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Education is so important to each one of us. There are so many children who cannot go to school because of the financial issues they are going through. With all of these difficulties and problems, there is always a silver lining. This is a story of a former journalist who worked extra hours to help the underprivileged children to read and write. Dinesh Kumar Gautam who was Born in Gubhana village of Jhajjar district in Haryana faced a lot of financial difficulties when he was still studying in school. Dinesh never forgot the difficult times even after becoming a successful journalist. With all the ups and downs of his life, he decided to start a school for the deprived children when he was a teenager.
I had the similar experience with the children I work for now, once in my childhood days. And that is what triggered the decision to start something for the children from underprivileged backgrounds. Its easy to complain about the inefficiencies of the government for everything but citizens like us also need to chip in at an individual level, says Dinesh. Its true that when we the educated ones learn the importance of education its our duty to help and teach the underprivileged people.
Dinesh finished his schooling from Najafgarh area and then went on to secure a diploma in Journalism from National Institute of mass communication, Delhi. After finishing his diploma, he got a job with a Hindi newspaper in the districts of Rajasthan. There he saw that few children werent getting any education so he established a free middle school in rural Rajasthan New Delhi Education Society in 1998.
He set up most of the infrastructure, furniture and the types of equipment required for the school with the help of donations. With 187 children joining the school, he managed between the school and his job as a journalist in 2003. Soon the school was recognised by the government but had to be closed down in 2003 because Dinesh shifted to Ahmedabad to start his family life. In 2005 he got a job in Delhi, to work in the field of marketing in a multinational company.
Dinesh became more interested in teaching the underprivileged children so he started to work extra hours each day and gave a proper structure to the school in the form of an NGO Drishti Foundations, which is named after his daughter. He says that he wanted to remove the discrimination against girls and wanted to break the taboo by naming the organisation after her.
They organise free dental camps in five states Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana and Uttarakhand and also has started a clinic in Gurgaon. After working with 15000 children, Dinesh is planning to start Mobishala to teach the underprivileged backgrounds how to use the technology.
Memories of my family struggling with financial crises is what drives me in this field of work each day. Change can happen in the long run with these small steps we take in the present, he concludes.