Cheetah Camp - Bridge the Gap

Project Brief: Supports education of slum children in Mumbai with an emphasis on literacy and continuing education of girls. The emphasis is on spreading awareness and upliftment of the living condition of the slum population through spread of education.
Project Type: Formal Schools (description)
Primary Focus: children from slums (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Urban
Supporting Chapter Contact: Los Angeles
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: Srinivasan D
Project Partner(s): Murali Mani
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , Sector D/E, Cheetah Camp,,Mumbai,
MAHARASHTRA  400088
Tel: 91-22-5588730/5589334
Stewarding Chapter: Los Angeles

Asha Stars, if any:

Anand Inani

Girish Shrigadi

Shridhar

V Prabhakar

Jan 2010Los AngelesUSD 1000
Dec 2008Los AngelesUSD 1000
Dec 2008Los AngelesUSD 1
Dec 2007Los AngelesUSD 1000
Dec 2006Los AngelesUSD 1000
Dec 2005Los AngelesUSD 1000
Mar 2003Los AngelesUSD 1000
Dec 2001Los AngelesUSD 1000
Dec 1999BerkeleyUSD 1000
Dec 1999Los AngelesUSD 1800
Dec 1998BerkeleyUSD 1000
Dec 1997BerkeleyUSD 2000
Dec 1997Los AngelesUSD 1500
Dec 1996BerkeleyUSD 1980

Total = $16281

Supports education of slum children in Mumbai with an emphasis on literacy and continuing education of girls. The emphasis is on spreading awareness and upliftment of the living condition of the slum population through spread of education.
Star English High School is located in Cheetah camp at Trombay, on the outskirts of Mumbai. It is run by the Markaz Islamiah Saqawat Sunnia (MISS) trust and provides schooling to the local slum children from class I to X. The school gives instruction in English medium for classes I to IX. Class X is being added on this year. In addition the school also gives instruction in Tamil medium for classes VIII - X.
The local slum children get schooling upto class VII from the nearby Municipality schools in Tamil medium, Tamil being the mother tongue of most people in Cheetah camp. After class VII, the children need to travel a long distance each day to Chembur or Wadala if they need to attend school giving instruction in Tamil for class VIII or beyond. This is a hassle, especially for girls, since the people are orthodox and do not want their children to travel to distant places 'just' to go to school. Hence the Star English High School is significant as it is located in the heart of Cheetah camp.

Girls are given higher priority: current distribution of girls to boys is 60%:40%. The rent for the place, the salary for the teachers and the other expenses incurred for the students are handled through donations and contributions. Presently, the school has about 700 students and 29 teachers. There are 32 rooms in all in the school building - 28 classrooms, 2 computer rooms with A/C, 1 science lab and 1 staff room.