Search Results for: Anuradha Bhosale

Remembering Little Krishna

Six years ago I had been to the village of Udgaon to have a look at the brickyards on the river bank. There I came across two kids in a family of migrant labor employed at the brick kiln. There I met Krishna of 6 years and his younger brother. Upon asking if they were […]

Beware of Pity Part 2

> Continued from Beware of Pity part-1  … We looked to her for the past few years as our showpiece, our success story. We have tried all possible alternatives but to no avail. She likes cooking. Therefore we thought of giving her training in hospitality or catering. but she did not show any interest in building […]

Beware of Pity

Original Marathi by: Anuradha Bhosale English rendering: Arun Chavan Come to think of it, the students of AVANI Residential School are the flotsam of the turbulent oceans of life. They are living embodiments of pain-filled stories and traumatic upheavals that are far beyond the tolerance thresholds of their tender souls. Having known the stories whose pathos […]

GWEI and AVANI: A New Revelation

As it appears right now, people may get the impression that we are still planning a Sunanda Memorial School and that is not right because the Board of Directors has taken a decision to call it “Gandhi Center for Learning.” I think this write up will put everything in perspective. GWEI and AVANI Partnership After […]

Pariah By Association Part 2

Original Marathi by: Anuradha Bhosale English rendering: Arun Chavan For a long time the nethermost deprived sections of society were not taken notice of by the economic planners of the country. Now we are in the XII five year plan period and the 66th year of independence. Yet the special development needs of these sections, which mainly comprise nomadic […]

Pariah By Association

Anuradha Bhosale continues with another story of life and the struggle to bring a better life to the nomadic children of Kolhapur India….  There was a bit of controversy about the prevalence of child labour in Kolhapur district. When I enquired of the concerned wing of the district administration about the incidence of child labour […]

Hoping Against Hope

In 2005 we received heavy showers within a short time span. Kolhapur’s main river, Panchganga and its major tributary, Bhogawati, burst their banks and flooded vast areas. That year is particularly memorable for me and my co-workers because our fledgeling residential school for deprived children near the river’s high floodline at Donawade village got severely damaged. We had at that time 23 […]

Discover the Living Legacy of Gandhi

Source Gandhi Legacy Tour: The Legacy of Gandhi Beckons by Tushar Gandhi Welcome to a journey of discovery of the living legacy of Gandhi. Mohandas K. Gandhi, Mahatma, Bapu as we call him with affection said ‘My life is my message.’ The Legacy tour revisits the philosophy of Gandhi by visiting various places where the […]

Miracles Rising In Kolhapur!

As GWEI president and founder, Dr. Arun Gandhi, has stated: “It is a sad commentary on our civilization that millions of children all over the world are denied basic amenities like, food, shelter, clothes and education.  If civilization is measured by the way it treats its children then we are far from being a civilized […]

Education Can Light the Way!

Originally published at Gandhi Legacy Tour Education Can Light the Way!  – Anuradha Bhosale The Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute (GWEI) has a vision to provide the imperiled children of India with a safe place where they will be housed and fed while they receive training to prepare them for a life outside the prison of poverty. […]

Remove Poverty’s Underpinning: Rescue and Educate!

Character Education, Social Emotional Literacy and Emotional Intelligence are “hot” terms used in the world of Education today.  The definitions and structures of these initiatives are by no means new.  Philosophers, Sociologists and Educators have focused on this for centuries as being a critical component of our success as a species.  In a recent conversation […]

AVANI’s Rescue of a Child Results in Freedom for Her Mother

Nagama’s name means “snake,” the name her father gave her when she was born because he was hoping for a son instead of a daughter. For the past three years, Nagama has been the top student at Avani school in Kolhapur, India, winning awards and receiving straight A’s on her report card. If she had […]

Sunanda Gandhi: A Mothers’ Day Tribute

When he introduced himself as the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi to his nurse, her instantaneous response that she was the queen of England!  This began a courtship that led to their marriage and a life filled with love, laughter and song which my brother, Tushar and I have had the privilege to share in with […]

Just Imagine: Is this too much to ask?

“Imagine what we can do if 100,000 people decide to donate $3 a month (just 10 cents per day) for 12 months?  It could transform the lives of thousands of children and their families.  Is this too much to ask?” It is a sad commentary on our civilization that millions of children all over the world are […]

A Trusteeship of Intention

AVANI, Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute and Mahatma Gandhi Foundation came together with an intention to serve the children and in doing so serve whom Bapu (Gandhi) held dearest, ‘Poorest of poor and weakest of weak’. ‘Child trafficking’ is a newly coined fancy term for the age old practice of exploiting and abusing the weak and […]