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Deworming Day We have been coaching slum children for the past 13 years, looking after their health. During their medical check-up, we were informed that they require deworming medicines every half yearly. As this is a challenge for most poor people, we included this also in our work. Auro Mira Care Foundation has been donating Deworming Medicines regularly to us. We have 100 children now & they have sent us the dose for all of them. Deworming has improved their immunity It has protected them from chronic illnesses caused by worms. It has improved their concentration and attendance, making them more productive in school. It has increased nutrient uptake and controls infections such as anaemia, loose bowels, etc Thank You Auro Mira Care Foundation for looking after our Slum Children. As we firmly believe, the world can indeed be transformed if we come together.
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1,900 Children Quit School In Metro Region Amid Pandemic Ours Doubled during the past 2 years. Reasons: We started with online classes. It was a total failure due to ignorance of parents & children, network, recharge issues etc. Our teacher dared to continue classes at her home, with social distancing, as we were not getting permission to hold classes, risking the whole family's health. As soon as the lockdown was announced we started giving monthly ration to their families. We still continue to give them ration. We continued giving them healthy food like bananas, dates, and Ladoos at their doorsteps. We continued our Birthday parties. Food packets, cake slices, and gifts used to be delivered to their doorsteps. Half-yearly Deworming Doses continued on due dates. We encouraged them to get vaccinated as they were very apprehensive about the reaction. We lured them by offering an additional kit of rations for getting vaccinated. Our teacher used to register the illitera
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  Gully Boy & His Adoptive Nani (Maternal GrandMother) Very often, even mistakes bring us closer to each other, says Sona Kumar on her experience with Salim Khan.   I met Salim in 2009 when we started moral classes in Anand Nagar Slum, Jogeshwari West, Mumbai, India He was the thinnest, tallest and most mischievous child in our class. He would get into trouble because one or the other child would complain... He was mischievous but never misbehaved. He was enrolled at YMCA to play basketball with 13 more children. They would play Basketball early in the morning, go to school and then come to our coaching classes to complete their homework, revise tables, answers etc  Irfan Khan, the Choreographer, offered to teach our children and give them the opportunity to dance on stage at Bhaidas Hall in vile parle west. He would depute a dance teacher for an hour to teach our kids, who were short-listed. Salim was 1 of them. 1 fine day Salim refused to dance and left the classroom. I was very
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  Ration Distribution Thank you, Fischer and Jordan LLC, who again distributed 100 ration kits for our students, widows, and physically challenged people living in slums. Thank you Guide Star India for the referral.
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Our Teachers: Covid Warriors We have many warriors in our group as they have understood all the challenges of the children and their lives including their families too. When covid stuck, they became covid warriors. Here, we shall share some of their stories with you. Mrs Yashodhara Rajurkar  joined us to inculcate moral values in slum children, as they are surrounded by many Anti-Social Elements. She has succeeded in her task as our children are very well mannered. She suggested that we start tuition classes for children as parents are illiterate, and children don't do homework. They fail and drop out and start working. Parents also welcome an extra income. She ensures that children complete their homework, solve their problems, and help them revise tables, poems etc. There has not been any school dropout since then. Teachers in school treat her as the mother of students as their parents don't care. When the lockdown started she ensured that children were given bananas, dates,
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  Charity Indeed Begins at Home We keep talking about charity but this has to begin in our homes too. This is what I wished to do in my own family. My younger granddaughter Myra celebrated her 4th Birthday with slum children while she was in India. During their next visit, both granddaughters, Aarya 10 years, & Myra 6 years, baked cake, buttered 100 buns, and roasted on Tawa for pav bhaji, which our maid cooked for the slum children's birthday. They served food, got props, and gave gifts to them. While in the USA they make greeting cards and raise funds by selling cards. These are good values spread not through mega-events but through simple acts of reaching out. We request you to join us in our endeavour to spread the message of humanity and oneness. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see”
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  Yoga - An Epitome Of Hope and Growth It is said, "All study and no play makes Jack a dull boy", but when someone lives in such a locality where there is no open space for play, what is the child supposed to do? About 40% of the population of Mumbai lives in slums. Small houses, narrow lanes, open & blocked drainage, filth all over. We run classes for slum children & we face this issue every day. To keep them away from bad health and influences, we tackle malnourishment problems every day by giving them healthy food every day, but can't arrange for open space for the playground. Most of them have stunted growth. 1 of our boys was rejected by the Army authorities due to limitations of his height. This stunted growth also causes inferiority complexes in them. We discussed the matter & finally reached a solution that Yog is the only alternative available to us. We have started once-a-week Yoga classes for our students & hope they keep good health & gain