Mr. Jonathan White, Executive Vice President-Destination Management, Abercrombie & Kent recently paid a visit to our Ramditti J. R. Narang Deepalaya Learning Centre (RJRND). He was accompanied by Ms. Sukeerti Raikwar, India Program Coordinator, and Mr. Seshadri, General Manager HR, Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy.
Mr. A. J. Philip, Secretary and CE, Deepalaya welcomed the international guests alongside the students and teaching staff at this Learning Centre. He informed them about Deepalaya, its legacy of enabling self-reliance through education, and contribution to the society in the last 38 years of existence. The headmistress of RJRND Learning Centre Dr. Sangita Sen explained them about the activities of different units. An outline of the schedule followed throughout the day was briefed to the guests hereafter.
Mr. White personally observed all the displays on notice board with great interest. He also took a round of the community library and interacted with the staff. Mrs. Mridula Koshy, librarian and community organizer at Deepalaya Community Library explained him the importance of the ‘hundred book club program’ of Deepalaya libraries, providing free membership facilities for underprivileged children and adult readers.
Mr. White and others further interacted with the children during their classes at Deepalaya Learning Centre and enjoyed poem recitations by the kids. Overall, they were delighted to see the motivational activities and meet the girls of ASHA NFE unit, which is working towards mainstreaming out of school teenage girls into formal education. On the other hand, the boys of our morning remedial unit excitedly told them what they wanted to become in future–policemen, doctors, engineers, and so on.
Abercrombie & Kent, one of the world’s largest travel companies, has been associated with Deepalaya since 2005 and sponsors educational expenses of 60 students in Deepalaya’s school in Delhi.
At the time of departure, Mr. Jonathan White wrote in the visitor’s book— “I always love seeing our projects in action, and this place is no exception. Education is the future and great to see it embraced here!”