Conceptualised in May 2015, I Care for Tomorrow is a non-governmental association that is looking to make a better tomorrow for everyone, a tomorrow that does not include chemical hazards, water, air and earth pollution. The organisation has been started by a group of young, enthusiast group of people, whose sole goal is to make a better tomorrow for our children.
Following its principles on making a better tomorrow, one of our core goals is to uplift the lives of the Adivasi tribals living in the green lung of Mumbai, Aarey.
Aarey, which is located in Goregaon East, a suburb in Mumbai, houses nearly 10,000 tribals in 32 padas or hamlets that is spread over 28 km in Aarey Milk Colony. Together they host some 1027 households, most of them tribal families, according to a 2003 survey by Sramik Mukti Sanghatan. Although living in close proximity to modern civilisation, the Adivasi have not been touched by the basic necessities of modern life, which is education, electricity or water. Their only source for income is through farming that is only possible during three months of the year. Some of these Adivasis’ trace their roots back to the dying Warli Adivasi tribes and to the time before Mumbai expanded north, engulfing everything in its way.
Therefore, in a bid to make a better tomorrow for the Adivasis, we have pledged for the wholesome development of the Adivasis’ in Arrey by empowering them economically and at the same time leading them back to their heritage. Not only do we endeavour to make the unfortunate section of the society financially independent, but also to provide them with the skills to stand at par with others in our society.
As one of our first steps, we are running a Personality Development program in a tribal village inside of Aarey Colony. We were extremely happy to see that only three sessions of the program have yielded commendable results. The tribals, who had enrolled in the classes, were more confident. To our surprise and satisfaction, young tribal girls were also extremely excited to be part of such program and equally happy to discover a distinguished self within themselves. Not only does our program provide the individuals with personality development, but also with English training and counselling. Through our program, we are also upskilling the individuals by providing them with training in stitching and painting. Along with upskilling and uplifting the tribals, we are also empowering them economically and at the same time supporting the plastic ban and helping the environment by teaching the villagers to make recycled shopping paper bags from old newspapers that have been collected from the residential societies in Goregaon East. These paper bags are then sold to shops and can be used in place of plastic shopping bags.
Our programme has achieved immense success with the number of villagers enrolling for our classes increasing every day and also with more and more stores accepting and buying our bags. However, in order to achieve our target, we would need your kind help through funds.
We need funds :
To buy sewing machines and supporting raw materials to develop their stitching skills.
To buy colours, brushes, and supporting materials to develop their painting skills.
To buy computers and supporting materials to develop their skills in computer.
To hire professionals for teaching paintings, stitching, computer, and also for personality development, English speaking, various application of wall paintings in the commercial aspect, marketing and create a market for their product.
If you can donate even a little bit - it will help to ensure that our goal is successful and we will be able to make a better tomorrow by upskilling, uplifting and enabling the villagers, their culture, heritage and at the same time protect our environment at the same time
I Care for Tomorrow