Blogging for social change has been one of the sparks behind Daily (w)rite. Earlier, I’ve written about my work with the nonprofit Project Why, its founder Anouradha Bakshi, and the wonderful work she does to empower slum dwellers.
Project Why works with the slum children and women from within the slums by empowering the slum community. Some of the teachers were once maids, who got an education at the Pwhy, and are now teaching the kids from the slums. Others are helping to manage the project and run it. Yet others work as drivers, who ferry the kids and teachers from one learning center to the other. A Project Why team member’s family helps cook the midday meal for the crèche kids. Most of the education given to about a 1000 kids from crèche to secondary levels is free, as are the courses on sewing, and other skills for women. One of the schools is literally situated in the middle of a dustbin, because that’s where a majority of the kids who attend it, live.
Visiting this school, as I did this January, is heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. To be with Project Why is to want to help: you can’t look at those smiling faces without wanting to spread the love.
So for the month of April, I’m taking a hiatus from writing about fiction, and talking to you all about Project Why instead (and hopefully helping support Project Why and a few deserving kids in the process). This is my THEME for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. To try and shine the spotlight on a few remarkable people from the slums and those from the other side of the divide reaching out to help.
Co-host ramble: As a cohost of the A to Z challenge, in case you’re not participating already, I have tell you what the Blogging from A to Z Challenge is. Here’s a working definition: a mammoth blog hop with nearly 1300 participants last I checked: it is about blogging 26 days in April, with or without a theme. This will be my 4th year co-hosting and fifth year participating, so wish me luck!
And if you haven’t signed up, you ought do rush over and fix that rightaway!
Will you support this small organisation with a big heart by listening to its stories through April? Do you think talking about social evils is a good way to bring attention to them, to discuss what you can do to help? As a reader of this blog, would you want me to cover a particular aspect of social justice in India? Are you looking forward to have fun with the A to Z Challenge? Are you ready to smile at the antics from the kids of Project why?
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