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Durgesh Agarwal – Changing Lives Through Education, Healthcare & Empowerment

Durgesh Agarwal

“Education should be a right, not a privilege” – Bernie Sanders

They say that children are the true wealth of a prosperous nation. In future, it is the children who will strengthen the society. With a firm belief in this very ideology, and under the guidance of Mrs. Usha Agarwal & Mr. Durgesh Agarwal, SSSK a charitable trust was found 8 years ago. Ever since its inception, SSSK has been working tirelessly to help the forgotten children by providing them the ability to become independent with a strong education base.

THE EYEOPENER & INCEPTION:

Mrs. Usha Agarwal having dedicated 14 years of her life to Global International School. Consequently, spent 3 years of research on early childhood. All these years contributed immensely to shape her knowledge about child learning and she learned that formative years play a crucial role in laying a strong foundation in children.

Later, one of her visits to Ambaji was an awakening call which made her realize the importance and significance of education in both Rural and Urban parts of the country as she noticed how children of the village battled for a future and self-esteem.

With an understanding that living a life of privileges is not something everyone can fancy, and sometimes even the most basic things like a chance to be educated and eating a fresh meal seems like a challenge.This irony and stark discrimination between the privileged ones and the forgotten few was what drove DA Group to start their journey & saw the foundation of SSSK being laid.

What started with a small step of giving these kids a chance to see the world from a height, soon turned into a passion of giving these kids a more concrete way of scaling new heights. Mrs. Agarwal who had a firm opinion about the importance of primary education decided to help the kids by giving them a chance to learn.

Ever since then she has been trying to create a pathway to transform these children into responsible individuals for the developing nation by focusing on their education, healthcare and empowerment.

It is the determination and unified effort of Mrs. Usha Agarwal and Mr. Durgesh Agarwal that SSSK has today undertaken more than 100 children and is providing them education.

AREAS OF WORK:

EDUCATION:

Education is both the means as well as the end to a better life; means, because it empowers an individual to earn his/her livelihood and the end because it increases one’s awareness on a range of issues – from healthcare to appropriate social behavior to understanding one’s rights, and in the process evolve as a better citizen.

SSSK is committed to provide primary and secondary education to underprivileged children along with remedial and bridge courses to individuals who are under difficult circumstances. SSSK believes that whether you are addressing healthcare, poverty, population control, unemployment or human rights, there’s no better place to start than in the corridors of education.

HEALTH AND HYGIENE:

He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything” India has made rapid strides in the health sector since independence. However, access to healthcare still remains a challenge.

While people in rural areas suffer from adverse health conditions owing to mainly two reasons –first the lack of education and thus lack of awareness; and second the unwillingness to lose a day’s wage in order to reach the nearest medical facility. 

SSSK has worked to provide quality healthcare services at doorsteps, for the needy and has promoted health awareness and contemporary healthcare seeking behavior among the underprivileged that addresses problems of mobility, accessibility and availability of these primary services with a special focus on children and women, there by revolutionizing the health care system.

EMPOWERMENT & REHABILITATION:

SSSK has always aimed to strengthen women by giving them identity as informal workers and providing them with a life of dignity and making them independent by offering adequate training and skills to work.

The Organization works towards the realization of both individual and collective self-esteem and inner strength of socially excluded women and adolescent girls through innovative community practices while working to secure women’s identity and rights.

SSSK also addresses issues related to domestic violence and crime against women and help them build self-help groups to establish a sustainable livelihood.

FOOD & NUTRITION:

SSSK has designed interventions to reduce hunger among communities by providing ration kits that ensure reliable meals to children and adults.

The organization not only strives to eliminate hunger but also aims to counter malnutrition.

WAY FORWARD:

With a mission to enable people and encompass diverse segments while working in partnership to secure, protect and honour the rights of Individuals SSSK will be coming up with a school & Sports Centre that will not only accommodate 1000 children but also offer vocational and skill development courses to the parents of these Children.

The Organizations approach is to create a wave of change in the lives of people by developing the potential of women and children in order to drive long lasting equitable changes by strategically promoting quality healthcare, inclusive education, gender equitable and sustainable livelihood opportunities.

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By TIS Staffer
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