Help Educate Girls in India

by Snehalaya 'Home of Love'
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Help Educate Girls in India
Help Educate Girls in India
Help Educate Girls in India
Help Educate Girls in India
Help Educate Girls in India
Help Educate Girls in India
Help Educate Girls in India
Help Educate Girls in India
Help Educate Girls in India
Help Educate Girls in India
Help Educate Girls in India
Help Educate Girls in India
Help Educate Girls in India
Thanks for giving our firefly a brighter future
Thanks for giving our firefly a brighter future

Thank you for all your support which is helping our beneficiaries in so many different ways. It’s because of you we are able to help so many people through so many different challenges.

Both of Juganu’s parents were killed in a car accident, orphaning her and her two younger brothers when she was just six years old. With no relatives to care for them, they grew up in orphanages and at 19 years old, Juganu came to our Snehadhar project.

As her name suggests, Juganu was used to fighting her own battles but her life took a new turn once she joined us. A calm and stable physical young woman, her face always reflected her hopes for a bright future. With a 12th pass and active in academic study and cultural activities, we secured her admission in further education. She balanced this with various other activities, including college competitions, vocational training in computing, incense stick making, beauty parlor and stitching.

Having gained a wealth of skills she volunteered for our Snehalaya projects, earning extra money by stitching clothes and taking orders for Mehndi during cultural functions. But she didn't stop there. She started a job as a hospital receptionist. With our guidance, support and motivation she was very successful. After graduation, she continued volunteering for our project where, seeing her skill set and honesty she was recruited as a helpline attendant.

Now our sparkle girl has completed four months with our helpline creating a new world she can stand on her own feet with great self-image, confidence and realistic hopes for her future as she has recently enrolled in college to do a masters in psychology. 

SAVE THE DATE
Giving Tuesday, 29 November, is a fantastic opportunity to stretch your support even further. Thanks to GlobalGiving any donations made that day will earn us our share of US$1 million in match funding. Since 2015 we have raised thousands in bonus funding that help fund committed girls like Jaganu. Look out for reminders from us nearer the time.

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Thank you so much for your support of our girls' education, it's thanks to you that this year our children celebrated a 100% pass rate of their 10 and 12 standard exams.

You are not only helping girls receive their own right to education you are also encouraging and empowering them to advocate for all girls' rights. On12 June, #WorldAntiChildLabourDay, our Rehab Center girls, volunteers and Childline teams marched with government stakeholders to raise awareness to stop child exploitation. You can watch the video on the link below which gives you front-row seats to the highlight of the day, a powerful street play that got everyone's attention on the streets of Ahmednagar.   

We will be marching again on 17 June as part of our #Malaladay program. Our Malala Peer Mentors from our Rehab Center will once again join Childline to promote girls' education in villages identified as hotspots for child marriage by our Udaan project.

We are committed to empowering women and girls to help them reach their ambitions. One example of a girl you have helped is Mangal, originally from Aurangabad. Her mother died when she was very young and her father died when she was seven. She was cared for by her older sister until she was 10, when she was brought to Snehalaya.

We provided her a home and education as well as lively functions, while encouraging her and helping her to make her dreams come true. These dreams were to become a nurse and when she was 18 she completed our three-month bedside assistant nursing course in our hospital. Mangal has worked as a nurse in our hospital for four years now, serving our children and people living with AIDS. She gets a lot of satisfaction from doing this work and also being able to surround the patients, especially the seriously ill ones, with positive vibes.

She says: “After being selected for the Nursing Course, my enthusiasm doubled up as I knew someone was paying and supporting me to achieve something in life, and I had to prove my worth and give the best that I could.”

The fact that you support girls like Mangal encourages them to achieve their best. Every penny you donate counts towards transforming lives of so many vulnerable girls, thank you. This July Bonus day those pennies go even further with all donations made on 20 July being matched by GlobalGiving. Any amount you can send will go a long way in empowering more girls like Mangal.

Our Angle - Mangal
Our Angle - Mangal

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All girls deserve a chance
All girls deserve a chance

Thank you so much for your support of our girls’ education. It has been an incredibly challenging few years for our students as they have spent most of their time learning online. Our 10 and 12 Std exams have just finished. We hope you join us in wishing our girls good luck, we will be waiting with baited breath to see whether our teachers have managed to keep them on track during the pandemic. We had 100% pass rates last year so fingers crossed we manage the same again. Education is so important to our girls and their families and play a key role in breaking the cycles of poverty that exist in our slums.

As an example, Hema lives in Siddharthnagar, mainly known for its fights, gambling dens, and liquor sales, and has been attending our Balbhavan for the last seven years. Her father is a laborer, her mother is a housemaid and her brother also works to help his family. Despite being brought up in an impoverished family, Hema has shone as a brilliant and talented student, enthusiastically participating in every school and Balbhavan activity. Last year, she passed her 12 std with excellent marks of 83%. This helped her gain admission for ANM to study nursing. The course fees are well beyond the family’s reach but thanks to your generous support we have been able to sponsor her education and she is on track to fulfil her dreams and ultimately uplift her family’s financial and social status.

We are so grateful that you believe in our work and want to help our beneficiaries. We wouldn’t exist without you so I truly do appreciate everything you have done to support us, thank you!

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Diwali designs by our children
Diwali designs by our children

Wishing you a very happy Diwali from your Snehalaya family. We are all so happy that the current COVID situation here in Ahmednagar has improved enough that we can enjoy a return to some of the traditional celebrations of the Festival of Light.

We are also able to welcome back some of our older girls who have moved away to study in college or vocational training centers. It's so great to welcome them back into the fold to celebrate with us and to hear their stories of how they are progressing in fields such as mechanical and software engineering. For the rest of our girls, unfortunately, our Rehab Center which is home to over 250 children and women, is still in lockdown and we are entertaining our children with a range of activities, gifts, new clothes, entertainment which will culminate in a party this Sunday.

As our English Medium School closed for the Diwali holidays, some serious bargaining was going on it its first ever jumble sale. The kids managed everything and we certainly have some entrepreneurs in the making. This was their final activity at the end of a week of exams and they are now enjoying a very well-deserved Diwali break. 

Also earlier this week, we were also able to celebrate Diwali with some of our slum children as we reopened their refurbished center in one of our city's most crowded slums. We have also distributed gifts to women and children in our other projects, including a sari distribution to our female sex workers.

None of this would be possible without your support and we are sincerely grateful to you for ensuring we can give our women and children their own family Diwali celebrations.

Are you thinking of donating before the end of the year? If so, 30 November is Giving Tuesday and there is US$1 million in match-funding up for grabs. Save the date to make your donation go even further this giving season.

We wish you a healthy, safe and prosperous festive season and new year.

Light up our children's lives this Diwali
Light up our children's lives this Diwali
Reopening our refurbished center
Reopening our refurbished center
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Congratulations to our 10 and 12th standard students who delivered some fantastic results this year!

The past two years have been an immense challenge to both our students and their teachers with education severely disrupted by the pandemic and lockdowns. Despite this, we are so proud that our Rehab Center and Balbhavan (slum school) students achieved great results this year.

10 Std pass rate

Rehab Center - 100%

Balbhavan - 100%

12 Std pass rate

Rehab Center - 100%

Balbhavan - 93%

This is an amazing accomplishment given that the majority of Indian children, especially those living in shelter homes and slums, have experienced a year severely disrupted by the COVID pandemic and lockdowns in one of the most significant years of their schooling. Throughout, the dilemma of starting schools and keeping our children safe through online education has continued, with schools opening and closing with little notice and adequate time to prepare properly. Despite limited access to technology, our staff continued to provide online classes and homework to around 200 students in our Rehab Center and 700 in our Balbhavan.

Of course, it all comes down to the individual children who overcame the emotional and practical disruptions to remain focused and committed to their learning. Our students stayed buoyant throughout and their perseverance and commitment to learning should be applauded and we are also grateful to our teachers who were under pressure to deliver both offline and online classes which helped our students stay on track.

We are also trying to continue our normal calendar of events and celebrations while we remain living with restrictions. lockdown we came up with a new approach to our annual Malala Day celebrations.

In 2015, we joined hands with Malala Fund to reach over 30,000 children, their families and teachers and key stakeholders and influencers to promote equality in education. Since then we have recruited peer mentors, girls aged between 13 and 17 and older role models, who are the children of sex workers, living with HIV/AIDS and/or slum dwellers. As well as involving them in the delivery of our workshops and presentations, they promote girls’ education, the issues they face as girls and their solutions to redress the balance in education. They also celebrate Malala Day, 12 July, the Nobel Laureate’s birthday, with activities and awareness-raising.

This year, they were joined by 20 interns from UPES Dehradun who worked with them to create a series of activities for the children ‘locked in’ in or Balbhavan and Rehab centers. Together they created two packed weeks of workshops amd activities, including a music quiz, open to all. They also shared self-defence videos, interviews and speeches from our girls.

Thank you for empowering these girls who are paying it forward in their roles as peer mentors. They couldn’t do it without your belief and support!

Save the Date: GlobalGiving's Little by Little Campaign takes place September 13-17 with all eligible donations up to $50 matched at 50%.

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Snehalaya 'Home of Love'

Location: Ahmednagar, Maharashtra - India
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Joyce Connolly
Epsom,, Surrey United Kingdom
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