“As part of our fellowship, we have to spend one month living in the slums with the family of any of the children we teach, and one month working the same labour that the parents and guardians of these kids do. While living there, we came to know, through a co-fellow, about such families where kids were unable to attend their schools,” says Harsha.
“The situation was so bad that once when we visited, we found the one-year-old eating only sugar for lunch. The kids wanted to go to school but would only be able to do so if we could compensate for the loss of income they would have to bear.”
Nilanjana, the mentor to two sisters, Pooja and Ashwini, says, “If I work with these kids and turn them into better human beings and help them find the path towards their goal, wouldn’t it help make the world and the society I live in a better place?”
“Pooja wants to become a cop and Ashwini wants to follow her big sister’s footsteps. They really want to make the most of their education. They’re not just going to school for the sake of it,” says Nilanjana.
This story originally appeared on The Better India.
About the author: Ibrahim is a Milaap Open Fellow in Mumbai. He assesses the impact of Milaap’s crowdfunded campaigns and brings inspiring stories of champions to donors.