Milaan Be The Change

This Senior Secondary School helps prevent dropouts in Kaintain (UP)

Towards the last stretch of our 1.5 hr drive from Lucknow to Kaintain, Sitapur District, where Milaan’s “Swarachna Learning and Resource Centre” is located, Sharat pointed towards the fields we were passing and said, “These are all mango farms, where many parents of our school’s children work.” He went on to tell me that when they visit the school in the Summer months, they always return with a bagful of mangoes.

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How it all began

In 2006, Dhirendra Pratap Singh completed his Bachelors in Mathematics (Hons) from the University of Delhi, fairly certain that taking up a public job would be the next chapter in his life. Little did he realise at the time that the India Fellow programme, for which he had gotten selected (in 2007), would change the course of things to come. Organised by iVolunteer, the six-weeks programme, placed young Indians at a field partner organization, where they worked on a specific project or issue. Dhirendra’s placement with X took him to Balligaon, in Uttarakhand.

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Rewards and recognition

• Selected as an “Action Partner” for Oxfam International Youth Partnerships (OYIP) Program 2010-2013

• Part of the “100 Heroes Project”

• Awarded “Karmaveer Puraskaar”, instituted by ICONGO, a national award for social justice

• Selected for the year long “Change Looms” program

• Awarded Youth Ambassador for Peace Award by Universal Peace Federation in 2007

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