Support my Shivner Changemakers

My name is Sruti Sriram. A little over a year ago, I moved to Mumbai after a lifetime in the US to try to make a dent in India's problem of education inequity as a Teach for India Fellow. Today, my days center around 86 ninth-graders at Shivner Vidya Mandir, a low-income school in Saki Naka, Mumbai.

My students are bundles of energy. They are inspiring, heartbreaking, wickedly intelligent, surprisingly mischievous, and always eager to learn. I believe that they deserve the best possible education, but often resources come in the way. 

Our classroom vision is, "We will take ownership of ourselves and our peers in order to achieve excellence," and every day, I see proof points of that excellence and leadership in my students. I see it when Preeti fights against family pressure to stay in school and pass tenth boards, even when they tell her that she doesn't study well enough for it to be worth it. I see it when Sarvesh stays after school and makes revision worksheets for every student in class. I see it when Kajal and Pratibha got permission from the principal to run seminars about gender equality in every classroom in school, so that all students will be equipped to solve India's toughest problems.

The excellence these students strive for requires resources so that they can achieve their goals and be whoever they want to be, despite the circumstances they come from. Preeti and Nadeem need help paying school fees so that they can stay in school, Sarvesh needs to photocopy his handmade worksheets, and all of my students need access to award-winning and challenging books so that they can improve their reading, critical thinking, and exposure to the world.

We want your help so that we can make these projects, and many more, come to fruition, so that our students can be proof that anything is possible.

**The money from this fundraiser will be used primarily to buy a projector and speakers for the classroom, and worksheets, books, dictionaries, and other school supplies for children. For students with exceptional mitigating circumstances, it will also be used to help defray their cost of attendance at Shivner, including school fees (Rs. 500 per month), uniforms, and textbooks. 
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24th April 2018
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for the wonderful support that you have shown. We are withdrawing a portion of the amount raised via this campaign on Milaap to cover all the expenses related to the classroom in the last 5-6 months. It includes Math workbooks for foundational understanding, and other worksheets/classroom stationery, prints etc.

Thank you for the support!
19th February 2018
Dear Supporters,

Thank you so much for continuing to donate. Because we're winding down the school year, we're rapidly trying to brainstorm support mechanisms for our students over the summer.

One way we intend to do that is support our most struggling students with tablets inbuilt with phonics and mathematics games so that they can maintain the growth they have achieved over the past year.

We'll be using tablets donated by TFI, supplemented with workbooks that reinforce basic literacy and numeracy. We'll be passing these learning packets to our most vulnerable students, and have them work on them over these next few months.

Thank you once again. 
15th January 2018
Hi Everyone!

We have a ton of updates for you, but I'll be sending them along in batches as we procure new things for our classroom. Here's the first one!

Teach for India is having a national conference in mid-February, where they are flying in 100 students from all over India to present over three days to educators around the nation, including those from some of India's best international schools! 70 of those students will be non-Teach for India students, from a mixture of high-income schools and partner organisations/other NGOs. 30 will be from Teach for India classrooms around the country, and we are flying them into Mumbai to present on their leadership journeys.

One of our very own students will be one of these 30 change makers! She was selected from over 600 applications, and she'll be spending a week in retreat and reflection with students from different backgrounds who have also inspired others. She wrote her winning essay on her role as the co-host of Little Voices, Big Ideas -- a Teach for India Youtube Webseries on leadership in India (wait for the first episode of the second season! It'll be out in mid-February).

 I use this example to showcase what kinds of miracles these funds can accomplish. Pratibha's fees were paid using funds from here. Her interest in debate was fueled by your donations, as we put them towards her participation fees and transportation costs. And her interest in journalism, law, and debate have been supported by procuring books for the library that cover these fields and more.

More updates to come in the next couple weeks, both on Pratibha's journey and other updates going on in our classroom.

As always, thank you so much for your support!
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M. donated US $50
9 months ago

I heard about the wonderful work that you are doing in Mumbai from my sister (Nikhil and Devi's mother). Wishing you the best. Anant, Lalitha, Koki, Gautham

C donated Rs.5,000
9 months ago

Janaki Perincherry (Janu) is my very dear sister. Got the reference from and her and am making a very small contribution towards this wonderful cause.

ABHISHEK donated Rs.1
9 months ago
Janaki donated US $300
9 months ago
R.Subramanian donated Rs.5,000
10 months ago

Sruti, As requested by you, Iam donating Rs.5000/-. All the best for your future. From Mani Mama.

Vijaya donated Rs.20,000
10 months ago

Dear Shruti, Proud of you supporting a noble cause .. Please do consider talking to the kids and sharing what you do so they can appreciate your initiative and also be motivated to help others by your example. Best wishes Kripa and Vijaya