Support the holistic development of a child by Purkal Youth Development Society

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Every monthly donation helps educate more kids like Sonali

PYDS believes in the adage that education does not come books alone. Sonali came to PYDS as a 9-year-old. Even though her family is very poor and lives in a remote village, she had a great deal of potential.

She had little understanding of her cultural heritage, the wider world and had missed out on important lessons like teamwork. In PYDS, Sonali was introduced to sports and arts. Unsure at first, she soon learned to play badminton and basketball and is now a proud member of her team. She has also developed a great interest in Kathak and dances with grace. She is now a regular in all school events.

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About The Program

What the beneficiary gets
Holistic Development
What you get
Tax Exemption
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Program Description

PYDS feels that cultural identity is important in giving a child a long-term sense of stability and place. PYDS works on this through many activities. Cultural activities include nature hikes, classical music shows, Kathak dance classes and Yoga. Children participate in off-campus activities which have included places like Indian Military Academy, Forest Research Institute, Institute of Himalayan Geology, Wildlife Bird Sanctuary, and Agricultural farms.

An annual day is hosted to foster a sense of community and showcase the children's talents. They are given guidance to perform in front of an audience. Children are awarded for achievements to encourage them. Parents are invited to the monthly events so they can be proud of their child's development.

This program is run with donations received which cover the salary of teachers for activities, musical instruments, and cost of off-campus activities. Your donation will cover the cost of holistic learning of a child.

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About The NGO

Purkal Youth Development Society
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Purkal Youth Development Society

Purkal Youth Development Society came into existence when Mr Swamy noticed gaping lacunae that existed in the rural community in terms of youth employability. The youth in that area lacked opportunities, motivation, and determination to move forth. Thus, PYDS came into being.

Located in village Purkal, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, Purkal Youth Development Society (PYDS) provides quality education and holistic care through a CBSE affiliated school, from Grade I to XII to children (predominantly girls) with potential, from deeply needy and underprivileged families. This is done through a combination of high-quality academics, adequate nutrition, comprehensive health care, and full exposure to co-curricular areas, at no cost to the families. Their ultimate objective is to prepare the students for adequate employability. The parents/guardians of these students are mostly illiterate or semi-literate employed as marginal farmers, domestic helpers, farmers, drivers and watchmen. We give preference to children of needy, single mothers.

For its work, the Society has been awarded numerous times. Some of these prestigious awards include Spirit of Humanity Annual Award, Life Time Achievement SABERA Award, International Social Impact Award, India NGO Awards. In its journey, the Society has impacted 839 beneficiaries, out of which 114 are adequately employed in varied fields and 161 are pursuing further education.

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Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

G K Swamy

areas of operation
Area of Operation
Area of Operation

Mid-day Meals | education

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Location of Work
Location of Work


Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2015: The founder of the Society Mr. G.K Swamy won the INST Radhakrishnan Award 2015 for outstanding contribution in the field of Education

2018: Most Promising Programme Award for providing “not just education” by CauseBecause 2018

2015: In 2015, founder of the Society Mr. G.K. Swamy was awarded the National Gold Karmaveer Chakra 2014-15 Award and the TVAM Karmaveer Chakra Award

2016: Winner of India NGO Awards 2016

2019: Regional Winner of 10th Spirit of Humanity Annual Award by Americares India Foundation for creating tangible Social Impact.

2019: Life Time Achievement SABERA Award to our Founder, Mr. G.K. Swamy

2019: Nation Builder’s Award 2019 by Rotary Club Doon Shivalik Hills

2019: Extraordinary Educator National Award 2019 by Mind Mingle at New Delhi

2019: TOI’s VIth Brand Icon Award 2019 to Founder Mr. G.K Swamy

2019: Innovations & Experimentations in Education 2019 by Old Pro Foundation

2011: Regional Finalist in India NGO Awards 2011 for transparency and accountability. This is an award given to NGOs having best governance policies and transparency

2017: The Teacher Warrior Award by ScooNews 2017

2017: Winner of International Social Impact Awards 2017

last audited
Last Audited
Last Audited by GiveIndia

December 2018

Verification Visit Reports
Verification Visit Reports

Verification Report 1

Verification Report 2

Program Updates

Program Updates

30 September, 2021

Building Momentum with Holistic Growth and Distance Learning Initiatives


This program benefits the students of PYDS Learning Academy situated in village Purkal on the outskirts of Dehradun. We can confidently point to the significant improvement in the attendance and engagement levels of our students as we keep building momentum with our distance-learning initiatives. For the first quarter of this academic term, the average attendance from April to June is 83.5%. The positive consequence of this has been enhanced by the increased levels of engagement that we have been witnessing. The students’ learning curve has steepened as they participated in several curricular and cocurricular activities conducted online. It was gratifying for us and students to learn the government directives on the reopening of schools as they were patiently waiting to meet their teachers and friends in person. Several sessions, organized from 30th April to 1st March 2021, ended the long wait for on-campus activities. These multifaceted activities conducted by the co-scholastic department served as a respite after the examinations and helped instil a sense of true belonging in them.

23 March, 2021

Keeping our mission strong even during the crisis



We have been able to function reasonably well despite the severe constraints imposed on us (as on everyone else) by the pandemic. We have been able to keep our scholastic, co-scholastic and administrative pursuits going and credit these to our timely planning and focused execution and sheer enthusiasm for learning amongst our children. During this lockdown, students utilized their time to develop new skills or explore hidden talents; be it crafting earrings with rice grains, baking or learning calligraphy. This crisis has given an opportunity to our children to learn new skills, develop compassion and resilience while working to build a safer and more caring community. Our students designed Protective Face Shield and Foot Operated Hand Sanitizer Dispenser – designed by Dev Verma class 8(A) using PVC pipe. One of our students built Running Toy Horse using a syringe and cardboard. The toy-horse uses the principles of fluid pressure (hydraulics). It was part of a school project assigned to her. In order to brace our students for one of the chapters, on the life of the Shehnai Maestro Bismillah Khan, students of class IX were given the task to produce music at their homes with anything at their disposal. One of our students of class IX exercised her mind on how to use waste wood at her home and came up with a brilliant idea of making a Wooden Badminton Racket out of it. We constantly try to develop the habit of ‘reusing waste resources’ in our children. Learning about her effort was a satisfactory and proud moment for us. Few of our students are on their way to be recognised by International Award for Young People (IAYP), in their chosen skillsets. We feel proud to raise students which fulfil the ultimate mission of our organisation: grow the underprivileged children of Uttarakhand into sensitive, healthy, intelligent and contributing members of society.

5 July, 2020

Our holistic care goes much beyond holistic care


Our holistic care goes much beyond holistic care

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Apart from academic growth, our support extends to the physical, emotional, social and intellectual care of the child. In January, our girls won the Khel Mahakumbh U-17 State Level Volleyball Tournament. One of our students played the U-14 State Level Volleyball Tournament where her team won the Silver Medal. Ashita Penouli from class 8(A) has been selected for the National under 14 team. She would be going shortly to Lucknow to play in the finals. Our boys’ and girls’ Basketball team competed in the under 14 Basketball Competition. Our girls’ team was the runner up team while the boys’ team secured 3rd position. Lots of activities were undertaken in the Tinkering Lab, a learner's space where our students love to spend their time. They've been working on something or the other since its commencement in 2018. During the last quarter, some teams were assigned a task of creating Robo-Cars which pitted against each other. Our comprehensive medical care ensured the well being of every student. Medical clubs were weekly held for preventive health measures. Some volunteers from Griffith University took a session on oral hygiene. Like the medical club, several other hobby-specific-clubs were also held. These clubs help students hone the skills for which they have a flair. This New Year 2020 began with a memorable trip to Gujarat where a group of 56 (50 students and 6 teachers) experienced the rich Gujarati history, heritage, and culture. The Pushkin Chandra Memorial Competition was organised on 17th February. This competition entails Story Narration and Poem Recitation in both English and Hindi by the students of classes 1-5. It was instituted by Mr. Anil Chandra in the memory of his son Pushkin and has been held every year since 2012.

22 July, 2019


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This quarter children participated in off-campus activities which included visit to places like Science Park, FRI, Asan Barrage, and Agricultural farms. Tinkering lab increased innovation and creation in students. Students had made several projects where they achieved many prices. Three students of class 9 won the Enhanced Level First Prize in IMPACT Project of the Year 2019 competition held by SRJNA, Delhi, in the project - Campus Map for the Blind. New equipment were added in tinkering lab. The students even participated in several competitions conducted in different schools for essay, quiz, and sports competitions where students even achieved medals. Students received certificate and trophy in All India Essay Writing Competition. The Pushkin Chandra Memorial Competition conducted on 19 & 21st Feb. witnessed heart-warming participation in story-telling and poetry-recitation from classes 1 to 5. Many more such activities are planned for students in their new session.

Story from the field

In January 2019, Riya is at the Mary Kom Boxing Academy, Imphal, Manipur, watching with tears in her eyes, her code number come up among the selected for training at the prestigious institute built by the National Sports Development Fund. Riya’s mother’s journey to hell ended when she decided that domestic violence should not win. Married to an abusive drunkard man, she walked out of the relationship and struggled to bring up the three children. Riya, being the youngest, enjoyed sports at Children’s Academy. Playing at the Parade Ground, Dehradun, she built her positive mental attitude, social skills, healthy living habits and physical trait of coordination and strength.

Fun of Judo and the martial arts, experimenting with their techniques, different grips, grappling styles and the judo sparing enthralled her. Mentorship of Mr. Patwal, her sports teacher at PYDS did wonders for her. A boxer himself, inspired and motivated her, planted the seed of a boxing career in her and helped her grow her dream. She excelled in Volleyball and Basketball, apart from using her Saturday club time to learn the nuances of Body punches, hook, jab and the knock out. Knowing that there are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going and that education is the key to success, she is a good student as well.

Her Silver Medal for the Boxing at the Maha Kumbh was the final spur to her decision to pursue boxing. To choose Mary Kom was her Principal Harwant Singh who proposed it.

Selections for the National trials at Maharana Pratap Sports College in Raipur, Dehradun, representing Uttarakhand and winning two rounds, were the stimuli that propelled her into the competition for admission. Arvind of the placement cell, the financial support garnered by PYDS from its friends made the rest happen. She joined the academy on 6th April, 2019 and is training hard to achieve her dreams.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19? 531
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date 69
Village/City/State where project is located Uttarakhand
Total Budget for the project for FY18-19 4426785
Total Expenses for the project YTD 3660886