Asha Deep Vidyashram, a school running under the auspices of the NGO, "Hope and Joy Society for the Underprivileged," was started in February 2004 with the purpose of providing education to underprivileged children in the city of Varanasi, India. The name of our school translates loosely as Lamp of Hope School.
Our aim is to give children a chance to break free from the cycle of poverty by providing a quality education in a loving environment, enabling them to live with dignity and respect.
At present we have about 230 children ranging from 5-15 years old and twelve teachers who, apart from teaching regular academics, look after the mental, physical, and social development of the children in classes from kindergarten through 7th grade. We plan to add a class every year until we have classes all the way through 12th grade.
At the moment, the school operates in a rented building and is entirely funded by donations from private individuals. Our running costs are about Rs. 500/US $12 per student per month or about Rs. 1,20,000/US $2750 total per month. Volunteers contribute by teaching and spending time with the children.