To assist underprivileged students with computer literacy in India.
Chaitanya Saradhi is an Indian based non-profit organization whose primary goal is to enable the disadvantaged students in public schools to compete with the graduates from private schools for higher education and job opportunities. We set up computer labs and support the digital libraries in the schools, hire instructors, and provide the equipment and technical support to run them. We believe all high school graduates should be proficient in the use of computers to enhance their learning. We believe education is the mother of human progress, and the computer is the window of opportunity into the modern world.
The second part of the program includes mentoring students to inculcate soft skills that will help them build public relationships to succeed in life. We teach them self-expression, communication, goal setting, success principles, in addition to the virtues of hard work, honesty, fairness, and equality. We do this through interactive talks, videos, and print media.
This is a FOUR step program.
A. Personal hygiene:
In 2006, the World Bank reported that India loses 6.4 percent of GDP annually because of poor hygiene. India loses at least 1,000 children every day to diarrheal deaths resulting from open defecation and lack of proper sanitation facilities.
Our goal is to teach and instill in students the need to practice the principles of proper personal hygiene: to avoid contamination of food and water and to promote public health. We believe that observing principles of personal hygiene is the most effective way of maintaining good personal and community health.
B. Caring for the environment
Protecting the environment is an immediate survival challenge for all – young and old across the world. In rural India, people are used to burning wood, crop residue, and dung cakes for fuel, which releases smoke, soot, NOx (mono-nitrogen oxides), Sox (Sulfur oxides), PAHs (Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) and particulate matter, which constitutes 90% of the air pollution. Educated individuals living in cities and are not subjected to this way of life are oblivious to the perils it’s doing to our environment. Trash and garbage are a common sight in both urban and rural India. A brown cloud has built over the Asian continent affecting the monsoon, crops, and the health of the people in the region.
The goal of this program is to teach the students the value of saving and planting trees and protecting the forests to help keep our planet green. Chaitanya Saradhi organizes student volunteers to pick up trash and recycle plastics in their schools regularly and periodically from the streets.
C. Understand the principles of nutrition:
A growing economy, wealth, affordability, and lack of awareness about the risks of excessive consumption of calories resulting in obesity, hypertension, diabetes, stroke, and heart attacks are a growing problem in India. Indian population is at a high risk of heart attacks and sudden death due to smaller coronary arteries, and metabolic factors. Before obesity becomes a monster problem as it is in the west, we want to raise students’ awareness in preventing childhood obesity in India.
Our goal is to educate the students to adapt to healthy eating habits in line with the sound principles of food and nutrition. We advise students to eat a balanced meal rich in fruits and vegetables, enabling them to live a long and healthy life. Vegetarian or veganism diet can’t protect from ills of overindulgence in oil, fat, sweet calories. Childhood obesity prevention begins with educating grandparents and parents to avoid force-feeding infants and children. Love is a poison sometimes. We also tell students to say “NO” to drugs, alcohol, and smoking.
D. Good Citizenship
The laws of human evolution: self-care and helping others punctuated human value systems. Caring for the self, while observing the social, moral, ethical, and legal norms is self-preservation. Whereas, stretching the moral or legal norms to fulfill their greed is selfishness.
Helping others for the common good involved sharing the tools, skills, and hunting in groups in order for humanity to survive and progress. The nature of longing for each other through love, friendship, family, community, and cooperation has been the capstone of social evolution. Similarly, the prohibition of stealing, homicide, and adultery have evolved for the safety and security of the community. The age of awakening promoted individual rights, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, freedom, peace, and prosperity.
Chaitanya Saradhi believes in inculcating the good moral values that are conducive to human solidarity and progress. We promote the value of interdependence, mutual help, honesty, responsibility, and tolerance among the students. We advocate integrity, equality, fairness, and civility. The students should learn to respect and tolerate others’ faith, customs, traditions, and religious preferences not just theirs. We believe in shaping a harmonious, fairer, healthier, and more civilized India.