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Vimal Bhawan Boarding, Gajraula

Prem Dham community of the Ursulines of Mary Immaculate working in collaboration with the IMS Fathers (Indian Missionary Society), took keen interest in bringing up Jeevan Jyoti School, Gajraula that imparts education to the poor and the marginalized of the society. Their frequent visit to the nearby villages brought to their notice the steady decline of girl children in the school due to the environment in which they grew. Girls from the marginalized section hardly reached to the High School and they formed the majority of the dropouts as they had to take care of their siblings at home and do all household works while their parents worked in the fields.  

Our main objective in starting a boarding house was to provide the girl child with basic residential facilities for the intellectual and human development. So in 1995 we started Solidarity Home with four girls by hiring a room in Bagiri – the closest village. Though from there they began to come to the school regularly and they were helped in the evenings, nothing much was profited from this endeavour. Therefore we took a bold step in 1996, starting a small boarding house called Vimal Bhawan, close to Jeevan Jyoti School. On 1st November 1996 Vimal Bhawan was inaugurated with five students. Within few years the number increased. Now it is a full-fledged hostel with the necessary conveniences accommodating forty or forty two girls who really need our care and attention while they study in the school. The girls bloom with happiness and joy here. Seven batches have passed out the High School from its very start to until now staying in this boarding house. It is our happiness to see them selecting appropriate career and building their lives.