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Help Reduce Anxiety And Fear In Children During COVID-19 Pandemic

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The spread of COVID-19 has significantly pronounced the need for addressing the mental health needs of individuals, particularly children and caregivers in marginalized and low-income communities.

With the spread of the virus in slum communities, loss of income and job opportunities, being locked in small home spaces, many a time with difficult family situations, the life situations of many young children and their caregivers have become grim with rising fear, anxiety and inability to manage complex emotions in such ambiguous times.

The intersectionality of poverty and mental health is well-documented. Lower mental health and higher stress has also been linked to decreased immunity, hence increasing the probability of infection.

Apni Shala has been working with children, educators and families from low-income homes, through for the last 7 years in Mumbai’s L, M-east and M-west wards (Kurla, Ghatkopar, Chembur, Govandi, and Mankhurd), three of the least developed wards in the city.

With a focus on promotive and preventive mental health, Apni Shala’s initiatives focus on building stronger social skills and developing deeper emotional resilience.

Apni Shala team is working with over 4500 children, over 200 educators, and more than 300 families to destigmatize mental health, create awareness, and help individuals develop better mental health capacities and create a safe environment for others around them.

In direct response to (1) reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection and (2) provide families with information access and mental wellbeing support, the funds raised through this campaign will be utilized towards:

1) Develop age-appropriate, audience-relevant Mental Health resources:
  • Resources developed for diverse age groups (children, adults, caregivers, youth, etc) and languages (English, Hindi, Marathi)
  • Disseminated through Whatsapp, social media and other online channels easily accessible to communities
Here are some sample resources developed in last few days.

2) Design and facilitate online mental wellbeing workshops: With Apni Shala’s core competency to build social-emotional skills for children and adults, we aim to take our workshops online. This will serve children from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, social sector workers/leaders, and caregivers.

Here's a list of workshop being offered in the 1st phase.

3) Offer support to children and caregivers: Apni Shala team has curated COVID-19 resources, customized for communities we serve. Using phone calls and Whatsapp (which has high penetration in communities), the team is providing support in the following ways:
  • Connect parents and families in low-income communities with information and support already available on available COVID-19 from government and other organizations/individuals in their area with respect to food, grains, medicines, etc
  • Offer mental health first-aid to children and adults in distress (with a focus on preventive/promotive mental health)

Join team Apni Shala in serving some of the most marginalized migrant communities in this city.

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29th September 2020
Dear friends of Apni Shala,

With your support, we have been able to raise 97% of our goal in this campaign. At this point, we are closing this fundraiser.

Many of you have provided your 80G during the donation. We will be sending out the 80G tax exemption certificate by end of this week.

However, in case you may not have done that then, but would like to avail of an 80G tax exemption certificate for your donation, please fill this form for your donation. (Also shared as a link: https://forms.gle/6LyMJZpuK7Cx5uvA9)

We will be sending out a detailed programme report where these funds were used in the 2nd week of October through email.

Thank you for your support and contribution towards our children's wellbeing.

with gratitude,
Rohit Kumar
CEO, Apni Shala
On behalf of students, families, and team members from Apni Shala
Dear friends of Apni Shala,

With your support, we have been able to raise 97% of our goal in this campaign. At this point, we are closing this fundraiser.

Many of you have provided your 80G during the donation. We will be sending out the 80G tax exemption certificate by end of this week.

However, in case you may not have done that then, but would like to avail of an 80G tax exemption certificate for your donation, please fill this form for your donation. (Also shared as a link: https://forms.gle/6LyMJZpuK7Cx5uvA9)

We will be sending out a detailed programme report where these funds were used in the 2nd week of October through email.

Thank you for your support and contribution towards our children's wellbeing.

with gratitude,
Rohit Kumar
CEO, Apni Shala
On behalf of students, families, and team members from Apni Shala
21st September 2020
Dear supporters,

Hope you are well and keeping safe.

I want to thank you, on behalf of our team and all the children who have received your timely support.

Your donation has supported the emotional wellbeing of children and families in Kurla, Ghatkopar, Chembur, Govandi, and Mankhurd areas of Mumbai. Many of our families are daily wage earners and have lost their ways of employment (either fully or partly). With schools not opening any time soon, it was a great relief for students and families that we were able to bring psychosocial support to their homes. To know more in detail of how your funds were utilized, please read our quarterly report here.

We are also working on issuing the 80G tax exemption certificate for your donation. If you would like to avail one, please fill this form for your donation. (Also shared as a link: https://forms.gle/6LyMJZpuK7Cx5uvA9)

We look forward to your ongoing support and engagement with our students,

Regards,
Rohit Kumar
CEO, Apni Shala
Dear supporters,

Hope you are well and keeping safe.

I want to thank you, on behalf of our team and all the children who have received your timely support.

Your donation has supported the emotional wellbeing of children and families in Kurla, Ghatkopar, Chembur, Govandi, and Mankhurd areas of Mumbai. Many of our families are daily wage earners and have lost their ways of employment (either fully or partly). With schools not opening any time soon, it was a great relief for students and families that we were able to bring psychosocial support to their homes. To know more in detail of how your funds were utilized, please read our quarterly report here.

We are also working on issuing the 80G tax exemption certificate for your donation. If you would like to avail one, please fill this form for your donation. (Also shared as a link: https://forms.gle/6LyMJZpuK7Cx5uvA9)

We look forward to your ongoing support and engagement with our students,

Regards,
Rohit Kumar
CEO, Apni Shala
24th June 2020
Dear supporters,

Thank you for your Support

With your support, we have been able to raise 87% of our goal. Apni Shala team is extremely grateful for you for all the help to support our children, parents, and families in these distressing times.

Our approach to mental wellness was recently covered by MidDay for it's simple and easy ways of engaging children and families with mental wellness.

We have also shared the knowledge and skills we have build in the last couple of months in response to this crisis in forums for mental health and virtual learning with organizations such as Ummeed, Gateway School of Mumbai, and Atma.

We are grateful for your ongoing support,

Keep Supporting


Regards,
Rohit, On behalf of team Apni Shala

Dear supporters,

Thank you for your Support

With your support, we have been able to raise 87% of our goal. Apni Shala team is extremely grateful for you for all the help to support our children, parents, and families in these distressing times.

Our approach to mental wellness was recently covered by MidDay for it's simple and easy ways of engaging children and families with mental wellness.

We have also shared the knowledge and skills we have build in the last couple of months in response to this crisis in forums for mental health and virtual learning with organizations such as Ummeed, Gateway School of Mumbai, and Atma.

We are grateful for your ongoing support,

Keep Supporting


Regards,
Rohit, On behalf of team Apni Shala

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