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
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.

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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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Budding saleswomen
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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!

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Educational games on tablets helping girls study
Educational games on tablets helping girls study

I sincerely hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe during this challenging pandemic. As you are no doubt aware, the second wave of COVID is devastating India and we are extremely grateful for your support which will go some way to helping us get through this. Ahmednagar District, where Snehalaya operates is one of the worst hit with no beds, oxygen or medicines available to our largely rural population of nearly 5 million. High unemployment, a severe lack of statutory healthcare, drought, poverty and a large transient population has historically perpetuated many issues for low-income families, most of whom earn their living from agriculture, daily wage or migrant work.

Since March 2021 a flood of positive cases has rendered the current medical facilities throughout the district overburdened and insufficient. There has been a steep rise in the number of Corona positive patients in the district and with lack of vaccinations and testing we are the worst affected district in our stet with over 3,000 new cases still being reported each day. 

With the already overburdened medical facilities throughout the district insufficient, we have established two COVID care centers and are supporting those hardest hit in many ways. You can read more about our COVID relief work at www.snehalaya.org/covid2021.

Your support has never been more vital with more than 700 million girls around the world currently missing school due to lock downs. Here in India all schools and colleges have been closed for most of the last year and school board exams have been cancelled. It is now the summer vacation and the academic year would normally resume on 15 June, however with little improvement in the situation so far this seems unlikely and it is estimated that 10 million Indian girls will never set foot in a classroom again.

We are determined to get all of our children safely back in their classrooms and help them to catch up on their work. In the meantime, we are conducting online classes and educational activities with all of our beneficiaries. By continuing our work with them, we are also able to support their families with food, hygiene, health & financial aid, vastly reducing the impact of the virus in the most vulnerable communities.

We are also reaching out to those in our other local communities where young girls orphaned by COVID are at increased risk from traffickers and we have opened a dedicated shelter for them. Child marriages also continue to rise and to date our Childline team has saved over 100 child brides – nearly 50% of all rescues in our state! With your support, we will ensure that all of these girls receive the support they need to continue their education when safe to do so.

Education can be sweet
Education can be sweet

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Priyanka on a field visit
Priyanka on a field visit

With COVID 19 cases dramatically reduced in India, many aspects of life are returning to normal with most schools and colleges reopening. We are pleased to report that most of our girls have already returned to their classrooms and we continue to work with others to ensure no girl is deprived of her education. Throughout the pandemic we have been checking in with and supporting students with their remote learning and online classes which we hope will hep them as they prepare for their exams scheduled in a few months. The world may have paused but thanks to our teams on the ground, the learning continued.

We would like to introduce to you one of our Balbhavan’s exceptionally brilliant and bright girls who has overcome tremendous adversities and powered through it all. Her success has been an inspiration to other girls. Meet Priyanka - a young girl hailing from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra.

Located behind urban housing as you walk along a dirt road you can find Laltaki (slum) hidden from sight. A life of all pleasures is very gratifying. But in a life without houses or education, even imagining this is difficult. When we first visited Laltaki the conditions were woefully deplorable. The community had been residing there for many years, yet they had no access to electricity and not one single toilet or street light. They were living in absolute darkness. Previously they had a limited source of electricity supply,stolen from nearby poles.

However, our biggest question was ‘how are kids expected to study when there is no light?’ Never mind, ‘How can holistic learning and development can be expected to take place?’ 

Snehalaya entered the slum community with a small patch, now well known as the Balbhavan night study center for education and skill development. In the beginning, it was a challenge to convince parents to send their children to our evening school. With gradual surveys and door-to-door discussions, we finally garnered some children from households who now regularly attend classes every day in morning and evening batches. Their curriculum is designed according to their need and follows a holistic approach to learning. As well as teaching and distributing stationery amongst the children, we encourage them to take extracurricular activities such as drawing, colouring, learning to speak about themselves, playing sports, singing and group dancing. We can proudly say that every year we have been successful in enrolling 700 of our children into our Bal Bhavan in an effort to mainstream them into regular schools. 

When we started working in Laltaki, Priyanka would often come to the centre exhausted from all the household chores that she has to perform being as the eldest girl in her family. Instead of going to school she stayed at home helping  take care of her younger siblings and performing household chores while her father and mother worked as daily wagers. Despite her responsibilities, she started coming to Balbhavan to pursue her education.  She had the potential as an avid learner who is always enthusiastic, energetic and open to new challenges and ideas. She also did an excellent job as a team member at our Childline project working for child rights.

Following her lead, Priyanka’s mother also joined Balbhavan’s night school as a peer worker embracing the opportunities, exposure and growth we offer to community women to be the change they wish to see. Today she is one of our smartest workers and has a second job making school meals. 

We are very proud that Priyanka has now completed her Masters in Social Work (MSW) and is using her skills working as a field officer in a reputed organisation, working with migrant workers in Pune.  

Priyanka highlights and aptly sums it up: “We are really lucky to have such a supportive and encouraging team at Lalaki Balbhavan who have helped me and my mother reach these milestones. People in and around Balbhavan school recognize me and respect me. I also have an identity, which gives me indescribable happiness and satisfaction. Belonging to the slums, it’s really a matter of pride for me.”

Thank you for your support in empowering women like Priyanka to access their equal rights to an education and become the changemakers that pay it forward by helping others.

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Snehalaya 'Home of Love'

Location: Ahmednagar, Maharashtra - India
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Joyce Connolly
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