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25th May 2016
Dear supporters,
 
I am Ibrahim, a Milaap Open Fellow in Mumbai. I recently met with Harsha and Aditi from the team of Urjayati to get an update on their project. I visited the slums of Damu Nagar with them. The families of eight out of ten kids Urjayati is sponsoring live in these slums.I got to meet the kids and know more about their lives and struggles. The place had recently been in turmoil owing to the fire that took place in early December. It had destroyed the homes and commodities of many of the residents, which included the families of these kids too.
 
I met 11-year-old Neha, who was missing out on school just because her family couldn’t afford a Rs. 160 bus pass. I asked her about her parents, and she innocently replied that they both weren’t there. She had lost both her parents. Her grandmother, the only earning member, was taking care of her. She goes to a public school in Akurli, about 3.5 km away. Suhasini is one year junior to Neha and goes to the same school. Her mother’s hand was infected whilst doing her job as a ragpicker, and her father does not earn enough to support her treatment and Suhasini’s education at the same time. Even the rest of the kids had similar stories of pain  wherein they are deprived of education because their parent cannot afford it. .
 
The Urjayati team has created a mentorship model, wherein each of these students is assigned a volunteer mentor. These mentors provide the kids with guidance and help them with their studies. Also, they keep a track of their performance and attendance. Even the team did not anticipate the role these mentors would play  in the kids’ lives when the fire in the Kandivali slums took place in December. The mentors were extremely proactive in helping out their families. They collected and provided them with blankets, clothes, ration, and other necessities, till they could recuperate from the shock and loss.

The team is now planning to take on more kids and support their year-long education. They have selected 10 kids from slums in Delhi for this and will soon be bringing them onboard.
 
Here’s a pic of all the kids that Urjayati is currently sponsoring along with the team members Harsha and Aditi.

 

Dear supporters,
 
I am Ibrahim, a Milaap Open Fellow in Mumbai. I recently met with Harsha and Aditi from the team of Urjayati to get an update on their project. I visited the slums of Damu Nagar with them. The families of eight out of ten kids Urjayati is sponsoring live in these slums.I got to meet the kids and know more about their lives and struggles. The place had recently been in turmoil owing to the fire that took place in early December. It had destroyed the homes and commodities of many of the residents, which included the families of these kids too.
 
I met 11-year-old Neha, who was missing out on school just because her family couldn’t afford a Rs. 160 bus pass. I asked her about her parents, and she innocently replied that they both weren’t there. She had lost both her parents. Her grandmother, the only earning member, was taking care of her. She goes to a public school in Akurli, about 3.5 km away. Suhasini is one year junior to Neha and goes to the same school. Her mother’s hand was infected whilst doing her job as a ragpicker, and her father does not earn enough to support her treatment and Suhasini’s education at the same time. Even the rest of the kids had similar stories of pain  wherein they are deprived of education because their parent cannot afford it. .
 
The Urjayati team has created a mentorship model, wherein each of these students is assigned a volunteer mentor. These mentors provide the kids with guidance and help them with their studies. Also, they keep a track of their performance and attendance. Even the team did not anticipate the role these mentors would play  in the kids’ lives when the fire in the Kandivali slums took place in December. The mentors were extremely proactive in helping out their families. They collected and provided them with blankets, clothes, ration, and other necessities, till they could recuperate from the shock and loss.

The team is now planning to take on more kids and support their year-long education. They have selected 10 kids from slums in Delhi for this and will soon be bringing them onboard.
 
Here’s a pic of all the kids that Urjayati is currently sponsoring along with the team members Harsha and Aditi.

 

27th November 2015

As on Nov 27, 2015, our project and campaign was covered by DNA newspaper in Mumbai- http://www.iamin.in/en/mumbai-north-west/news/slum-kids-can-now-re-enrol-schools-thanks-3-young-women-76974


As on Nov 27, 2015, our project and campaign was covered by DNA newspaper in Mumbai- http://www.iamin.in/en/mumbai-north-west/news/slum-kids-can-now-re-enrol-schools-thanks-3-young-women-76974