The education system in Kashmir doesn’t work like any other state of India. Every other day it’s a bandh (shut down) in the valley which has badly affected the education system. Kashmir is rich in resources and the tourism sector has made progress by leaps and bounds, but the education remains the primary concern for all the students as well as the parents of Kashmir. There are many NGO’s and organizations working for the progress of education in the valley. One among them is Ehsaas trust international that works for the upliftment of the marginalized sector and supports the education of underprivileged children in the valley. They conduct workshops in far-flung villages and encourage the children and the youth as to how education can be a benefit towards a society. Ehsaas considers education to be the primary imperative in the empowerment and development of individuals, institutions, and communities.
Mubashir, 25 years old, says it was Ehsaas trust that helped me at a time when there was less hope left. I had lost it all and I was about to quit studies and find a job that would help me run my family. At the age of 19 I lost my father and at the age of 21, I lost my grandfather; both being the victims of cancer. My mother is a strong woman, she worked hard and she did all what she could for us to help us reach ours goals. After I had completed my graduation in computer sciences, I wanted to pursue a career in media but I was unsure as of how I was going to finally achieve what I had dream it of. After a lot of research, I was unsure as of what to do. Therefore, I decided to quit studies and find a job and support my family. It’s not very easy to find a job in Kashmir so I started approaching people that I knew.
And it was in that time when a senior started asking questions about my career. I was asking him the favour of finding me a job. He suggested me to go and meet the people of Ehsaas trust and that meeting changed my life and my attitude towards my career. They encouraged me to apply for the different universities and helped me to find the right path. In 2016, I bagged a seat in Mass Communication at Aligarh Muslim University. I was joyous and so were the members of Ehsaas trust. I was overwhelmed with the enthusiasm that these team members possess. They not only helped me with the scholarship but my younger brother too was benefitted with the help of these people. The more a person is exposed to a wide pattern of experiences, the more opportunities he has to assimilate.
This story is one among the many that Ehsaas trust has helped and encouraged to further their studies. Their vision and mission are to educate those who are not capable of achieving higher education.