Bengaluru is an ever-expanding city that attracts many migrant workers from various parts of the country. The nature of their work is such that they move from one place to another once the project sees completion.
If you drive around the city, you will find them helping around the site and sometimes playing by themselves near the construction sites. These construction sites are certainly not the place where they should be spending their childhood.
For Saraswthi Padmanabham and her husband, Shyamal Kumar setting up this school seemed to be a very obvious decision to make. Growing up Saraswathi says she was always exposed to the culture of social service and giving. “All of my birthdays, I remember, were celebrated at various children’s homes. I have grown up imbibing that in me. My first job was with an organization that worked extensively with Mumbai street children. In the United States, I worked with prisoner’s children.”
Inception of Diya Ghar
The foundation of this school was established by selling off some ancestral property that Saraswathi had inherited. “We never thought for a second about it. We were very sure that this was what we are meant to be doing and thus started our school.”
Source : Better India