"Every experience is a paradox in that it means to be absolute, and yet is relative; in that it somehow always goes beyond itself and yet never escapes itself".-T. S. Eliot
As one walk past the neon lights that make Gurgaon, the shimmering, millennium city, the world knows it to be; lurking in the shadows is a grotesque truth that somehow escapes the eye. A truth, which is an apparent paradox to what the city has come to represent- multinational corporate Houses, glitzy malls, high rise apartment complexes- the face of an educated and prosperous nation. This truth, an apparent contradiction, conceals itself in the narrow by lanes of the city and houses that strata of the society, whose existence is a reality check for those residing behind the glazed glass world of corporate India.
Welcome to the dark side of Gurgaon- where hygiene is a myth; where education is a long forgotten dream and where the only pets that a child can have are sewer-water-drenched pigs. It is as if, when ‘development’ descended on the city, it decided to take a detour past these parts and never gave them a second look. Slowly, these areas of the city became more and more neglected and have now come to represent the ‘slums’ of the city. These slums were losing pace with the rest of the society and there was no impetus from anywhere what so ever to change the situation.
It is with this idea of ‘Change’ that a group of young professionals conceived the idea of LEU Foundation- Learn, Empower, Uplift. The objective of LEU is to empower the under privileged, residing in the suburbs of the city, with education and employment opportunities. The organization aims to encourage the poor to build their own standing in the society by being educationally sound and financially independent.
The biggest detrimental factor in bringing about any change for the betterment, is lack of education. With this challenge in mind, LEU focuses on educating the young children living in these suburbs. Basic education to the next generation can help build the society, eradicate prejudices and inculcate in the children a sense of self esteem. Our endeavors are truly directed in the very name of our organization- Learn, Empower, Uplift.
Environmental Awareness Program
The HSBC Corporate Sustainability Team organized an Environmental Awareness Program on 28th May 2010 with 160 students, studying at the Bal Shiksha Kendra (BSK), a day school setup in a well populated slum in Sector 54, Gurgaon by the L.E.U. Foundation (Learn Empower Uplift). The Corporate sustainability team got an overwhelming response from the employees at GFC Gurgaon, with more than 30 people volunteering for the cause.
Annual Day 2010
ANNUAL DAY CELEBRATIONS AT BAL SHIKSHA KENDRAWhat started as a small endeavour towards community building brought about an enormous change in this span of one year which has been pretty much rewarding and fulfilling. Yes, we at Bal Shiksha Kendra, LEU celebrated the completion of one year of its foundation on April 1, 2010.
Far, far in the unchartered areas of Gurgaon ,when i first stepped in BAL SHIKSHA KENDRA, my bag was full of mixed emotions .Little did i realize that my association with LEU would make me far more enriched in terms of experience and it would leave me wanting for more.
The Helping Hands Team of dunnhumby organized a “Summer Day” at Bal Shiksha Kendra, a day school setup in a well populated slum in Sector 54, Gurgaon by the L.E.U. Foundation (Learn Empower Uplift),on 19 June 2010. This was the second event this year which was organized as a part of increasing employee connections. Our volunteers who extended their helping hands to get a smile on the face of those little kids, who gathered that day from the slum area, reached the venue at 10 AM and it was in
The Neighbourhood Project, students social body of NSIT in association with LEU foundation(Learn Empower Uplift), a registered NGO based in NCR organised Kriti, a fest for children from various NGOs on 17th April in the NSIT campus.
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