[mc src="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oaKuFLNSBI&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL" type="youtube"]The Door Step School, Mumbai[/mc]
It was in the streets of Mumbai, of all places, that the 10×10 team met Texan Ami Vaghani. They say things are big in Texas, but Mumbai surely has the Lone Star state beat. With nearly 20.5 million inhabitants, it is the fifth most populous city in the world. 50% of Mumbai residents live on the city’s streets or in slums, where extreme poverty makes the playing field very uneven for Mumbai’s children. Despite the passage of India’s Right to Education (RTE) ACT, which requires free and compulsory education for all children ages 6-14, thousands upon thousands of Mumbai’s street children do not attend school. They must work to earn money for their family, or tend to younger siblings while their parents work.
Facts like this don’t sit well with people like recent college graduate Ami, who decided to delay her career to flex her philanthropic muscle abroad. She chose India, where the need is great and where she has family roots. While searching online for NGOs to contact for volunteer opportunities, she encountered Door Step School, an innovative organization working in Mumbai and Pune, India. Door Step School conducts classes for out-of-school and working children (7 to 18 years of age) residing in slums and on the pavement. With the introduction of the “School on Wheels” buses (there are currently 4 operating) Door Step has come closer to fulfilling one of its major objectives: making basic education easily accessible to working children who don’t have access to a regular school. Buses are converted into classrooms which travel to the “doorsteps” of street children, who are invited aboard to learn to read, write, and to develop an appreciation for education.
To learn more about Door Step School, or to register to volunteer yourself, visit: www.doorstepschool.org