About the Project Team
The Shakti Project began in 2001 when Ram Singh and Peter Elmvang worked on what was then the Joshua project which involved at that time taking in and feeding young street children of Pushkar.
In 2003 Peter left and Ram Singh began to raise money to put some of the children through school as well as provide food and books and formally started The Shakti Project. At this time there were around 20 children of all backgrounds and ages which now numbers between 45 to 50, both girls and boys, who regularly attend school instead of growing up on the streets begging.
In 2007 the Project was officially recognised by the Government of India as a Registered Charity which involves supervision of the premises, its programs and accounts- the government does not assist with any financial aid. The project runs solely on donations.
Now in 2011, The Shakti Project looks forward to a bright year firstly, with the new website which will accept donations immediately and online via credit or debit card and new volunteers that have brought some much needed skills to the project.
My name is Anthony Campbell, I am 41 and from Australia. I have spent 27 years as a theatre performer. This is still my chosen profession and how I support myself.
As everyone in the project, I am a voulnteer and assist the director Ram Singh in his day to day tasks of preparing food, organisation and also teaching and playing with the kids.
I have taken on the role as assistant to Ram regarding information technology and fundraising including the donations that come to the school. We are very excited about our recent donation of web and graphic design servcies from two small business owners in Australia. They have created this new website for us and it will allow our fundraising efforts to be more efficient and in turn educate more children.
Donations come mainly from outside India and my skills provide for this. Ram Singh is dedicated to the children. He sleeps on the floor in the school, wakes up at 6 in the morning to start preparing food, cleaning, seeing some children get off to school and for the kids to arrive. I am so touched by his dedication and the plight of the children here, I look forward to many successful campagins in fundraising this year.
At night, other than a chai tea and conversation this has been his only life for the past 10 years, such dedication is rarely seen.
I urge you dontate to this cause and to look at the student pages and see the results, it would be ignorant of me to deny the question exists 'why is there no help from inside India for their children?', and the answer is simple there is none. and until there is, something needs to done.
My job allows me the freedom to give my services to the project and I understand this is not possible for everyone but would like to extend an invitation on behalf of Ram Singh and myself to anyone who is coming to India, please come to the school and spend time with the children.