Education  India Project #25918

LightUp Lives Early Ed for 75Marginalized Children

by FREEDOM FOR YOU FOUNDATION
LightUp Lives Early Ed for 75Marginalized Children
LightUp Lives Early Ed for 75Marginalized Children
LightUp Lives Early Ed for 75Marginalized Children
LightUp Lives Early Ed for 75Marginalized Children
LightUp Lives Early Ed for 75Marginalized Children
LightUp Lives Early Ed for 75Marginalized Children
LightUp Lives Early Ed for 75Marginalized Children
LightUp Lives Early Ed for 75Marginalized Children
LightUp Lives Early Ed for 75Marginalized Children
LightUp Lives Early Ed for 75Marginalized Children
LightUp Lives Early Ed for 75Marginalized Children
LightUp Lives Early Ed for 75Marginalized Children
LightUp Lives Early Ed for 75Marginalized Children
LightUp Lives Early Ed for 75Marginalized Children
LightUp Lives Early Ed for 75Marginalized Children
LightUp Lives Early Ed for 75Marginalized Children
Out Tiny Tots celebrating Independence on Aug 15
Out Tiny Tots celebrating Independence on Aug 15

Season’s Greetings to all our Donors from Freedom4U, your ‘trusted partner & Change-maker in the world’.

Amidst extended lockdowns, Freedom For You Foundation continues to cater to the tiny tots, mainly from the rag picker/daily labor families, at their homes with supply of 2 weeks requirement of healthy breakfast Kellog’s BF cereal/snacviz.,  twice a month. This we have been doing since the start of first lockdown end March 2020. We are also monitoring the health of the tiny-tots of late, concerned with the fact that we cannot see them regularly due to social distancing and other Covid appropriate behavior.

Now we started monthly physical & health check-ups/health investigation camps with the help of Doctor/nurses in batches of 15-20 children since last fortnight, to identify progress of our regular children and also potential candidates between 2 & 3 years who would be joining our school no sooner than it opens for admission, after lifting of lockdown imposed by the govt.

It is heartening to know our kids are “doing well” as per Doctor’s findings. Amongst the potential candidates, we have spotted a few malnourished children between 1.8 years & 3 years, who have been recommended for a special diet with additional nutritional supplements, which we will be commencing from Sept 2nd week onwards.

Our Children celebrated Independence Day on Aug 15, 2021 by adopting  Covid appropriate behavior norms. They were given fruits and gift hampers. Our Chief Guest for hoiting the Indian Flag was a 10 year old Child Ms Ananya  who voluntarily donated her tresses of long hair, in June 2021, for the CAUSE of helping Cancer KIDS, for raising funds for their well being. She has determined to donate another 4/5 times also as and when the hair grows long, in the next 5 years. It is our Honour to felicitate such Children who are caring and compassionate to the community around them. Every one in the slum area near our Rabale Play school, appreciated this Child Ananya's gesture and her upbringing, and thanked her parents for inculcating good habits and actions in this child.  

We are happy to inform you that GlobalGiving has awarded Freedom4U the following new prestigious badges in Jan 2021:

  • SITE-VISIT VERIFIED ORGANIZATION-2021
  • VETTED ORGANIZATION-2021

This exemplary achievement as a mark of ‘celebration of our continued service to the under-privileged/under-served children during 2020-21’, a few non-profits have been fortunate to receive these ‘SEAL-of-Approval’. This gives more COMFORT to our DONORS like you, that your hard-earned money is well-spent on the CAUSE close to your Heart through Freedom4U, your ‘Trusted Partner and Change-maker in the World’

During these lock-down times, Freedom4U has been mobilizing donor-funds and raising funds thru crowd-funding/CSR for enhancing the medical infrastructure in over 25 hospitals run by Government, Trusts etc by donating Ventilators, BiPap, Nebulizers, O2 Concentrators, Patient Beds, HRCT Equipment etc for timely and effective treatment of Covid patients. Now we have started FREE Mass Vaccination camps in various locations and have till date completed over 3500 nos of vaccination of super-spreaders viz., Maids, drivers, vegetable/fruit vendors, construction/factory workers in addition to PWDs, orphaned senior citizens etc.

In addition, we are already planning to vaccinate over 8000 under-privileged persons in the next one month, funded through CSR of leading MNCs. This is the only way we can break the spread of Covid virus in the expected 3rd wave, widely reported to be coming in Sept/Oct 2021.

We are distributing safety/wellness kits to Transgenders and truck drivers to help them tide over the present crisis caused by Covid lockdown.

Freedom For You Foundation was felicitated by Mira Bhyander Municipal Corporation commissioner last fortnight for enhancing the medical infrastructure in their designated Covid centres for fighting Covid. We had donated over 75 Patient Beds, Ventilators and 100 nos of Nebulizers.

Our Humble Appeal....... from team Freedom For You Foundation !!

Your act of giving would TOUCH the lives of these marginalized tiny-tots and help us provide all-round development in them.

We URGE YOU to contribute smaller amounts in recurring monthly donations & this would go a long way to meeting the ever increasing operating costs.

Freedom4U requests you to be our 'Champion' and spread our CAUSE with your like-minded friends and relatives too.

Your contributions for this noble project can be made here. Please do click on this link to TOUCH the lives of these tiny-tots and bring ‘light in the lives of these marginalized children’.

Every contribution, big or small is very important to us.

Your generous support &continued cooperation in this academic year, would go a long way in the lives of these tiny-tots

Child Ananya given a certificate of Appreciation
Child Ananya given a certificate of Appreciation
Street Children given clothes/toys last month
Street Children given clothes/toys last month
Donated 100 Nebulizers/2 Ventilators -Covid center
Donated 100 Nebulizers/2 Ventilators -Covid center
Freedom4U felicitated by Municipal commissioner
Freedom4U felicitated by Municipal commissioner
Gave Wellness/safety kits to 300 Truck drivers
Gave Wellness/safety kits to 300 Truck drivers
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Vocational service Award from Rotary fr covid work
Vocational service Award from Rotary fr covid work

 

Hope this finds you all in good health, and wish you all a vaccinated and safe year 2021

The second wave we are facing in India is the worst in the world, and Mumbai and a few other cities are affected very badly. The entire education system for schools and colleges are at a stand still last 14 months.

Life at the bottom-of-the-pyramid continues to be difficult to make ends meet. Daily labor and rag-pickers and LGBTQ community are affected in the current second wave of Covid Pandemic lockdown last 3 weeks, and now lockdown has been further extended by 15 days till May 15, 2021 in capital city Mumbai and rest of state of Maharashtra.

Our NGO Freedom4U has taken up the task of helping the tiny-tots get good healthy breakfast by serving 15 days requirement of breakfast cereals, Kellogg’s chocos etc and reaching it to each and every child at their home.

We are paying the salary of the staff, which cannot be avoided despite the school not functioning at all since March 2020 and all other fixed cost in maintenance of the play school, power bill, etc

We are utilizing the class room space for helping poor marginalized women folks in the family of our wards to earn a livelihood by teaching them tailoring whenever the lockdown was lifted during the last year.

We utilized the play school space for conducting useful programs on personal and menstrual health programs for adolescent girl children and middle aged women in the slums. We organized a few sessions on “Make-your-own-pads” by teaching them stitch and make ‘washable and reusable’ sanitary pads made out of cotton cloth. This was a grand success, organized jointly with a local Rotary Club.

Now we are providing health workers, frontline warriors, 2-ply cloth masks made by our past students who had attended tailoring classes and dress designing classes in the last few years, thus making them earn a little livelihood by stitching cloth masks.

During the entire year last year Freedom4U helped the migrant labourers, LQBTQ, Rag Pickers etc and distributed 8960 dry ration kits to such families in over 90 km radius. Besides Freedom4U helped fromtline warriors, health care workers by giving them over 10000 safety kits, masks, PPE kits etc Over 15 hospitals were helped by donating Life saving equioment for treatment of Covid patients. Rotary International Dist 3141 felicitated our CEO Dr Ravi S Kumar with a Vocational Service Award for Excellence in Community Outreach programs in Jan 2021. 

Our Humble Appeal....... from team Freedom For You Foundation !!

Your act of giving would TOUCH the lives of these children and help us provide all-round development in them.

We URGE YOU to contribute smaller amounts in recurring monthly donations& this would go a long way to meeting the ever increasing operating costs.

Freedom For You requests you to be our 'Champion' and spread our CAUSE with your like-minded friends and relatives too.

Your contributions for this noble project can be made here. Please do click on this link to TOUCH the lives of these tiny-tots and bring ‘light in the lives of these marginalized children’.

Every contribution, big or small is very important to us.

Your generous support &continued cooperation in this pandemic year, would go a long way in the lives of these tiny-tots, in getting good health and vigour

Vocational service Award from Rotary fr covid work
Vocational service Award from Rotary fr covid work
Kellogs BF Pkts to our tinytots at their homes
Kellogs BF Pkts to our tinytots at their homes
Local News abt Award fr CEO of Freedom4U
Local News abt Award fr CEO of Freedom4U
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Distribution of DryRation to lockdown affected
Distribution of DryRation to lockdown affected

Seasons Greetings, Happy Christmasholidays to  you all.

Freedom4U wishes you all a bright, happy, joyful and vaccinated New Year 2021 filled with compassion for the less fortunate in communities around You

Covid19 pandemic lockdown has been a life-changer experience for all of us and all of us wish such global pandemic doesnt repeat anymore  on our planet, isnt it? 

Freedom4U regrets for this delayed report since most of the employees /volunteers were held up in their hometowns/containment zones during lockdown. Most of them havent turned up till date also despite phase-wise removal of lockdown, due to bereavement in their families or extended post-covid treatment due to lung fibrosis in a few of their family members; we are still functioning from our slum based play school, not from our regular office.

Our morning breakfast that we started last year has been continued  even more vigorously during lockdown. We started distributing Kellog's chocos and nutritional grain packets to the homes of our play school children every 15 days. Besides, we also helped these children's families, basically rag-picker/daily labour families, who were worst affected during the lockdown, with monthly dry-ration kits and ready to eat foods, from time to time.

This year too our tiny-tots celebrated Christmas last week, in a grand manner and members from Rotary Club of Satellite City, Navi Mumbai arranged sweets and gifts for all children.

You would be pleased to know that during the pandemic lockdown  some of us worked throughout, in that, out of the first 5 months lockdown, we worked 145 days!!!

Our NGO Freedom4U carried out many meaningful & urgent projects to help the people affected by lockdown and also frontline warriors, in approx 150km radius, using our own 'ambulance cum mobile medical clinic van for transporting medical and ration supplies'  ; A few of them are listed below and can be seen in the attached photos and video.

Our social investment in these turbulent times soared to approx Rs 25 Million, thanks to well-wishers like you and corporates who funded under their CSR.

We could provide life-saving equipment like Ventilators, Bipap, Oxygen Concentrators, 250 patient beds, ICU beds, Multi-para monitors, Pulse oximeters, etc to over 14 government  run Covid19 hospitals, panchayat hospitlas in rural areas,  to help poor patients infected with Covid virus. In addition, we distributed the following to beneficiaries affected by lockdown:

  • Over 8960 families  received dry-ration kits for 15days-1 month requirement, beneficiaries were migrant laborere, rag-pickers, LGBTQ community, Visually impaired, physically disabled, adivasis (aborigines) in remote places on hillocks & plains, widows, auto-taxi drivers etc 
  • Over 3500 walking migrant laborers, returning to their hometowns during peak summer, were given nutritious meal, banana, biscuits, drinking water  bottles; nutritious hot meal was made in our play school-converted-into-a community- kitchen.
  • Over 12000 migrant laborers travelling by train were given ready-to-eat foods along with water bottles since there were no pantry cars in the non-stop trains.
  • 6 different municipal corporations,  Police department, sanitation workers , Fire services were recipient of our 5000 PPE Kits, 4000 litres of hand sanitizers, 10000 face masks, 2000 face shields, etc 
  • We were CSR implementation partner for a unique project in the world :4 nos of 40 feet  Containerized Portable Acute Care Units (ACUs) , each with 5 nos of ICU beds and a toilet/handwash/nursing station , with remote patient monitoring system for treating highly symptomatic covid patients, enabling reduced exposure of doctors and nurses, HVAC, HEPA filters & virus burner systems etc donated to Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) at their world class Jumbo Covid Care Centres at Worli and Bandra Kurla Comples  in Mumbai. These 4 ACUs were supported by reputed globally renowned large multi national companies BASF, DOW, CRODA, COVESTRO, EVONIK, DUPONT, OWENS CORNING, BANKAM etc synergistically coming together in a collaborative  effort to address the urgent need for intensive care facilities in Mumbai.
  • These ACUs are portable and can be shifted,  in a post-covid scenario, to  peri-urban, rural areas with poor medical facilities for general patients 

We are happy to inform you that GlobalGiving had awarded Freedom4U the following new prestigious badges in Jan 2020:

  • SITE-VISIT VERIFIED ORGANIZATION-2020
  • VETTED ORGANIZATION-2020 

This exemplary achievement, as a mark of ‘celebration of our hard-work during 2019’, a few non-profits have been fortunate to receive these‘SEAL-of-Approval’, gives more COMFORT to our esteemed DONORS like you, that your hard-earned money is well-spent on the CAUSE close to your heart through Freedom4U, your ‘Trusted Partner and Change-maker in the World’

Our Humble Appeal....... from team Freedom For You Foundation !!

Your noble act of giving would and help us provide all-round development in these tiny-tots whose families have suffered  more than any of us. Hence Freedom4U requests you to be our 'Champion' and spread our CAUSE with your like-minded friends and relatives too.

Your contributions for this noble project can be made here.  Please do click on this link to TOUCH the lives of these tiny-tots and bring ‘light in the lives of these marginalized children’.

Every contribution, big or small is very important to us.

With best wishes,

Freedom4U

 

Distribution of DryRation to lockdown affected
Distribution of DryRation to lockdown affected
Nutritious meal, bananas to Migrant Laborers
Nutritious meal, bananas to Migrant Laborers
Kellogs Pkts to our tinytots at their homes
Kellogs Pkts to our tinytots at their homes
Freedom4U RaviKumar-ChangeMaker of the month June
Freedom4U RaviKumar-ChangeMaker of the month June
Distribution of DryRation to lockdown affected
Distribution of DryRation to lockdown affected
Play school converted into a community kitchen
Play school converted into a community kitchen
Containerized Portable Acute Care unit fr Covid Pt
Containerized Portable Acute Care unit fr Covid Pt
Containerized Portable Acute Care unit fr Covid Pt
Containerized Portable Acute Care unit fr Covid Pt
ICU beds inside containerized portable ACUs
ICU beds inside containerized portable ACUs
Christmas celebration with tiny-tots
Christmas celebration with tiny-tots

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Santa Claus distributing fruits to the kids
Santa Claus distributing fruits to the kids

Season’s Greetings to all our Donors from Freedom4U, your ‘Trusted partner & Change-maker in the world’.

Our Children celebrated Christmas in a grand manner and members from Rotary Club of Satellite City, Navi Mumbai arranged a Santa Claus who distributed gifts, sweets and snacks to our marginalized tiny tots.

Our morning breakfast that we started few months ago has been a real hit, and the number of children enrolled in our ‘Early Education Center’ has increased to 78 as on date. Besides we are also continuing our free mid-day meal to our children in the play-school.

We are happy to inform you that GlobalGiving has awarded Freedom4U the following new prestigious badges last week:

  • SITE-VISIT VERIFIED ORGANIZATION-2020
  • VETTED ORGANIZATION-2020 

This exemplary achievement, as a mark of ‘celebration of our hard-work during 2019’, a few non-profits have been fortunate to receive these‘SEAL-of-Approval’, gives more COMFORT to our esteemed DONORS like you, that your hard-earned money is well-spent on the CAUSE close to your heart through Freedom4U, your ‘Trusted Partner and Change-maker in the World’

Our Humble Appeal....... from team Freedom For You Foundation !!

Your act of giving would TOUCH the lives of these children and help us provide all-round development in them.

We URGE YOU to contribute smaller amounts in recurring monthly donations& this would go a long way to meeting the ever increasing operating costs.

Freedom4U requests you to be our 'Champion' and spread our CAUSE with your like-minded friends and relatives too.

Your contributions for this noble project can be made here.  Please do click on this link to TOUCH the lives of these tiny-tots and bring ‘light in the lives of these marginalized children’.

Every contribution, big or small is very important to us.

Your generous support & continued cooperation in this academic year, would go a long way in the lives of these tiny-tots

XMas celebration with Sponsors of the event
XMas celebration with Sponsors of the event
Certificate of Appreciation given to sponsors
Certificate of Appreciation given to sponsors
Group Photo of our marginalized kids with sponsors
Group Photo of our marginalized kids with sponsors
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Lunch served during Garbha celebration
Lunch served during Garbha celebration

Happy Joyful & Prosperous Deepavali, the unique festival of Light and Sound, to all our Donors.


In this new academic year we already have 72 kids as on date and this number is expected to go up in next two months.

We are happy to inform you all, we have started giving breakfast to all our marginalized children in our play school, since last month onwards. Most of the days we give Kellog’s chocos with milk,  & on a few days  we give baked cereals, multi-grains , as recommended by our nutritionist. She found that our kids were under-nourished compared to those living in the slums of Mumbai where she visits regularly and recommended to start the morning breakfast immediately.

  
We administered de-worming tablets / Vitamin A under her supervision and recorded vital measurements like height, weight, biceps and fore-arm length of all our kids. These attributes would be recorded every 3 months to find out the physical development in the children.

It is astonishing,  & also revolutionary, that the attendance has improved vastly in last one month, and a few parents have even admitted their second/third child of approx 2 -2.5 years age since the start of the breakfast in our play school. Those children who used to come at 11 am for taking  the 1215pm midday meal, have started coming by 915 am for the breakfast.


During the last 2 months, the festive season has started in India, and we celebrated Garbha dance during the Dassera festival last month. A few days ago we celebrated the arrival of “Deepavali”, the season of Light (Deepam) + Sound (Olli) . A few photos from these two functions are enclosed for you to rejoice.

Now the number of children is 72, which was 50 during the beginning of this academic year.  We are expecting this figure to touch over 80 in next two months, since these are children of local migrant laborers, who are basically from North Indian states like BIHAR, UTTAR PRADESH, RAJASTHAN, & MADHYA PRADESH, will be returning after the harvest of crops in Oct /Nov every year, and work as laborers, rag pickers in the slums of Navi Mumbai.

Our breakfast plan cost Rs 8 per child per day and your contribution of only USD25 would help us provide breakfast for entire year for one child.

Our Humble Appeal....... from team Freedom For You Foundation !!

Your act of giving would TOUCH the lives of these children and help us provide all-round development in them.

We URGE YOU to contribute smaller amounts in recurring monthly donations & this would go a long way to meeting the ever increasing operating costs.

Freedom For You requests you to be our 'Champion' and spread our CAUSE with your like-minded friends and relatives too.

Your contributions for this noble project can be made here. Please do click on this link to TOUCH the lives of these tiny-tots and bring ‘light in the lives of these marginalized children’.

Every contribution, big or small is very important to us.

Your generous support & continued cooperation in this academic year, would go a long way in the lives of these tiny-tots

sweets being distributed
sweets being distributed
delighted kids
delighted kids
Deworming /Vitamin-A being administered
Deworming /Vitamin-A being administered
Forearm , Ht, Wt measurement recorded
Forearm , Ht, Wt measurement recorded
Garbha Dance - Orchestra Musicians
Garbha Dance - Orchestra Musicians
Marginalized community Children enjoying the dance
Marginalized community Children enjoying the dance
Senior Community teachers & donors participated
Senior Community teachers & donors participated
TCS Employees distributing gifts to our tinytots
TCS Employees distributing gifts to our tinytots
TCS leaders receiving certificate of appreciation
TCS leaders receiving certificate of appreciation

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Location: MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA - India
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