Our fellows are mothers and elder girls from the village who spend their time with children in understanding them, mentoring them and teaching them life skills.
Why we do, what we do?
343.5 million children from rural India are on the risk of not making a career out of their passion for no fault of theirs! We are here to eliminate what is unfair. Their background should never dictate their destiny. For us, every child deserves a limitless sky!
Almost all of our children are forced to work in different capacities to support their family. Most of the children come from broken families and fight social stigmas. Lack of motivation, confidence and a role model is a deeper problem in the communities that we work with. The challenge is to ensure that the dreams that are born in the eyes of these children take wings of possibility!
We identify the most vulnerable communities from rural areas and work directly with children of the age group 6-14 and their parents. Some of the factors we definitely take into consideration are:
• Village with migrant and backward communities (Dalits, National Tribes, Adivasis, etc)
• First generation learning communities
• Villages with no direct access to basic facilities (hospitals, banks, private schools, etc)
• Village/Community whose household income is less than 5-6 thousand per month (main bread winner)
• Village where parents work for 12-14 hours 300+ days a year as casual labourers, farmers or daily wage earners
• Village/Community where girls are not encouraged to go to school beyond primary schooling
We set up Innovation Lab cum Community Center in the village, where a fellow/teacher works with the most vulnerable children from the village. Our fellows are females (mothers, elder girls who dropped out from college) from the village itself who spend 3-5 hours everyday with children.
At Community Center our major focus is on building life skills via:
• Teaching literacy and building reading and writing skills
• Teaching science and innovation using local resources
• Teaching hobbies to help kids explore their passion
• Focusing on mental well being by sessions conducted by a clinical psychologist
While there's a long journey ahead, we have seen many moments that make us proud of all our children and their parents. Some of them include:
• All our children who come at Center in the two villages can now read and write in Marathi (none of them
could read or write when we started)
•All the girls that we are working with are now attending local Government school with an average
attendance of 85% post Diwali
• All our children have student work around their hobby for the last two months
• On an average every child reads 6 books per week from library
• As of 20th December, 2017, 70% parents agree that they will encourage their children to continue studying and exploring their passion
Quick Facts and Statistics
- Cost per child per month: Rs. 75
- Cost per family per month: Rs. 60
- Children learn life skills via sustainable living using only local resources
- Children currently at Laxmiwadi and Sajani villages are exploring their skills and passions by cultivating hobby, making models and prototypes, exploring nature, interacting with villagers and local craftsmen
- With crowdfunding platform, we aim to have more and more common people joining the movement and supporting children in their journey
- We want to create opportunities for people where they can contribute small amount consistently over a period of time and see the change coming alive in the children
Children learnt about soil erosion using locally available resources
Children made nests after a nature observation class
A child designed a model of automatic cleaning car for the village
Children learning about soil and its properties
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