Vidya & Child works with the mission of helping bridge the gap for those children who need education but have no access to the facilities for learning.
The organisation works toward providing a learning environment which can lead to a strong educational foundation as well as help a child in identifying the uniqueness within themselves. The organisation caters to 1500+ children across 4 centres in Noida and 1 in Siwan, Bihar.
Vidya & Child started its activities by supporting the education of 2 children of domestic servants. Both performed exceptionally in their classes. This reinforced the belief that given the right atmosphere and opportunity all children can excel despite their background and challenges.
Ms Supriya Akhaury, a qualified Chartered Accountant, left her practice in 1998 to start Vidya & Child with just 2 children. Today after 19 years, Vidya & Child reaches out to over 1600+ children. This would not have been possible without her passion and commitment towards her chosen cause.
The organisation caters to children from Nursery to Class XII & beyond. Most of the children are first generation learners and have parents who work as domestic servants, rickshaw pullers, industrial workers, plumbers & street vendors.
Vidya & Child offers a holistic approach through intensive Life Skills and Arts & Performing Arts along with academic, financial & mentoring support.
No of children in After School Support Programme - 217
No of children in NIOS Programme - 72
No of children in School Programme - 1150
No of children in Life Skills Programme - 1600
No of children in Foundation Programme - 128
No of children in APA Programme -1400
According to Supriya, Vidya & Child is an opportunity for every child to complete school education within the mainstream, understand his or her own self, to be able to overcome challenges, and be helped in understanding what his/her creative strengths are, all of which ensures that each child carves out a more meaningful life for himself or herself.