Published On: Fri, Apr 8th, 2016

SNSMT takes up the cause of street children in Odisha

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snsmtBhubaneswar: Its been nine years since Smt. Nandini Satpathy Memorial Trust (SNSMT) has been working on its flagship social cause ‘Project Nandini’ which works for the better of rural & semi urban women in Odisha ( Project was launched by the then Governor of Odisha Late Rameshwar Thakur on Nandini Diwas June 9 ’2007). Former Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh had quoted SNSMT as one of the finest social cause organizations of India. Besides working for youth & women development, SNSMT has been working on environmental causes and has been advocating for several social reforms.

It is on April 8, 2016 did this reporter witness a group of slum/street children gathered under a tree and it seemed like an open air school. To our surprise Shri. Suparno Satpathy was witnessed teaching these kids. It wasn’t very difficult to recognize him as he is a very well known socio-political leader of Odisha and is often seen in TV discussions. It was more surprising as this was not a PR activity put up by his office, no media person or cameraman had been invited (very unlike a similar photo op event recently conducted by the CM of Odisha). It was purely by chance that this reporter spotted Shri. Suparno Satpathy teaching these street kids under a tree.

On asking Shri. Satpathy said “ I volunteer for two hours a day for three days a week to teach these kids. A team at SNSMT has taken up the cause of these kids. Non of us teachers are paid by SNSMT. You shall be surprised to learn that our teachers consist of volunteers who are IIM & even Harvard graduates. Even you can volunteer and be a SNSMT teacher, of course, only for basic teaching for lower classes. Once we bring these kids to a particular standard, we shall help them get into main stream schools for regular schooling and their education shall be funded by SNSMT. For student enrollment into this program there are only two criteria One-street/slum/basti Child and Two- the child wanting to study”.

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