Amit Ranjan Sinha is an alumnus of Saraswati Shishu Mandir Jashpur Nagar. Although he has studied in the school till 8th standard, yet he feels indebted to his school for everything he does in life. A vision of education for all, which he derived from his school, became the mission of his life.
After completing his B.Tech and M.Tech, Amit joined an engineering college as a lecturer. He taught there for 5 years, but his dream to impart education to poor students led him to quit his high paying job and return to his hometown Jashpur. He started to speak to the local people and formed a group to open a school for poor and needy children from the tribal villages.
“Jashpur district is in Chhattisgarh bordered by Jharkhand and Odisha. Surrounded by hills and lush green fields, over 90% of the populations live in rural areas out of which over 50% are tribal”, mentioned Amit.
When he started his school, 3 years ago, his heart only prayed to give wings to tribal children. Most of the children in his school come from extremely poor backgrounds with hardly any proper access to quality education. The journey to the school from homes is a long one for most children. Their parents, who are either daily wage earners or farmers, have to be counseled about the necessity of education then they have to be convinced to send their children school.
At the beginning of each session, they select 51 students for each class. 10 to 15 children leave school by mid-year. By the end of the year only around 20 children are left in the class. Most of the parents are severely alcoholic. From the start of a day they start to consume alcohol. The children grow up watching this and learn to lead life in a similar manner. Hence they drop out of school. So Amit educates these children about Indian culture and instills in them Indian traditions and the way to live life, which he said he was taught in Vidya Bharati School.
Amit is also associated with Vimla Devi Foundation. He currently serves as the chairman of the organization. Under this organization Amit sponsors 51 underprivileged children for higher studies and runs a free coaching center for needy children.
Besides, the field of education, Amit is also involved with a number of other social services. Every winter he raises money to donate free blankets to aged people. “Last winter we had distributed 530 blankets during an event”, said Amit.
During the Covid-19 lockdown months, last year, Amit and his team distributed ration and food worth 5 lac rupees to migrant workers. “Since then we are continuously providing ration to people in need. We have been raising funds for this work”, mentioned Amit urging people to help those in need around them.
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