In 2003 Chandra Mohini Chaturvedi and her daughter Amrita Chaturvedi started to teach a few impoverished neighbourhood children for an hour each day. When they realized that an hour a day would not be enough, they decided to send the children to a school for an education that would help them in the long run. Unfortunately, in the school they attended, they were ignored, beaten and shamed—mostly because they were poor. That is when Amrita decided to start an organization with a school specifically designed to meet the needs of poor children. This was the beginning of Hope and Joy Society for the Underprivileged and Asha Deep Vidyashram.
The initial concerns that prompted the opening of our school remain the driving force behind everything we do.
- We believe every child deserves to have a good education.
- We create a happy place where the children like to come and
- Each child is treated with respect and love.
- The good qualities and talents of each child are recognized
- Discipline is not administered out of anger, but out of concern for
In order for our students to break the cycle of poverty, they need something that will set them apart. They must be more than puppets that can copy: they need to know how to think, ask questions, and find answers. They need an education that will enable them to change not only their personal life situation, but also the environment in which they live. We don’t want to help these children to get by; we want them to excel, to stand out like little lamps.
Along with academic and basic life skills we promote self-respect; personal disciplines such as generosity, patience, and perseverance; a sincere desire to treat others with respect and kindness; healthy means of conflict resolution; and concern for local as well as environmental and international affairs.