Monday, November 4, 2013

Meet the new cohort of JDC-GPM Indian Jewish Interns

The latest cohort of Indian Jewish JDC-GPM Interns is on its way to make a significant difference and a positive impact to the lives of vulnerable children living in Mumbai slums. The inspiring interns, local Jewish youth active in the Jewish community in Mumbai, is dedicating their time away from career and work to provide an structured program of social and learning experiences to underprivileged children living in the slums. The program is under the auspices of JDC India, Gabriel Project Mumbai and in partnership with local NGO – REAP. REAP has been at the forefront of child literacy efforts in the slums and remote villages of India for close to twenty years.

Salome Nagaonkar, the group's youngest member at 17, led the first encounter with children from the slums in Chinchpokli in central Mumbai. The children were taken to the Nehru Science Centre for an exciting day of science, activities and fun. The 40 children were divided into groups and visited exhibits on the centre’s multi level science complex. The children were encouraged to open their minds, explore and expand their knowledge of sea creatures and animal wildlife and partake in fun activities including a 3D movie – a new experience that really fascinated the children. 
This innovative initiative brings together young Indian Jews and Jewish volunteers from around the world to collaborate on providing care and support for marginalized children living in the slums.

We welcome: Nurith Samuel, Ari Hyam, Salome Nagaonkar, Osrah Samuel,Shamir Talkar and Amiel Palkar to GPM.  We wish these talented and dedicated individuals all the success in pursuing a life of community service and tikkun olam.

Click here to read more about the JDC-GPM Jewish Indian Intern initiative

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