Tulsi Swami

Location: Mumbai

Assigned a Mentor: Yes

Being sponsored for: School Fees

Being sponsored since: July 2016

Tulsi is a young 17 year old. Her life changed four years ago, when an accident at school left her partially paralyzed for a year and stunted her growth. She was hospitalized for weeks after the incident and required surgery. Four years on, she is required to undergo a medical checkup every six months and is on medication to manage the lingering pain.

Her parents are vegetable sellers and earn about INR 6-7,000 per month. A portion of their earnings are allocated to paying off the loans they had taken at the time of her surgery and her ongoing medical expenses. They are determined to educate Tulsi and make her financially independent despite their financial constraints. Tulsi is currently in class 9. With our contribution, we can help Tulsi’s parents achieve their dream of making their daughter succeed against the odds.

Ansh Kumar

Location: Delhi

Assigned a Mentor: No

Being sponsored for: School Fees

Being sponsored since: July 2016

4-year old Ansh does not remember his mother. He was only 11 months old when she passed away after being starved and not taken care of by his drunken father. His grandparents took him in at that age, and it has been a downhill ride for the family ever since. His grandmother had to let go of the little she used to earn as a small scale factory worker, so that she could stay at home and take care of him. His uncle, who was only in class 8 at that time, had to drop out of school to make up for the lost income of the grandmother, and now works as a daily wage labourer.

His grandfather repairs cane furniture, which is by no means a steady source of income. His father hasn͛t visited him from the time his mother passed away and doesn͛t pay a penny to support the child. His grandparents want him to study now and not suffer the same fate as the other family members. And we can help him escape that fate.

Hansmukhi and Piyush Arya

Location: Delhi

Assigned a Mentor: No

Being sponsored for: School Fees

Being sponsored since: July 2016

This brother and sister duo of 5 and 7 years respectively lost their father two years back. What remains of the family is a mother working as a cook to make ends meet, and an older brother in Class 6 who had to be pulled out of private school a few years back because the father would squander the family earnings on alcohol.

The mother put the older kid in a free public school, but says the child hasn͛t learnt to even read or write. She doesn͛t want the same fate for the two younger kids and thus wants them to study in the private school in the area. The fees are nominal for you and me, but quite a lot for a single mother of three making only INR 4000 a month.

Anil Kumar

Location: Delhi

Assigned a Mentor: No

Being sponsored for: School Fees

Being sponsored since: July 2016

Anil is a well-disciplined boy of 12. His family has what many in India presumably crave – male children. All male children. Four of them in fact. However, four growing boys can take a toll on a family with just one earning member. The father is a vegetable vendor, who makes a few hundred a day, and ends up paying most of that trying to cover rent. They are having a hard time trying to keep up with the ever-increasing expenses, but the mother wants her son to study and escape this trap. And you can help him do just that.

Emmanuel Raj Matthew

Location: Delhi

Assigned a Mentor: No

Being sponsored for: School Fees

Being sponsored since: July 2016

Emmanuel had been out of school for two years when we met him. So had his elder sister. The parents had to pick one kid to keep in the expensive city with them, so they had to send the older girl back to the village, where her studies came to a halt. The family runs an idli stall, but have not even been able to break even and are accruing huge debts to run their stall.

It is no wonder then that Emmanuel had to drop out of school in such circumstances. But your contribution can help to ensure that he doesn͛t have to suffer the same fate as his sister, for whom it might just be too late now.

Simran Kaur

Location: Delhi

Assigned a Mentor: No

Being sponsored for: School Fees

Being sponsored since: July 2016

Simran, an eight year old is from a single parent family. Her father was a truck driver and the breadwinner of the family. He lost his life three years ago, due to excessive drinking. Since then, her mother has been working as a helper at a Child Development Center. However, they are barely making ends meet with her earnings of INR 3900 a month. Her mother wants to ensure Simran receives a good education. Your contribution towards her school fees would go a long way in helping Simran’s mother put her through school.

Shivam

Location: Delhi

Assigned a Mentor: No

Being sponsored for: School Fees

Being sponsored since: July 2016

Shivam may be only eight years old but his childhood has been a difficult one. He lost both his parents three years ago, within a short span of time to different ailments. He is currently living with his maternal grandmother and her main source of income is a small grocery store she runs from their one room house. Her earnings are meagre and variable from one month to the next making it difficult to afford Shivam’s school fees. We can help ensure Shivam continues to regularly attend school and receive an uninterrupted education.

Piyush Verma

Location: Delhi

Assigned a Mentor: No

Being sponsored for: School Fees

Being sponsored since: July 2016

Piyush is the older of two brothers and lives in a joint family of ten members. His father works as a transport laborer and his mother works in a factory. Between the two of them they earn approximately INR 12,000 a month but after fulfilling their obligations towards the rest of the family, they are struggling to pay their own children’s school fees. Piyush is 6 and is currently in class one at school. Your contribution to his school fees will enable his parents to put both their children through school.

Rani Kumari

Location: Delhi

Assigned a Mentor: No

Being sponsored for: School Fees and Travel Allowance for commuting to school

Being sponsored since: July 2016

Rani͛s family could be a classic case study to highlight some of the major problems families face in when trying to escape the clutches of poverty. Theirs is a family of 5 kids. The oldest one dropped out of school after failing his exams in Class 10, and now cannot find sustainable livelihood. The father won͛t let the mother work, because ͚what will society say if the woman of the house goes out to work?͛

So what if they had to move miles away from the school to find a cheaper place to stay and Rani cannot afford the daily commute to school? Or if she had to take up Home Science instead of Maths, which she was so keen to study, because tuitions were too expensive? Rani is feisty though – she wants to get trained in computers and break the norm in her family by being the first girl to go work outside the house. And we want to help her do just that.

Ishika

Location: Delhi

Assigned a Mentor: No

Being sponsored for: School Fees

Being sponsored since: July 2016

Ishika is four years old and the youngest of three siblings. A long pending court case for their house drove her father into depression and drinking. He subsequently fell sick and passed away two years ago. Her mother took to working as a maid and the family got displaced. Ishika and her older sister live with their Father’s sister while her brother lives with their Mother’s sister because their mother cannot afford to meet all their living expenses with her salary. We can help ease her burden by ensuring she does not have to worry about Ishika’s education.