Shah Anwar Senior Secondary School,Lolab Kupwara:
This school was started in 2000, as a primary school which has evolved into a leading senior secondary school of Kupwara. SAM School is the only school in Lolab valley with fully equipped computer lab, largest library with more than 3000 books and state of the art science laboratory. The school has almost 25 lecture halls with sophisticated seating arrangements and 5 buses for commuting students to school. More than 294 students are on roll and the number is increasing year after year with 62 orphan students who receive free education with scholarships in the shape of books, stationary, uniform, transportation, etc. Most of the bright students who pass out of the school receive full bright scholarship so that they can continue their higher studies. Since the day Foundation adopted this school at primary level, every year students pass out with flying colors with the highest pass percentage and distinction ratio among private institutions in the area.
HELP Foundation Model School, Mawar, Handwara:
This school has been set up in one of the most backward areas of district Kupwara close to line of control (LOC). HELPhas supported in the construction of the school in the year 2010. The educational fee of the students and salary of the teachers have also been sponsored by the HELP Foundation.
Foundation Public School, Inderhama, Srinagar:
This school is located in a backward village in the outskirts of Srinagar inhabited by socially backward people. The school was started as a primary school, but today it is counted in top high schools in Srinagar with every kind of facility like computer, library, science laboratory.
Helping orphans with education:
354 orphan children living with their guardians are given regular monthly educational assistance to meet all the expenses of education, uniform, etc. The foundation encourages assistance being extended to orphan children with their own extended families, so that they can grow up within their own socio economic milieu.
Shehjaar Computer Centre:
In the year 2006, a computer center fully equipped with necessary accessories has been set up. The centre provides free computer education to orphans and underprivileged children. It is located at SHEHJAAR Saida Kadal, Srinagar. Apart from this, we have a network of computer centres likeShehjar Computer Centre Khumriyal, Lolab, Kupwara. Rawathpora Library and Computer Centre. Mawar Computer Centre.
Education /Rehabilitation for physically disabled children:
In 2002, The Foundation started a Rehabilitation centre, in which 35 children with multiple diabilities were imparted education as well as vocational training. Regular workshops and counselling programmes were conducted for these children with experts from outside the state. Also, some kind of aid, like, wheel chairs, hearing aids, atificial limbs,etc were provided to these children.
Extra curricular activities:The organization seeing the traumas of the children of conflict decided to start training them in theatre in the year 2001. This activity gave hope for a brighter future and weaned them away from the stresses and traumas they had gone through at home. After that it was decided to have this programme annually because of the therepeutic nature of the programme. The Foundation then in 2006 organized the first ever children film festival in Kashmir in collaboration with the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation at Srinagar.
Career guidance seminars:
Career guidance, one of the basic component in the sector of education is the focal point of the foundation as our young generation feels desperate for counselling and career guidance programmes.In April 2007, PRATIBIMB, a ‘School to School’ interface event was conducted by Goonj, a voice, an effort, New Delhi. About 1000 students from each state of the country participated in the event. Our children showed outstanding performance in cultural programmes and bagged the first position in the event. In September 2007, some children met the President of India during Raksha Bandhan. Bridges of Frienship ( A joint programme of HELP Foundation, J&K and Manford Allainz, Gurgaon): It started with pen frienships between students of Spring Dales School,New Delhi and children of Shehjaar, home for special children run by HELP Foundation. Children exchanged their experiences and knowledge with each other, helping them to know more about various topics from people of the same age group, which proved helpful in enriching the knowledge of the children.
Cultural and Heritage Programmes
Shehjaar Children’s film festival: A four day mega event took place in the heart of Srinagar city in November 2006. The event was first if its kind in the valley which was organized by the Foundation in collaboration with RGF, New Delhi. The purpose of the festival was to make children of the valley aware about various issues confronting children and how the resilience and fortitude of children overcome their hurdles. About 10000 children from almost every school of the valley witnessed the event with a great zeal.
Heritage workshop “Discovering Srinagar”:
Apart from films, culmination ceremony of heritage workshop “Discovering Srinagar” an educational Programme exploring the city’s rich culture, art and heritage was organized by HELP Foundation, J&K in collaboration with RGF, New Delhi designed by creative Learning for Change New Delhi and award presentation ceremony for young writers were held on second day at the same venue in which the Foundation had received about 400 scripts from young writers of the valley. Among these 400 scripts, 20 were selected for the awards by a panel of eminent writers of the state.
This mega event was first conducted by the Foundation in October at Tagore hall Srinagar. The whole state had never witnessed such a mesmerising and colorful event which was given the name as, “Shehjaar Carnival – 2004”. About 25000 entries in the event were reported. The Children enacted in Kashmiri folk songs, Street Plays, Painting competition, Singing competition, Sufiana music, and many other items in dogri and pahari. In the premises, a number of different stalls were installed like Food World, Music World, Fun World, Books Stall and Exhibition of items of
Shehjaar craft centre, sale counters of Shehjaar food item stall and other craft item stall.On 20th May, 2009 HELP Foundation in partnership with RGF has released a book titled “Discovering Kashmir” which was the part of the workshop/Project discovering Srinagar. In this event, 2 other books were also released namely “CHALAK GAGUR and DANA TSER”. The eminent personalities which were present in this occasion were Mr. N N Vohra (Governor J&K State), Mr. Peerzada Mohammad Syeed (Education Minister), Secretary RGF, Secretary Education J&K State, Director Doordarshan Srinagar, Chairman Public Service Commission and almost 500 school children from all over the valley.
Institutional Donors – National /International
Rajiv Gandhi Foundation
Save the Children
SIR DROBJI TATA Trust (SDTT)
ICNA Relief Canada
Helping Hand for Relief and Development
Godrey Philips India Ltd.
Kashmir Development Foundation (KDF)
Terre Des Hommes ( TDH )
Tariq Memorial Trust
Kashmir American Society
INTERNATIONAL HUMAINTERIAN RELIEF (IHR)
Tata Relief Committee
Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation
SHEHJAAR LIBRARY HELP FOUNDATION
DETAILS ABOUT LIBRARYShehjar Library Starts :-2005 Total No of Books 12000
Activities in Library
workshops with Children’s