Born to a forest officer, life has always been about giving back to the community for Sarita Roy. Today, with a classroom of 200 children in a slum, her story is one of resilence and giving up one's comforts and luxuries for a bigger cause.
Growing up in a family where packing and unpacking your suitcase was a monthly routine because of her father's constant postings, Sarita was introduced to people from various walks of life. This is when the lack of grassroots education in tribal communities and slums intrigued her. Hailing from Bihar, she pursued a PhD from the University of Patna. She then made it to an MNC that offered her a pay that would have tempted anybody. While many would have opted to take up the job, Sarita chose a different path. She said no to the offer and decided to start a school instead for slum children, says Dailyhunt.
Married off in 2003, she started the school in 2004 with 11 slum children. By 2008, she extended her school and bought a small property where she made full-fledged classrooms. Support from voluntary organisations poured in, and, today, the school is a melting pot for 200 children of a slum in Bihar, says Nek In India.
Recently, reports emerged about 23-year-old Satyendra Pal, who is teaching slum children under a slab that was meant for the construction of a nearby flyover. A BSc student who also comes from the same slum, Satyendra has been teaching since January 2016 and his classes are open for all the children, allowing them to 'pay as they like' for the classes.