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...
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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Jan 13, 2015

183 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.

Manali is a 9 year old girl, getting back to her happy life through learning and socializing with others int he Home

Manali was born in the month of November, 2005 and is currently studying in the 3rd grade.  She lived with her two brothers and parents in a rented accommodation in Bhandup. She was unschooled. Her mother worked as a domestic help while her father struggled with alcohol abuse and was unemployed.

The result of this was her parents constantly had fights and her father used to beat up her mother over the issue of money. To make sure he got money to continue his habit. Manali’s father used to send her out to beg on the streets while the mother was away. One day, while she was begging on the streets her uncle saw her, took her home, found out all that was happening and went and told her mother.  When she got to know this she left her husband, who went back to his village with the two sons.  Manali stayed with her mother.

Manali’s mother would leave every morning for work and return only by late evening – seeing this lifestyle one of her acquaintances spoke to her about admitting Manali in a Home. Her mother applied to the court for her admission and in 2011 Manali was admitted to the Bal Kalyan Nagri in Mankhurd, a suburb of Mumbai.

Sahaara met with Manali here. Initially she was a very reserved child and refused to mingle with other children. She did not speak with anyone and was fearful of adults. Since she had not been schooled at all, she did not know to read or write and she would have absolutely no recollection of what was taught to her the precious day.

The Sahaara staff put in a lot of effort to engage with her and help her learning process. They used various methods like personal attention, flashcards, games, activities, counseling as well as giving her responsibilities in class to distribute and, later on gather, books and pencils. Her fear in interacting with adults stemmed from the fact that her father used to beat her and force her to go begging.

But those days are long gone! She now interacts with the staff and mingles with other children too! She has learnt to read and write and copes very well with her studies!

She enjoys dance and wants to grow up to be a doctor. 

Your generous donations have enabled Sahaara to provide what is necessary for Rakesh to continue his education and have an opportunity to dream of a better tomorrow!

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Oct 21, 2014

34 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.

Umed’s* Journey from Notoriety to Nobility

Umed was born in June 1997. His father ran a scrap material business and his mother was a housewife. Umed had six other siblings – four sisters and two brothers. Of his siblings, two of his sisters are married and the other two are at home while his brothers attend a local school.

Umed used to reside with his family in Mira Road - a suburb of Mumbai - where he attended school. While walking to school daily, he and his friend noticed a house, which was locked for many days. One day they decided to tamper with the lock and break into the house. He was fifteen years of age when he broke into the first house. Umed and his friend continued walking this path and they broke into other homes as well and robbed them. They felt that it would not be possible for the police to catch up with them as they were students and the police would probably be looking for adults. In Jan 2014, though, their plans were rudely dashed when the police picked them up and placed them in the Bhiwandi Observation Home because of their age.

Umed stayed there for two months and then was shifted to the David Sassoon Industrial School in Matunga. It was there, in the month of March, that Sahaara met him. He was very quiet and reserved but easy to talk to. In July, when he joined the Computer class, his interaction with the Sahaara staff increased. As they interacted, the teacher got to know about his past and what was the sequence of events that landed him in the Home.

Over the next few days, he opened up and spoke about the bad choices that he had made in life, which had resulted in him being away from his family and staying in an institution. There was a visible repentance from his side as he decided never to walk that path of robbery again.

He says that he wants to grow up and major in computers or an electrical job. He is an enthusiastic learner. Although he is not strong in operating a computer, he is eager to learn and is the first one to show up for class! He is good in Math but his grasp of English is poor and thus he struggles with concepts in the computer class. Acknowledging his weakness, he has now begun to devote more time in learning English words so that he can grow in the skill of operating computers.

He wants to return to his family and live a normal life once he is released in the year 2015.

*Name changed to protect identity.

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