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...
Aug 2, 2013

30 POOR CHILDREN ENROLLED FOR COMPUTER LITERACY

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.

Manish desires to be a computer engineer!

15 year old Manish hails from a family in Panvel. His mother is employed as an assistant nurse in a local hospital. His father was a driver who passed away in a road accident in 2004. Since then, they due to financial constraints, his mother decided to send Manish and his brother to the Chembur Children’s Home in 2006.

Manish is now in Class VIII and is enrolled into Sahaara’s computer training course. Curious by nature, he is showing keen interest in learning computers. At this six-month computer course, Manish is learning the computer basics and MS Office. He is also good at his studies and has various other skills like drawing and painting.

He and his brother visit their mother in holidays and during the vacation period to spend time together. Manish’s mother is very happy with his progress. Manish dreams to be a computer engineer someday. Sahaara is guiding Manish and helping him excel in his computer education so that he can get closer to his dream and get better employment opportunities in the future.

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Jul 15, 2013

70 children mainstreamed back into formal schools!

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 juvenile homes are one of the most marginalized populations in Mumbai. The tracking program of children discharged from juvenile homes help children get a start which will help them break out of the poverty cycle and fulfill their dreams of a stable future.

Sahaara staff procures addresses of discharged children from the home authorities. The trackers 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.

Jyoti is one such girl who has regained her right to education by the interventions carried out by Sahaara's tracking personnel.

A 16-year old girl from Mumbai, Jyoti comes from a Maharashtrian family. In May 2013, she had eloped with a boy to Nagpur. Her parents tried searching for her for a month, but after no success, complained about her missing at the local police station. On searching, the police found Jyoti with her boyfriend and brought them to the Umerkhadi Observation Home in Mumbai.

On Sahaara’s regular visit to the Umerkhadi Observation Home, our staff met Jyoti. On conversing with her, our staff realised that she was supposed to begin studying for her board examinations in this academic year. However, eloping with her boyfriend and now being in the observation home posed a hindrance in her continuing education. Realising this need, we decided to help Jyoti and got her released from the Home.

Due to the social stigma she was facing, Jyoti was fearful of going to school. We counselled and reassured her that she could still study. Jyoti is now confident and is going to enrol for her board examinations through distance education.

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

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May 6, 2013

80 CHILDREN COMPLETE THEIR BASIC COMPUTER COURSE!

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.

Choube dreams to be a Graphic Designer!

15 years old Choube resides at the Chembur Children’s Home. When he was very young, his mother died in an accident at home when their cooking gas cylinder exploded. His father, unable to handle the trauma, hanged himself. He and his sister then started staying with his grandmother along with his uncle and aunt. As they were unable to take care of Choube and his sister, they admitted them in separate children homes. Choube was eight years old when he came to Chembur Children’s Home.

He came in touch with Sahaara when he started coming Sahaara coaching class from Class 2. Now he has completed Class 8 and has also completed the computer course at Sahaara’s computer centre. He was regular to the class and has completed the basic computer course successfully. He has learnt various functions in MS Office and basic applications used in the Windows operating system.

During the summer vacations, Choube returns to his grandmother’s house. On his visit to his home this summer vacation, he was excited to share with his grandmother what he had learnt. Choube says, “I have told my granny many of the things I learnt at the computer class and I also try to teach my aunt a few skills I learnt in PowerPoint!”

He is very happy that he has the ability to use the computer. Choube is good in painting so he wants to learn graphics and explore the option of making his career in computer graphics.

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