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...
Oct 31, 2013

34 POOR CHILDREN TO COMPLETE THEIR 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.

Aakash* is enthusiastic about learning computers!

Aakash has faced a difficult childhood. His father deserted the family while Aakash was very small and since then the economic condition of the family is poor. His mother could not afford to provide Aakash and his two brothers their basic needs and formal education.  She also found it extremely difficult to take care of Aakash as he was very mischievous and disobedient after his father left the home. His mother then began working and living in a monastery with her two other sons while she decided to send Aakash to Chembur Children Home (CCH) where the basic needs and education are provided to children.

Akash is now a 14 year old boy presently studying in Grade 8. The Sahaara staff met him when he joined the computer class run by Sahaara, where the basics of computers such as MS Office and Paint are taught to the children of CCH who are studying in Grade 8 and 9. Aakash is an average student in his studies but he shows much enthusiasm in learning computers. He is scheduled to complete his course in November 2013.

Aakash is happy that he has got this opportunity to learn computers through Sahaara and desires to secure a suitable job with his acquired skills after the completion of his higher studies.


*Names changed to protect identity.

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Oct 14, 2013

54 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.

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

Shweta, a 12-year old girl from a Maharashtrian family lives with her mother who works as a house maid. She is the only earning member from the time Shweta’s father deserted them in the year 2003. Due to financial constraints, Shweta’s mother applied for educational help at the Umerkhadi Observation Home.

As Sahaara is registered with Child Welfare Committee to track children who have discontinued their education, Shweta’s name was forwarded to Sahaara staff on their regular visits to the Home. Sahaara staff helped Shweta to get re-admission in Grade 6 at a school for girls who provide free education for the underprivileged children.

We desire to see Shweta’s complete her education and are helping her to continue her studies by tracking on her performance and attendance in her school.

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

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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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