Almost denied the right to education, Rajesh now dreams of a brighter future
Rajesh lived in one of the many slums of Mumbai. His family was impoverished and disadvantaged.
As his family struggled to meet basic needs, education became a luxury they couldn't afford. Little Rajesh stayed illiterate and was at the threshold of becoming a child laborer.
It was then that one of Mahima's staff noticed Rajesh and took him under their care. He was enrolled in the shelter home.
Mahima Home has taken Rajesh into their care. The two house parents and the staff take care of him and nurture him like family.
The shelter home provides him with the right environment for him to develop holistically through a family environment, quality accommodation and above all, access to good English medium education. His basic needs for proper clothing, wholesome nutrition, health care, and emotional care are taken care of.
Rajesh today has a secure family environment and education that nourishes him and helps him hone his talents.
He is a bright child who enjoys learning. He is good at academics as well as sports. He is a confident boy who enjoys making new friends and loves to play outdoor games.
From a boy who was denied his fundamental right to education, he is now soaring towards his future.
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What the beneficiary gets
Sahaara's 'Mahima Children's Home' is a shelter for parentless children and children whose parents are unable to look after them. The Home was started in July 1999 with only a couple of children.
Donations to the program contribute to the educational supplies, medical cost, the salary of the shelter home staff and the operating costs of the center for one child.
The home was started with the aim to provide shelter to homeless and desolate children, including street children and neglected slum children.
These destitute children are easy and helpless victims of abuse and bad influences. They are desperately in need of a family, and that is what the Mahima Children's Home provides them.
The home is a haven for boys who are either orphans, have terminally ill parents, or are children of trafficked women who are unable to care for them.
Mahima provides these children with more than just their basic needs. Holistic rehabilitation is offered to fourteen children through a home environment with dedicated caregivers.
The children are provided with English medium education. The energetic and talented boys actively participate and shine in sports and other extra-curricular activities like playing the keyboard and singing.
They play lead roles in school dramas, bag awards, and prizes. Many of the boys from the shelter home have been elected school leaders and sports captains.
Starting with 2 children, the home currently houses 14 children.
When you donate to this program, you give vulnerable children a chance for education that can help them dream of a better future.
28 November, 2021
Provision of education to vulnerable children
Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months
16 Boys are currently present in the hostel at Vasai, Maharashtra. All 16 boys got admission to Girija Mahatre English High School. The overall academic records of the boys are good despite being new to the online mode of education. The required books for school were purchased at the beginning of the year and some stationary requirements like pens, pencils, drawing books, handwriting books, etc. have been bought regularly.
Challenges faced and next steps
New children didn’t have their documents and due to that, the school admission was quite challenging. However, we got all the children admitted to the school. We presently have 20 children in the hostel and will be providing them with a school education.
Stories from the ground
Anil* is a 10 years old lively boy studying in the 3rd grade. Earlier he used to stay with his mother in Bhiwandi. She stays in a rented home. She was brought into the sex trade by a woman from Kolkata. Anil’s mother is one of the beneficiaries of Sahaara’s reintegration program. During one of the mentoring sessions, she requested to admit Anil into Mahima Hostel. She realised his potential and wished for a better life for her child. Anil was then admitted to Mahima hostel and subsequently admitted to school. There has been an improvement in his height and weight. Anil is very good academically. His performance in school is excellent. Anil can now foresee a bright future for himself and has a keen interest in his education.
23 March, 2021
The future is still bright
The boys of the home have had to stay in the home once the lockdown came into full effect in March. All the boys got promoted to the next class. However, once school began, they have been attending classes online. This became a great requirement for any child who needed to stay in school and be up to date with their studies. The children were provided with tabs to attend their individual classes and to be able to submit their homework online.
Even the tuition moved to an online mode. All the teachers would work at assigned times to help the children cope with the educational needs. Sahaara believes in excellence and hence, every means required to help the boys achieve this excellence is provided. There is one teacher who comes home to teach them.
Going to school is not just an exercise in academics but also to build our inter-personal relationships and social skills. This has become a strained exercise with the boys having little to no contact with the other students from their school. In their case, thankfully they still have each other to build on these skills.
Their academic record in general is good. One of the boys who had joined 2 years ago struggled initially, but is coping with his studies now, with the help of tuition provided to him. The online studies are still hard to cope with in general and the children find the classes slow - very un-interactive. It cannot replace the human interaction that is such a dire need for all of us. However, their results have still been modest on the whole. Their academics have not suffered as much and we believe that they will continue to grow within their current environment. Their required books for school were purchased at the beginning of the year, though some stationary requirements like pens, pencils, drawing books, handwriting books, etc. have been bought regularly.- Extra tuition and study time during the lockdown has helped them be able to build on other literary skills.
5 August, 2020
Filling the young bright minds with knowledge
Filling the young bright minds with knowledge
The children perform exceedingly well at school and extra curricular activities, after having met their nutritional needs,
The boys are being given food as per the Menu set by the nutritionist.
The children are healthy and involved in Sports and Co-Curricular Development:
2 boys received Certificates for coming 1st in different Running Races in School.
2 boys received Certificates for coming 1st and 2nd in ‘Langdi’ Race in School.
1 boy received a Certificate for coming 1st in Marble and Spoon Race in School.
Providing a safe and a homely place to live for these children, makes them competent in their studies and other activities.
15 boys are provided with all basic necessities of education, clothing, toiletries, safe and hygienic accommodation.
The children were also provided with mentoring and counseling support.
6 children are being tutored to play musical instruments.
The boys did flower plantation drive in the residential society gardens.