Educator of the Underprivileged
By Anumeha Yadav
Two years out of college and into his first job as an adman, Kapil Pandey would frequently stop by to chat with children from poor families in a park in New Delhi’s Khan Market. Soon, the group of children swelled from 12 to 40. “What would get me and the children the most value out of this interaction?” he wondered. The answer was the Kutumb Foundation, which he started and is now the president of. He began with two-hour sessions on the premises of Modern School (Humayun Road branch) in which he’d tutor the kids on subjects they were weak in. Eight years later, the foundation has 500 kids and 300 volunteers, mostly college students. They now have a music band, a theatre group, a football team, coaches and choreographers. One of those students, 22-year-old Anand Kumar, looks back with gratitude. “It made me thoughtful about my identity, my skills and what I wanted to do with them,” he says. Kumar, who had joined at the age of 15, uses puppetry to spread awareness about AIDS and Alzheimer’s. His peers from Kutumb carry on the good work, organising evening sessions of football and art and crafts for slumkids of Nizamuddin, where they are now based.
PANDEY MAY BE REACHED AT +91-9810757852