Hello Friends and Supporters,
I am Aditi and I am running this campaign along with my colleague Tanushka and Neha to raise funds for our students. We work with Apni Shala Foundation. Our vision is to build social and emotional competencies among individuals so they can constructively engage with society and have a harmonious co-existence.
When I began facilitating sessions I always thought am I creating impact or making a difference in the lives of the young ones! This question stayed with me when one day one of my Grade 4 student came up and shared," Didi I feel valued in the circle"
or when my students engage in conversations like this:
" Didi we all are different from each other so differences will be there but its important to respect each others diversity than accept them"
or when they say,"Didi when you come to class I feel someone is listening to me , I am important".
All these and many more conversations have made me feel that Social Emotional Learning which is such a crucial part of our lives should reach each and every children.I believe SEL gives the students a way to cope up and deal with challenges of their lives.
At Apni Shala, we build Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) opportunities for children in municipal schools, low-budget private schools and other NGOs, primarily in M and L wards of Mumbai, two of the most disadvantaged wards.
Through these sessions, they find an opportunity to reflect upon their lives, build new meanings, question what must change and create new knowledge. We share stories of joy, excitement, anger, sadness, happiness and many more emotions. Our spaces are designed with art, drama, songs, games and community projects. To create a more wholesome and long-lasting impact, we also work with parents, guardians, teachers and other stakeholders through our awareness sessions and campaigns.
When I randomly asked my 5th Grade students what does Apni Shala sessions mean to you their responses were:
Joy, Happiness, Masti, Actiivties, Shanti and Smiles!
Support me to create and spread this Joy and Smile to more Children!
Tanushka and I aim to raise an amount of INR 26,000 to cater Year long SEL interventions to 10 of our students. The amount would support Programme costs,facilitation, materials and transport.
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 observe Apni Shala sessions.
- You will receive email updates on stories from the on students' development and growth
- 80G tax exemption certificate.
Aditi Ganguly & Neha Vishwakarma