A social welfare organisation wedded to the cause of socially, educationally, culturally and to an extent economically empowering the children of the nearby slums, economically deprived classes and from the down trodden echelons of the society celebrated Deepawali symbolising environment conservation by flowers and lightening of earthern lamps the DIYAS in their premises situated at Vasundhara amid the pivotal presence of writers, social activists, former bureaucrats and family members on 18th October on Choti Deepawali.
The children associated with Sarthak Prayas NGO run by Umesh Pant and his trusted colleagues gathered in the precints on a day before Deepawali and exchanged pleasentaries greeting happy Deepawali to each other and lightening of lamps including narrating their mutual experiences. They presented flowers to each others and guests present on these occasion and sought the blessings of their teachers and elders. Sarthak prayas is a dedicated NGO tirelessly working to empower poor and hapless students through imparting free education and social knowledge.
A library comprising of lot number of books donated to them on various subjects is used by the children to enhance their educative knowledge on different subjects and to inculcate in students the habit of reading and keeping them informed about the developments happening around them. A selfless organisation under the able guidance and leadership of Umesh Pant had also been extremely active during the tragic Uttarakhand disaster and in the aftermath by visiting the natural calamity hit villages into the interiors of the Kedarnath valley and delivering material and medicinal support to the disaster victims.
They very often visit the affected villages and try to provide them substantial help in kind as per their limited capacity and calibre as well as commitment towards the cause. On 18th October Sarthak Prayas celebrated environment friendly Deepawali with 40 children of the slums and their families at their precincts at Vasundhara, Ghaziabad.. Sweets were distributed alongwith merry making with the children on this pious occasion.Those who participated in this modest Deepawali festival at Sarthak Prayas were Umesh Pant, Eminent literateur Prem Pal Sharma, Sr journalist Charu Tiwari, Theatre activist Manoj Chandola, Hansa Amola, Girish, Kusum, Renuka, and Shitiz etc.
Everybody blessed the children and lauded the outstanding efforts of Sarthak Prayas to empower the economically deprived students educationally in order to make them better and well equipped citizens of the country in the near future. Uttarakhand Journalists Forum appreciates the laudable gesture and dedicated commitment of Sarthak Prayas who with limited resources is doing an exemplary job for uplifting the living and literacy standard of the unprivileged children of the society. Happy Diwali to Sarthak Prayas.
SUNIL NEGI, PRESIDENT, UTTARAKHAND JOURNALISTS FORUM