LECIN : A youth organisation educating underprivileged children with a uniquely developed curriculum
Out of all imaginable symbols of a gift, if there is one which can be felt, cherished and celebrated, it has to be education. And 2 students from New Delhi are selflessly imparting this gift to hundreds of impoverished children in the nation’s capital. Started by, Delhi University students Nupur Bharadwaj & Rohit Kumar, Let’s Educate Children In Need (LECIN) is an Organization which imparts education to underprivileged children with the help of regularly and uniquely developed curriculum and activities.
It all started when Nupur decided to teach a few slum children while she was in the 2nd year of her bachelor’s degree. The experience had an exuberating impact on her and that sowed the seeds for LECIN. Initiated in May 2015 with one slum in Indraprastha, the organisation moved forward to work with children in the slums of Okhla, Mansarovar, and Kalkaji in just nine months.
In the journey of one year, the young group had to face quite a few challenges, one being the unwarranted behaviour of the parents of slum children. Often drunk beyond their senses, parents not only stopped their kids from coming in but they also warned the volunteers and organisers to leave the slum and the kids alone. It was after heaps of convincing, that parents overcame the hesitation. Another hurdle in the road came in the form of unexpected withdrawal of volunteers, despite an understanding and good communication with the kids. It was then that LECIN started to organize interactive sessions and informal meetings for their volunteers and thus successfully attempted to establish a more cordial link between the organization and the volunteers.
In just one year of its existence, LECIN has already helped 120 kids and worked with more than 50 energetic volunteers, working adamantly to achieve something notable. It was their immaculate work that brought the attention of numerous prestigious organizations on them. The evidence of such acclaim came as the Changelooms fellowship which was conferred by Pravah and supported by Oracle and GKS and helped them in realizing their own potential as young leaders in bringing about bigger systemic change that’s sustainable.
LECIN’s out of the box curriculum, which includes activities like public speaking sessions, painting sessions and impromptu sports based activities, has helped the kids to break out of their subservient, impoverished shell. They are today experiencing what it truly means to be liberated.
When asked about how she manages her personal studies with her work, Nupur tells TOC that even though she manages it quite decently, but, her parents were not particularly a fan of her work. But eventually, her work coerced them to change their minds. Ecstatic by this support Rohit and Nupur are now also running computer classes in Kalkaji for these kids with excursions and picnics.
But, Nupur believes that beyond all the work that LECIN has done and all the impact they might create, it is truly the young volunteers like her who have learnt the most. “People have a skewed perspective when it comes to people in poverty. They believe helping is a charity. But, it truly, is a way for us to learn so much more about our fellow beings who we have neglected all our lives. I believe that we have grown equally with the children we work with. And as we make them responsible citizens of the future, we too become concerned servants for the humanity”, says a determined and proud Nupur.
LECIN organizes an annual cultural event called Unnati for the underprivileged children they work with. The fest marks the foundation day of LECIN and is celebrated annually on 31st May. Unnati constitutes various elating activities like dances, songs, skits, etc. by the students as well as volunteers. The team at LECIN is working extremely hard to give these children the stage and limelight they always deserved but never received. Unnati 2017 is scheduled to take place on 31st May 2017. You can help in making Unnati a reality with the help of a monetary contribution here.
This story has been published in collaboration with MASH Project.
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