First Step Foundation – addressing the rural needs
The rural and urban divide is increasingly expanding and in the times to come, we will see more and more people migrating to urban spaces and settling down. Amidst the hustle-bustle of this migration to urban areas was born First Step Foundation, an NGO working primarily in Uttarakhand for the betterment of some schools and school going children. The founder of the NGO, a native of Uttarkhand, after spending some years of years of urban life gave a thought to how to give back to his place of roots – and hence the idea gave birth to First Step Foundation. As there has been a dearth of facilities in rural –villages, the founder could not come across a better way to reciprocate than to start it through education, schools and children. Being the fundamental to transform life, the team of First Step Foundation keeps on visiting some select schools in rural Uttarakhand and supporting them in various ways. The foundation has been doing it for the last 5 years. Recently too, the NGO thought to pay routine visit to the state and the occasion was January 26, 2015. The latest visit was an extension of itslast visit which the NGO has made just 6 months ago. In continuation to its last visit, First Step Foundation selected 3 schools in the state this time and decided to set up libraries there. The foundation will provide these select schools books shelfs along with books on various academic courses, personality development, skill building and others. On the occasion, the team distributed sweets to the school children while handed over a few books to the keenly-onlooker students. Speaking at the occasion, the Principal from one of the students said, “First Step Foundation’s work in schools here is highly commendable and I wish if along with the government, more and more people from the urban cities and the indigenous localities would lend their support for such social causes, understanding the needs and requirements of the area, then it will not take much longer to transform places like this.” The NGO is planning to expand its support further and is committed to initiate scholarships and sports material support to these schools in Uttarakhand.