PRAKASHDEEP is a non-governmental, not for profit organization set up with the objective of providing free quality education, a substantial mid-day meal and basic medical care in a safe and friendly environment to the underprivileged children.
Initially, only children living in and around Sector 21-A, Faridabad came under our care. However, over the years, children from nearby villages, such as Fatehpur, Sanjay Colony and Ankheer have become part of Prakash Deep. The school originally started with seven students in May 2003. Presently there are 725 students enrolled with Prakash Deep. Nearly 530 plus children turn up every day in the six locations where our classes are held. Five of these locations are under the trees in different public parks, green belts near the slums from where children walk in every day without needing escorts or having to cross roads. The sixth location is a modest building that caters to students from 6th to 12th grades. The children are divided into different groups according to their capabilities. Classes extend from Nursery Level to Class 12th. Students above Class VIII are enrolled in the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and through the open school stream, these children are helped to clear the Secondary and Senior Secondary levels of their education. The syllabus is structured according to the guidelines of the National Council of Educational Research and Training, as well as the philosophies, environment and resources of Prakash Deep.
The transparency provided by the open air environment has helped in getting the community involved in our cause. People living in the sector and surrounding areas help by volunteering, extending support in kind and sponsoring deserving students to get into regular schools. From April 2009 to March 2017 Prakash Deep worked in partnership with the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) http://labour.gov.in/content/division/nclp.php – this is a Central Government sponsored effort to stop children under 14 years of age from being employed as labourers in households, shops, dhabas, factories etc. This support from the NCLP was withdrawn from April 2017 in the review of government policies. Prakash Deep however, is continuing to operate with the help of the family, friends and the grace of God.