The story of Ram Khiladi Meena, an Education Volunteer engaged at Satya Bharti Learning Centre, Dhanipur, Sawai Madhopur (Rajasthan)
Ram Khiladi Meena comes from Kacchi Basti of Kherda Village. Despite being from a poor family with no access to proper schooling, Ram fulfilled his dream of completing his graduation. However, he was pained by the fact that his village was almost completely illitrate. The sight of children engaged in petty jobs like collecting garbage and cutting stone would distress Ram to no end. He yearned to bring about a change in their lives.
When Ram heard about Satya Bharti Learning Centre in Sawai Madhopur, he paid a visit to the staff members to seek help in educating the children of his own village. He was keen to join the team of Satya Bharti Learning Centre as an Education Volunteer. Under the guidance of the staff members, he started counselling the key community leaders of his village and explained to them how the village could benefit with the Satya Bharti Learning Centre Program. The provision of free education, nutritious Mid-Day meals and a safe learning environment helped him win them over. Thereafter, together they organised a meeting at the community level during which several parents were convinced to send their wards to the school.
The efforts made by Ram were paid off when 22 children from his community were successfully enrolled into the Satya Bharti Learning Centre, Sawai Madhopur. Today, Ram is an active Education Volunteer at the centre, he says, “I am privileged to be a part of the Satya Bharti Learning Centre Program. I always wanted to spread the joy of learning, however, my pockets were not deep enough to fulfill this desire. With this special program run by Bharti Foundation, children from various backgrounds in the village now have access to regular schooling. I am also thankful to the staff members here at Sawai Madhopur for their constant support.”
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