Winter 2004 Under the Banyan Tree
Mrs. Kandhari- one of the residents of sector 21-A helped with the sweaters


The school started in a dilapidated park in May 2003 with seven students seated under the shade of an Arjun tree with a Hindi Alphabet Chart hung on its trunk. The number of students grew quickly and by August of 2004 we were providing basic preschool education to about 40 students. Due to our growing numbers, we moved to Sector 21-A and held our classes in the Market Verandah. The school continued despite all odds, moving from place to place for the next two years. More teachers joined our cause and friends came forward to help in kind.



                                                                       In the market verandah August 15, 2004                                                                                    Our first ever medical check up by Dr. Rekha 2004

In 2006 we registered Prakash Deep as a Trust and the number of children reached 120. Escorts Hospital began visiting us every other month to check our children and dispense medicines free of charge.

In 2007 we reorganized our classes into seven groups from Nursery to Class IV. We were able to supply teachers with a single set of books, though the children still had none. We started interaction with regular schools, and by the end of the year the number of children reached 180.

In April 2009 Prakash Deep Trust partnered with the National Child Labour Project, a Central Government funded project for the eradication of child labour. We extended our activities, increased the number of teachers and gave the children individual sets of books. We introduced the mid-day meal program, which proved to be an incentive not only for children but for their parents as well. We began using the Community Centre of Sector 21-D during morning hours, thus Prakash Deep started operating from two locations. At this time we introduced examinations and began teaching English from Nursery level to prepare the children to get into the mainstream.

By the end of December, we had 250 children. We began engaging our children in artistic activities, and teachers even began furthering their education with the help of a number of highly educated volunteers. Many of the teachers also belong to the underprivileged section of society and have only studied up to the Senior Secondary level. Two teachers were sponsored for English language class and Nursery Teachers Training course respectively to further improve their prospects.

Also in 2008, we introduced the Random Acts of Service program.  As we were recipients of kindness on a large scale from the residents, we decided our children must learn to reciprocate these kind gestures by performing  acts of service to the society.  Soon we added Class V and provided all the children with individual sets of books, stationery, coloring supplies, drawing pads and school bags.

In 2009 we visited the nearby slums to reach out to children begging and rag picking instead of attending school. We brought about 25 children to a nearby park and started our third school. 

Children from a slum nearby

A number of volunteers from all over the world began to visit and soon the number of children hit the 300 mark. In the next session, 13 of our children were admitted to Goldfield Public School. Their education up to the Senior Secondary level was free of charge and we were able to pay for their uniforms, books and other supplies. In 2010 we added Class VI and enrolled children above the age of 14 in the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) for the Secondary Course so they could clear one subject at a time while they also studied for Class VI.

In August 2011 we received a grant from Barclays Capital and another from United Parcel Services (UPS) in 2012. This enabled us to rent a shop in the vicinity in which we set up a library and a computer lab with broadband Internet access. As a result, we added a Computer Fundamentals class in July 2012. This was our first Center for Learning and Skill Development.

         
        
                                 Our first tailoring class held in a Porta Cabin                                                                          Our first Center for Learning and Skill Development.

Within a year of hiring the shop, we were put on notice to vacate it because it had been sold to a bank. We looked around in the vicinity of the park and hired a residential house. The rent was doubled although the place offered better facilities and accommodation. Extra space made it possible for us to extend the smart class and computer facilities to a greater number of children. The library was expanded and the craft activities got a stimulus. At the beginning of 2015, we were at the cross -roads again. We still could not afford a place of our own. The number of our children had grown to 500 with more and more aspirants wanting to join us. As the number kept growing and crossed the 600 mark we needed a bigger place. In June 2015 we moved into a new place in front of the school park (House no. 440 Sector 21-A). This had more rooms to accommodate senior students indoors. There was space for a Library, a Tailoring Class, Computer and Science Labs and also a Smart Class. The primary section continued to operate from under the trees while classes six and above moved indoors. 

 Our biggest challenge hit us in March 2017 when we were informed that The National Child Labour Project had decided to withdraw support with effect from April 2017. 

     
In 2016 Prakash Deep has a strength of 600 and more


                                                  
                                        PrakashDeep's  New Learning and Skill Development Centre.                                                                                                    Our new School in Sector 21-C