DIKSHA is a volunteer-driven non-profit school striving to empower children who come from economically weaker sections of the community around Palam Vihar.
Work and Achievements
Diksha is a non-profit school in Palam Vihar, Gurgaon, Haryana, India established to provide free and quality education to children from low-income families in the neighbourhood. A core-group of volunteers along with salaried teachers and donors from the community have created a safe, stimulating learning environment that allows 400 children from disadvantaged families to develop a healthy body and mind. Children are nurtured with respect and taught to be responsible citizens in today’s world. Children are encouraged to learn a variety of extra- curricular activities such as folk art, dance, drama, music and yoga, sports, life skills and vocational art. Diksha supplies a nutritious mid-day meal (prepared on the premises daily) and a snack/bananas to each child in addition to uniforms, shoes and books.
Activities: DIKSHA opens its doors to all volunteers and corporations for their Employment Engagement Days. Some of these activities include painting school furniture and walls, excursions to Railway, Science Museums, etc, Sports matches, Tree Planting, Drawing Competitions, Fundays and Christmas parties funded by ITC or Concern India Foundation, Adventure Mountaineering Camps, Movie Day, Hapkido Tournaments and Life Skill Workshops. We participate in the annual Athletic Federation Inter-NGO Sports Meet. Our athletes have also joined in the HealthSetGo Run in Gurugram, Amity University Run and Vatika Half Marathons. One talented athlete was selected for the Haryana State Championship 100m and 200m run. Another student has competed in the International Open Karate Championship winning a bronze medal
Achievements: From 2008 with thirteen children, we now have 425 children between Nursery and Class 12. DIKSHA was selected for the TED awardee Dr Saugata Mitra School in the Cloud Project and the SOLE (Self Organized Learning Environment) Lab is operating very successfully in full strength. Summer internships have been offered to our senior students for three consecutive years by PHFI (Public Health Foundation of India), Bueno Sandwichcraft and more recently by ASN Logistics and Pinto Café and Alphabyte Learning Channel as well as Metro Pet Hospital. Our School of Vocational Art has proudly produced budding commercial artists. Students of Class 10 successfully passed the NIOS Board examinations in 2017 and 2018 and 2019 as well as the first batch of Class 12 making it a landmark achievement for first generation learners.
Fund Utilisation Statement
The funds raised will be used towards the annual education sponsorship of 200 children. The monthly sponsorship cost for a child's education is Rs 1,250/- and the annual cost is Rs 15,000/-.