Just about 3 hours from the booming metropolis of Mumbai, lies Dhargaon village in Igatpuri city. Home to a tribal, adivasi community, the spectacle couldn't be far more contrasting than that of Mumbai's--run-down and crumbling schools, lack of sanitation facilities, absence of clean drinking water, and limited electricity, amongst many other problems.
Yet the children we met on our very first visit brought us hope, and spending time with them quickly became the highlight of our visit.
At one of the schools, a teacher came up to us having helplessly given up on getting electricity or sanitation for her school and had only ONE REQUEST. New paint for her classroom and the school so that her kids can have a good environment to study.
It struck us close to heart.
We immediately sought help from our online community to provide any support to help paint at least one school. The response was incredible. Within just a week, we were able to get all the necessary resources donated and the rest in monetary contributions to cover the majority of our expenses. And within two weeks, and a couple volunteers in tow, we repainted and transformed one of the schools.
We were left speechless by the reactions of both teachers, students and the community. If we could bring such energy and excitement around one school, we hope to bring about a similar transformation in all other schools in the area. A clean, safe, and vibrant environment is required to allow for the best of learning to happen in communities that are especially at risk of having dropouts. Dhargaon is one such community. Please do support us in providing the right environment for education.
Our fundraising target would cover 5 painting trips to Dhargaon, including all necessary resources (paint, primer, brushes, rollers, buckets, extenders) as well as food, and housing for our volunteers (4 per trip). Each painting trip will span 2 days.
*This is a full cost amount, under the asumption that none of the resources will be subsidized.
Anurag Ram Chandran and Nihal Ghosh first met in the 6th grade, when they were school students in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The following years seperated them, and took them all around the world-- from the United States and the United Kingdom to China and now India. Careers in foreign policy, and investment banking made up many of the years apart. They left the foreign lands simultaneously, unbeknownst to each other, before reuniting in India for a common purpose-- to bridge the urban-rural divide, and create tangible development opportunities in communities that need it the most.