It wasn’t too many years ago that the trust earned its reputation as a tough town with many of the same problems faced by similar mostly rural poor, minority neighborhoods. We heard too much about child labour, child marriage, and academic failure. But all that is changing, and Good Neighbour Multipurpose Education Society is playing a big part in the transformation.
Now, instead of seeing throngs of kids hanging out on street corners with nothing to do but engage in illicit activity, you might see kids engrossed in taking quality education in the Oasis International School, an initiative taken by GNMES. They hit remarkable scores in competitive exams and Olympiads; they pride themselves on knock-outs at a Kabbadi match; they shake legs in sync at annual events; they shake hands cordially at the end of a Cricket match. All this AFTER they have finished their homework with the help of our tutors and mentors. Sound unlikely?
Until 2013, the scene described above would not have been imaginable in Oasis International School, Akoli, just a few miles away from Gangakhed area with a population of around 44,000, boasts of very little – some religious structures, ten stoplights, a common grocery store, local market, a lodge, a new library and few business to speak of.