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Cheap Tickets to Mumbai

mumbai

mumbai

So many people here in LA fly to Mumbai regularly. For business— it’s a major film and technology center— for vacation, spiritual work and adoption. A friend of mine recently came back and shared with me a story of an orphanage that has made such a difference in the lives of its girls so I thought I’d share it with you.

The  Shraddhanand Mahilashram is truly a progressive orphanage for girls based in the city that’s home to an estimated two million of the subcontinent’s 35 million orphans.

As most know, girls get the raw end of the deal in most religious and poor countries. Here they are dropped off on doorsteps, aborted and, believe it or not, some babies are even swapped by nurses bribed to replace their newborn baby girl with someone else’s baby boy. Pretty heartbreaking stuff.

abused

abused

But  in rural communities, boys traditionally support their parents in old age, they also bring in a wife to help with domestic labor. Girls must have an exorbitant dowry and pay for the wedding, which many poor families cannot afford.

dowry

dowry

But Shraddhanand is helping change this horrible fate for young girls. It is a leading light, an establishment so respected that the Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh, visited it this summer.

Here it feels like a family atmosphere where everyone is equal. They sit together for meals, celebrate big Hindu festivals and encourage the teenagers to become big sisters to younger girls.

learning

learning

The orphanage also stands out for its efforts to prepare its wards for a changing India, after all, the administrator is a professor of economics.

‘Girls weaving sari borders make great pictures for brochures aimed at foreign donors,’ says Unicef’s Aniruddha Kulkarni of the current trend in Indian residential institutions for teaching traditional handicraft skills as their core curriculum.

What use are such skills to young women in the cities of a booming 21st-century nation? Institutions have to be relevant. They have to give children the skills they need to be part of India’s success story. People are booking cheap flights to Mumbai all the time to witness it first hand.

Shraddhanand makes the most of its location in the heart of Mumbai’s educational hub of Matunga by networking with local institutions such as the Institute of Chemical Technology and other leading colleges of science and engineering.

happy girls

happy girls

They have an on-site nursery school that teaches until the age of six. But beyond this the girls leave the ashram for schooling.  They even bring in after-school tutors around exam time for any of the girls who are struggling with core academic subjects. They even set up a temporary chemistry lab this year.

In girls not suited to academic studies, Shraddhanand looks to foster jeevan shikshan, a term that loosely translates as ‘vocational skill’. They’ll educate them in skills like hairdressing, nursing or computer science and guess what? They have a really promising future. Yeah!

When the girls reach the age of 18 to 20, many transfer to a residential home for working women that’s connected to Shraddhanand. There’s also the option of moving into a wing of the main ashram reserved for women. Some girls, however, want to become wives.

dowry

dowry

For these 30 per cent or so of marriage-minded girls, Shraddhanand operates as any doting Indian mother would. They receive hundreds of resumés every year from young men who are looking for a wife, because now there is a shortage of young women out there.

If they find a good boy, they’ll carefully research his family background and income before they propose him to one of the girls.Though they try their best to dissuade from marrying young.

The ashram takes a stand against the illegal, but still prevalent, Indian dowry tradition, which was originally a form of insurance for the bride-to-be in case of divorce.

But no matter where they all go off to, they come home to visit for two-week holidays, or join picnic trips to the Indian hill stations. Married orphanage girls will return during the later weeks of their pregnancy and for childbirth, as many Indian girls return to their parental home.

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is another highlight. They celebrate womanhood. Giving younger girls confidence and the belief that anything is possible and this, my friends, is the sign that a society is advancing. Women are the ones that will carry them to the future. The sooner these religious countries with antiquated and often misogynistic practices treat their women with respect, the sooner they will come out of the dark ages. Fly to Mumbai and see just how it’s changing lives for the better one step at a time.

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