Due to covid 19 unrest, all the schools and educational institutes are closed long back. And considering the increasing no. of corona virus cases in Agra, it seems the schools will remain closed for long time. Ek Pahel do not want to disrupt the learning process of 500 underprivileged children that study in Ek Pahel Pathshala, so we started the initiative "Ghar Aayi Pathshala". Under this initiative teachers are preparing videos of lessons which will be shared with the students on their parents' mobiles. Every lesson plan will be followed by assessment. We really wish and pray that this initiative become successful otherwise the long gap in studies may result in high students drop out and loss of interest of these underprivileged children in their studies. But since these children are not so tech savy and in many families there is only one phone amongst 3-4 children so it will be slightly difficult to manage it but "Where there is a will, there is a way". If we continue to get your love and blessings, we will surely succeed. We thank Shabd Mishra Sir from Renaissance eServices Pvt. Ltd. for helping us in this initiative.
For imparting english medium education to all the students, Ek Pahel has obtained English Medium Affiliation under the aegis of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. The school is striving hard to appoint the faculty and provide the facilities to prepare the students at par with the children of other private institutions.
The main motive behind this unique creation is to literate the children who are deprived of education, dwelling in slum areas or the wards of construction labourers. We gather children of slum & children engaged in child labour to conduct a class in local areas for 2 hrs & then the vehicle heads towards its next destination.
Ek Pahel Pathshala with the assistance of Post Office Agra under ‘Sukanya Samrudhi Yojana’ scheme opened bank accounts of 150 girls under 10 years of age. In the program, Advocate Namratra Mishra also educated students about the measures to avoid physical and mental abuse and the difference between good touch bad touch to young girls and boys. Dr. Saroj Prashant made the children aware about the benefits of post office plans. The POSCO complaint box was provided to the students of Ek Pahel by the Head Post Office, in which students can complain about sexual harassment or physical and mental harassment on through the complaint box which will be opened only by the senior officers of the Department of Posts and remedial actions will be taken in time.
Ek Pahel launched Poster of #NOT ME MOVEMENT as part of RUN FOR HER 2019 on February 22nd, 2019. The aim of the movement was to empower girls and women mentally, emotionally and physically so that they do not fall prey to injustice, abuse and violence. Leading iconic women of Agra through their inspiring messages motivated the girls to be strong enough, say no and break the silence when needed and never be victim of any abuse.
Ek Pahel Pathshala framed its first school cabinet on 11th September, 2018. It was the moment of pride and courage for both the school and the students. This was created to ensure strict discipline among the students. Apart from this, this system also helped to reward the most deserving students for their hard work and discipline, thereby also encouraging other students to work harder so that they could the part of the new council in the upcoming session. The cabinet comprises 4 houses: Azad house, Bose house, Bhagat house and Patel house. The installation ceremony of the cabinet was attended by honourable guests CA Gaurav Bansal, CA Alok Agarwal, CA Mohan LalKukreja and Amit Bansal who motivated the students towards their goal to become the leader.
Since polythene is banned by UP Government, Ek Pahel under the project "SWABHIMAAN" started preparing cotton/cloth bags as a replacement of polythene bags in Agra. The team is taking initiative to create awareness regarding use of environment friendly cotton bags under the guidance of Adv. Namrata Mishra and Lions Club of Agra Sapphire. The initiative will solve the dual purpose of making Agra pollution free and providing employment to the needy women. Ek Pahel received first order from Nagar Panchayat, Dayalbagh, Agra.
Ek Pahel in association with Ministry of Labour and Employment Govt. of India opened a new rehabilitation centre cum school for the children engaged in child labour especially those belonging to the minority class. The centre was inaugurated on December 22nd, 2017 by Asst. Labour Commissioner Sher Singh and Mrs. Priyanka Agarwal - President, Sanskriti Women's Welfare Society. Mrs. Aditi Chawla and local Parshad Hari Kumari and Savita Agarwal were the guest of honour.
With the aim to develop interests in studies among the students of Ek Pahel Pathshala, Ek Pahel started e-class on April 6th, 2017. Yamini Gupta - President, Meghna Jain - Secretary and Jyoti Jain - Treasurer of Lions Club of Agra Blossom contributed in the initiative and inaugurated the class.
On the occasion of World Health Day i.e. 7th April, 2016, Ek Pahel launched Ek Pahel Doctor’s Card at Ek Pahel Pathshala. The card was launched by the honourable chief guest of the event Dr. B.S. Yadav, CMO – Agra and guest of honour - Mr. Suresh Chand Agarwal, Director – Tapan Group. The card contains the details of all the doctors who have given their consent to treat the students of Ek Pahel Pathshala free of cost. The details in the card include doctors’ specialty, address and contact number of clinic/hospital and visiting hours. These cards are given to all the students of Ek Pahel Pathshala so that they can visit the doctor with their guardians whenever needed without any difficulty. The launch was followed by a small nukad natak by the students of Ek Pahel Pathshala to sensitize the underprivileged children about the rising need of healthcare. The panels of doctors include prominent doctors of the city - Dr. Gaurav Rajpal, Dr. Amit Saxena, Dr. Arvind Saxena, Dr. L K Garg, Dr. Gaurav Sharma, Dr. Alka Singhal, Dr. Vikrant Singhal, Dr. Pankaj Gupta, Dr. Sanjay Goyal, Dr. Avantee Goyal, Dr. Shivani Chaturvedi, Dr. Manu Sheel Pachori, Dr. Garima Pachori, Dr. Varun Kumar Chaudhary.
Ek Pahel in association with Aashiyana Mahila Samiti (AMS) organised a three kilometre long marathon for raising voice against the injustice done to the girl child. The marathon was flagged off from Hotel Jaypee Palace by the chief guest - Dr. Sangeeta Bhatnagar, President – Akansha Mahila Samiti. Over 450 Agraites participated in the run including students from Prelude Public School, Sumeet Rahul Memorial School, M.P.S., Bhartiya Vidyapeeth, St. Peters School and Ek Pahel as well as youngsters and elderly. The students carried posters with catchy slogans on ‘Save the Girl Child’ and ‘Women Empowerment’. The students of Ek Pahel and GLA University also organised a cultural programme which included nuked natak, skit and rock concert. Mr. Suresh Chand Gupta, Chairman – Bhartiya Vidyapeeth and Mr. Sushil Gupta, Director – Prelude Public School were the guest of honour. Mr. Rajeev Narayan, Joint President – J.P. Hotel gave away the prizes to the winners of the run and Mr. Prem Prashant, President – Dayalabagh Satsang Sabha gave away certificates and prizes to the participants of the cultural program. The program was a great hit and was appreciated by one and all. The entire program was coordinated by Ebha Garg, President –E K Pahel and Shubhangi Bansal, Coordinator under the aegis of Manish Rai, Secretary. Dheeraj Arora, Treasurer welcomed the guests and Ankit Khnadelwal, Vice President presented mementoes to the guests.
Ek Pahel provides one time meal to the students. But earlier there was no proper kitchen where meals could be prepared so with the help of Inner Wheel Club of Agra Royal, Ek Pahel Pathshala was able to make a fully equipped kitchen – ‘Annapurna’. The kitchen was inaugurated by the honorable chief guest of the event - Mrs. Sangeeta Bhatnagar. Students of Ek Pahel Pathshala welcomed the guests with a welcome song followed by a street play on ‘Women Empowerment’. Dheeraj Arora, Treasurer – Ek Pahel welcomed the guests with a bouquet, Ebha Garg, President coordinated the event, Ankit Khandelwal, Vice President – presented the mementoes to the guests and Manish Rai, Secretary gave vote of thanks. Devyani Fauzdar, President – Inner Wheel Cub, Roli Sinha, Secretary- Inner Wheel Cub, Manju Jain, Past District Chairman, and other members of Inner Wheel Club including Archana Gupta, Mili, Pooja Bhatia, Reema were present at the inauguration.
EkPahel B.R. Memorial Welfare Society inaugurated the weeklong awareness drive in the support of Stop Acid Attack NGO through a 20 minutes (nukad natak) street play on January 30th, 2015 at Agra College. The play done by the students of Ek Pahel Pathshala highlighted the atrocities faced by women in the Indian society such as female foeticide, gender discrimination, dowry system, stalking and lewd comments on girls. They also showed how one can easily buy a bottle of acid despite a ban by the Supreme Court on its unregulated sale. These students were trained for a month and a half by Jay Prakash, Director –Rangsaaj Kala and Sanskriti Sansthan. The students put across their messages to the onlookers in a simple yet impactful manner. Dr. Manoj Kumar Rawat, Principal – Agra College congratulated Ek Pahel team for this much needed awareness campaign. Acid attack survivors Ritu, Neetu, Geeta and Doli were also present at the occasion. Second street play as part of weeklong awareness drive in the support of Stop Acid Attack campaign was done by the students of EkPahel Pathshala on January 31st, 2015 at Sadar Bazar, Agra.Through the play the students also pleaded with the onlookers to stop acid attack and stop unregulated acid sale. This weeklong campaign continued with street plays in Sanjay Place, Dayalbagh, Kamla Nagar and Khandari.
Legal counseling session was organized at Ek Pahel Pathshala for the needy and underprivileged women of Agra on 1st November, 2014. 4 women of nearby localities came for counseling and assistance. Mr. H.S. Mathur, Mr. Devendra Bajpai, Mrs. Saroj Prashant, President - Ashiana Mahila Samiti, Mrs. Deepti Dayal, President - Inner Wheel Club of Agra, Mrs. Neelu Dhakre and Ebha Garg, President - Ek Pahel were present as advisors of the legal cell. One of the teachers from Model school Agra who was fired from the school without any reason and notice came for assistance. Another lady Geeta who was forced to leave her husband’s house by her in laws came for legal help. She told that even police did not file her report. These ladies were given necessary legal assistance.
With the aim to focus on the overall development of students at Prakashpunj, Ek Pahel team initiated computer classes for the students from January 6th, 2011. The students would be taught computer fundamentals along with the regular curriculum. This initiative would give the students a fair chance to acquire IT skills and knowledge, necessary to keep pace with the fast emerging world where all students are required to have sound IT knowledge.
Ek Pahel B.R. Memorial Welfare Society in association with Ashiana Mahila Samiti started ‘Nirbhaya’ - 3 month stitching and beautician camp for poor and needy women. The camp was inaugurated by Dr. Ranjana Bansal. The aim of the camp was to provide employment opportunities to women through skill development. More than 100 girls/women were registered for the courses. Founder of Ashiana Mahila Samiti – Mrs. Sharda Gupta and President – Mrs. Saroj Prashant and many other members of Ashiana Mahila Samiti participated to make the event successful.
On 8th February, 2013, Mrs. Carole Young – International President and Mrs. Sarita Lunani-Association President of Inner Wheel Club inaugurated physical classrooms of Ek Pahel Pathshala. Members of Inner Wheel Club of Agra and Inner Wheel Club of Agra Royal were present at the occasion. The students at Ek Pahel Pathshala welcomed the guest with a welcome speech and gave various dance performances to express their gratitude towards the club. Mrs. Deepti Dayal from Inner Wheel Club of Agra co-ordinated the entire programme.
Ek Pahel organised a summer camp themed “Pratibha Darpan” for the students of Ek Pahel Pathshala on 19th May, 2012. The objective of the camp was to explore the hidden talent of the students and teach them creative things. The camp was inaugurated by Ln. Jitendra Singh Chauhan – Governor Lions Club. The camp hosted a lot of classes including drawing, glass painting, flower making, handicraft items and mehendi. Mrs. Saroj Bhargava – President Lalit Kala Sansthan was present at the event to motivate the students to hone their creative skills. The students were excited with the thought that they will learn new things.
Ek Pahel performed street plays to spread awareness against the social malpractices prevailing in the society. On November 29th, 2011, Mrs. Saroj Prashant, General Secretary - Akhil Bhartiya Mahila Parishad, invited Ek Pahel team to perform a street play against “Female Foeticide” in Bapu Nagar (slum area), near Transport Nagar. The play led by ek pahel students effectively conveyed the intended message to the public.
Ek Pahel organized a family planning campaign with the theme “Niyojit Parivar, Khushaal Aangan”, on April 4th, 2010, at Hari Om Seva Sadan, Dayalbagh, Agra. Virendra Kanwar, Chairman – Swabhiman trust was the chief guest of the event. The event commenced with a skit emphasizing the alarming need of small families, to around 100 poor couples residing at Khel Gaon and nearby localities. This was followed by consultancy on family planning methods by Suman Katara and Sunita Pasreja, family planning trainers from Dimpa and Sathiya association, who made use of audio-video to explain ways and advantages of family planning. The names of all those women who wanted to undergo voluntary sterilization were registered during the event and were later operated by the eminent doctors of Ojas hospital, Agra. The event concluded with distribution of sarees and tiffins to the couples.
Ek Pahel organized health camp for children at Hari Om Seva Sadan, 100 ft. road, Dayalbagh on January 10th, 2010. The camp commenced with a nukad natak showcasing the importance of health and hygiene. Eminent child specialists of Agra, Dr. V.K. Rajpal and Dr. Pankaj Kapoor performed complete health check up of around 60 underprivileged children residing at Dayalbagh 100ft. road. The children suspected with major health problems were advised appropriate pathological diagnosis while others were given proper medication. All the children were issued health cards so that their health progress can be tracked with time. Mrs. Anjula Mauhar, Mayor – Agra, graced the occasion with her presence and encouraged Ek Pahel team for the good work.
Ek Pahel – B.R. Memorial Welfare Society is an Indian Non-Governmental Organisation, set up with the vision to illumine the future of underprivileged children and women of India. It was founded on 2nd December 2009 (under Societies Registration Act, 1860 with registration no. 1539) by a team of youngsters in Agra who had the zeal to transform the lives of the less fortunate.
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