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My Run for Life Skills Edu for children from low-income communities

Hello Everyone!!

“Give a man a Fish and you Feed him for a Day,
Teach a man to Fish & you Feed him for a Lifetime!”

This is my favourite Chinese proverb and only reiterates and strengthens my belief in instilling skills and education in children and youth, that is beyond books – words – grades and which is holistic and life changing. Here at Apni Shala they do exactly that through their Life Skills Education Programmes for children from low-income communities in Mumbai. 

Their journey began with three TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) graduates who founded the organization in 2012 at their Deonar campus, and now in a short span of 4 years they have reached over 4000 children with their current staff strength at 13. Their work in this field is commendable and they are now scaling up to new heights with greater reach to marginalized children & communities. 

I aim to raise INR 35,000 for this cause through my run in the Mumbai Marathon 2017. The funds received will go towards sustaining life skills education of 62 children in the M-West Ward of Mumbai - a ward with one of the lowest Human Development Indices in the city.

One of the programmes that Apni Shala runs is called the Service Learning Programme, where they enable children to address social issues in their community. Thus far, children have addressed a variety of issues like alcoholism, waste management, eve teasing, women's education and water management with the guidance of a Facilitator.

Example: children have conducted workshops in their communities to help illiterate women learn how to fill bank forms, learn how to sign and how to tally bills. They have also created a Map of their community marking the areas where eve-teasing is the highest with details like timing etc.

Through these processes of learning, children have shown marked improvement in their levels of self-confidence, initiative, teamwork, leadership and empathy. If like me, you believe that apart from academics, it is essential for children to develop these life skills, you can contribute with a donation.

I sincerely request your whole-hearted support and best wishes for this campaign and I hope to reach this fund-raising goal soon! :)


- Rosetta Merwyn Mendes

What happens after you donate?

  • You'll thereafter be informed about how you helped made a difference. 
  • You get the chance to interact with the children you supported and accompany them during their projects
  • You will receive email updates on stories from the field about how the children worked on these very serious issues

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16th February 2017
Dear Supporters,

Thank you all for your generous contributions to Apni Shala. Through the funds raised, we are trying to assist our children (studying in the 7th and 8th grade) in coming up with feasible solutions and their take on various community issues through our three step process, i.e,
  • Brainstorming and understanding the community
  • Preparing questionnaires and observing the community with the help of experts.
  • Addressing the various issues taken up.
Some of the campaigns which are children have taken up in the past include Eve Teasing in their community, and based on their primary research and data collected, they were able to lodge a formal police complaint. The police found the data provided to be really useful in curbing eve teasing, as the kids were able to correctly identify the timelines during which these acts were prominent.
Another example being helping reduce the helplessness of uneducated women in their localities (who have only studied till the 2nd grade), by conducting a week long workshop where these women were taught how to fill a form, tally a bill and sign on documents, which greatly reduced the chances of such women being duped by vendors.

Currently, the children are in the data collection phase of the program and will be presenting on topics which they feel are important to them and their community in March.

Thank you for all your support in helping our children.
Apni Shala
5th December 2016
Dear Supporter,

We have reached Rs.25,600 out of Rs.35,000 INR - It has been an amazing journey!!! We only Rs. 9400 left to go!
Thankful to each and every one of the donors for making it possible :)

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Supporters (21)

Anonymous donated Rs.2,900
over 1 year ago
ELIAS donated Rs.3,000
over 1 year ago
Jyoti donated Rs.500
over 1 year ago
Anonymous donated Rs.500
over 1 year ago
Sahana donated Rs.1,000
over 1 year ago
Gayathri donated Rs.1,500
over 1 year ago

I congratulate and appreciate you for this great initiative.I wish you all the good luck.