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.

Suhasini Mhaske

Location: Mumbai

Mentor assigned : Yes

Being sponsored for : School bus pass

Being sponsored since : September 2015

Young Suhasini started going to school two years ago. But with her father squandering most of his income on alcohol, her mother was left to manage the household expenses by herself on her earnings as a ragpicker. She somehow managed to put Suhasini through school by scraping together her school fees of 100 rupees a month, at times even going hungry and skipping meals to save money. Suhasini dropped out barely a year later though, because her mother could no longer afford to pay her fees. Matters got worse five months ago when her mother’s hand got infected due to exposure to toxic waste while rag picking.

Her mother has not been able to go back to work ever since, because her father’s contribution to the household income is not enough to pay for her mother’s treatment. It had been 13 months since 8 year old Suhasini had not attended school. Her mother finally put her in public school, but since they live far away from school the monthly bus pass of INR 160 itself is difficult for them to pay for, in the months when money for the pass from the government is delayed. YOU can help put her back in school with your contribution.

Neha Waghmare

Location : Mumbai

Mentor assigned : Yes

Being sponsored for : School bus pass

Being sponsored since : September 2015

Imagine a scenario where you wake up one day and cannot go to college or to work because you cannot afford to pay for the bus pass or train pass for your commute. Neha had to face a similar situation a month ago. She had to stop going to school for over a month because her family cannot afford to pay the monthly INR 160 required for her buss pass. Her mother was recently rendered mentally unfit to work due to a family trauma. Her grandmother is the only earning member in a family of six.

With the entire family depending on this meager income of about INR 2,000 to meet their basic needs, spending 160 rupees a month to send 11 year old Neha to school on a regular basis has become difficult to manage. Neha enjoys going to school because her class teacher is very nice and she looks forward to playing with her friends. INR 160 a month will not only ensure Neha goes to school on a regular basis but it will also help ease the financial pressure on her family. Your contribution will go a long way in helping Neha’s family educate her.

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.