Tell me a story #GivingTuesday#India

For those born before the advent of TV, the lessons best learnt were from stories told to us by parents or grandparents or discovered in books found in every child's room and  read with avid passion. The art of story telling is ancient and prevalent in all cultures....

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Back for the day#GivingTuesday#India

It was lovely to have Shalini back for a 'day' to join the Project WHY annual picnic that she has never missed for the past decade. This year she almost did as for the past months brave Shalini has been nursing her ailing mother. The often difficult stubborn special...

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The spirit behind Project WHY #GivingTuesday#India

Ramchundur Goburdhun 15 August 1911- 29 November 1992 Most know us as Project WHY only. A few know that our legal identity is the Sri Ram Goburdhun Charitable Trust. And not many know who Ram was and yet if not for he, there might not have been Project WHY. Ram or...

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Let us burn schools down #GivingTuesday#India

The burning of schools in Kashmir vindicates the belief that education is the most powerful agent of change. Destroying a school destroys the future of children forever. Education is a powerful tool. The question lies in the way you use it. In the early years of...

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The bucket baby #India

India celebrates Children's Day today. There will be celebrations across the land. But for some, like the little fellow in the picture we now fondly call the 'bucket baby' it will be a day like any other. This little fellow was born around the time Project WHY...

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The PT exam question #GivingTuesday#India

PT as we all know or at least presume stands Physical Training and is a high school 'subject' in India. It would be reasonable to again presume that it means playing games, training for individual and team sports etc. Not quite so in the Chacha Nehru Hindi High...

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Another form of gender bias #GivingTuesday#India

An interesting article appeared in the Wall Street Journal recently. It is entitled: Why the Vast Majority of Women in India Will Never Own a Smartphone. The emerging new middle class will purchase all sorts of things ranging from washing machines to even air...

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The seven vegetable pizza #GivingTuesday#India

Way back in December 2007 we celebrated Xmas at the women centre. One of our resident at the women shelter was Christian and she told us about the cakes her mom made and we ordered many for the party. Sophie one of our volunteers wanted a full scale celebration so...

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What Bob Dylan meant to our generation #ThrowbackThursday

The news of Bob Dylan getting the Nobel Prize for Literature was one of the best news coming my way in a long time. For those of us who were young and impressionable in the sixties Bob Dylan was an intrinsic part of our lives. I write this slightly personal note today...

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Warriors of Air #GivingTuesday#India

Don't go by the picture! These kids are the luckiest as they live on the bank of the river in the middle of green vegetable patches and breathe good clean air, or at least the best available in our capital city. For the others the invisible bars of polluted air are...

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Learning to…#GivingTuesday#India

Two weeks ago, two class XII students murdered their teacher. The reason: he expelled one of them for poor attendance. Rage, anger, frustration? Nothing can condone violence of this kind and the boys will face the law. The question that begs to be asked, though few...

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Requiem for an invisible child #GivingTuesday#India

You may be wondering why the illustration for this post is an ultrasound plate. The reason is that there exists no picture of the child whose story we tell. Little Sonny was born a month or so ago to a beggar woman of the Kalka Temple. This was the mother's 4th child,...

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Late by 50 years #GivingTuesday#India

A recent UNESCO report states that India could be late by half a century in achieving its global education commitments. It would need to make fundamental changes in the education policy if it were to meet the 2030 goals. At present India is expected to achieve...

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Dirty water stunts million of children #GivingTuesday

India has the largest number of stunted children in the world reveals a recent study. For Project Why that is one too many! The main reasons are: lack of toilets, dirty water and poor hygiene. In urban slums and even lower middle class colonies that is a reality....

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It happens only at Project Why #GivingTuesday#India

When a friend offered to run a healing workshop for Project Why staff so that they in turn could share it with the children we were a little hesitant. The reason being the multitude of faiths and beliefs followed by them. However we had faith in the sixteen years of...

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Hit and Run #GivingTuesday#India

A young girl was victim of the ubiquitous hit and run syndrome that is a familiar occurrence in cities. Most get reported. Some make front page if a 'celebrity' or 'privileged' is driving a 'swanky' car! There are some hit and run cases that never make any page. Most...

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Why not for education… #GivingTuesday#India

Government to enlist gurus for organ donation campaign is a recent headline. The article goes on to say: "The health ministry plans to rope in spiritual gurus to help dispel myths about organ donation". This is undoubtedly a good move. Organ donation is a noble cause...

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Celebrating Independence Day #GivingTuesday #India

  Project Why children celebrated Independence Day! There was the flag hoisting in all centres, the regulatory speeches, the patriotic songs and of course a lot of Bollywood dancing. The children enjoyed themselves and the celebrations ended with the ubiquitous...

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Ribbons in her hair #GivingTuesday #India

  Kid Speak is cute. There have been TV shows like “Kids Say the Darndest Things’” or books like “Children's Letters to God” that always delight us and warm our hearts.  But the kind of Kid Speak we share today is the one that puts a lump in your throat and...

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To do or die #GivingTuesday #India

This week's blog has to be written in first person as it symbolises the very spirit of Project Why. For the past weeks as we set out to 'makeover' Project Why to make it presentable to a wider audience I have been asked the question about whether we want to increase...

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Good touch Bad touch #GivingTuesday #India #children

Statistics show that over 8000 children get raped in India every year. Wonder how many get sexually abused and yet the state is unwilling to include sex education in schools. Perhaps it is because it is thought that this would not make a difference. An incident...

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She begged so that children could eat

              I fist heard of Sindhutai many years ago when I was researching 'good news' stories for a friend. Her story was a true inspiration more so when I felt reluctant to 'ask' for money. I wrote about her way back in 2011 and...

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She is back #GivingTuesday

She was barely 5 when she first joined the special section. It must have been in 2004. She could barely walk or talk. She was like a tiny frightened bird that needed to be tamed. As days went by and we got to know her better the smiles came hesitant at first then...

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To the manor born

Our dearest friend Kabir of Azure Hospitality conjured another miracle. This time an invitation to a 'posh' lunch at the new Mamagoto in Connaught Place. For many of us lunch at a restaurant is a mundane affair. This is another story. Most of the invitees had never...

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They came, the saw, they cared #ThrowbackThursday #India

Today we would like to walk down memory lane and talk of all the visitors we have had over the years. In most cases they return more than once. That is the magic of Project Why: once you walk in you leave a little bit of yourself and take a little bit of us.We have...

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The Numbers Perspective #GivingTuesday #India

Secondary Class at Khader The Numbers Perspective! Sounds like a title of a Robert Ludlum thriller doesn't it? Come to think of it is is a thriller in its own right: the numbers referred to are the (ill)famed marks that a student secures in her or his class XII...

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The dentist comes calling #ProjectWhy #India

The dentist comes calling It was dental checkup time for children from the special section, the creche and the primary section. This was the first dental check up at Project Why and was made possible thanks to our friend Neena Gulabani from the Anubhav Learning...

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From Germany with Love #ThrowbackThursday # India

Project Why's relationship with Germany began way back in 2007 when Hans Emde, a rather forbidding person with a heart of gold, visited Project Why and decided to set up Project Why Deutschland e v in Köln. From that moment the doors flew open and Project Why's...

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