Posts Tagged: Dharavi

Working in Dharavi

Working in Dharavi

A question I have been asked often is – “What is working in Dharavi like?” Once you assume that there is no expectation of dreariness, it is quite a valid question. At the risk of generalising, most “well-off” Indians don’t dream of working or even going to the infamous slum of Dharavi on a regular …

Leaping To Mumbai

Leaping To Mumbai

Even before I knew it was definitely going to happen, I couldn’t resist spilling to everyone who’d listen that I might be moving to Mumbai. Something had been niggling away in my mind for years telling me to make this sort of leap, but why leave so many friends and family behind? Why move hundreds …

[Interview] What Brought The Director of Studies From a Renowned London Language School To Dharavi?

[Interview] What Brought The Director of Studies From a Renowned London Language School To Dharavi?

In the middle of this month we welcomed Jessica Conway to Dharavi, where she will be working closely with our Educational Programs Director, Jonny Clarke, on our English Teacher Training program. This three week course, started on the 25th April and aims to prepare teachers to deliver our English curriculum to people living and working in Dharavi. A really exciting …

Looking Ahead – Our Hopes For 2016

Looking Ahead – Our Hopes For 2016

Having ended 2015 with the release of our Annual Report, looking back on a year where we extended our reach to have positively impacted the lives of over 6,000 people in the communities we serve in Dharavi, January now feels a fitting time to look ahead.  We caught up with a whole host of staff …

“Thursday was the first day I have ever felt like I was important, and that my families’ happiness and learning mattered”

“Thursday was the first day I have ever felt like I was important, and that my families’ happiness and learning mattered”

Last week Reality Gives staff, volunteers and supporters joined forces with an incredible team of India First employees, and 8ft ‘Doreamon’ and ‘Chota Bheem’ mascots (popular children’s cartoon characters), to deliver Royal City School’s first ever annual sports day. With races for children from Kindergarten to Standard II and even the mums and dads competing, …

Our Hopes for 2015

Our Hopes for 2015

The beginning of a New Year is often a time for reflection, for taking stock, and for looking to the future, which is exactly what we are doing here in Dharavi. We asked some of our staff, beneficiaries and minor celebrities (Pubalan) what their hopes, dreams and resolutions were for 2015. Here’s what they had …

The Significance of the Indian ‘Mo’

The Significance of the Indian ‘Mo’

As most of you will know by now, ‘Moustache Wallahs’ is in full force over here in the  Reality Gives’ office with plenty of our boys sporting a mo. We’ve now begun some awareness session, talking ‘scrotums, the prostate, impotence and depression’ and are planning more sessions and clinics in the next few weeks. Our moustaches …

[Interview] Meet Annabelle

[Interview] Meet Annabelle

A few weeks ago we introduced you to Annabelle, a volunteer from England, who has joined the Reality Gives team here in Mumbai for the next few months. She is here to help develop the Youth Empowerment Program, focusing mainly on the Soft Skills aspect of it and will also be working at the Royal …