How often do we find ourself sitting on a cozy couch sipping a cup of hot tea, pondering how life is leading and contemplating in the hope of gain but with the risk of loss? Most of the days…right? After all, we are running a success-marathon which make us relocate far away from our parents, family, and home.
But how many times do we use success for the benefit of the people we leave behind? Uuhhmmm….Well…All of us do but fail to act upon it.
However, there are few who are willing to try out an idea which will help benefit some part of their society in their own ‘big’ way and making a dream come alive for many…a dream, to provide an education that allows rural indian women to become economically stable and gender empowerment, was conceived by Virender (Sam) Singh, a retired head of DuPont South Asia, started Pardada Pardadi (which translates into English as “great grand parents”) in 2000 in Anupshahar, UP. Funded initially with his savings, the school that started with 35 students in 2000 has more than 1,000 enrolled today.
Pardada Pardadi Educational Society (PPES) alongthwith imparting academic education and vocational training is also promises for a guaranteed job. PPES also provides scholarships for girls interested in further education or professional training. It combats every reason that prevents girls from attending school. It offers three meals a day and puts in Rs. 10 in a savings account for each day of school attended, an amount that is redeemable after graduation.
The work of Sam Singh won the Public Service Broadcasting Award for Gandhian Philosophy for the year 2010.
Hats off to PPES for bringing a social change of educating the girls to hold their head high.
How You can Help? You can either donate or sponsor a girl child for a year or find their on-going projects.