Rajesh Kumar Sharma and Laxmi Chandra together run a free school for children living in the slums of New Delhi, India, under a metro flyover. Around 70 underprivileged children currently attend the school which is run year round, for two hours daily, six days per week. The initial project was founded by Sharma who taught a small group alone in a nearby forest close to the banks of the Yamuna River. Now in it’s latest incarnation, Sharma is helped by Chandra, as well as a handful of local volunteers who donate their time whenever they can to teach the children throughout the week and often on weekends.
Every day the children make their way to the school from the surrounding slums where they live, and arrive before their teachers to sweep the bricked floors, lay out the mats, and clean the blackboards. The free school has been running in this location for around 4 years, and receives generous donations from locals who have read about Sharma and Chandra’s project through local newspapers and media coverage.