Ruchika

ExcellenceIn Education


In the year 1985, an innovative educational initiative was started at the Bhubaneswar Railway Station for the children wandering, begging, rag picking in and around the railway station, which later become famous as “The Platform School”.

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Ruchika’s Mission

Reach out to the children and provide joyful and
functional education as well as educate them about heath
care and hygiene

VOICE OF UNHEARDExemplary Platform Schools

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India is home to nearly half a billion children, many of whom live in extreme poverty. The Indian Government has not been able to find a way to educate these children, who spend their days begging, stealing and selling their bodies just to survive.
A Movement from Darkness to Light: FROM RAILWAY PLATFORM TO FORMAL SCHOOLS:
With 30 years of experience in providing education to the marginalized slum children through different innovative programs viz. Railway Platform Schools, Remedial Education Centers, Balwadis (Preschool centers), Crèches, Inclusive Education & Girls Sponsorship, the organization is able to bring light in the life of thousands of children. Most of them are now suitably placed in life. Some of them are even working in the organization. In 1985, an innovative and unique educational initiative was started by Late Mrs. Inderjit Khurana, the founder Secretary of RSSO at the Bhubaneswar Railway Station for the children wandering, begging or picking rags in stations and living in and around the railway station, which later famed as ‘Platform School’. The goal of the school was to reach out to the children and provide joyful and functional education as well as educate them about heath
care and hygiene. After the preschool education, the bright students were ‘mainstreamed’ to formal schools. Gradually it made some of the railway stations free of child labour. The children are taught everyday for two hours with supplementary nutrition.
Though most of these schools were closed down due to crunch of funds and because of station renovation
program, three of them are still operating. During 2015-16, more than 100 children were provided with supplementary education of which 18 children were mainstreamed to
formal schools.

REMEDIAL EDUCATION:
Despite adherence to implement the ‘Right to Education Act (RTE)” by government and provision of ‘mid-day-meal’, free books, uniforms and development of school infrastructures, the dropout rate of the slum children has not been checked. Engagement in household occupation, wage earning labour, poor quality of schooling and inability to take private tuition are some of the reasons of high rate
in dropouts at primary and elementary levels. In view of the above, Ruchika initiated “Remedial
Education” for these children before and after school time to increase academic proficiency and to reduce dropout rate.

OUR IMPACTSustainable Collective Action With Strong Programs


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    REMEDIAL EDUCATION

    “RemedialEducation” for these children before and after school time to increase academic proficiency and to reduce dropoutrate.

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    SAFE & HEALTHY SLUM CHILDREN

    The program aims to develop a safe & healthy environmentfor slum children through Early Childhood Care &Education.

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    CRECHE - A DAY CARE

    Six Creches – the Day Care Centres for the children ofworking and ailing mothers in the slums has been runningwith the support of State Social Welfare Board,Bhubaneswar.

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    OPEN SHELTER FOR CHILDREN

    A project of Govt. of Odisha, Open Shelter of Ruchika hasbeen catering to the children in need of care and protection

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    WOMEN HELPLINE

    In the wake of high incidence of crime against women andto address the problems of these neglected,disadvantaged and vulnerable women, Women Helplinewas initiated as a project at Odisha State Commission forWomen.

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    PACT & SHAKTI

    PACT (Parents Against Child Trafficking & Harm) andSHAKTI, an initiative to empower girls to preventchildren from trafficking, early marriage, hazardous workand abuse.

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    VOCATIONAL

    Ruchika provides skill development training to poorunemployed youths in slums and assists them to beemployed in dignified jobs or to setup their ownindependent enterprise.

ruchika achievement

They need a better tomorrow… click here to see why?

“The Train Platform Schools of India”
This documentary film was aired by PBS as part of their Television Series
“The New Heroes”
Click here to watch the Video Documentary
Length: 18:00 min.

The GoalThe Founder’s Vision

“Every child is important to me irrespective of their economic & social milieu. They are the future. Education for me is the only catalyst which will lead to upward socio-economic mobility.”
Inderjit Khurana

Our Program Supporters

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Financials

Ruchika receives donation in cash and kind from local &
overseas donors. Most of the local
donors donate cooked food to the
shelter children round the year.
We sincerely thank our support agencies, individuals & well
wishers for their compassionate and
timely contribution to help the children.

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