Free Education for Underprivileged Children
To provide ongoing premium Free Education, Vocational Training and Guidance, from Pre-School to Senior Secondary, for underprivileged children in preparing them for entering the workforce and becoming responsible and contributing citizens.
Free education includes – textbooks, copybooks, stationery, full uniforms (summer & winter), bus transportation, nutritional lunches, educational & social excursions, and full medical care (including regular dental & eye checks with required follow up treatments, and weekly health checks by school employed nurse).
Progress to date
In August 2005 a borrowed bus arrived at the Kathputli Slum to collect 27 children for their first day of school. An established Jaipur school provided two classrooms for us to begin educating our children from 2.30 to 4.30pm. These two hours of classes were a blessing as the concentration span of the children at that time was just two hours. This would be the initial step of a journey of transforming their destinies and that of many more.
Within a few months our student numbers increased to beyond 100, so we relocated to an unused school building. We stayed there for three years (2006-09) until once again we had outgrown our facilities. Since 2009 we have been in rented premises where we presently have 400 students studying from Nursery to Secondary. All teaching staff are B Ed qualified or in training for Teaching Diplomas.
Subjects currently taught – Hindi, English, Sanskrit, Maths, Computers, Science, Soc Science, Moral Science, Gen Knowledge, Arts & Crafts, Drawing.
In 2017 our second batch of students graduated, in total now six are continuing with tertiary studies in commerce, arts and education. Their peers, to follow in coming years, have desires to become doctors, teachers, nurses, lawyers, engineers, and businessmen and women, etc.
Many children’s vocational desires are developed through their educational opportunities. Starting from 2018-19 Helping Hands School will be advancing to a new level, by supplementing the education provided to secondary and senior secondary students with vocational training programs. Vocational training until today, is something rarely seen in the Indian schooling system.
New School & Training Facilities Construction in 2018
Where and When
Our new school facilities will be located at Anand Vihar, behind Badke Balaji on the Jaipur to Ajmer Highway. Anand Vihar is a new JDA approved Residential Scheme just 18 kms out of Jaipur. Our land allotment of 12,400 sq metres has been specifically designated for an educational institution.
Commencement of construction is planned for May/Jun 2018, to be completed and occupied by mid 2019.
Building Structure and Land Plans
Building of 2 floors will include –
- Assembly hall seating 800+
- Nursery to Snr Secondary classrooms
- Science Labs
- Medical clinic
- Admin offices
- Kitchen & Dining Hall
- Sewing and Craft facilities
- Vocational Training facilities
- Boys and Girls exterior toilet and washroom facilites
Ground facilities will cater for –
- Vehicle parking
- Sporting grounds
- Land for expanding our organic vegetables farming project
Society management is currently investigating the setting up its own solar energy system. This will benefit the school in energy efficiency, environmental conservation, and in the medium to long term cost savings on electricity.
Increased student enrolments
Increased student enrollments to 600 in 2020/21, and to 800 in 2022/23.
New Curriculum Subjects to be added from school year 2019
- Political Science
- Computer Science
- Physical Education.
New Vocational Skills Training to be offered from school year 2019
- IT – basic & advanced computers
- Building Trades – engineering, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, mechanics
- Fashion – clothing & jewellery designing
- Interior designing
- Hospitality – food preparation & management
- Organic farming