Every morning children from nearby slum arrive in small groups, usually barefoot, carrying mats, brooms and start cleaning a portion of a land under a metro rail bridge, which would be their school for the rest of the forenoon. Rajesh Kumar Sharma, an Indian man along with his friend has founded a free school for underprivileged children under a metro bridge a year ago. He teaches at least 45 children every day. Sharma, a 40-year-old father of three from Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, was forced to drop out of college in his third year due to financial difficulties. He didn't want other children to face the same difficulties he had so he decided to start the free school. He persuaded local laborers and farmers to allow their children to attend his school instead of working to add to the family income. He prepares these children for admission to government schools and hopes to equip them with the tools necessary to overcome their poverty. Even though millions of dollars are used to fund educating poor children in India however it doesn't reach them because of corruption and arduous administrative procedures.
The school received an overwhelming support after the photo feature was published in November 2012. Philanthropists from far and wide helped the school children with new sweaters, shoes, socks, school bags, new flooring and clean bottled drinking water.

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