Monday, September 17, 2012

A thankful Rosh Hashana in Mumbai

On this Rosh Hashana Eve, we would like to personally thank you for enabling us to provide nutrition and literacy for children living in the Mumbai slums. We have only been in operation for less than four months, but we think you will be proud of our achievements:
  •     Provided 45,000 nutritious hot meals to 500 children ages 5-12 attending classes in the slums.
  •     Enabled 180,000 hours of learning to take place
  •     Delivered 500 drinking water bottles so the children in the slums can bring water to class every day.
  •     Dedicated over 270 volunteer hours to the children living in the slums
  •     Supported the businesses of 160 women working in the food-industry thanks to a local microfinancing program, thus helping the women to support their families and strengthen the slum community
  •     Involved over 20 Jewish volunteers from around the world in the slums, anywhere from a few days to a few months.
  •     Provided 30+ hours of classes in Jewish Social Justice values and Jewish Indian History for our local and international Jewish volunteers.
  •     Developed partnerships with JDC India to bring local Jewish Indian young adults to volunteer with the Hindu and Muslim children living in the slums
  •     Nurtured a strong partnership with a fantastic local NGO, 'REAP' that provides dedicated, professional and nurturing teachers in the slums.

Let's hope that in the upcoming year , 5773 (2012-13), we are able to increase these numbers by at least three- fold! Please join us in our campaign to provide nutritious meals and quality education to the children living in the slums of India. Join us to fight malnutrition and illiteracy and help us give these wonderful children a better future!

The staff and current volunteers at Gabriel Project Mumbai would like to thank you all again for your continued support in helping this Jewish initiative for providing literacy, education and nutrition to the children living in the slums of India. We could not have done all this without you!

We would like to wish you all a Shana Tova Umetuka, a Sweet New Year!

Warmest regards,

GPM volunteers in Mumbai.

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