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The Bachpan Project - Rediscovering Childhood


A simple walk in the narrow lanes of the Medahalli community, we bump into Tamsheer, a grade 6 student reveals what childhood looks like for our children. "No money sir," was the answer we got for an innocent question, of why he didn't go to his village during holidays.

A little further smiling at us is Suma akka, a 23-year-old widow with two children to take care of, earning a meager 60 rupees per day. This, however, wasn't surprising to us Teach for India fellows, for this is the truth echoed by around 430 of our students and their families.

This reminded us of the famous African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child."

The Hope:
One day Suma akka will be leading her community with her own entrepreneurial venture and her kids will realise their dreams and so will a hundred others...
One day Tamsheer will dream freely without money being deciding factor and so will hundred others...

The Bachpan Project - Rediscovering Childhood
A community centre in Medahalli and Avalahalli, Bangalore East, focusing on creating a space for children to learn and grow through academics and extra-curricular activities (football, drama, music) and skills and employs parents to make them financially secure.

Who will we Impact?
Low-income families and their kids from Medahalli and Avalahalli communities in Bangalore.

1. Forming Bachpan Student Committee who will grow as pioneers in the community and lead community projects.
2. Forming Bachpan Parent Committee who will pioneer their social entrepreneurial project.
3. Identifying Community Champions, who are invested in education and community welfare, by providing them support through coaching and training.

The Bachpan Social Entrepreneurial Project:
Parents will come together to make viable and utility products like baskets, pen holders, lamp shades, recycled notebooks, bookmarks, etc. This would enable them to learn and experience entrepreneurship and at the same time make them financially more independent.

The Fund Utilization:
2 Spaces (in Medahalli and Avalahalli)
Rent ~ Rs. 1,68,000 p.a. (Monthly Rs. 14,000 for both places)
Study resources ~ Rs. 20,000 + Rs. 20,000
Football coaching through Just for Kicks ~ Rs. 25,000 (3 Teams)
Dramebaaz registration ~ Rs. 2,000 + Rs. 2,000
Transportation ~ Rs. 10,000
Raw materials for the project ~ Rs. 10,000
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17th December 2017
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for the support. We are withdrawing the money to meet the following expenses:

1. Rent for Medahalli Center - Rs. 6,000 per month - Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec= Rs. 24,000
2. Rent for Avalahalli Center - Rs. 4,000 per month - Nov, Dec= Rs. 8000
3. SOF Olympiad Fees= Rs. 4,000
Total - Rs. 36,000

As of now, we engage with around 120 children, who use the center to get instructional time. Our Medahalli center is supported by Mr. Naveen, a person from the community, who teaches the kids from the community for free of cost.

Our women entrepreneurs have successfully completed two corporate orders for Photo frames. They have received Rs. 1,200 each in their one month journey as entrepreneurs.

Thank you for all the support. 

Here is a student interview by Lakshmi a grade-6 student of GHPS Medahalli:
Here is a picture of our kids prepping for Dramebaaz a theatre workshop:


Here are our women entrepreneurs getting a chance to interact with employees of WellsFargo:

Here is a proud Afizaabi didi, holding her first made product:
19th October 2017
- First order completed for the women entrepreneurs and this is what they had to share as an experience.
- Children did their performance task of designing their model city.
- Also, we had Udita from the corporate team of Wells Fargo visiting our women and sharing their experience
29th September 2017
Thank you for helping us strat creating a cillage that will stand for our children. For the last four months, we have been able to help our kids get a opportunity to explore their childhood in better ways. Be it Naveen sir our community champion teaching in the Medahalli center, or the village Panchayat applauding the efforts in our Avalahalli center. We also have started with 6 women from both communities starting off their entrepreneurial journey in our center. Every time our kids walk to us with a hearty smile, asking us about Bachpan, we only remember the contribution you guys - our donors have made, to realise our dream of rediscovering childhood.
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raised of Rs.30,000 goal

15 Supporters

Beneficiary: The Bachpan Pro... info_outline

Supporters (15)

Abhay donated Rs.1,500
4 months ago

My small contribution for Noble Work

Anonymous donated Rs.100
4 months ago
Anonymous donated Rs.500
4 months ago
Abhishek donated Rs.500
4 months ago

All the best, bro. :)

Aruna donated Rs.1,000
4 months ago

Good job done by young team. Pl keep it up

Anonymous donated Rs.200
4 months ago