Jagriti Foundation’s journey began with the building of a bridge to unite a village in Ballia, an initiative paving the way for trust and collaboration between Jagriti Foundation and the Ballia community. It was this relationship that laid the foundation to then build Jagriti Academy Ballia.
The children set to attend Jagriti Academy Ballia will be the first in their families to attend school, previously having spent entire days working alongside their parents. Their new role as students will open up a world of opportunity as they learn to read, write and explore in a way they never could before.
Jagriti Foundation Founder Selena Fox, supported by Trustee Brent Simpson, led the Academy’s official opening on 22 November 2015 with a tree planting, a fitting beginning for a school that translates to ‘rise up’ in English.
“We shared moments together and gifted a warm shawl for each mother, grandmother, father, grandfather and Jagriti Academy Ballia beanies for the children, and finally through sharing a meal with the community. It was as close as I believe I will ever come to a ‘loaves and fishes’ experience in my life… food appeared seemingly out of nowhere, abundantly, for every single person, baby to elder served with our hearts overflowing,” Fox said.
With phase two of Jagriti Academy Ballia underway and a number of initiatives being discussed with the community, Jagriti Foundation looks forward to continuing to support these empowering initiatives for the people of Ballia.