When we visited Mumbai back in 2014 we were deeply moved by the plight of the street kids living rough and begging just to survive. We got in touch with a local charity, the Vatsalya Foundation, who encourage kids to come off the streets and offer them shelter, food and clothing as well as education and training to improve their life chances. We were so impressed with what they were achieving that we wanted to help the charity raise some much needed funds and we have actively supported them ever since.
Throughout 2014-15 Satia and Freya organised a variety of events at school and we helped them set up an online fundraising page, in total raising a fantastic £2508! This was used to purchase essential equipment like uniforms, books, stationary, as well as day to day supplies like food.
In July 2015 Mrs Mukherjee, the Principal from the organisation visited us whilst on a trip to the UK to thank Satia and Freya. To help us raise awareness of the charity Mrs Mukherjee and the girls were interviewed by Sat Rana on Radio Derby. Mrs Mukherjee also met with Mrs Hannaford, Primary Head at Derby High to thank her for her support.
In 2016 we visited again but this time were more actively involved. Satia and Freya ran educational workshops for the children at projects in Bandra and Worli, thanks to the kind donation of experiments from Madscience Nottingham. We also took 60 boys and girls to Kidzania, an indoor life skills theme park where children get to be adults for the day. This was only made possible thanks to all the kind donations we received... a total of almost £1600!
This Easter we are going back and have even more planned. The largest proportion of street kids are children who have left the poverty of their village and have travelled to Mumbai searching for a better life. The vast majority find themselves vulnerable, alone and exploited and end up doing whatever it takes to survive. The Vatsalya Foundation have set up 15 rural projects to tackle this problem at its source through a number of different initiatives: Education of pre primary children, provision of stationery, materials, staff, skills training of girls and young women to name but a few.
Our aim is to support one of these initiatives. The initial set up cost is approximately 180,000 INR = £2000.
We will be spending a week in Mumbai, two days in the villages volunteering and running workshops to supplement the pre primary teaching as well as supporting the skills training workshops for girls and young women. We will also be going back to the main projects in Mumbai to catch up with the children in Worli and Bandra.
Please help us to help the children and support The Vatsalya Foundation. Every penny you donate will go to the foundation as we self fund all our own expenses. Please donate whatever you are happy with, every little helps! Thanks, your support is very much appreciated.
Please click below for more information on the charity.
Our previous campaign in 2016