Prakash Deep is a non-governmental, non-profit, charitable trust set up with the objective of reaching out to children left on the streets to fend for themselves while their parents go out to work. It was established in May 2003 under the shade of a tree in a public park with seven students. Since then, it has touched the lives of hundreds of children who belong to the floating population of daily wage earners who keep moving from place to place in search of occupation. Many of the children belonging to economically backward classes have continued with us. Presently there are nearly 370 children getting free education, a mid-day meal and basic medical care. The school is still located in a public park where children sit in different groups based on their capabilities under different clusters of trees.
Prakash Deep Trust Team comprises of
educationists, professionals drawn from the media, experts from the developmental
projects, dedicated retired personnel from the forces, highly educated professionals
from the fields of economics, technology, and the corporate world. They share the
belief that these children have great potential and are a resource for the country
which if left alone would turn into a liability. Extending timely help for sustenance
and education is crucial not only for improving their future but also for severing
the almost inextricable link between poverty and illiteracy.
Many of them are run-aways from cruelty and domestic violence. So many of them end up on the roads; sleep under the flyovers or for that matter anywhere with a semblance of shelter or out in the open in the company of friends for security. The village, the open spaces, the fields are a thing of the past; they have left behind. They belong nowhere to no one
There are some whose families have over the years moved up the ladder-have found jobs in factories or workshops or have set up their own tea/paan shops. Some who work as watchmen in the big houses in posh colonies and have a regular source of income have large families to feed. Their children still remain out of school for want of means. Children are made to do odd jobs – fetch water from distant taps, collect wood and forage for left over food and collect plastic and garbage to sell.
Some are homeless and destitute - they are made to beg. Some work hard to earn whatever they can to supplement the family income. Where and who do they belong to?