Kutumb has been a blessing in terms of both teachers and students. I want to work in the Polytechnic sector in the future. My teachers here at Kutumb have been very friendly and approachable. The students here are all well-mannered and respect everyone, which is in contrast to my village environment. Through Kutumb I got the opportunity to distribute 300 safety kits to nearby villages and to increase awareness about COVID.
I got to know more about Kutumb through the medicine counters setup by the organization and then further through the social workers. More than me, my parents are happy with me being a part of Kutumb. I wish to be an electrical engineer when I grow up. I like painting and playing. Kabaddi being my favorite sport and I am also a part of the school Kabaddi team.
At Kutumb, I love the library and enjoy reading the available storybooks for hours. I am passionate about Football and Kabbadi. I also take part in Dance classes. I particularly enjoy learning from the other kids in my peer groups and my tuition classes.
If possible, I would never leave the Kutumb family. I love to take part in the various activities organized by Kutumb and really look forward to the peer meetings. I walk 2 km daily to attend the tuition classes here among other activities conducted by organization.
The main difference between Kutumb and any other possible school or tuition centre is the stark difference in the kids – their attitude, their seriousness, and their dedication. I want to be a Police officer when I grow up and my parents and teachers have really helped guide and motivate me for the same.
I want to be a dancer or a sports teacher when I grow up. I love playing sports, especially rugby. I also love taking part in the dance classes here in Kutumb. Apart from that, I also look forward to and take active part in any and every program that is carried out here – computers, crafts and waste materials, plants and agriculture among others. The kids and teachers here at Kutumb are very warm and nice.
Ajay sir helped introduce me to the Kutumb family. I really like the people and the kids here and the serious study and teaching environment here.
Pooja didi came to my house to talk to my parents. Both them and I could not wait to be a part of the Kutumb family. The kids and the activities conducted here are all beyond comparison and I also love the weekly computer classes
Anshul sir helped introduce me and my family to the Kutumb family. I love playing and actively play badminton and kho-kho. I also like to study and my friends here and the teachers greatly enable better studies and a more friendly environment.
Ajay sir helped introduce me and my family to the Kutumb family. I am training to join the Army under an army man in my village and regularly go to run in the stadium nearby. Kutumb has helped me focus my attention on the other important aspect for my dreams – studies and the friendly people here greatly help and support me achieve my dreams.
I wish to be a teacher when I grow up and all the teachers and my friends are very supportive in helping me achieve my dream. I especially love the peer-learning group – ‘Disha’. Apart from that, the people here are very friendly and nice
I feel very at ease with the people, especially the kids at the school.
Kutumb gives hope, shares knowledge and thanks to the foundation, the children are able to dream. Kutumb is not only a professional association, Kutumb has become a family. You are the best example of love and brotherhood I have never seen.
I have seen kutumb to grow from sapling to tree. The members of this group and the Motto of the organisation makes it huge. me and my family is associated with kutumb since long. I feel thank full and blessed to be part of kutumb.
Kutumb working for slum and abandoned children to uplift their life from worst situation & condition because Kutumb understand the importance of right to life of children. I am very thankful to Kutumb NGO who give me great opportunity to work with them for the improvement of Children's life.
Kutumb changed my life in a very positive way. I learned so much about Indian culture and history...and also about myself. Our connection is eternal.
My way took me to Kutumb in Varanasi. There, I was able to develop a rough picture of the small world of ordinary people of the slums of Nadesar, I learnt a lot about the status of women in India.
We are humbled by the amazing spirit of Dr. Ashish & Puja's kutumb to ever increase and share the love and joy. Best wishes on the 15th anniversary
We wish Kutumb family the best in achieving all success they deserve for their noble & inspiring work. It has been our privilege to support Kutumb via the Vision Builders organization based in the USA.
CONGRATULATIONS!! We have followed your amazing progress over the years with enormous admiration and respect. To visit first Kutumb in Varanasi and then in the new village has been a much needed affirmation that there is good in the world
I have been a part of Kutumb family and have been lucky to see it bloom from its conception. We all have dreams but very few have courage and determination to face the hardships in the path. Congratulations and best wishes for the coming years.
Your smiles will stay here in my heart for always. You spoilt us and made us feel very welcome and special. I look forward to how your home will continue to develop.
I arrived in Kutumb few years ago for spend 3 months and meeting Pooja and Dr Ashish was a catalyst of a new life. Since that time they never stop to work with courage and determination to develop their actions with success. I love you all.
Kutumb means "family", so I learned when I first heard of Kutumb Village. But after visiting and meeting the children, it stands for far more - hope, trust and love and the belief in a brighter future.
I’d like to wish a very happy anniversary to Kutumb! The dedication of Dr. Ashish and Puja is truly inspiring. It is clear how they have strived to improve children’s lives everyday through their hard work, commitment, and love. With an expanding facility, the children are having new and better experiences everyday. I hope to see the children continue to live great lives, and for Dr. Ashish and Puja to continue their mission to make the work a better place.
Kutumb has taken up the noble goal of providing a home and education to young abandoned kids. My interaction with Kutumb started in 2016, and I was amazed at the personal connect I saw in their relationship with children. I wish Kutumb and the team all the very best in positively transforming every life they touch, and creating capable and confident citizens.
Depuis 21 ans je vais en Inde chaque année. Passionnée par sa civilisation, j’étais professeur d’histoire à Paris et je faisais des recherches sur les relations Orient-Occident. J’allais à Pondichery pour ma filleule, que je suivais dans son parcours affectif, scolaire, familial. J’organisais des rencontres entre des étudiants indiens venant de tous les états. Et puis, à Bénarès… , il y a 15 ans, j’entendais parler d’un tout jeune médecin, soignant les plus pauvres, et préoccupé par leur éducation : le Docteur Ashish. Je lui ai proposé ma contribution et il m’a envoyée dans la gare pour accueillir les enfants nettoyeurs des trains, et dans les bidonvilles. Il était secondé par une jeune assistante sociale, et, très vite, j’ai compris qu’une belle histoire d’amour commençait entre Dr Ashish et Puja. Ils se sont mariés et ils ont fondé une famille : « Kutumb ». Belle Trinité. Où ? Dans les bidonvilles, derrière la gare : 2, 3, 4, 5……..enfants, trouvés dans la gare, tombés d’un train en flamme, jetés sous un train. Ils ont un toit, de l’amour, dans une maison louée par une association allemande mais ils sont bien pauvres : pas d’habits, un seul lit, pas de confort, mais autour d’eux beaucoup d’activités enrichissantes : des femmes des bidonvilles venaient se faire soigner, suivre des cours de couture, conduire leur enfant à l’école. Chaque année une grande fête pour la journée de la femme, avec une chorégraphie organisée par Puja sur les thèmes de la mythologie indienne. De quelle façon je pouvais participer ? en leur permettant d’aller à l’Ecole. Comment choisir ? Combien d’écoles visitées avec Puja pour trouver la meilleure pour chacun d’entre eux ! Heureux, ils y allaient à pied, en rickshaw, ils m’en remerciaient et les résultats étaient très bons, pour certains, excellents, de très belles récompenses, pas de compétition, pas d’égo, de l’entraide –les plus grands aidaient les petits pour leurs devoirs-Pourtant, chacun a son caractère, sa personnalité, son désir de construire son avenir, et toujours dans le souci des autres. Ils dansent, ils chantent, ils travaillent, et quand je les quitte, ils me manquent. De nos jours tout paraît « facile » pour un visiteur : confort, espace, activité sportive,
culturelle, et le parcours de 15 ans semble oublié. Le bonheur règne, les enfants s’activent dans tous les domaines, jardinage, cuisine, spectacles, artisanat… Ils participent à la vie de la famille. Quand je les quitte, chaque année, je suis triste, je les aime tous et je voudrais que le monde entier s’inspire de Kutumb, ils sont mon espoir..
Bravo et Merci !
Coming to Kutumb Village is such a relief for the soul. The environment and the presence of children makes it an unforgettable experience. This is a very inspiring project and I would like to come back here again and again. Wonderful children, great atmosphere and dedicated social workers of Kutumb are bringing hope back to humanity.
J’ai rencontré le Dr Ashich et son épouse il y a 11 ans dans leur home vers la gare. J’ai tout de suite été touchée par ces êtres si généreux d’eux-mêmes envers les plus démunis, pas seulement de leur temps et leur énergie mais par leur cœur ! Leur travail avec les enfants et le programme pour les femmes comme dans une ruche ou chacun a sa place est exceptionnel ! Bravo et Merci pour nous tous ! Je suis revenue plusieurs fois en Inde ainsi qu’avec mes fils pour qu’ils vous connaissent et revoir Gungun qui vit dans notre cœur. C’est chaque fois un grand bonheur de partager du temps avec vous, vous faites tous partie petits et grands de notre famille de cœur !
Hello, I am Gitta, from Germany. Together with Vivek I am following the steps of Lups and Spotty, our friend in the Jungle. I love children, because I like when people are real, authentic, when they say what they do and do what they say. Sometimes I imagine the child in front of me is Gandhi. How would I approach that child then? With a lot of respect. Children for me are most important in our world. May be one day can meet you in person? Many Spotty-Lups-friendship greetings from Germany.
Story of Kutumb reminds us that God has his own way of letting the seed go down, and take roots, when the appropriate time came it shot up towards greater vitality and growth. It is also marvellous to witness how ‘people of good will’ from far and wide got similar vibrations and came together to fulfil a mission that God has designed. ‘Good work’ is ‘God’s work’. Those who nurture upon it will be always blessed by Him. My good wishes & love to the entire Kutumb family.
Doing a volunteer photography assignment for the Kutumb family has been a very grateful experience for me. They are doing a lovely work with open heart, and that can be told by the way they are running their projects and the warm interaction they have with their beneficiaries. Among all the work done for them, I specially remember a vaccination day that took place in their premises. Great work done. Don't know if I will have the chance to work with Kutumb again, but surely I will be happy to do so, if the opportunity arises. I am especially thankful to Dr. Ashish for the hospitality and I wish him and all the Kutumb family
all the best. Best wishes!
Being part of Kutumb meant to me much more than a simple approach to Benares slums reality. There I found the real essence of life, a mesmerizing effort to create a global family in which saving lives was not a goal but a first step to work on a future full of dignity for kids and people used to be nothing but invisible, the outcast in a system of cruelty. Not even in my best dreams I dared to imagine, how much love and integrity I was going to find there, people and values which still today inspire me to move and act gently and compassionated in a world threatening to fall apart. I can feel nothing but a tremendous gratitude and respect for all Kutumb members and the everlasting love they leave behind them.