Slum Kids Get Top-Rate Education At The 'School Under The Bridge.'

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Rajesh Sharma owns a grocery store in India. He isn’t the typical store owner though. For seven years now, he has started each day by teaching a class of youngsters under a local bridge. He noticed the hardship of the local poor children and decided to do something about it.

When he first started doing it there were only a few kids in his class. Over the seven years the class has grown to over two hundred kids each morning. The class runs from 9am until 2pm each day. After class some of the kids go to government funded schools for the rest of the day. Sharma then goes over to his grocery store to finish out his day running things there.

When Sharma saw that the poor kids weren’t getting the education he thought they should, he thought back to his days when he had to drop out of college for financial reasons. He wanted to help these children not to have to face the same fate. If they did they would at the very least have the additional knowledge that he provides them.

The classroom is now supported by several people in the local area that make donations so they can get the supplies they need.

For seven years now, Rajesh Sharma has been teaching classes under the bridge. The kids know they are getting something special.

For seven years now, Rajesh Sharma has been teaching classes under the bridge. The kids know they are getting something special.

Ahmer Khan

When everything first started, there were only two or three kids that attended the class. It has grown much larger over time.

When everything first started, there were only two or three kids that attended the class. It has grown much larger over time.

Ahmer Khan

45-year-old Sharma closes out each day running the grocery store that he owns. He puts in a full day's worth of work every single day.

 45-year-old Sharma closes out each day running the grocery store that he owns. He puts in a full day's worth of work every single day.

Ahmer Khan

After the morning classes, many of the kids go to public school in the afternoon. The additional education they are getting is invaluable.

After the morning classes, many of the kids go to public school in the afternoon. The additional education they are getting is invaluable.

Ahmer Khan

The kids love the morning classes. They get much more out of it than just knowledge. They are learning the value in helping others.

The kids love the morning classes. They get much more out of it than just knowledge. They are learning the value in helping others.

Ahmer Khan

The school is able to continue because the public makes donations so it can keep going. It has grown to the point that it needed help to continue.

The school is able to continue because the public makes donations so it can keep going. It has grown to the point that it needed help to continue.

Ahmer Khan

What started out as two or three kids is now over 200 kids. Each and every one of them look forward to the morning classes.

What started out as two or three kids is now over 200 kids. Each and every one of them look forward to the morning classes.

Ahmer Khan

They love going because not only do they learn more, but they have a blast at the same time. The best way to a good education is to have fun in doing so.

They love going because not only do they learn more, but they have a blast at the same time. The best way to a good education is to have fun in doing so.

Ahmer Khan

Sharma dropped out of college and he wanted to steer these kids from doing the same thing. If they ended up doing so at least they would have the additional knowledge he gives them.

Sharma dropped out of college and he wanted to steer these kids from doing the same thing. If they ended up doing so at least they would have the additional knowledge he gives them.

Ahmer Khan

Source:
Metro

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