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.
Arjun Pawar is one such boy who has regained his right to education by the interventions carried out by Sahaara tracking personnel.
Arjun, a 16-year old boy from Chembur comes from a Maharashtrian family. His father died when he was a young boy and he lives with his mother Swarna, who works as a house maid. He has one brother and one sister. One day, Arjun got into a fight with his neighbors and they registered a complaint against him at the Chembur Police station and he was to the Umerkhadi Observation Home.
The Sahaara staff met him at the Home and came to know his circumstances. Our staff person also went to his home in Chembur and met his family and the neighbors. During the interaction with Arjun, we came to know that he would be entering into Class XII next year, which is a crucial year in Indian education. Our staff counseled Arjun, his family and their neighbors and encouraged them to live peaceably with each other. Our staff also intervened on his behalf and helped in getting Arjun released from the Home. After being released from the Home, Arjun did not want to continue education due to the social stigma he was facing, but our staffs encouraged him and told him not to let his past define his future. After repeated visits and counselling to Arjun and his mother, Arjun finally agreed to continue his education. Sahaara also helped Arjun by providing him with the necessary stationery items for his studies. Arjun is currently preparing for his Class XII exams.
Your generous donations have enabled Sahaara to provide the educational expenses necessary for Arjun to continue his education and have an opportunity to dream of a better tomorrow!
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