SARTHI is pleased to announce we have just opened up a new branch office in Bihar Sharif. Our director Tarkeshwar paid a visit there at the end of last month and spent some time talking to young students in Bihar Public School, about ongoing issues surrounding vulnerable children in the state.
Earlier this month SARTHI helped organize a Financial Literacy Training session for young teens from villages of Bihar's Jehanabad district, along with our own college-age legal interns, and Mumbai's Standard Bank and United Way. This workshop aimed to give these young people core basic knowledge about personal financial awareness, as well as how to best benefit from setting up and maintaining savings accounts in local banks.
Last week Bihar ex-Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi personally presented our director, Tarkeshwar Singh, with the Ashoka Award for Social Commitment, for his many years of work on behalf of disadvantaged children in Bihar. The award was sponsored by Samarpan and the Bihar Disabled Sports Academy. Our warmest congratulations go out to Tarkeshwar Ji.
SARTHI is proud to welcome another child into our care -- tiny little 'Chulbul', who is deaf and has not yet learned to communicate, was found wandering alone by police in Patna, an orphan with no known family. We extend our profound thanks to a local donor, Ms. Pawanpreet Kaur, who offered to support this very young child with special needs and make this all possible.
Our deepest thanks to SARTHI members Mr. Rakesh Kumar (in photos speaking to children) and Ms. Rashmi Roy, and our community volunteer Ms. Komal (standing behind Mr. Kumar in a blue scarf in the second photo).
They and SARTHI took part in a nationwide survey project this past January and February, in cooperation with New Delhi's Hazards Centre. Our people held in-depth interviews with homeless boys and girls in the Patna region's Danapur and Patliputra rail stations.
On Feb. 27 our director, Tarkeshwar Singh, participated in running a police training on issues surrounding vulnerable children for officers of Bihar's Bhojpur district, in the town of Ara. Such police workshops are something SARTHI has been involved in regularly over the past years, as part of its mission to raise awareness about the complex issues surrounding children at risk among both government personnel and the public throughout Bihar.
SARTHI's deepest thanks goes out to one of our supporters, Mr. Kumar Raunak. Mr Raunak has organized and sponsored a fundraising drive for us at Milaap, and hopes to help us gain the ability to offer critical direct support to more children who are currently living in extremely difficult conditions in Patna and Bihar. (Of course we certainly welcome the support of anyone who is interested -- relevant information can be found at the link below).
The four former street kids we take care of let us take some pictures of them at school a few weeks ago. Our thanks go out -- to all the volunteers and supporters who have made such things possible. :)
About a couple of weeks ago SARTHI was privileged to sponsor a visit to a local government center for street children and homeless children by members from "Angels Around," formed by women of Patna's Lions Club. They organized a magic show for the kids there and also gifted clothing to 34 children at the center who have handicaps and special needs. Our thanks to them for this wonderful act of generosity. :-)