Water for Life – Bore Well Recharging

Water is essential to our survival.  Did you know that there is a finite amount of water on our planet -for a graphic diagram of that see here –  just that much and no more!  When you look at it that way it becomes so clear how important it is to us all. Here at Shikshangram we have a deluge in the rainy season and then a couple of months… Read More »

Volunteers from Joondalup Martial Arts Academy

Volunteers Colin Luthwood and Sam Moland came to visit us. What a great time we all had.. from the littlest child to the oldest of us all.. (that’s me Shazar)!  These two volunteers jumped right in from the moment they arrived and the kids just loved them.  Two masters of Taekwondo – 3rd Dan black belts no less – the kids were clearly very interested in their muscles and very… Read More »

Volunteers Always Make Us Sad!

We love having volunteers..  they add so much value to our work here – but they always make us sad! Why?  Because at a certain point, they all have to leave us. Yesterday we cried.  Emma Sykes – who has been with us for two months had to go.  She has been so great… a lawyer – about to move into her first job of her career – she took… Read More »

Rescued Children

  Not all stories at Shikshan Gram are happy tales. Once the children are with us – their lives start to look up – their faces brighten, their health improves, and their smiles begin to creep into their lives with more and more regularity. But their histories are tough and the lives they have come from can leave deep scars. Some are still under threat. I won’t reveal her name… Read More »

On the campaign trail…fundraising for children in need

by Emma Sykes It was an early start for Shikshan Gram’s merry band of fundraisers as we set off at 5.30am on both Friday and Monday for two days of campaigning in Pune. Our first challenge was to reach the train station on time, overcoming the darkness, mud and many puddles along the way. Taking a pretty fast pace we all made it aboard the 6.30am local train to Pune. Three… Read More »

A New Volunteer’s Perspective

By Emma Sykes Beginning my first visit to India to volunteer at Shikshan Gram, I touched down in Mumbai expecting to be overwhelmed by the number of people, the volume of noise, and the sheer scale of the vast and varied country I had read so much about. And certainly that was my experience on the two and a half hour drive to Shikshan Gram, along an express-way where signalling… Read More »

Connecting through Drama

  We had a wonderful day here today… Sunday – always a good day for spending time all together.  The girls came over to the main house – affectionately still known as ‘the Site’ as in the Building Site.. because it still is. We all gathered in the main hall and the day began with a game of Simon Says – led by our volunteer from England – Emma Sykes.… Read More »

Our Kitchen Garden

We are growing our kitchen garden! by Satish Mankar. Our boys come from the street like shriveled up flowers – but when they get here .. they start to transform into healthy blooms. Shikshan Gram is already a garden where we are growing healthy children – and now we are growing a garden to feed them healthy food. We have 69 boys and 36 girls and here they are given… Read More »

Everybody is Shaolin Kung Fu fighting!

The Shaolin Masters have arrived in India. The Pune Mirror has covered the Shaolin Masters from China at Shikshan Gram.  Their article which is worth reading can be found here. The Shaolin Masters are here to work with the 1000 children from all over India who have gathered together for a Shaolin Summer Camp at Shikshan Gram.  They will also be inaugurating the construction of the Shaolin India Temple which… Read More »

Voluntourism – our latest group.

The February group of volunteers were wonderful.  We had five participants and together and individually they contributed a tremendous lot to Shikshan Gram.  Here we are on our first day enjoying a Thali Lunch in Mumbai.    We had a great day in Mumbai – spent time with Maya Shahani of the Sage Foundation as our wonderful tour guide – she is such a fount of information – and took… Read More »