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DEEPALAYA
October 21, 2009

I was exposed to Deepalaya about six years ago, when my elder sister got an opportunity to join one of the schools as a teacher. She has been my role model since my childhood. She is a wonderful person and I knew she would make a big difference to the Deepalaya family. But little did I know six years ago, what Deepalaya would do to her and to us! It has changed our very outlook towards life, towards children and about India! We live abroad and visit India for holidays and get to see only festivities, the lights and the smiling faces all around. But, one day I and my own child (who knows only America as his own country and gets very perplexed to see little begging kids on the streets!) went to visit my sisters school and in an instant we realized what a different world is Deepalaya. It is one job to teach in "just any" school and it's something else to teach at Deepalaya. The structure of the school is so obviously different than the Indian schools I have attended, the challenges are so strong and difficult to resolve! I strongly believe that my sister and her colleagues are doing a very difficult task to teach kids who attend Deepalaya schools. With tears in her eyes, my sister narrates her experiences in her school and when she visits the kids and the slums some of them live in. The children are coming from very different backgrounds than us, their needs are so different. Institutions such as Deepalaya are doing a very responsible job of helping these kids to come out of their not so good, and sometimes miserable situations by imparting education and encouragement and letting the kids know that they can turn around their lives! I can go on and on, but in a nut shell, the work that Deepalaya family is doing is incredible, the difference they are making in the life of the children will ultimately make a humongous difference in the composition of India and it's socio-economic performance in the World. I sincerely wish I could be a teacher in a Deppalaya school and help Deepalaya to achieve it's goals. To that end I and my family at present only donate money and hope that it helps in some way. I absolutely positively recommend Deepalaya for the award. It will encourage it's members and even donors like us to work towards meeting it's goals. Deepalaya deserves the award and this is the least that can be done for such an institute committed to make a difference in the world of these precious children who would otherwise go onto oblivion and fall prey to their unfortunate situations in life!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

making some of its own students become teacher in the school as they graduated, and getting other jobs and being responsible citizens of India.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very committed to meet the goals of Deepalaya. My sister who teaches there often takes out time away from her own children to be with her students. Many teachers know their students so well and give individual attention which is so rare in Indian schools.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Improve some of the school buildings, provide a hostel for middle and high school kids to stay and learn.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Donor & I contributed money.