My name is Merce and since I´m 18 y.o. (now I´m 35) I´ve been working as volunteer in several NGO´s, apart of developing projects, etc... In all this years of experience, I´ve never seen a NGO like PYDS. It´s amazing how a retired couple (Swamy and Chinni) has created such a great environment for children without resources. These children have the same school system as the rest and the values and acknowledgement that they are getting is even better than most of the schools that I´ve visited in Dehradun, where I´m also teacher. But Swamy and Chinni don´t stop here!!. The kids have proper food from morning till evening when they leave the school, the transport for going to school and coming back home, medical service , etc... and something that you can feel from the moment that you arrive there, it´s the strong feeling of love and caring for these children. It´s an incredible sensation seeing them going to University, achieving their aims and what it´s more important for me, seeing them becoming great human beings. All these kids have great values and they are incredibly conscious about all the world around them.... It´s a great feeling experience belonging to this huge family where every single member is loved and cared.
PYDS is a group of sincere people, who take care of each and every iota of the needs of little ones. Children are learning various life skills according to their expertise and interest. I am absolutely sure the students from this institutions will be future leaders and will make their benefactors proud.
I am a PhD candidate and Instructor of sociology in the USA. My husband and I have traveled the world evaluating NGOs. We had planned to volunteer at PYDS for a month and stayed for over 4! It is absolutely the most transparent, hardworking organization I have seen- and I have worked with dozens. PYDS is honest about its capabilities and limits, and they are always striving for excellence and I believe in many ways they are achieving it. It is one of the few NGOs I have seen that I can whole-heartily recommend as place worth donating your time or resources to. PYDS is making changes in the lives of these children beyond what I can describe here, but should you have the chance to visit, the students themselves will tell you that this isn't a school it is a family.
I had great experience & association with the Purkal Society. They have very honest and transparent approach towards the project they are working on. I really admire the sincerity of the core team associated with this society.
My husband and I are english teachers in France ( high school and college)and will retire very soon .We feel like continuing transmitting and will do it at Purkal next march .we have been to India many times ,to many places ,bringing groups through our non profitable association ,we also have good friends there and it is through our close friend Sujit who is an administrator that we found out about Purkal.there ,we will share our experience with the pupils and the teachers .we are really looking forward to it .
I am a donor and financially look after the educational expense of one boy at Purkal. As I am in The US, I have not been able to visit. But I get to know all the imprrovements they have been making and the new programs they have undertaken for the development of under-privileged children. I like the work they do and will always be associated to this organisation working to take care of under privileged children.
I have been a part of this project since its inception and it has been a great experience to watch these children grow into responsible young citizens over a period of time. They have never missed an opportunity to do us proud.
It is fortunate when one is associated with social endeavours that have great intentions but also great results. My experience with PYDS is just that. When I look back at my own involvement with PYDS of over 6 years, I feel that I am fortunate to be engaged with and supporting in my small way an initiative that is not just transforming the lives of those beneficiaries - children and women - that it is serving, but also touching in a unique and inspirational way, all those who support it. PYDS has a connect with a large network of such wonderful people who I am sure have been further ennobled thanks to their association with PYDS.
I have been a part of the Purkal Youth Development society right from its inception. All the results, achievements and the output that one witnesses today has been due to the effort of a selct few in the initial stages. As a parent of two school going youngsters I would like to say that the education imparted at PYDS is so wholesome that if given a choice I would put my own children who are going to one of the best schools in Delhi in this learning centre. No stone is left unturned to make sure that the overall personality of the students is developed not just through class room activities but also through outdoor activities and workshops from experienced people from different arenas.
I once went to Dehradun and visited Purkal Youth Development Society (PYDS. I was so impressed that I immediately sponsored the education of a poor child. As I saw more of PYDS, I came to the conclusion that this is what India needs-genuine NGO's in the villages who raise the educational and economic standards of the villagers. By imparting quality education to the poor chidren and helping village women in making quilts and patchwork textiles, the average income of these poor village women has now become Rs 3000-5000/month. One can see all round improvement in living standards, hygene, education and family planning now in about 20 villages covering a population of 5,000. Indeed, it is my view that if India had 4,00,000 PYDS's in the villages, this country will improve positively for the better. All it needs is 4,00,000 Mr Swamy's, the man who started PYDS and is running the show. Is it too much to ask for 4,00,000 such dedicated people in a country with such a large population and such a large middle class?. I am now a regular donor to PYDS and I have introduced many of my frieds to PYDS. They are all most happy. I wish all sincere and well meaning people to help PYDS