In 2007, the foundation started from a little trip down the memory lane. Dharmendra Yadav went to his hometown to meet his family and decided to visit his primary school, where he started his education in 1979, and was shocked to see that not much had changed in 30+ years. The school now had a building with 8 rooms but that’s where it stopped. There was no electricity, no seats, no activities or much else. What also hadn’t changed was the mindset of the villagers - every child going to school was one less helping hand in the fields. But then that’s pretty much every rural area and school in India….
That small trip back home turned into a movement, many little experiences and conversations with like-minded family and friends led to the establishment of Joey’s foundation in 2013.
The foundation’s mission is to support ‘holistic development of children in rural India’
We believe the greatest gift these children can have is the gift of Opportunity – To learn, to grow and be who they want to be. It might be hard to believe but those little eyes have big dreams – All they need is the opportunity and support to make their dreams come true.
Joey’s foundation is working with these children, through their schools, to improve their environment, provide education support and create other development opportunities.
Our last initiative, endorsed by the foundation Board, in 2015 was to provide seats and benches for all classes. The class rooms have no electricity and no weather protection other than the brick walls. The students bring their own empty grain sacks to sit on, in the class rooms. We have managed to provide benches for class 6. Class and 5 and below still required desks.
There’s many more initiatives in the pipeline that need prioritisation, funding and support:
Learning aids such as Maps, Science experiment kits, Calculators
Launching a book donation drive to create a library for school
Expanding the scholarships to more schools within the region