Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India

by Sahaara Charitable Society
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India

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 observation homes are one of the most marginalized populations in Mumbai.

The children who live in these Homes come from different states of India and are educated in a Marathi medium school run by the Home. The language difference makes it difficult for them to learn. Remedial education helps in coaching the children in the Marathi language as well as their school subjects thereby helping them understand what they are learning and maintaining their interest to continue education once discharged from the Home.

Sahaara staff procures addresses of discharged children from the home authorities. The social workers 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.

We are also proud to annouce that a local newspaper recently highlighted Sahaara's work where we were able to reunite a girl and her mother who were separated for 15 years! Click here to read the article.

FROM RAGS TO MATHS

Suresh* is a teenage boy of sixteen. He is always respectful, holding the memory of his mother close to his heart and working hard at his studies so he does well. There was a time however when Suresh was not so happy.

Suresh’s father was an alcoholic and used to beat his mother, younger brother and two younger sisters regularly. In 2008, when Suresh was nine, his mother took his two sisters and left for Gujarat. The next year Suresh, his brother and father moved to Nashik where they lived on the footpath for four years.

One day in 2013, when Suresh was fourteen, his father came home drunk and began to hit his younger brother. Frustrated with circumstances, Suresh finally stood up to his father, enduring a thrashing himself. In despair, the next night he took a train to Bhusaval station in Jalgaon district and began to work as a rag-picker.

He was caught by the police and put in a home in Bhusaval. After two months, he shifted to David Sassoon Industrial School (DSIS) Home in Mumbai.

This is where Sahaara staff met him. We conduct coaching classes to supplement the education of children in these homes. Suresh started attending our classes in DSIS.

When he initially attended, Suresh was extremely self-conscious of his lack of education. He had studied only until 1st standard and didn’t have even a rudimentary knowledge of Maths and Marathi. He couldn’t count even until the number 20!

We noticed how upset Suresh used to get and how self-conscious he felt about his lack of education. Seeing this, we gave him special attention. We began to coach him in Maths and Marathi using the computer and interactive educational methods.

Gradually he began to feel better about himself and he grew in confidence about his skills. “I can learn and do better in my studies,” said Suresh recently, demonstrating how hard working he is.

Today Suresh can count until 200 and he knows all the Maths tables from 2 until 10. He can also read and write in basic Marathi.

We are so proud of Suresh for his hard work and his determination to rise past the circumstances of his life! We hope to see many children, like Suresh, become confident in their abilities and pursue their dreams with determination!

*Name changed

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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 observation homes are one of the most marginalized populations in Mumbai.

The children who live in these Homes come from different states of India and are educated in a Marathi medium school run by the Home. The language difference makes it difficult for them to learn. Remedial education helps in coaching the children in the Marathi language as well as their school subjects thereby helping them understand what they are learning and maintaining their interest to continue education once discharged from the Home.

Sahaara staff procures addresses of discharged children from the home authorities. The social workers 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.

Vishal is excelling in his studies!

Vishal thinks he was born in 2002 and has no idea as to where his parents live. He knows that, when he was at home, he had a younger brother and sister.

In 2007 his parents were having a huge misunderstanding and, in fear, Vishal ran away from home and got lost. The police found him loitering near a railway station and put him in the Dongri Home for protection.

The following year he was shifted to another Home and in early 2011 he was moved to the Chembur Children’s Home where we met with him for the first time.

In this Home, Sahaara conducts supplementary education for the 1st to the 6th grade and basic computer literacy classes for the 8th and 9th grade, along with counseling the children.

Vishal was a very reserved boy who kept to himself. When questions were asked during the coaching classes, he was never one to raise his hand and offer an answer. Whenever he was included and asked to say something – he would invariably add a disclaimer and say that the answer may be wrong. He rarely participated in any of the games that we conducted.

He did well in his exams, and in any written work he would be above average – but hesitated and struggled when he had to interact one on one. He was very low in confidence.

The teachers, noticing this issue, involved him in group activities and made him take a lead role in managing a group of children and generally kept encouraging him.

In a short while he began to open up to the teachers in the class and poured out his life to them.

He was beaten up at home very often and used to think that he would die one day with the beating – that was a fear that made him run away at that tender age.

As the teachers began to walk alongside him – noticeable changes began to appear in Vishal’s life.

He began to get prizes for cleanliness and attendance, and by the year end, had won the best overall student prize as well as stood second in academics! A huge shift from being a reserved child to one that was able to play alongside and work with his peers!

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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 observation homes are one of the most marginalized populations in Mumbai.

The children who live in these Homes come from different states of India and are educated in a Marathi medium school run by the Home. The language difference makes it difficult for them to learn. Remedial education helps in coaching the children in the Marathi language as well as their school subjects thereby helping them understand what they are learning and maintaining their interest to continue education once discharged from the Home.

Sahaara staff procures addresses of discharged children from the home authorities. The social workers 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.

Bharali found the meaning of being Good.

Bharali was born in the year 2007 in Pune.

She has a sibling sister who is elder to her. The family faced various problems primarily due to the fact that her father got married to another woman and abandoned the family.In order to overcome the economic crisis that hit in the family, Bharali’s mother began to work in a beauty parlour in order to support the family.

Since her working hours were erratic and long, Bharali’s mother felt that it was safer for the children to be admitted to a home. As the result, Bharali and her sister were admitted to the BKN Home in the year 2013, under the provision of Child Welfare Committee for care protection.

Sahaara conducts coaching classes for the girls in this Home in order to help them to develop strong academic foundations. Bharali enrolled in the coaching classes when she was studying in the second grade, while her sister was in the fifth grade.

The Sahaara staff found Bharali to have a very short attention span and as a consequence, she was easily distracted and found it very difficult to sit in one place and hence distracted others too.  She frequently lied and used abusive language as she communicated with the other girls in the home.These struggles led her down the pathway of neglecting her studies and she also began to neglect her personal hygiene.

The staff took an initiative of counselling Bharali and enquired about her deviant behavior, wherein Bharali replied to the staff that she did those things just to protect herself from others. In anger she uses abusive words to other children when they abuse her, after which she used to lie to the house mother in order that she may escape punishment.  The staff understood the problem and encouraged Bharali not to use abusive words anymore and practice to be clean and tidy, even if the other person is using abusive words and showed her other ways to deal with bad language.

Bharali took the advices and started practicing it. The teacher noticed her improving gradually and showing more interest in her studies. They found she got rid of the deviant behavior which she used to be and now she is clean and tidy to the regular classes. Bharali is in 3rd std and doing well in her studies.

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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 observation homes are one of the most marginalized populations in Mumbai.

The children who live in these Homes come from different states of India and are educated in a Marathi medium school run by the Home. The language difference makes it difficult for them to learn. Remedial education helps in coaching the children in the Marathi language as well as their school subjects thereby helping them understand what they are learning and maintaining their interest to continue education once discharged from the Home.

Sahaara staff procures addresses of discharged children from the home authorities. The social workers 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.

Manali is a 9 year old girl, getting back to her happy life through learning and socializing with others int he Home

Manali was born in the month of November, 2005 and is currently studying in the 3rd grade.  She lived with her two brothers and parents in a rented accommodation in Bhandup. She was unschooled. Her mother worked as a domestic help while her father struggled with alcohol abuse and was unemployed.

The result of this was her parents constantly had fights and her father used to beat up her mother over the issue of money. To make sure he got money to continue his habit. Manali’s father used to send her out to beg on the streets while the mother was away. One day, while she was begging on the streets her uncle saw her, took her home, found out all that was happening and went and told her mother.  When she got to know this she left her husband, who went back to his village with the two sons.  Manali stayed with her mother.

Manali’s mother would leave every morning for work and return only by late evening – seeing this lifestyle one of her acquaintances spoke to her about admitting Manali in a Home. Her mother applied to the court for her admission and in 2011 Manali was admitted to the Bal Kalyan Nagri in Mankhurd, a suburb of Mumbai.

Sahaara met with Manali here. Initially she was a very reserved child and refused to mingle with other children. She did not speak with anyone and was fearful of adults. Since she had not been schooled at all, she did not know to read or write and she would have absolutely no recollection of what was taught to her the precious day.

The Sahaara staff put in a lot of effort to engage with her and help her learning process. They used various methods like personal attention, flashcards, games, activities, counseling as well as giving her responsibilities in class to distribute and, later on gather, books and pencils. Her fear in interacting with adults stemmed from the fact that her father used to beat her and force her to go begging.

But those days are long gone! She now interacts with the staff and mingles with other children too! She has learnt to read and write and copes very well with her studies!

She enjoys dance and wants to grow up to be a doctor. 

Your generous donations have enabled Sahaara to provide what is necessary for Rakesh to continue his education and have an opportunity to dream of a better tomorrow!

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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 observation homes are one of the most marginalized populations in Mumbai.

The children who live in these Homes come from different states of India and are educated in a Marathi medium school run by the Home. The language difference makes it difficult for them to learn. Remedial education helps in coaching the children in the Marathi language as well as their school subjects thereby helping them understand what they are learning and maintaining their interest to continue education once discharged from the Home.

Sahaara staff procures addresses of discharged children from the home authorities. The social workers 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.

Rakesh* is one such boy who has regained his right to education by the interventions carried out by Sahaara's personnel.

Name: Rakesh* (Name changed to protect identity)

Grade: 3rd

Age:12 years old

We met with Rakesh in July 2013 at the Chembur Children’s Home at Mankhurd. He joined our coaching class and was in the 2nd standard.

When Rakesh initially began attending the coaching classes that Sahaara conducts in CCH, he had no interest in his studies and appearance was dirty and his bathing habits were very irregular. He made many attempts to escape from the Home – but he was always caught by the authorities and brought back. In our daily interactions with him we noticed that he was a loner and a very emotional child. He rarely mixed around with the other boys and he was constantly caught up in his own world. As the teachers engaged with him, he slowly began opening up and shared his entire life story.

Rakesh and his family lived on the streets in Bandra, a suburb of Mumbai. He and his sister used to beg on the streets and his parents were daily wage earners. One day when Rakesh, he was around 8 years old at this time, and his sister returned home – they could not find their parents. They looked all over – but they could not find them. Not having a place to stay and not knowing what to do now, both he and his sister continued to beg on the streets for a living. A few days later he could not trace his sister either. He searched all over for her – but he never found her. Rakesh was adrift as in a matter of a few days had lost his parents and his sister and wandered around and slipped into bad company and, in a short while, got into substance abuse and began to steal for a living. This continued for some time and, one day, while he travelling in the train with a friend, he was apprehended by the police and placed in the New Observation Home at Mankhurd.  

His addiction to cigarettes and whitener compelled him to make many attempts to run away from the Home – but he was always caught in the act by the guards and brought back. At this tender age he had gone through more than what many have gone through in their entire life. He had a lot of mood swings because of his addictions and his not being able to get to them and this made him frustrated and angry.

But his opening up helped him as, for the first time, he felt that someone was listening to him and actually guiding him. He began sharing about his life and all about his stay and struggles in the Home. This sharing of his and the counsel that he received from the teachers began shaping him and over a period of four months it was noticed that he had begun mingling with other children and made new friends in the Home.

As the staff spoke to him about the importance of studies and appearance – he too began to take an interest in this. He got taken up by the incentives that the staff offered to those children who are regular, neat, focus on their studies and make noticeable attempts to improve their handwriting and is trying hard to get stars and prizes in all these areas!

Rakesh is now one of the more responsive children in the classroom! He is regular, neat and attentive in class and his handwriting has improved and has grown in obedience to the teacher.

Your generous donations have enabled Sahaara to provide what is necessary for Rakesh to continue his education and have an opportunity to dream of a better tomorrow!

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