Volunteer's Experience

Shivangi Tripathi

(Student at Jssate Noida)

Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.
During my childhood when I used to see these poor kids, I felt very bad. I always wish to do something for these kids but there were family barriers.
When I came to JSS I got to know about this organization that works for the betterment of poor children and provide them free education. I thought that this place will provide me a platform to fulfill my childhood dream.
My journey at Slum Swaraj began when I joined in my first year of graduation visiting the camp for 1 day in a week. But when 1 day visit became a habit, I didn't even knew.
During the early part of my journey I used to be very shy and felt weird while teaching to these students specially in front of other team members whom I barely know. Time went and from team members we transformed into friends and then finally to a family. The SSF family ❤. I feel very blessed to be a part of such a great family which works as a team with great enthusiasm. Later I became the favorite teacher to few of my students and They used to call me "Shivangi ma'am" and I felt like I am really doing a great job. Sometimes due to some reasons when I can't attend the camp, It felt as if my day wasn't spent well. And the happiness to see them the very next day can't be expressed in word.
I have been working in this NGO since last 3 years and I can say that the best part of my day was the one spent with these kids at the camp. It gives a kind of happiness that can't be described in words.
I learn alot from here, which is only possible because of great support from our seniors and friends and unconditional love and respect from my juniors.
There is a well said phrase by Jim Henson - Kids don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.
And yes I love what I contribute to our NGO and I love to be remembered cause of it.

Priyanka Singh

(Student at Akgec Ghaziabad)

छोटी उम्र मे बच्चों से काम करा के इंसानियत बदनाम क्यु करते है,
बोझ ते नीचे दबाकर हम इनकी जिंदगी तमाम क्यु करते है,
बच्चें तो मासूम होते है जो हम सिखाते वो वही सिखते है,
फिर पढ़ने,खेलने-कूदने की उम्र मे आखिर ये काम क्यु करते है!!

I'm Priyanka Singh from Akgec 3rd year...

Ye swal me mn me hamesha aata tha.....mai bahut choti age se hi sochti thi aakhir jo mujhe mila wo inhe kyu nhi mila.....aur iska reason bas ye nhi hona chahiye ki ye gareeb ghar me paida hue hai.......gareeb paida hona inki galti nhi thi!

Tabhi se mai sochti thi ki jab badi hojaungi toh inke liye bahut kuch karungi......mera bahut mn hota tha inke beech jau inki problem samjhu,ye apni zindgi kaise jeete hai dekhu aur kya inke bhi sapne hote hai....kya ye bhi padhna chahte hai kya inke bhi maa baap inhe padhna cahahte hai.....ye saare sawal mere me aate rehte the aur bas yehi soch k reh jaati thi jb badi hongi toh ye saare kaam karungi!!!!!!

Lekin jab college join kiya toh iss ngo k baare me pta chla aur sach me ye sapne jaisa tha.....jo maine kbhi nhi socha tha ki iss age pe mai itne logo k liye kuch kar sakti hu,mai inke beech gyi aur inke problems jana aur sach me ye bhi bilkul hamari hi tarah padhna cahte hai aur inke maa baap bhi inhe padhnaa cahte hai.........aur kewal padhna hi nhi ye ngo unke jeewan ko jeene ki nhi deesha deta hai......aur jiska part bn k mujge bahut khusi hui........mere liye toh ye college me sabsa acchi cheez hai.......this gave me life!

Suru me mai jade dhyan nhi de payi lekin jaise jaise mai iss ngo se judti gyi aur mujJe 2nd year me responsibility mili toh mujhe iss ngo ko aur kareeb se jaana k mauka mila aur hum k baccho ko padhane k saath-saath unko dicipline aur zindgi jeene aur har muskhil se ladna seekhte hai........aur mujhe bahut garv hai hum desh k future sudhar rhe!

Aur aaj mai iss ngo se puri tarah se judi hu aur kai responsibility neebha rhi hu aur ye meri zindgi ka sabse accha kaam hoga jisse mai hamesha judi rehna chahungi!!!!!

Hemant Kumar

(Student at Jssate Noida)

I got to know about the NGO "Slum Swaraj Foundation" through the orientation programme conducted by our seniors. To be honest, initially i joined this NGO just for the sake of a certificate. But, as I visited the camp and met these children my perception changed.
It’s a great feeling when you start getting respect and you know that it’s not fake. For everyone of us, the world seems a nicer place only till one's life is perfect. We seldom care about others. After coming here, i have realized that the scenario is completely different. There are many children who are deprived of the basic necessities and the sad but also true part is that government alone can’t do much about this issue. Some of us have to stand together and look into this and I am proud I am doing so.
It’s been 3 years with Slum Swaraj Foundation and now these children, our seniors, who could be the best guide and our juniors, everyone seems like a family to me. I have learnt a hell lot of things from my seniors and juniors here. I used to consider myself an introvert earlier but now i am glad that i can interact (a little bit but YES) with people and pour my thoughts out.
It gives me immense pleasure when parent of any of our children praise our work. The happiness on the face of these children and their parents is our ultimate reward. I can’t assure that all the children we are teaching would excel in their life but a single thing that i am damn sure about is that they would definitely become a better person, they would dream big now. If we succeed in doing this, what else do we want!

पढ़ा के देखो अच्छा लगता है।

Adheesh Tripathi

(Student at Jssate Noida)

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

– Lao Tzu

My journey is not fascinating. Rather, it's boring and filled with annoying situations.

Like quarrel with a senior, before time camp visit, dance practice: Ashiq beating it down, random classes to teach, students wiping off their noses on my shirt, the lonely mentor, holi black and purplish celebration, bunking society meetings to take classes, out college orientation program of sleepy and hungry figures, fights and lots of more such tedious situations.

So let's get started.

First day after orientation. I messaged something in the group which wasn't relevant to the work. This took form of an argument with one of the senior in which a friend of mine took stand for me. We were called by the seniors and everything was just simply sorted out. But what we don't believe now is that those seniors then are the best we have now. This is the part of SSF we usually talk about. The healthy and harmonious relationship.
I was in the cultural society and much to my wonder, was in the dance department. It was 15th of August and I had to teach an acrobatic boy something to dance with on the stage. It was great time with him. You know, children make out the most happy in you. I have always enjoyed their company. So much that sometimes I had to wipe their running noses with my shirt.
Being the Tuesday mentor was the first ever responsibility that I ever got. There were two of us. But she wasn't there always. And I enjoyed working alone on the camp. It was something of a feeling that satisfies the meaning of my name.
Teaching those kids was so much worthy for me that I bunked my meetings and gave absurd reasons to my seniors. I loved to watch them in their childhood and remember that of mine. Once there was this kid, nearly an year old, and I roamed around all day on the camp carrying the child.

Not only course education the only thing that we perform on the camps. We teach them ethics, tell them about sanitation and cleanliness. Why and how they should be aware about what is happening around and when they should do their necessary tasks.

But pursuading others to teach has never been an easy task. Orientation Programs were conducted in different colleges. My friend and one of the active members of SSF and I presented our goal and work and achievent to the listening ears. But sometimes there were very few. In one of the OP's we literally faced people eating and surfing than listening. So it was a hard task. But with determination comes success. Slowly we were able to make it a team of more than 1000 people in different cities, states and through out India. With 500+ children this family was always worth it. The love and respect that I get here is the most precious for me.

We did promotions like nukkad, plays, events like prize distribution and sports and always tried for the all round development of the children.

Years progressed and seasons changed. But what was consistent is the smile that he/she
blushes with. On the camp, near us and for me. I love to be in the company of my friends there, and my seniors and my juniors who are working tirelessly for the future of those kids.

I wish this organization to grow more and achieve all the goals that it aspires and contribute the most to the nation's prosperity which lies in its youth.

Shivangi Singh

(Student at Jssate Noida)

A great philosopher Socrates once in his theory said that 'Knowledge is virtue' . Virtue means excellence and excellence is achieved by gaining knowledge.
In our life everything we do. the ultimate aim behind it is to achieve a good life. And knowledge is the means to attain good life. Thus, knowledge plays a very important role in our lives. Everyone has a right of living a good life and thus, everyone has a right to education, be it rich or poor.
When I myself was in school I used to ask my parents if I could teach some children in my locality, those who were deprived from going to schools due to their financial conditions, but they ignored my plea everytime.
Then I came to the college, here I got to know about this NGO which works for the education of slum children. The very first thing I did was to register myself in this NGO. When I visited the camp for the very first day our seniors told us that we have to visit the camp only once in a week and that too for 1 hour. I told this thing to my parents and convinced them that it will not affect my studies. So they also agreed.
I used to visit the Bishanpura camp.On my very first day on the camp, as the camp was newly opened so things were not that organised. Then I visited the camp next week. On my second day I taught 3-4 kids, they all were cousins. After the camp was over they asked me one question that 'ma'am ap kal bhi aaoge na?' I thought that if I'll not visit the camp next day again they'll loose the continuity. So I decided to visit next day also, and then I started visiting the camp all the 6 days in the week. Due to any reason if I missed going to the camp, it felt like if something very important is missed.
I used to teach those children regularly. One of them, a girl named anjali didn't even knew how to hold a pencil. Today when I think about this it gives me such a great feeling that I made her learn how to write by holding her hands and now she knows all that thing that a first class student should know. This is a feeling of satisfaction that I get everytime I visit the camp.
Apart from educating them we also celebrate festivals with them. The happiness on their faces can't be described in words.
This NGO has given me such beautiful memories that are unforgettable. Here I got caring seniors and lovable juniors and fir apne sath waale unki to baat hi alag hai.
This NGO had given me a different identity in this college.
I feel myself a completely different person from the one that I was before coming to this college. It's completely up to you, if you want to teach only that also you're fulfilling your duty and if you want to take some extra responsibilities you can do that also. I learnt a lot here about how to talk to a stranger, how to talk in public and we had even performed nukkads at Connaught place and in other colleges also. It gave me a completely different experience.
After my 3rd year I rarely visited Bishanpura camp because we've to go the Indirapuram camp. Despite of that whenever I go to the Bishanpura camp the kids use to shout shivangi ma'am aa gayi ... Shivangi ma'am aa gyi...And trust me, the happiness I get from this is above all.
I would like to thank Slum Swaraj Foundation for taking this initiative and also giving me a chance to bring a change.
And I can definitely say that tomorrow many of these children are going to do something big.

Rahul Raj Yadav

(Student at Jssate Noida)

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
ये बच्चे हमारे भविष्य है। आज अगर हम इनको प्यार और शिक्षा देंगे तो कल को ये दूसरो को प्यार और शिक्षा देने की योग्यता रखते है।
मैने अपने कॉलेज के दूसरे वर्ष में इस संस्था से जुडा। शुरुआत में मैं इसको आम गैर सरकारी संगठन (NGO) की तरह ही समझता था और सिर्फ प्रमाणपत्र प्राप्त करने के उदेश्य से शामिल हुआ था।
चुकि मुझे हमेशा से पढ़ाने का शौख था तो में कैम्प चला जाता था।
फिर धीरे धीरे हम लोगो को मीटिंग के मध्यम से संस्था के लक्ष्य और हमारे कर्त्वाय का पालन करना सिखाया गया।
जब संस्था के उदेश्य को समझ के पूरे लगन से काम करने लगे तो जो खुशी,इज्जत और प्यार मिला उसके सामने प्रणामपत्र एक रद्दी के समान है।
पहले मैं अपनी बात किसी के सामने नही रख पता था परन्तु यहा मुझे ऐसा मंच मिला जिसके मध्यम से बहुत सारे विशिष्ट गुण सिखने का मौका मिला। मैं अपने सभी सीनियर को कोटि कोटि धन्यवाद दूँगा जिनके कारण आज मुझे अपने उपर गर्व होता है कि कॉलेज लाइफ में कुछ अच्छा काम किया। अपने प्यारे जुनियोर्स को कैसे भुल सकता हूं जो मुझे हमेशा अपने सर आँखो पे बिठा के रखते है। आज भी कॉलेज खत्म होने के बाद ऐसा कोई दिन नही होगा जब में फोटो खोल के सबको देख के मुस्कराया ना हो।
कॉलेज के तीसरे वर्ष में तो कैम्प पे रोजना आना जाना हो गया था। जिन बच्चो को पढाते थे उनकी खुसी और प्यार के बिना रहना बहुत मुश्किल हो गया था। कैम्प में जाते ही उनका हमेशा राहुल सर हमारे राहुल सर बोल के मुझे गले लगा लेना और मेरे पूरे दिन की थकान और चिंता चुटकियो में खत्म हो जाता था। अपने साथ वालो के लिये पहले ही बोल चुका हूँ।
ये तो अभी चिंगारी है आने वाले समय में संस्था बहुत उचाईयों को छूने वाली है, ये दावा मैं अपने आने वाले कर्मठ और इमानदार जूनियर को देख के निसंकोच कह सकता हूँ।
जिस प्रकार का माहौल और परिवार जैसा पर्यावरण यहा उप्लब्ध है हर माँ बाप घर से दूर अपने बच्चे के लिए ऐसा माहौल चाहता है।

मुझे नही पता कि जिनको हम पढा रहे है वो कल को कलाम साहब या फिर डॉक्टर-इंजीनियर बनेंगे या नही परन्तु एक अच्छा इन्सान जरुर बनेगा।
हमारे सोसाइटी में बहुत कमियाँ है जिनको सुधरने के लेये सबसे नीव जो की बच्चे है उसपे काम करना पडेगा। जिसका सबसे सरल और सटिक रस्ता शिक्षा है।

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Rohit Lohani

(Student at Jssate Noida)

मैं यह संस्था से अपने बीटेक के दृतव्य वर्ष में जुड़ा था ।
मेरे एक मित्र ने मुझे इस संस्था के बारे में बताया जो कि उन बच्चों को पढ़ती है जिनके माता पिता आर्थिक रूप से इतने सक्षम नहीं होते कि उनको पढ़ा लिखा सकें । यह सुनने पर मेरे मन में प्रथम प्रश्न यह आया कि क्या में इस योग्य हूं कि में अपने साथ साथ दूसरे बच्चों का भी भला कर सकूं । और इसी असमंजस कि स्थिति में मेंने पहली बार बिशनपुरा कैंप विजिट किया । कैंप पर पहुंचने पर मुझे सीनियर द्वारा स्पष्ट रूप से बताया गया कि कैंप किस प्रकार से चलता है तथा मुझे एक कक्षा प्रदान की गई। १ घंटे कि समयांतराल में एक कि प्रश्न दिमाग में बार बार आ रहा था कि क्या बच्चों को मेरा पढ़ाया हुआ समझ में आ रहा है ? और जब १ घंटा पूर्ण हुआ तब मेरे द्वारा पढ़ाई हुई एक छात्रा ने मुझसे आ कर पूछा -" क्या सर आप कल भी आएंगे , आज बहुत बढ़िया पढ़ाया आपने " । यह बोलते समय जो खुशी उस बच्ची के चेहरे पर थी बस यही खुशी के खातिर में इस एनजीओ से जुड़ा ।

एनजीओ से जुड़े सभी कॉलेज सीनियर्स ने मेरी हर प्रकार से सहायता तथा मार्गदर्शन किया । मज़ाक मस्ती करते करते पता ही नहीं चला कि कब कॉलेज में एक परिवार सा बन गया । यहां मीटिंग के माध्यम से कार्यों को बेहतर ढंग से करने का तरीका बताया गया। इस एनजीओ के माध्यम से टीम वर्क ऐवम अपने आप को व्यक्त करने की क्षमता जैसी आदतों को सीखने का अवसर मिला।

इसी बीच जेएसएस टीम द्वारा अपना ३ कैंप "उज्ज्वल कैंप" खोला गया । यह कैंप पूर्ण रूप से स्लम इलाके में है और इसी कारण इस कैंप के बच्चों के माता-पिता आर्थिक स्थिति बहुत खराब है। साथ ही साथ वे शिक्षा से होने वाले फायदों से भी अवगत नहीं थे । ऐसे में उन्हें शिक्षा प्रदान करना एक बहुत ही चुनौती पूर्ण कार्य था । ऐसे में हमारी टीम घर-घर गई और बच्चों के माता पिता को प्रेरित किया कि वे अपने बच्चों को हमारे पास बस १ घंटे रोजाना भेजें और हम उन्हें मुफ्त में शिक्षा प्रदान करेंगे। इस नए कैंप की जिम्मेदारी मुझे सौंपी गई । जब कैंप शुरू हुआ तब पता चला कि यहां के बच्चे स्कूल जाना तो दूर ये तो घर चलाने के लिए काम करने पर मजबूर हैं । कोई बच्चे कंपनी में जाता था ,कोई पोस्टर चिपकाने तो कोई ठेले पर काम करता था । स्लम में घर होने के कारण इन लोगों का झोपड़े बार बार गिरा दिए जाते है। ऐसी परिस्थितियों में पढ़ाई करना आसान काम नहीं है । इन्हें देख कर ये तो पता चल गया कि हम लोग बहुत खुस्किस्मत हैं कि हमारी परवरिश बहुत अच्छे से हुई है और इसी लिए हमारा कर्तव्य बनता है कि इन लोगों की मदद करें । कहते हैं कि बच्चे मन के सच्चे और इसी सच्चाई के कारण धीरे धीरे इस कैंप से मेरा विशेष जुड़ाव हो गया। उनकी शरारतों में भी एक मासूमियत कि अनुभूति होती है । एक समय ऐसा भी आया जब कैंप पर रोजाना आना जाना होता था और कभी कैंप ना जाने पर अच्छा प्रतीत नहीं होता था। इसी बीच जब मैं कैंप पर जाता तो बच्चे जोर जोर से चिल्ला कर बोलते -" हमारे रोहित सर आ गए"," हमें रोहित सर से पड़ना है"।ये सब छोटी छोटी बातें हैं जो जब भी सोचो तो दिल प्रफुल्लित हो उठता है।

कैंप आते जाते कई लोगों से बात हुई पर सब में एक बात सामनय थी -"अच्छाई"। इनमें से आज कुछ मेरे सबसे अच्छे दोस्तों में से हैं। मेरे जूनियर्स द्वारा दिया हुआ स्नेह और प्रेम में कभी नहीं भुला सकता हूं। मेरी एक आवाज़ पर यह लोग जी जान लगा देते हैं। संस्था कि सबसे अच्छी बात है कि यहां कोई किसी का सीनियर नहीं और ना ही कोई किसी का जूनियर। सब लोग साथ मिल कर एक अच्छा काम करते हैं और एनजीओ पर सबका सामान्य अधिकार है।

काफी मौके आए जब हम सबने मिल कर बच्चों के साथ खुशी बांटी । इनमें से मुख्यता होली ,दीपावली , खेल महोत्सव , रिपब्लिक डे, इंडिपेंस डे, राखी पर्व हैं। कई यादगार लम्हे बनें जिन्हें इस जीवन में भूलना संभव नहीं है। साथ में मिल जुल काम करके बच्चों की खुशी देखने का अलग ही मज़ा है।

अंत में यह ही कहूंगा कि जेएसएस में मेरी पहचान इस एनजीओ से है और इस एनजीओ ने मुझे बहुत कुछ दिया है। आज कॉलेज में निकलो तो कम से कम दस लोग रोक कर हाल चाल लेते हैं और यह सब इस एनजीओ में अच्छा काम करने का फल है।

Aman Gupta

(Student at Jssate Noida)

मैं जब अपने पहले दिन कैम्प पढ़ाने गया तब सिर्फ एक ही बात थी मुझे अपने time से सिर्फ 1 hour निकाल के इन बच्चों को पढ़ना हैं लेकिन जब कैम्प जा के बच्चों से मिला उन्हें पढ़ाया मुझे अपने बचपन के दिन याद आ गए उनके बीच अपना सा लगने लगा । उनको पढ़ा समझ आया कि जब हैम इनते छोटे थे तब शायद हम इतना नही आता था जितना इन्हें आता हैं अगर इन्हें सही दिशा दिखायी जाये तो शायद ये काल बहुत कुछ ऐसा कर जाये गे जहाँ तक शायद हम भी ना पहुँच पायेगे।
जब इनके साथ रहके हम game खेलते हैं festival celebrate करते हैं तब जो खुशी का एहसास मिलता हैं वो शायद कही खो सी गयी थी ।
सच बोलु तो अब जब भी लगता लगता हैं कुछ problem हैं और कुछ समझ नही आ रहा तो थोड़ा time इनके साथ रह के एक अलग सा सुकून मिलता हैं मुझे एक ख़ुशी मिलती हैं शायद जिसे मैं बता भी नहीं सकता।
इनके साथ रह के लगता है कि ये भी हर उस चीज के हकदार हैं जो हमे मिलती हैं हर ख़ुशी को मानने इनका भी उतना ही हक हैं।
मैं इन सबके लिये Slum Swaraj Foundation (SSF) को दिल से आभार प्रकट करता हूं कि आपने हमें इनसे जोड़ के इनके अच्छे भविष्य और हमें इनके मिलने वाली ख़ुशी से मिलाया ।
मेरा हमेशा ये मानना रहा है अगर हम 100% किसी चीज को सही नही कर सकते लेकिन अगर हम कुछ % लोगो को भी सही राह दिखा पाये तो ये भी उनके काल को सुधारने हमे बहुत आगे ले जाएगी और इसी तरह मिल के साथ मे काम करते रहे तो एक दिन कामयाब जरूर होंगे।

Luv Pathak

(Student at Jssate Noida)

When i applied to volunteer for SSF i had no idea that the next few months would have such deep impact on my life.i had always desired to be able to give back to society and ssf gave me best way to conduct it. The experience was all about"inner peace" and " satisfaction".I saw all sorts of things. When I would step out into the garden, every evening, for the class, their faces would lit up. A big rush would break out with a whole lot of screams. It’s quite something to get that kind of reception every day.I remember when we ended our studies ,Even the little boys who’d toss me overboard when I’d pleaded with them to draw their C properly, now jumped, ran and gleefully chased each other. The class energy would now rise to its highest, and no matter how dull the studying might have been, I always managed to send them home with a smile on their faces.
I was struck by just how simple it was to please these kids.

My own teacher once wearily told me, ‘That’s the difference between teaching little kids and the teenagers. You need lots more patience, but they have the purest, dearest little hearts you could hope for. Most days I was running from one to other, trying to teach as a flurry of notebooks ran after me.
‘Check mine!’
‘Sir I’ve completed!’
Completed what, you ask?

No, not brilliant Stephan Hawking theorems or papers on Dickensian literature. But the passion and sense of accomplishment was no less on their faces.
It was counting 1- 100, writing them alphabet; the basics. For the first time, I understood why they scrubbed a kid for five years in school before getting to the hot stuff in 6th Grade. It was strange to see them struggle over the letters people thoughtlessly scribbled off every day.For the first time I truly felt like I stood in the shoes of our teachers, me and my peers had hated the most .I learnt a lesson about the human heart then. to inspire people, you have to see everything they don’t see in themselves. some of the most fun times came about in class. I made them sit on the grass, picture books in my hands, and invented all kinds of stories. And after a while – they began to relish them. They looked at me like a magician with a hat, pulling out rabbits.

These stories were about cleanliness, morals, being kind, gentle, being brave. There were moments of pin-drop silence sometimes – and I knew I’d succeeded in carrying them into the world I was so captivated by. A feeling of magic, real connection ran through everybody there. In the view of education, my contribution is but meager sums and ABC’s.
But every smile, every smile that rang out in class – I realized was a gift too. It took courage, that was the biggest thing I realized. To see people living 50 yards away, trapped in lives 50 years in the past.

To allow yourself to feel their pain, their desperaton. To cut yourself from the pack, and try to help them up. To be brave enough to realize that one person can change things.

I hope my experiences inspire you to find the same courage within yourself.

You have potential you have to change lives in a way you never imagined. Everyone does.

You can see those situations, those people you ignore everyday – and realize life has given you the opportunity to help. To grow and see things no one else could, to meet amazing people, to have experiences

All it takes is one leap of faith

Samridh Singh

""बचपन में जो कुछ कर गुजरने की सपना देखा करता था,आज वो जीने का मकसद बन गया है।।""ख्वाब तो शुरू से हुआ करता था कि पढ़ाई के साथ साथ कुछ इस प्रकार से समाज से जुड़ा रहू जिससे मन के तार की तिल्लियाँ शांत रह सके और साथ साथ लोगो की सेवा में भी भरपूर योगदान देता रहूँ।।।
देर ही सही लेकिन ऐसी संस्था (NGO)से जुड़ा जिससे मुछे गरीब बच्चों को पढ़ाना ,उनको अच्छे स्कूलों में दाखिला कराने का सौभाग्य प्राप्त तो हुआ ही,साथ ही उनके माँ बाप की गरीबी,उनकी जीवनशैली ने मेरा मन मोह लिया ,जिससे मुझे ये ज्ञात हुआ कि मरते दम तक इनकी सेवा जितना भी हो सकेगा करूँगा।।।इनके बीच समय बीताकर जो सुख का आनंद मिलता है वो मेरे मन को तर कर देता है कि परिवार,मित्रता आदि के साथ साथ इनके लिए भी जितना हो सकेगा योगदान करूँगा।।।।
इन संस्था में काम करते हुए मैनें ऐसे सहपाठी बनाए हैं जो मेरे लिए सव्णृ साबित हुए है,जो सच्ची मायने में मुझे प्रेरणा देते है।।।एक और बात जरूर कहना चाहूँगा कि आज तो केरियर चरम पे है इसलिए पूरा समय नहीं दे पाता,इतना जरूर करता हूँ जभी समय मिलता है भारत माता द्वारा दिए गए कर्तव्यों का निर्वहन तहे दिल से करता हूँ और करता रहूँगा।।।
JAI HIND

Ankush Singh

(Student at Galgotia Engg. College)

Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.
During my childhood when I used to see these poor kids, I felt very bad. I always wish to do something for these kids but there were family barriers.
When I came to JSS I got to know about this organization that works for the betterment of poor children and provide them free education. I thought that this place will provide me a platform to fulfill my childhood dream.
My journey at Slum Swaraj began when I joined in my first year of graduation visiting the camp for 1 day in a week. But when 1 day visit became a habit, I didn't even knew.
During the early part of my journey I used to be very shy and felt weird while teaching to these students specially in front of other team members whom I barely know. Time went and from team members we transformed into friends and then finally to a family. The SSF family ❤. I feel very blessed to be a part of such a great family which works as a team with great enthusiasm. Later I became the favorite teacher to few of my students and They used to call me "Shivangi ma'am" and I felt like I am really doing a great job. Sometimes due to some reasons when I can't attend the camp, It felt as if my day wasn't spent well. And the happiness to see them the very next day can't be expressed in word.
I have been working in this NGO since last 3 years and I can say that the best part of my day was the one spent with these kids at the camp. It gives a kind of happiness that can't be described in words.
I learn alot from here, which is only possible because of great support from our seniors and friends and unconditional love and respect from my juniors.
There is a well said phrase by Jim Henson - Kids don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.
And yes I love what I contribute to our NGO and I love to be remembered cause of it.

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Supporters Speak

Dr. Prashant Chauhan

( DEAN STUDENT WELFARE, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, JSSATE NOIDA)

"It gives me immense pleasure that Slum Swaraj Foundation is achieving new heights day by day. My best wishes to this foundation for attempting to rigoursly educate children of downtrodden society."

Dr. Sabita Madhvi Singh

Joint Director
(Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change)

"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.
It feels nice to see a noble initiative like Slum Swaraj Foundation, which is a great endeavour working towards children's education and their empowerment. I heard about this NGO three year back, when a group of students of JSS ACADEMY OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION, NOIDA went to nearby slum and teach some children. But today I am very glad that more than 700 volunteers are teaching 1000+ children all over Delhi-NCR. Last year when I celebrated my son's birthday at Bishanpura Camp, Noida, the feeling of happiness and togetherness in the faces of children, the chants of the birthday song and once again highlighted the support that NGO like Slum Swaraj Foundation needs of the society. Children are the future of any society, SSF nurtures and nourishes them with good education, in order that they become empowered citizens of this nation with equal rights and opportunities. I would request all the capable citizens of our country to contribute to this noble cause."

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