Vishal and Sakshi Mhaske

Location : Mumbai

Mentor assigned to Vishal and Sakshi : Yes

Being sponsored for : School fees and books

Being sponsored since : July 2015

Vishal and Sakshi

9 year old Vishal loves going to school because he likes how the teachers teach and he enjoys playing with his friends. His sister, Sakshi looks forward to learning new songs in school and learning how to write. Their family of four is dependent entirely on their father’s income of 3,000 rupees a month. Their mother cannot go to work because she has to stay at home to take care of her youngest child who is 2 years old.

Sending them to the government school that does not charge fees is not an option because it is more than 3 kilometers away and the monthly bus pass costs 160 rupees per child. Also, the children are too young to make the trip by themselves every day. Their mother is anxious to send them back to school soon and keep them there, instead of having them sit at home every other month when they can’t afford the fee. Your timely contribution can help send to Vishal and Sakshi back to school.

Rekha and Priyanka Ratnaparkhe

Location : Mumbai

Mentor assigned to Rekha and Priyanka : Yes

Being sponsored for : School fees and books

Being sponsored since : July 2015

Priyanka & Rekha
A father whose poor health prevents him from going to work. A mother who earns barely 2,000 rupees a month as a rag picker. A family of five survives solely on her income as the three children struggle to make their way through college and school. 14 year old Rekha and 12 year old Priyanka have not had it easy. With a significant amount of their mother’s income being spent on their father’s medication, timely payment of school fees is an expenditure that more often than not, takes a backseat. They often have to spend the day standing outside the class because they won’t be allowed to enter till their fee is paid.

They have also been informed that if they don’t clear the pending amount soon, the sisters will not be allowed to sit for the exams. Free public school is not an option because the closest public school to their house is not at a walkable distance and the bus pass costs more than their school fee on a monthly basis. Priyanka hopes she can start attending school again because she likes studying and learning new things. According to her older sister Rekha, going to school is important because being educated helps one stand on their feet. A small contribution from you can help both Priyanka and Rekha go back to school regularly.

Ashwini and Pooja Gangwane

Location : Mumbai

Mentor assigned to Ashwini and Pooja : Yes

Ashwini being sponsored for : School fees and books

Pooja being sponsored for : School bus pass

Being sponsored since : July 2015

Ashwini & Pooja

Ashwini is a class 9 student in a private school in Damunagar in Mumbai. Her 12 year old sister Pooja goes to the nearest municipality school in the area, which is still over 3 km away. There are too many mouths to feed in this family, and the axe falls on the education of the two girls. Paying for the children’s school fees and bus passes has become increasingly difficult over time. Their mother cannot walk too far because her legs swell up if she does thus preventing her from going out to work. Their father barely earns INR 2,000 a month as a daily wage laborer.

Ashwini is often not allowed to sit in class, or write her exams, or get her yearly results. Pooja goes to the government school for free but needs 160 rupees for the monthly bus pass. You can help to send two girls back to school bring them one step closer to achieving their goal of being educated and making something of themselves so that they can overcome the hardships their family now has to face due to uneducated parents and siblings who have dropped out of school.