As you all know of the COVID -19 pandemic, which has affected millions of people all over the world, both rich and poor. But it is affecting the poor the hardest.
Most of our children do not come from very well off backgrounds. Most of the parents earn money on a daily basis. Some drive auto's while some work in small karkhanaas. Ever since the government has enforced the lock down in our country life has turned hell for most of our parents. They have no way of earning for these 21 days and are struggling to pay rent, buy basic groceries to feed their families and eventually this will lead them to remove the children from schools.
I and my co fellow request you humbly if you all could help us one last time. A basic amount can help us send funds across to the parents in need. We have already helped two families of our children thanks to the donations we have from before. The parents have been very embarrassed to ask for help and we believe they have had to ask as the situation is grim. Shreya and I are directly sending small amount of funds to the parents that are in need and we are confident they will put it to the correct use.
Who are we?
We are Shreya Ghosh and Rukhmini Bhatia, Teach for India Fellows of 2018. We are the Didi’s to a class of eager to learn and enthusiastic 42 children. We teach at Rose Mary English School in the slums of Malvani in Malad (west), Mumbai.
Some of you have been a part of this journey for 2 years with us and have seen the children grow with us. They are now in grade 4 soon going to grade 5. With your help and support they have grown beautifully. They have also got a lot of exposure thanks to your help.
The school our children go to is right in the middle of a Mumbai slum called Malvani. All our children live in and around the school. While their parents are invested in their education and try to give them the best they can afford, it is not a guarantee for good education. The fathers are mostly auto drivers or working in small workshops. The mothers work as help in various homes or work from home making either match boxes or adding embellishments to clothes, trying to earn that little extra money.
Malvani is a city in itself and can be a difficult place to grow up in. Low hygiene levels, small houses, gangs and violence are just a few problems of this mini city. In all this chaos the parents are trying their best to give their children an excellent education. We are here to provide them with just that.