Volunteers Transform Lives in India at the Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam Learning Center

Shekhar Verma
May 28, 2024
A group of women and children stand while healthcare volunteers, seated with paperwork and pens, engage with them in an outdoor setting near a brick wall and tree at the Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam Learning Center in India.

Volunteers teaching children at the Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam learning center in India.

In the bustling streets of Karawal Nagar, amidst the challenges of poverty and limited resources, a beacon of hope shines bright for the children of the community. For the past year and a half, the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) India has been running the Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (VK) Learning Center, a sanctuary of education and enrichment for the young minds of the slum area.

Established with a vision to provide holistic education, the center focuses on academic learning and integrates activity games and sports into its curriculum. These kids were taught for a year and a half in the center to bridge the gap and prepare them for formal schooling. Children found a nurturing environment at the center where learning is not just confined to textbooks but extends to the playground and beyond.

The ethos of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, meaning ‘the world is one family,’ underlines every aspect of the center’s operation. Here, children from diverse backgrounds come together, transcending social and economic barriers, to learn, play, and grow. Through collaborative activities and shared experiences, the center fosters a sense of unity and belonging among its young learners.

A group of children sitting on a blue sheet outdoors, eating food from small plates provided by volunteers. They are in an area surrounded by brick walls, part of a vibrant learning center in India.

Children at the Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam learning center.

On April 12, 2024, a momentous occasion marked another milestone in the journey of GPF India and the children it serves. Forty eager faces, representing dreams as vast as the sky, were enrolled in MCD Primary School, a testament to the dedication and impact of the Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam Learning Center. The doors to formal education have been opened for these children, paving the way for a brighter future filled with opportunities.

The success of GPF India’s initiative lies in the number of children admitted to school and the transformation it brings to their lives. Beyond academic knowledge, the center instills values of resilience, empathy, and determination, preparing its students to navigate life’s challenges with confidence and compassion.

As the sun sets on another day in Karawal Nagar, the echoes of laughter and the cheers of children engaged in play reverberate through the streets. In the heart of this vibrant community, the VK Learning Center stands tall as a symbol of hope, resilience, and the boundless potential of every child, regardless of their circumstances. Education and empowerment continue to illuminate the path towards a brighter tomorrow, one child at a time.

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