Project Title: Shirdi Sai Babaa Temple Society
Location: Faridabad, Haryana
Partner Since: 2004
Popularly known as Saidham, this free, government-recognized school is run by the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Society, a secular NGO. The society was started in Faridabad in 1988 by Saiseval Motilal Gupta with the goal to help the underprivileged, and serves about 1500 students in classes up to 9th grade.
Saidham employs a holistic approach to education. Not only does it provide a free, well-rounded curriculum that includes sports, yoga, dance, and music along with academics, it also takes care of family expenses by supplying uniforms and school supplies. They look after students' nutrition and health by including free breakfast and lunch, and free medical and dental care. To prepare them for life after school, Saidham offers vocational training for older youth.
Home of Hope Funding Focus:
- Improve English Communication
- Improve Science Labs
- Add a computer lab/curriculum
- By far, Saidham's biggest success story has been the introduction of formal computer instruction with an NIIT-based curriculum. Access to the internet and computer instruction has provided a window into the broader world and greatly expanded the students' horizons. Home of Hope's sponsorship of a new computer lab and curriculum in 2010 has snowballed, with staff and students making enthusiastic use of their previously donated computers. In 2012, another computer lab was funded by the Rotary Club, and the generosity of a Home of Hope donor made 16 sets of EDUComp projectors and smart boards available. These twenty-first century tools have made it possible for the students to develop a valuable skill set to take them forward into today's world. As a great example of cross-project collaboration, Saidham played a crucial role in providing vocational training for women from the Mijwan school.