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Below is an interview which was conducted by two volunteers with the DSWS Chairman, Mr. Mansingh Gurjar and the DSWS Secretary, Mr. Sanjay Bansal, looking back on the very first days of the organization, but also telling us more about their vision and motivation behind DSWS.

Mansingh, where and how did you get the idea to found this type of organization? What was the purpose of DSWS when you started the first school in 1999?

Belonging to a Tribal caste, I was married when I was 7 years old. It was challenging for me to complete my study, but with the help of one of my teachers I completed my college education. For my university education I came to Jaipur. That time I was a tenant of Sanjay’s Father (Sanjay Bansal is now the DSWS Secretary) in Hasanpura.

In the beginning I was not interested in a teaching job. Coincidentally however, one day I was sitting outside of the house when I saw a lady beating her child. When I asked what the problem was, I got to know that she wasn’t able to send her child to a Private School due to a lack of money, and that the government school was not an option either because it was very far. This was the turning point in my life.

The whole night I could not sleep, thinking about what that woman told me. In the morning Sanjay’s father asked me what the problem was. After listening to the whole story, he told me that he didn’t have a solution straight away, but if I could do something, he told me Sanjay would also join. And finally with the help of friends and family we formed an 11-member society and started a very small school in July 1999.

How was the relation with Opus III established?

The Opus III project was founded one year before by Riet Buvens, with the same objective; to give opportunities to the needy children, help those who cannot go to school due to a lack of money. She was however not satisfied with the way it was going,  therefore she was looking for the right person or partner in the same area. By chance she came to DPS, met the staff and after some meeting/visits, we agreed to work together. Officially we started the project in the year 2002.

Mansingh, all the people we have met are very motivated and hard working. How do you find the right staff? All activities of DSWS (education, hospital, social, microfinance) have known enormous growth over the past year, requiring more and more people, so how do you select the right people? What characteristics do you look for?

Of course the dedication of the staff is remarkable. I would like to make clear that the base of our working is to work according to Gandhism, which means that we are all equal, our responsibilities are the same, we are working with the motto to give something to needy people by heart. Of course the money is necessary for the staff to run their lives, but that is secondary for everybody. And when you are working for a noble cause, you can find right people. 

Sanjay and Mansingh, coming back to the growth DSWS has known, how do you explain this success of the past years?

The growth of DSWS is satisfactory. Behind this there is joint responsibility and a dedicated team, so teamwork is the key factor. On the other hand I would like to give the most credit for our growth to Opus III.

Mansingh, how do you see the future of DSWS? What are next steps in your vision?

On behalf of the staff and management I am able to say that the future of DSWS is bright. Our next step is to establish a Industrial Training Institute and I hope one day it will run self-dependently.

Mansingh and Sanjay, if you would have to describe DSWS in three words: which words would you choose?

“To the people, for the people, by the people.” It’s an organization filled with dedication leading to fruitful results.

Mansingh and Sanjay, do you think there will ever be a moment where you can say: now we have reached our final state, now we can say “mission accomplished”?

Never. There is not a final destination. We want to continue this work as long as we can. We can say “the sky is the limit.”