THE PROBLEM :
There is a municipal school in the slum of DHARAVI ( Asia’s largest slum) at SION, MUMBAI which is in a very dilapidated and poor state. This school caters to about 300 students of Grades 1 to 9 (280 currently) who come from the nearby areas. It’s an English and Marathi medium school.
The school classrooms, building, infrastructure, wash areas, etc. are in a state of neglect for lack of funds. For children it’s a depressing environment which is unsafe, unhealthy and not the best place to be learning.
This effects the attendance, health, and education of the students negatively.
The main issues are:
- Poor quality benches for students to sit on.
- Classrooms have paint peeling off, walls with moisture, poor lighting, bad windows and doors.
- The wash basin and toilets need repair.
- Tiles are broken (both floor and wall).
- Electrical connections are exposed and pose a hazard.
- The overall school look is dilapidated and lacks energy and safety.
The Principal, Mr. Waghmare and the teaching staff are very dedicated teachers, loved by the students, and are most grateful for this crowdfunding campaign for their school.
Would you as a parent send a child to a school that looks like this (SEE IMAGES BELOW)
THE SOLUTION :
To address the problem, the Rotary Club of Mumbai SOBO is focusing on transforming the MPPM school in Shastri Nagar, located in the Dharavi slum area - in Mumbai, into a “HAPPY SCHOOL” by renovating it. The aim is to transform the school building and infrastructure, which is in a very vulnerable state into a secure, attractive, and happy learning place.
This happy school project will ensure a safe and productive school life for the students and also help them to reach their full potential and become ” change-makers” in their slum community. It will be a school where students can learn and be happy while learning. The Rotary Happy School initiative taken up by many Rotary Clubs across India has transformed thousands of schools in India, including in Mumbai.
The cost of doing this is estimated at INR 10.2L (see details below) and this will impact 300 children. The cost per child of doing this works out to be approximately INR 3500 per student. So if you fund
INR 3500 - you impact a child for years to come
INR 7000 - you impact 2 students similarly.
INR 35000 - you impact 10 students.
Fund generously and let us together create a happy school and happy students.
See images below of some schools that have been transformed and see the graphic which shows the different components of the happy school.
COST SHEET AND SCHOOL INFORMATION :
The below is the estimate of the basic cost of transforming this school in Dharavi into a Happy School.
ABOUT ME :
My name is SUHANA DABIR. I am 13-years-old and a Grade 7 student at The B.D. Somani School in Mumbai.
I am running this crowdfunding campaign to transform the Municipal school in Shastri Nagar located in the Dharavi slum at Sion, Mumbai and turn it into a "HAPPY SCHOOL".
I was very surprised and shocked to see the images of the school building, class rooms, common areas and wondered how children are able to study in such an environment. Making the school and classrooms bright, cheerful, safe and providing them with hygienic wash rooms etc is a very basic requirement.
Through this campaign, me and my other friends aim to transform this school so that 280 plus children who come here, learn in a better environment and look forward to coming to the school. This will help the students reach their potential and leverage their education to build a career and life for themselves.
LOCATION OF THE SCHOOL IN MUMBAI :
APPEAL LETTER :
ABOUT THE ROTARY CLUB OF MUMBAI SOBO :
The Rotary Club of Mumbai SOBO is a humanitarian service organization aiming to improve lives in communities locally and worldwide. Rotarians are a dedicated group of change-makers from all walks of life, committed to the core values of Rotary International: Service, Fellowship, Diversity, Integrity, and Leadership.
Our Rotary Club’s motto "In Giving, We Receive" has spiralled service supporting educational projects, tackling hunger, housing, health, and hygiene and we champion sustainable projects that help curb poverty and promote clean water, sanitation, and fight disease and disability. Caring for the environment and fostering peace initiatives are other areas of our focus. We believe each person can make a difference, and kindness goes a long way.
Our club has over 85 members and we have been making massive change and social impact over the last 2 years. We have helped hospitals during COVID, impacted children with educational assistance, funded paediatric heart surgeries, prosthetic limbs, initiated vocational trainings of women, distributed over 12,000 meals, helped a safe home for women, supported school on wheels program, undertaken numerous beach and mangrove clean-ups, and organised events in support of stray animals, etc.
We have in the last 2 years raised over INR 2.5 CR for different social initiatives that have helped make the world a better place.
TAX BENEFITS :
Funding for this campaign is eligible for tax breaks as the Rotary Club of Mumbai SOBO Charitable Trust is a registered trust and you can avail of benefits under section 80G of the IT act.
FEEDBACK/CAMPAIGN UPDATES FOR YOU:
To ensure that there is complete transparency I shall get a report from Rotary SOBO (this takes between 2 to 4 months usually after the funds are raised and transferred to them) telling me how the funds are being used as a report. The details of this report will then be posted by Rotary SOBO Patra on the UPDATES section of my campaign. As soon as the post an update, the platform will send an EMAIL alert to all the funders - i.e. to you. Click on the link on that EMAIL ALERT and you come back to this campaign page and can read how the funds are being used in the UPDATES section of the campaign. That's transparent right!!
Will we get to know the details of who benefitted?
Yes. After the money has been collected it will be transferred by Fueladream to the Rotary Club of Mumbai SOBO Charitable Trust. It will take 2 to 4 months after that to get details of the fund use. Once I get this information from them I shall upload this on the UPDATES section of this campaign. You will then get an alert and read details about how the funds were used
When do I get the receipts?
It takes up to 2 weeks after the campaign is closed for the monies to be transferred to the Rotary Club of Mumbai SOBO Charitable Trust. The receipts will start getting processed about 4 to 6 weeks AFTER the campaign is closed and will be sent to you directly.
How can we fund this campaign with a Cheque?
Fueladream Online Ventures Pvt Ltd account details are as below
BANK NAME: HDFC Bank Limited.
BRANCH: Koramangala( Main Branch). City: Bengaluru - 560095.
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 50200013106778
IFSC CODE: HDFC0000053
Please draw a cheque in favor of "Fueladream Online Ventures Pvt Ltd", and deposit the cheque into the Fueladream Online Ventures Pvt Ltd HDFC Bank account (any branch across INDIA). After you deposit the cheque, please send an email to email@example.com AND firstname.lastname@example.org with the following funder information.
1) Name of Funder:
2) Full address with Pin code:
3) Telephone/Mobile no and Email ID:
4) PAN of funder:
5) Cheque number:
6) Amount funded:
7) Whose campaign are you funding. (Name of the person OR campaign number/ID):
After the funds are received and the above details are verified, the fund amount will be transferred to the respective campaign. This can take from 1-3 working days.
This campaign by the Rotary Club of Mumbai SOBO aims to raise at least INR 10 lakhs collectively for this cause. For any reason whatsoever, if the funds collected at the end of the campaign are more than the anticipated amount, the excess funds will be utilised for either educational projects or other priorities areas (falling under any of the Rotary areas of focus) based on a needs assessment by the Board of Rotary Club of Mumbai SOBO, without requiring consent or approvals of the donors or crowdfunding platform.
How does crowdfunding work?
Crowdfunding in India is a relatively new concept & is growing very quickly.
It’s a concept that allows a large number of funders (like you) to fund an idea or a cause or event by giving small amounts of money online. Fueladream.com is a crowdfunding platform in India that allows for such pooling of funds. You can fund innovations and ideas on FuelADream and be the first to get these products or make them come true. You can also do a good turn by funding charities and causes through crowdfunding. When you fund a charity it’s more like a donation and you get small innovative rewards like a shout-out on an FB page or a thank you email from the beneficiaries.