Millions of children in India lack access to basic education. While a number of education schemes and
policies are in place, including the Fundamental Right to Education that guarantees free and quality
education for children between 6 to 14 years of age, and additional benefits of mid-day meals,
scholarships, etc., the results tell a different story. This has eventually made education for
underprivileged children a hot topic for eons and remains so to date. The discussion includes ways to
transform the education sector and make basic education, at the very least, available to all.
Clearly, we have a lot of questions to get answers to and as a concerned citizen if you wish to do
something for the children of your country, now is the time. Here are a few ways one can explore when
planning to help street children get access to education.
1. Become a Volunteer
The best way to become a helping hand is to volunteer. Try finding children in your locality or nearby
areas and tutor them in reading, writing, pronunciation, etc. Start with the basics of important subjects
like Mathematics, Science, English, and Hindi and gradually move towards their skill development. To be
able to do this effectively, you can partner with local school teachers or boards to organize an extra class
for such children, either inside the school or outside. Some volunteers even teach children at their
respective homes. You should aim to help underprivileged children fulfill their basic needs so they
become contributing members of society once they grow up.
2. Organize Fundraisers
A great way on how to get donations for education is to organize charitable events and fundraisers.
Such events are a thing of today as more and more people are getting aware of social welfare activities.
To ensure success here, one needs to clearly put forward the agenda of the fundraiser or charitable
event to be able to gather like-minded people who will not only agree to donate but also understand its
importance and related challenges. Also, such events are not a one-time affair as people meet,
understand each other's perspectives and continue to donate for the causes they are passionate about.
3. Donation Drive
Why only donate money when you can also directly help fulfill the essential needs of underprivileged
children. In the case where you need donations for education, one can become an individual volunteer
as well as organize donation drives to arrange essentials like school uniforms, books, stationery, and
even mid-day meals. This way you will also inspire others, allowing them to contribute to the cause and
spread kindness. Furthermore, your donation does not limit to these essentials as there are other
aspects of a poverty-stricken life such as health and wellbeing that can impact their education. Hence,
you can go the extra mile to sponsor their healthcare, daily meals, clothing, shoes, and more.
4. Contact Local NGOs
In addition to fundraising and volunteering, one way on how to get donations for education is to reach
out to the local communities and charitable organizations that are dedicated to the cause you are
working for. Find a trusted nonprofit organization, inform them that you are willing to help
underprivileged children who need donations for education and allow them to guide you. A trusted
charitable organization with a stronghold in your locality or region can help you broaden your reach
both in terms of the number of children you are helping and the contribution you make. One of the key
benefits of donating to nonprofit organizations is that they ensure your help reaches the right child at
the right time.
5. Start Your Own NGO
One can always start his or her own community or charitable organization by partnering with like-
minded people. This brings along similar benefits of donating to a non-profit organization as you have a
team of people to enhance the reach and better serve the community. While setting up your own
charitable organization is a lengthy and time taking process, it is going to give you immense satisfaction
once settled. To make things easier and less stressful, you can start with a small team and target a small
area and gradually expand with time and experience.
6. Sponsor A Child
Sponsoring a child is slightly different from individual volunteering where you are single-handedly
helping a group of children with their education. Here, you are adopting a child to help ensure the
fundamental right to education for them. Though the child will not stay at your place, you will be
responsible for his or her education right from the basics, including admission, books, uniform, food
clothing, and other essentials to higher education. This all-round support will help the child become a
contributing member of society and live a quality life with his or her family. So basically, you are not just
sponsoring a child’s education, you are helping an entire family.
No effort is too small or big to take. Do your bit today and inspire others.
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