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 juvenile homes are one of the most marginalized populations in Mumbai. The tracking program of children discharged from juvenile homes help children get a start which will help them break out of the poverty cycle and fulfill their dreams of a stable future.
Sahaara staff procures addresses of discharged children from the home authorities. The trackers 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.
Jyoti is one such girl who has regained her right to education by the interventions carried out by Sahaara's tracking personnel.
A 16-year old girl from Mumbai, Jyoti comes from a Maharashtrian family. In May 2013, she had eloped with a boy to Nagpur. Her parents tried searching for her for a month, but after no success, complained about her missing at the local police station. On searching, the police found Jyoti with her boyfriend and brought them to the Umerkhadi Observation Home in Mumbai.
On Sahaara’s regular visit to the Umerkhadi Observation Home, our staff met Jyoti. On conversing with her, our staff realised that she was supposed to begin studying for her board examinations in this academic year. However, eloping with her boyfriend and now being in the observation home posed a hindrance in her continuing education. Realising this need, we decided to help Jyoti and got her released from the Home.
Due to the social stigma she was facing, Jyoti was fearful of going to school. We counselled and reassured her that she could still study. Jyoti is now confident and is going to enrol for her board examinations through distance education.
Your generous donations have enabled Sahaara to provide what is necessary for Jyoti to continue her education and have an opportunity to dream of a better tomorrow!