Riya Vishwakarma has discovered various interests in which she actively participates – singing, poetry, storytelling, coloring, jigsaws etc. She is superb in Math and languages, and has scored straight A’s in all her subjects. However, her story is one of immense heartache: Blind in one eye, this little girl had never felt any sense of worth before she came to us (earlier this year). And our teachers are working with her family to see things change for her…
Anisha Movle has been with us for two years. The ‘bookworm’ of the class, she used to be quite the recluse. We helped her find a balance between study and play, and it has been brilliant to see her flourish. Her mother beams as she tells us, ‘Jeevan Asha has given my daughter new life!’
We work with children of varied abilities, helping them realize their potential and developing them further. Tanvi Gavit is slower than the other kids in reading and writing but she excels in creative activities – she loves to dance, recite poems and colour. The DCC gives her every opportunity to express herself; she loves being at Jeevan Asha.
17-year-old Dinesh Shinde enrolled in our Day Care Centre in 2002 and attended it for 2 years, after which he was admitted into the local municipal school. He has three siblings and lives with his family in a 100 square feet shanty in a slum in Sai Nagar, Thane. His mother is a housewife and his father manages a small shop with his brother. Over the past ten years, Dinesh has done well in school and ranks among the top three students in his class. In March 2013 he got 85% in his 10th grade board exams .
Dinesh attributes his progress to the strong foundation laid in his early childhood in the Jeevan Asha Day Care Centre. The centre instilled confidence in him to participate in drama, speech, singing and painting competitions. He used to sing in the school choir and had won prizes in singing and elocution. He also participated in a painting competition organised by Lokmat, a city newspaper. Dinesh says “I would like to come back and help Jeevan Asha” someday.
Harishchandra has never been to school and works as a helper in a factory at Thane. He doesn’t want his son, Tejas, to suffer the same fate. Tejas’ mother found it difficult to send him to school until her neighbor spoke to her about Jeevan Asha. Initially low in confidence, Tejas has transitioned from being reticent to a participative and vocal child. His parents are very grateful for the love and care given to him at the DCC.