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I am fundraising to send Sheetal From Red Light Area To US Drum School

Hi, I'm Sheetal! I'm 19, in 10th grade and I love to dance and play drums. A normal teenage life? Yes, but I grew up in Mumbai's red-light area. I am the daughter of a sex worker and I've never met my dad. I'm still in 10th because I've only been to school 3 years of my life. I faced a lot of violence, rape and discrimination....But I have big dreams! I want to go to a music school in the US for drumming diploma so I can start music classes in the red-light area. Will you help me get to the USA?
Like all girls growing up in the red-light area, I never had access to quality education, healthcare and other resources. I was taught that "a prostitute's daughter will only be a prostitute" and I was never allowed to have big dreams. But when I came to Kranti NGO, I studied, I had therapy, and most importantly, I had the chance to dream. I also found my passion in life - playing the drums. I want to attend this 1-year diploma program and bring music to my community, Kamathipura red-light area.
In the past 2 years, I have seen how powerful music can be as a tool for social change. I have seen people drumming to protest, drumming to fundraise and drumming to entertain. I want to do all of these things for my community. I also want the opportunity to live and study abroad - it has always been a childhood dream which I, a sex worker's daughter, never thought would come true. But I believe an experience like this will help me as a person and as a leader.
I need around $20,000, to complete the course. I know this is a lot of money for one person. But the money will not end with me - I will use the skills, confidence and experiences I gain to help other girls from my community. They also deserve the chance to have big dreams and amazing experiences. I want to start a music program in Kamathipura because I think music is amazing therapy. I also want sex workers and their kids to use music to fight for their rights, especially when they are protesting police brutality and other big problems.
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30th September 2015
Hi Friends, 

" This is Sheetal! Thank you so much for supporting me and my dreams for last one year. I am just returned from US to India one month ago and now I am doing my dream job.....I am doing internship at drum school in Pune!

The organization is Taal, Inc, which aims to influence areas of health and well being through rhythm, music and arts. Here I am learning to be a drum circle facilitator for children. This is basically like music and art therapy and I am working mostly with slum children and the children of sex workers. I also get to learn a lot! 

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I am also still playing the drums and am planning to join a band when I am settle into work life and schedule. But all the time I spent in America really really helped me for my English, my confidence and my music ability. I think now I am certain I want to use music for therapy especially for marginalized kids who never have chance to experience art or music. 

As soon as I reach India, I gave one speech for "Josh Talks" and now it is online - you can see it here! 

Also,  I am giving another speech at "Expresso Talks." I am giving talks at events and sharing my story only because you all helped to make my dreams come true! Thank you so much for supporting me and other Krantikaris, you really shown us that Indian care about girls from red-light area. 

I will send update as I do more programs, but here is one photo of me teaching some NGO kids! " 


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Anonymous donated Rs.500
over 3 years ago
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over 3 years ago
Deepanjan donated Rs.500
over 3 years ago

All the best

Sampath donated Rs.300
over 3 years ago

All d best sheetal

Arghya donated Rs.500
over 3 years ago
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almost 4 years ago

Anusha Allu support for this cause. Wish you all good luck.