Lavanya's Running fundraiser for Children | Milaap
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I am running to transform children from vulnerable backgrounds to positive, confident and responsible citizens
  • Lavanya

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    This fundraiser will benefit

    Apni Shala Foundation

    from Bangalore, Karnataka


I am Lavanya, a mother of a 3-year-old son. I take on other labels too, writer, doer and recently, marathon runner but as a mother I have begun understanding the world of children. For children to grow into responsible citizens and confident adults, children need love and appreciation. Children need encouragement and care. I've understood that children learn and grow when the environment is fun and loving. Sometimes, rather unfairly, the world is divided into the privileged and the not-so-privileged. The dividing line is invisible but everybody can see it because of what's missing on the other side.
I am running Mumbai Marathon 2015 for Apni Shala because they not only cross the dividing line but, in their own dedicated way, they're filling in the missing pieces. They're educating children. They're teaching them to think, to question, to probe. They're teaching them to believe in themselves. They call it life-skills building.
As they say the race doesn't always go to the swiftest but to the ones who keep running.
Apni Shala goes beyond ‘academic knowledge’ and focuses on building interpersonal skills, emotion management and critical thinking skills in children. To do this, they engage children in experiential learning programs like community project work that has them going out into the real world, critically analyzing social problems and implementing solutions in the real world!
Their approach to such ‘life skill’ education is that instead of preachy moral science texts (like you probably had in school!) we make things more practical for them so that they’re always challenging themselves to problem-solve, make healthy decisions, build better relationships and work towards a positive goal!
How do children benefit from this? Experiences lead to self-discovery! Today, 70% of children engage in finding solutions to negative behavior in their everyday life. They are also better at:
• Critically analysing and resolving a tough situation in their daily lives and in society
• Taking initiative to solve problems around them
• Evaluating their value systems
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Apni Shala has reached to around 1100 children through its year long school programs and 400 children through its short term workshops. It is working at 10 different locations in Mumbai with government schools and 5 partner NGOs. It also conducts life skills in regions around Mumbai.
Apni Shala is a registered Trust under BPTA 1950.
All the funds received will be directly used towards program implementation. 80% will go towards facilitator fees, material in classrooms and content development. 20% will go towards monitoring & evaluation and capacity building of facilitators.
Read their first Annual Report:
I am running SCMM 2015 marathon to give one more class room of 25 children access to life skills sessions.
Rs.1520 = A year long life skills sessions to a child!
Contribute big or small and change the way children learn in current schools. You can start with as small as Rs.500.
Or START YOUR CAMPAIGN with Apni Shala and be the CHANGE AGENT!
Every supporter counts. YOU count!
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