VIDYA is an NGO that empowers communities through an integrated approach by helping vulnerable members – youth, women and children- transform through education. Driven by the dictum “Empowering one, empowers the other” VIDYA envisions an India where every child gets an education, every youth an opportunity to succeed, and every woman the right to equality. With nationally-recognised programmes like remedial education, computer training, adult literacy, skills training, microfinance, and social entrepreneurship, the organisation believes in working with people at an individual level.
Programs are offered in three major cities across India, in some of the poorest neighborhoods of Delhi, Haryana, Mumbai, and Bangalore. The team comprises 350 people including local and foreign volunteers, teachers and staff and a large circle of committed friends, donors and well-wishers. We've impacted more than 3,50,000 people over 33 years. The organization continues to run with fire in her belly, to educate, empower and transform India.
Today, at Chikkaballapur, VIDYA achieved yet another milestone by inaugurating our very own VIDYA School Bangalore at the DRIK Viveka campus, with 60 children from 10 villages enrolled in Nursery, LKG and UKG We take this opportunity to thank Anita Reddy and her team, the volunteers and everyone who made this dream come true! It was an overwhelming response and we hope and pray that VIDYA school will transform the lives of the children and the parents!
This school is VIDYA Bangalore’s newest and most ambitious program, and it’s VIDYA’s first project set in a rural area. The school takes inspiration from our award-winning VIDYA school in Gurugram, and aims to become a premier institution for the empowerment and education of less privileged communities in the area.
VIDYA’s Mandira Margam was buzzing with a number of activities conducted for the young children of VIDYA School Gurugram. It was a week of fun-filled cooking activities conducted by our center coordinator, Ms.Charu Sangal. She taught them how to make mouth-watering dishes, such as Oreo balls, Oreo pops, crispy and lip-smacking Bhel Puri, Macaroni and delicious choco walnut fudge brownies. The best part of all these activities was that these dishes are hot favorites with the kids and when they learned the recipes, they were glad that they could try making these at home too.
The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art hosted another art activity for our children from VIDYA’s Okhla Community Center. This Activity was unique, as it focused on the Aboriginal Art Work, originating from Australia.
This art form brings about extraordinarily colorful and bright patterns, alive, on paper. The children drew the patterns and painted the sheets after understanding the intricacies of the art form. The result was amazing, wonderfully colourful, sheets of paper, which the children swayed proudly and displayed their efforts to their instructors. Such activities teach the children as to how they can create wonders on paper with the right guidance.