Vishvanidam is a non profit organisation which was started in 2001 by a young Indian couple- Rehana and Jitendra. Today, the organisation is single handedly run by the famously known Jitu sir.
While working with an NGO for children in Kutch (Gujarat), post severe earthquake, that REHANA–JEETU, decided to devote their lives for welfare of deprived children. In order to understand the situation they decided to spend long hours and months in the slums to bring about changes in them through education and identifying their underlying skills which can cater in the growth of these children and further help them to earn for themselves.
The couple started their work with a slum named “Shantinagar” slum, at University Road, near Kidney Hospital, in Rajkot city of India. Initially they started gathering some slum children, playing with them, telling them stories, and educating them. Gradually more and more slum children started to join them.
They started a small classroom called “KALRAV” — an open-air school, where they began to provide these children basic formal and informal education. Most of these children were either beggars or rag-pickers which enabled them to earn Rs. 50 per day. In the beginning, it was very hard to convince their parents, to send their children to KALRAV, as they were not ready to lose out on their easy and average income of about Rs. 50/- per day; But gradually, REHANA-JEETU, succeeded in convincing the parents.
Starting with just 5 slum children in one “KALRAV” center, “VISHVANIDAM” now handles around 900 slum children in 14 education centres known as “KALRAV”, in different slums areas of Rajkot.