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Fundraising for Year 2 - Help slum kids get an education


                                                                                 

WHAT DOES URJAYATI DO?


"Raddi" is the colloquial Indian word for old newspapers, plastic bottles, metallic cans and things of that ilk which people either throw out or sell to a 'raddiwala' (collector) to be recycled, and get a paltry sum of money in return.

And that's what we did with our volunteers for our first fundraiser - we collected 'raddi' as donation from households and sold it to raise money for our initial kitty, with which we started the process of sending 8 kids from the slums of Mumbai back to school.

And that's what Project Urjayati is all about - financially sponsoring slum children from disadvantaged backgrounds to go back to school, and mentoring them to ensure they don't drop out. All this to help them get an education, instead of getting pushed into child labour.


WHO ARE WE? AND WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?


Project Urjayati is an independent initiative by three Gandhi Fellows. We are three women in our mid-twenties who, till a few years back, were immersed in college degrees, foreign exchange programs and corporate jobs with MNCs.

From 2014 though, we spent two years working with 32 municipal schools and their surrounding slums in Mumbai and Thane, with the NGO Kaivalya Education Foundation.

We have each spent a month living in the slums of Mumbai with the children we work for.
We have also spent a month each working at labour jobs with the parents of these children.
All of this, so that we could understand their problems and help in our own small way.

In our experience with kids from the municipal schools and slums in Mumbai, we noticed that many children from low-income families drop-out of school. Or don’t go at all. Or try to manage work and school together and compromise on their education. Often they are in this position because they have to work to support their families. Or look after a sick relative or younger sibling while the parents are at work. Or simply because they cannot even afford the monthly transport cost if the school is far away.


For instance, take the case of Ronti. 15-year old Ronti Sarkar was the topper of his school in Class 10. From there on, his education now takes up 50% of his family’s income. Not because it costs that much, but because his family earns that little. Despite their best efforts.

(Click on this text to see Ronti's story)


With the help of our donors, the mentors, and a number of very kind volunteers who have helped us in every imaginable way, Project Urjayati has been making sure that kids like Ronti don’t have to forgo their education because of dire financial conditions at home.


In the last one year, we have gone from supporting 8 kids in Mumbai to 22 kids from the slums of Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. We hope to be able to take on more with support from those who believe that every child should get the opportunity to study – without having to worry about how to pay for the books they need, or the fees in school, or the bus they need to take so that they don’t have to walk an hour to get to school every day.


HOW MUCH FUNDS ARE WE TRYING TO RAISE?


We customize our funding options for each child, to cater to their specific needs. One child might need as little as INR 200 (approx. US$ 3) per month, while another might need as much as INR 2000 (approx. US$ 30) per month. 

In order to continue supporting our existing kids from last year, and to take on at least 10 more this year, we are aiming to raise INR 192,000 (approx. US$ 2,880) for the next academic year. 







WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT OUR WORK?


On Nov 27, 2015, our project and campaign was covered by DNA newspaper in Mumbai - Link to DNA Article



On Dec 7, 2015, our project was covered by NDTV 24x7 - Link to NDTV Video



Halfway through last year, in May 2016, Milaap visited the slum to follow up on our project, and published this article in The Better India Blog - Link to Article in The Better India Blog.


For more details, you can:
Follow us on Facebook - Urjayati's Facebook Page
Or visit our website at www.urjayati.org
Or email us at contacturjayati@gmail.com


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6th December 2020
Dear Urjayati donors

As we come to the close of a year like we have never seen before, Urjayati has continued to support children with their education with your online and offline donations. It has been 5 years supporting the kids, and while the group we are supporting has decreased in size, the impact on each child has been tremendous, thanks to your support.

During the lockdown, we could extend support to kids like Putu to complete her Bachelors program in college, even when her daily wager family lost all sources of income for months and her degree was at the risk of coming to a halt. Thanks to the support we could provide, she will now be able to finish her degree and prepare for a job that can change the life of her family.

We have continued to consistently support kids like Ronti, first for his tuitions to prepare for engineering entrances in our first two years of fundraising, and then for his engineering degree that he got through thanks to all the support for the next few years. For a family that is earning less than Rs 10,000 per month, one can only imagine the huge impact this will have on both the kid and his family, as he heads towards his next milestone of applying for jobs as an engineer. 

Please write to us at contacturjayati@gmail.com if you want to donate further.

Best wishes and heartfelt thanks from the kids, as well as us:
Aditi, Harsha and Shrestha
Dear Urjayati donors

As we come to the close of a year like we have never seen before, Urjayati has continued to support children with their education with your online and offline donations. It has been 5 years supporting the kids, and while the group we are supporting has decreased in size, the impact on each child has been tremendous, thanks to your support.

During the lockdown, we could extend support to kids like Putu to complete her Bachelors program in college, even when her daily wager family lost all sources of income for months and her degree was at the risk of coming to a halt. Thanks to the support we could provide, she will now be able to finish her degree and prepare for a job that can change the life of her family.

We have continued to consistently support kids like Ronti, first for his tuitions to prepare for engineering entrances in our first two years of fundraising, and then for his engineering degree that he got through thanks to all the support for the next few years. For a family that is earning less than Rs 10,000 per month, one can only imagine the huge impact this will have on both the kid and his family, as he heads towards his next milestone of applying for jobs as an engineer. 

Please write to us at contacturjayati@gmail.com if you want to donate further.

Best wishes and heartfelt thanks from the kids, as well as us:
Aditi, Harsha and Shrestha
20th January 2018
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for all your support, we are being able to close one more academic year of education for all the kids at Urjayati! Not just that, one of the kids is preparing to appear for his engineering entrance exam in a few months from now. Another has taken up Economics in Class 11 and wishes to pursue it further. More details to follow by the end of this session in our annual newsletter to all of you.

Please go to sleep tonight happy, knowing the huge difference you have made to the lives of these kids and their families over the past one year.

P.S. If you are donating anonymously, please drop us an email at contacturjayati@gmail.com so that we can keep you posted about the progress of the kids.

Lots of thanks and humble gratitude
Aditi, Harsha and Shrestha 
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for all your support, we are being able to close one more academic year of education for all the kids at Urjayati! Not just that, one of the kids is preparing to appear for his engineering entrance exam in a few months from now. Another has taken up Economics in Class 11 and wishes to pursue it further. More details to follow by the end of this session in our annual newsletter to all of you.

Please go to sleep tonight happy, knowing the huge difference you have made to the lives of these kids and their families over the past one year.

P.S. If you are donating anonymously, please drop us an email at contacturjayati@gmail.com so that we can keep you posted about the progress of the kids.

Lots of thanks and humble gratitude
Aditi, Harsha and Shrestha 
26th September 2017
Dear Supporters,

https://m.facebook.com/187186028289462/photos/a.187245531616845.1073741828.187186028289462/460783160929746/?type=3&source=54

Refer to our Facebook post for updates about the children you have been supporting - this would not have been possible without your help, thank you so much!

Please do share this campaign further with your friends and family. 
Dear Supporters,

https://m.facebook.com/187186028289462/photos/a.187245531616845.1073741828.187186028289462/460783160929746/?type=3&source=54

Refer to our Facebook post for updates about the children you have been supporting - this would not have been possible without your help, thank you so much!

Please do share this campaign further with your friends and family. 

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Goal: Rs.30,000