Ukindo School

Our vision: To support a modern day Indian society that embraces education for all.

The Ukindo Schools were set up to provide schooling to street children and families living in slums. These families have no financial means to afford good quality education. For many of our students, their lives would have followed the similar limited path to their parents. A cycle that for many would never end. The best they could have hoped for would have been a life of humble survival without opportunity and at worst a life of destitution and poverty. Ukindo not only offers free education but also free uniforms and food during the school day.

  • What Ukindo aims to achieve is not just to provide a basic level of education to the children, but to provide them with the best free education that could be found anywhere in India. Could these children go to University? We will support these children to complete their education up to the age and 18 and beyond to university. Not only do we want to change the lives of these children, we want to change the lives of their families and wider communities.
  • Our first school opened in October 2015 in Rohtak and our second was opened in January 2016. Between them they support 100 children in full time education.
  • We are also in the final stages of opening our next schools in Noida, Delhi and Gurgaon.
  • Within the next few years we aim to be operating many schools across India

If you would like to sponsor a child in the school it would cost only £10 per child per month and you would be able to engage with the child via regular communications.

Other financial contributions would also be welcome. For further information please do contact us.

Thanks to Neha Dhull

banner

The charity was set up in 2015, since the establishment of the charity, Neha has been an active member of the charity. She has since visited India annually, to teach the children English to the children. Neha also teaches the children dance and drama from where they perform for their parents and various members of the community. The children and teachers love Neha, with one describing her as "…kind hearted, smiley, supportive, and an inspiring person to be around".

As well as visiting once a year, Neha fundraises for the charity she has donated thousands of rupees to the charity through her fundraising events in the UK. This money has gone towards setting up classrooms, uniforms, and learning materials for the children.

Neha strongly believes in the importance of all children being educated whatever their background and place of birth. The harsh inequality in India is something Neha has found particularly troubling and something she is working on within the charity to make social change. As well as supporting the existing schools, Neha is part of the development team who are creating new plans for future schools in villages and the most isolated communities.

In Haryana as with many areas in India, there is a serious problem with gender equality with parents refusing to send their daughters to school, either to remain helping at home or being forced into child employment due to their abject poverty. Neha has joined delegations going into villages, advocating the importance of education and helping identify opportunities for the village communities.

banner The parents of the girl on the right, refused to send her to school as they wanted to stay at home and prepare for marriage when she turned 13. Neha helped prevent this from happening by speaking to her parents and helping them to adjust to the potential opportunities that a good quality education could bring to the family. Now we see her in her school uniform, regularly attending school, with a world of opportunities awaiting.

Neha has informed us that she is a Miss England National Finalist. The charity organisers and children cannot wait to congratulate Neha in person for her achievements and wish her the best of luck. Neha is a true Beauty With A Purpose. We cannot wait to see Neha in September after her competition.