VIDYA North Zone

Education is the prime way through which the underprivileged can escape the vicious cycle of poverty.

With 34 million residents, Delhi is the world’s second most populous city. It is the capital city of India, and as one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, it boasts of a unique history and culture. Nonetheless the city also includes over a hundred villages within its administrative borders. Large slums were created when people from the hinterland migrated to the city, which was not prepared for such an influx of people. 

On the other hand, two decades ago, Gurugram, so-called “Millenium City” now, near Delhi, was just farmland. Now it is the centre of India’s outsourcing goldrush. And it’s thinking even bigger. The farmers’ and the migrant workers children in dusty villages and communities no longer want to work the land. For them, software engineering is the new occupation of choice.

While these communities are largely unlettered, they are determined and hardworking. Given good education and the right facilities, they dream their children are also capable of achieving anything. The dream is not as far-fetched as it seems. 

VIDYA has been helping these communities as an NGO for four decades. We believe that they can be empowered to become models for sustainability and prosperity to the rest of the country.

How VIDYA reforms education for the underprivileged children?

Learning from Fundamentals

The key to reforming education for the underprivileged lies in first going back to basics. Understanding the term ‘underprivileged’ and comprehending the socio-economic background of the underprivileged is an absolute necessity.

Free education, along with a mid-day meal is not enough to make education attractive.

These children yearn to learn. Through a combination of informal education, skill development, co-curricular activities and regular meals, these children can build a solid foundation and can then merge into formal systems of education.

It is only by covering multiple verticals that the underprivileged can be aided.

Sustainability is not an option or a choice any more, it is the basis of survival of life itself.

VIDYA Leading the Way on 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goal #3

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
VIDYA equips children, their parents and nearby communities of all age groups with the knowledge, skills and means to maintain their overall health.

Sustainable Development Goal #4

Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
VIDYA works to improve the quality of education in India with our mission educate, empower and transform. For the past 35 years, we focus on holistic learning to all our beneficiaries (children, youth and women) and highly supports girls and women to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond.

Sustainable Development Goal #5

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Educating and empowering girls has always been a priority at VIDYA and empowering women by equipping them with knowledge and skills through literacy and vocational training programs that enables self awareness, self reliance and economic freedom. Our experience has shown us that, when women with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities to overcome poverty, marginalisation and social injustice.


VIDYA School (Gurugram)

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Bal Vihar Primary School (NUR-V), New Delhi

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Margam Program

An entrepreneurship initiative during the last 4 months of the training course. VIDYA's Margam initiative trains women to design, develop, produce & sell handcrafted products.

Sanskriti Program

This program will be conducted in partnership with renowned artists. The program will benefit both privileged and underprivileged children; contributing to their learning.

COVID Initiative

During the lockdown period, we reached out to our beneficiaries sharing appropriate information, authentic news and available helplines.

Mali Foundation

Mali Vidya through the Bhagini Women Empowerment program helps underprivileged young girls and economically challenged women to sustain themselves.

VIDYA Centre of Excellence​

The activities of Vidya at the grassroots level work with the mantra of “Educate. Empower. Transform”. The purpose of this centre is to provide high-quality education to students.

Vidya South Bangalore

The overwhelming response, the never say die attitude of the women, their immense thirst to learn got us thinking of a dedicated space and center of learning in South Bangalore.