Aug 23, 2019

Freedom to education

freedom to education
freedom to education

In our earlier report, you joined us for celebrating the success of the 12th standard results of our children. This time we would like you to join us in celebrating the freedom to be educated. Let’s celebrate the freedom to think, freedom to make the decision, freedom to learn and freedom to soar high. We believe in giving equal opportunity for girls to be educated just like a boy. And this time our girls have made us proud. And as proud parents would, we boost their success with head held high.  

On 12th July we celebrated ‘Malala Day’ where we had a get together of our girl beneficiaries who participated last year. And now they have become peer mentors. With the guidance and counseling they have received here, they are now confident enough to offer the same support and help to many other girls who are in need. We are strengthening their dreams by giving them the wings of education.

With you support we are able to provide equal opportunities all our girls. After completing their school and junior college, they now look forward to higher education. Out of 11 other girls who participated in the selection process of MM (Marathwada Mitra Mandal) Polytechnical College, Pune; two girl beneficiaries from our rehabilitation center, Sarita and Vidya have been selected for pursuing a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. After clearing a written entrance examination they qualified for the oral interview round. After clearing the interview, they have been granted a scholarship for a Mechanical Diploma by the SNS Foundation. , They have defied all the odds, inspite of their vulnerable background. One of the girls was sent to the organization as she had a single parent while other one was abandoned only because she was a girl child.

We believe in empowering women and only education can give them the power to break down all the barriers of gender inequality, poverty, violence and enlighten the paths towards a better society at large.

Thank you so much for believing in our girls and helping them to dream big and soar high, this couldn’t have been possible without you. Their futures were in your hands and you delivered! Our deepest gratitude for supporting us and believing that together we can!

Malala Day (12 August 2019)
Malala Day (12 August 2019)

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Aug 6, 2019

Hello! New LIFE

new beginning; new life
new beginning; new life

Thanks to your support, our Snehankur adoption center has been helping abandoned children and their mothers for the last 15 years. Our support goes beyond the safe birth of the babies as we counsel and support mothers to take their rightful place in society, with or without their babies. We never know what each new day will bring, facing a range of challenges while rescuing and rehabilitating innocent infants and / or young mothers.

With the start of the monsoon season here, they say without rain nothing grows, it marks the beginning of new life as so it is with our Snehankur beneficiaries; they too are bringing in new lives. To begin with we would like share the story of our beneficiary, Shilpa.

She was a minor (below the age of 18) who was pregnant and came into contact with our Childline and Snehankur teams when doctors told us about her after she visited the hospital for her pregnancy. Our teams rushed to help her at her home town, Rajur. After having a talk with her and family they came to the conclusion that she had been sexually abused and raped. Both our legal (police investigations) and medical teams decided to help her out. Exhausted mentally and physically with this situation she went into labour and delivered a baby girl. Due to her critical health she and the baby were moved to Sasoon Hospital, Pune. Unfortunately, her baby girl did not survive. Our teams knew that she was in need of special care after such incident and we were pleased when the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) puther in our ptotection and she is ow living with us at Snehalaya, where we can give her the care and support we believe that will help her find her new beginning.

They say you need to go through rains to see the rainbow. We are helping girls like Ashwini to see through the clouds to the rainbow, which brings new color into their life. One Diwali night, our phone rang with a call from Ashti Rural Hospital, where a woman just delivered a baby girl. The woman did not want this baby and was ready to give her up so our teams sped to the hospital and completed all the formalities and then rushed the baby girl to the district hospital as she looked very pale. At the hospital they found out that she was HIV+ and so was the mother, which is why she chose to giver her up. The doctors started her HIV treatment as soon as possible. Our Snehankur team tried to counsel the mother and offered the support for her to keep her child, but she was determined and legally relinquished the baby to Snehalaya. After 18 months of care and love, Ashwini had developed better health and the best news - her blood reports showed that the medication her mother had taken before her birth meant she was now HIV negative.

Our healthy baby girl was free for adoption and listed on the government agency, CARA's website. Unfortunately due to stigmas and lack of knowledge about HIV, she was rejected by Indian adoptive parents. She was sheltered at Snehankur till she was adopted by a US-based couple. Ashwini has now travelled to America and started her New LIFE.

Both were baby girls, one could start her new life and other couldn’t even open her eyes to see the world. We are sad to report that this is all too common and a girl’s life here in India is full of hardship, right from birth. Until we can change the mindset of people to improve sexual equality and society at large, we will continue to provide our support and Snehankur will stand firm to offer help whenever needed.

We couldn’t do it without your support. We would like to take this moment to thank you for supporting us to help girls, women and their innocent babies to help start ANEW.

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Jun 24, 2019

Hat trick for Balbhavan

Celebrating our students' fantastic results
Celebrating our students' fantastic results

Thank you so much for your support in helping to educate the children in our urban slum communities through our Balbhavan (slum schools) project. You can never over estimate what a difference you are making and below are just three of our many recent stories of success.

Last Monday marked the beginning of the new school academic year 2019-20 in India. A few weeks before the school gates opened, we celebrated the success of students who completed their 10th and 12th standard last year. Despite the hardships they endure living in our slums, they have made remarkable progress in their studies due to our after school classes. This helps us in bucking the trend and challenges in our society where 40% of adolescent girls are forced into child marriage and are missing from schools. While around 30% of girls from India’s poorest families never get a chance to go to school we are proud to report 100% school enrollment for the children living in the slums where we work.

We hope you are as proud of our students as we are for focusing on their futures and trying their best to break through the walls of poverty and inequality. Also know that it would not be possible if it was not supporters like you helping our children experience the happiness of being part of a school and receiving a quality education. Thank you!

At the start of each academic year our School Chale Hum celebration encourages students to pack their school bags and join school with a new enthusiasm, confidence and hope for a better future. Our students are excited to get back to the school, meet their friends and teachers and get stuck into the new syllabus. In spite of the adversity they experience and their challenging backgrounds, these students are ready to run the race and successfully cross the finishing line ahead of the pack.

We are hoping that this year’s students repeat last year’s students’ success where 96% passed their 12th Standard exams. Given the inequalities in education, we are proud to let you know that the highest scoring student from our Balbhavan was a girl scoring 81% followed by two other girls scoring 77% and 75% respectively.

Our 10th standard students also gave us a result of 85% for 2018-19, with again a girl student topping the table with 81%. Your support means everyone has an equal right to education regardless of income, living circumstances or gender.

Finally, more good news! Last year we reported that Shubhangi, a former beneficiary and now peer mentor in our slum schools, would be representing India at the Homeless World Cup taking place in Mexico. Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control she didn’t make it to the pitch. She also didn’t give up and we are pleased to announce that she has made the team for this year and her tickets are booked for the football competition in Cardiff, UK from 27 July-3 August. She needs your support and encouragement and we are asking those who will be in the UK this summer to go along to Cardiff to cheer her on as she finally achieves her goal. You can follow her schedule and progress on our facebook event and read more about her football journey at the inks below.

Thanks for being part of our team and playing your part in giving our children life-changing opportunities to achieve their goals.

Shubhangi is on her way to the UK
Shubhangi is on her way to the UK
National coverage of Shubhangi's selection
National coverage of Shubhangi's selection

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