAN SHAIKSHIK EVAM SAMAJIK VIKAS SANSTHAN”, an organisation which not only believes that the underprivileged children have right to dream but also help them in realizing those dreams by providing suitable education and training.
“Astha Kiran Shaikshik Evam Samajik Vikas Sansthan” was registered in year 2004 under ‘Societies Registration Act, 1860’ and has been working since then for the welfare of underprivileged children by providing them free education through its ‘ Shiksha Jyoti’ and ‘Support a Child’ programmes. Through our projects, so far we have provided informal education to hundreds of underprivileged children and got admitted 58 children in mainstream private schools for formal education.
Now we are also running a formal school, namely “Nai Roshani” at Dubagga, Lucknow where the underprivileged girls of poor families are provided totally free education which does not put any financial burden on the families, the main reason for depriving the girl child of education in those families.