Our Humble Beginning
A bright and pleasant Thursday morning in the month of July 2006 with soothing sunshine & cheery birds in the park changed the outlook for a few morning walkers after having witnessed weekly unpleasant scenes at a Dargah in the Main Park, Opposite Sector 15A, Noida. Promising young and innocent children deprived of basic socio-economic needs that we all consider our due, were begging for alms. Efforts were made over time to politely discourage the almsgivers as it would only make the poverty-stricken children weaker to face and tackle the ills of their plight, but it was hardly heard by any. It is then that Rear Admiral (Retd.) H.C. Malhotra, Senior citizen of Sector-15A, Noida came across Sunil Razdan, one of the almsgiver, a middle aged but youthful Morning Walker. They both shared similar views and together firmed up on the view that there were deep rooted social ill effects, if begging of any kind was encouraged. Two strangers with similar views decided to take action against this appalling condition by combining the experience and guidance of the older with the energy of the younger and founded ‘Gyan Shakti Vidyalaya’ to help these children into the mainstream by primarily supporting their educational needs along with social, health and hygiene care. This brought a ray of hope in over a hundred of lesser privileged children’s life in the slum dwellings of Yamuna Khader Pushta, off Delhi-Noida Flyway.