Sahaara Charitable Society

In November 1994, a group of concerned citizens gathered together and decided to bring about change among the most underprivileged people of Mumbai city where very few people want to go. The group also realized that each one of the underprivileged people also have a dream and that it would be a great privilege to work along with the underprivileged to help them articulate their dream and then equip them to see the fulfillment of their dream. With the above vision in mind, Sahaara Charitable Society was registered as a non-governmental organization in 1994 with a vision of "Gifting Dreams". Vision & Mission Everyone has a dream! The poor and underp...
Apr 16, 2015

159 children prevented from dropping out of school

Sahaara believes that every person has a dream, and our work centers around ensuring that marginalized persons are able to articulate and work towards achieving their dream. Children in observation homes are one of the most marginalized populations in Mumbai.

The children who live in these Homes come from different states of India and are educated in a Marathi medium school run by the Home. The language difference makes it difficult for them to learn. Remedial education helps in coaching the children in the Marathi language as well as their school subjects thereby helping them understand what they are learning and maintaining their interest to continue education once discharged from the Home.

Sahaara staff procures addresses of discharged children from the home authorities. The social workers then traverse through labyrinthine gullies of Mumbai slums searching for the children’s residences. Through such home visits, networking with local schools, facilitating assistance in books and materials, the child is facilitated entry into formal education paving the way to a bright future.

Bharali found the meaning of being Good.

Bharali was born in the year 2007 in Pune.

She has a sibling sister who is elder to her. The family faced various problems primarily due to the fact that her father got married to another woman and abandoned the family.In order to overcome the economic crisis that hit in the family, Bharali’s mother began to work in a beauty parlour in order to support the family.

Since her working hours were erratic and long, Bharali’s mother felt that it was safer for the children to be admitted to a home. As the result, Bharali and her sister were admitted to the BKN Home in the year 2013, under the provision of Child Welfare Committee for care protection.

Sahaara conducts coaching classes for the girls in this Home in order to help them to develop strong academic foundations. Bharali enrolled in the coaching classes when she was studying in the second grade, while her sister was in the fifth grade.

The Sahaara staff found Bharali to have a very short attention span and as a consequence, she was easily distracted and found it very difficult to sit in one place and hence distracted others too.  She frequently lied and used abusive language as she communicated with the other girls in the home.These struggles led her down the pathway of neglecting her studies and she also began to neglect her personal hygiene.

The staff took an initiative of counselling Bharali and enquired about her deviant behavior, wherein Bharali replied to the staff that she did those things just to protect herself from others. In anger she uses abusive words to other children when they abuse her, after which she used to lie to the house mother in order that she may escape punishment.  The staff understood the problem and encouraged Bharali not to use abusive words anymore and practice to be clean and tidy, even if the other person is using abusive words and showed her other ways to deal with bad language.

Bharali took the advices and started practicing it. The teacher noticed her improving gradually and showing more interest in her studies. They found she got rid of the deviant behavior which she used to be and now she is clean and tidy to the regular classes. Bharali is in 3rd std and doing well in her studies.

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Apr 7, 2015

21 children continuing to grow in Computer skills !

Sahaara believes that every person has a dream, and our work centres around ensuring that marginalized persons are able to articulate and work towards achieving their dream. Children living in Mumbai juvenile homes are one of the most marginalized children in Mumbai. Institutionalized, these children are most often from highly poverty stricken families. 

As a part of the holistic intervention therein, Sahaara imparts computer education to the children between fourteen to eighteen years of age in the juvenile homes. Sahaara’s in-house computer course delivers a fitting foundation to the children preparing their skills for the technology-driven world outside the homes. The children attending the computer training get a start that will help them break out of the poverty cycle and fulfil their dreams of a stable future.

Rajesh understood the Key for success

Rajesh Panchal* was born in the year 2002 and lived with his parents.

When he was seven years of age, he was playing outside the home with his friends, when, in the excitement of the games, he gradually moved further away from home.A while later all his friends began to go back home and suddenly Rajesh realized that he did not know where he was and he could not find the exact way he came through while playing and forgotten the address of his house too.

As he searched the way back to home Rajesh was very afraid and tired, felt very hungry, and in his desperate situation asked a stranger to give him some food.The stranger found Rajesh traumatized, calmed him down and asked him to come to his house and have a meal there. Rajesh stayed for that night in the stranger’s house.

The next day morning Rajesh was handed over to the nearby police station from which he was shifted to Dongri home for a year in 2009 by the police authorities. Then he was shifted to David Sasson Industrial School Home at Matunga in 2010, in which Sahaara conducts coaching and computer classes for the development of the children.

Sahaara came into contact with Rajesh during the coaching classes where the staff observed him as a quiet child and weak in Marathi and English. Then staff gave special attention towards the growth of Rajesh in the process of coaching and started engaging him in the e-learning sessions.Rajesh showed his improvements through the committed interest by participating in the coaching classes regularly.

Now Rajesh studying in 5th std and well equipped with the Marathi and English subjects, were he is capable of reading the alphabets, also well versed in counting numbers.The commitment and improvement made Rajesh to promise the staff that he is going to focus more in his studies, with an intention of becoming a good person in order to help others.

 * Name changed for identity

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Jan 21, 2015

29 children continuing to grow in Computer skills!

Sahaara believes that every person has a dream, and our work centers around ensuring that marginalized persons are able to articulate and work towards achieving their dream. Children living in Mumbai juvenile homes are one of the most marginalized children in Mumbai. Institutionalized, these children are most often from highly poverty stricken families. 

As a part of the holistic intervention therein, Sahaara imparts computer education to the children between fourteen to eighteen years of age in the juvenile homes. Sahaara’s in-house computer course delivers a fitting foundation to the children preparing their skills for the technology-driven world outside the homes. The children attending the computer training get a start which will help them break out of the poverty cycle and fulfill their dreams of a stable future.

Saleem found the reason for his life

Saleem* use to stay with his parents while he was studying 4th Gradein a urdu school at vikroli.  When he was 12 years old, his father faced various difficulties in his business and decided to go back to his village with the family to Aurangabad. But Saleem was not interested to go along with them to the village, because of which he stayed back with his uncle and aunt. Since Saleem’s uncle and aunt use to sell blankets, he also got used to the business and began to learn making blanket. The curiosities of Saleem lead him to take up the call of selling blankets instead of going to school. 

One fine day he went out to roam around the places in the town. Saleem got into a train from a nearby station and reached the central station. He had 200 Indian Rupees with to spend for the entire day. After he roamed around the places, he thought of going back to home. But when he reached the central station in the evening, he got confused about train he supposed to take. So he asked a lady passenger who was there at the station that which train he supposed to take home. The women found him suspicious and took him to a nearby police station. After which the police officials took him to the observation home. Saleem stayed in the observation home for 4-6 months and then he was shifted to David Sasson Industrial School by CWC court for rehabilitation till the age of 18. Now Saleem is 16 years young lad studying in 5th Grade. 

Sahaara staff came in to contact with him and started to relate with him with love and care. He was admitted in the computer coaching classes. In the beginning of the classes he was very reserved and quiet. He was only interested in playing games in the computer by which he ignored to learn the other application which are taught in the classes. After a period of counselling, Saleem understood the importance of knowledge pertaining to the computer. Saleem didn’t stop his learning only with computers also he extended his opportunities by doing a course for tuner and fitter.He wanted to do job in Godrej Company as turner fitter through which he wish to help his family.     

*Name changed to protect identity.

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