This mission isn’t just about me - it is about all of us and our future generations.
Pause and Think…
According to a report by ILO, there are 152.1 million children worldwide who are working as labourers out of which 40.3 million children are in forced labour. Around 263 million children are out of school and have no access to education. Having said that, think about what the future of these children will look like? How will this injustice affect their surroundings? How will this impact our nations? I intend to lead a life committed to solving these questions. In such an inequitable and unfair world, education plays a key role to drive change. However, education must not be limited to age, socioeconomic class, gender or geographical location. To make the world a better place for these children, community education is crucial.
What do I want from you?
Questioning the status quo has led me to experiences that make me deeply concerned about the interconnected issues that emerge because of exploitation and violence against children. I intend to establish a social enterprise that will protect and safeguard the rights of children at a global level and provide them with the better life they rightfully deserve. To realize this vision, I need to equip myself with the right knowledge, skills and experiences that will further enable me to tackle this issue that breaks my heart every single day. My Masters in Business with Entrepreneurship at the Northumbria University will strengthen my understanding of the nuances of social enterprise management. Owing to the pandemic several foundations have shied away from offering scholarships which have resulted in a huge dearth of funding opportunities. Since the fee is immense for where I come from, I need your support to create a world where all children are safe, healthy, receive a quality education, and have the opportunity to realise their potential.
Why invest in me?
I belong to a middle-class Indian family and have lived a major part of my life in an overcrowded ‘chawl’ (low-quality tenement) in Mumbai. Being the only son of my parents, I have always been juggling between my family and work commitments. My decision to work at the age of 16 was not easy, as my father lost all his assets to pay for the treatment of my only sister, Sweety who was diagnosed with tuberculosis and later succumbed to the disease at the age of 21 in 2004. I deeply understand how it feels to be deprived of education at such a young age. Losing my loving sister to a curable illness always made me question how people have become silent victims of the failed systems.
What have I done?
I have worked with Saath Charitable Trust from 2018 to 2020 on research, development and communication. I had led the Child-Friendly Spaces that provided child labourers 4 hours of informal education with health and nutrition support. During the time from 2014 to 2018 with Masoom, I supervised the National Secondary School Programme for 10th Standard in 60 schools across Mumbai, India. I also supported Masoom’s Tech on Wheels Bus project that provided Night School students access to computers, online resources, and innovative educational programming. Having worked as an Administrative Manager with Indicorps, I was responsible for a wide range of administrative tasks. Some players from the two Ultimate Frisbee teams that I had set up and coached in Indicorps went on to play at international tournaments. While working with Volunteer Ahmedabad, I led the Youth Leadership Course for 2 years where I engaged 20 youths in the city’s development projects and provided them leadership experiences.
The financial breakup of the fee is as under:
Please support me generously by contributing to my campaign. Any amount helps, for every drop makes an ocean. Also, a humble request to share my campaign in your circles to spread the word. Your support will enable me to usher these children out of the chain of poverty, exploitation and violence.