moringa - the miracle tree of education

“Don’t get hung up on the hard times, the challenges. Tell your story by highlighting the victories. Because it’s your victories that will inspire, motivate, encourage other people to live their stories in grander ways.” – Iyanla Vanzant

Corona virus pandemic has brought in hard times for many of us. The above quote by Iyanla, sums up that there are victories in hard times too.

Amreeta and I have also been struggling with keeping up with hard times as every one else. New Zealand with strong political leadership is managing very well in terms of providing required health care and awareness regarding the pandemic. India, on the other hand has cases rising rapidly everyday with a question on whether our current health care systems are equipped to handle this crisis.

What happened this quarter?

I am based in Mumbai, and currently the city is under strict lockdown. Mumbai is the most populated city in India with about 18 million people residing. We can only imagine how hard it is going to be to contain a virus that is highly contagious.

 

The rapid spread has forced the nation to shut down all educational institutes till there is some assurance on the containment of the virus. moringa’s first project was scheduled ot begin in March 2020 in Trivandrum. With Kerala going under lockdown much before the rest of the country, our project is now postponed till there is any further information from the states.

 

I understood that this is not the time to push through planned projects as pandemics bring in a lot of unpredictability. Instead I focused more on what was needed by the country at that moment. For the last few months I have invested more time in volunteering with another non-profit to run a helpline which provides support to people in need across the country. The reason behind taking this step was also to understand the ground realities on decisions taken keeping in mind a certain section of the society neglecting a large number of people. Our education system is also plays a big role in building this mindset and hence, this experience was important for me to understand what more can be done to tackle social norms through transformational projects in education.

Activities in this quarter

  1. We started our registration process in the month of February 2020. moringa is in the process of being registered as a Non-Profit under Section 8 of Companies Act 2013. Due to shut down of all offices, currently there is no further progress. We are hoping the registration will be completed in the next few months, once offices resume
  2. February month also opened up an opportunity for me to meet Alternative educators across the country for a 3 day meet in Hyderabad, Telangana. This network consisted of people who have been advocating for a change in education since the last 30 years. It was a very enriching and inspiring experience to meet this group who in their own capacity has been working with children and environment through their alternative schools, community development and advocacy

Challenges we see in the future

  1. We started our registration process in the month of February 2020. moringa is in the process of being registered as a Non-Profit under Section 8 of Companies Act 2013. Due to shut down of all offices, currently there is no further progress. We are hoping the registration will be completed in the next few months, once offices resume
  2. February month also opened up an opportunity for me to meet Alternative educators across the country for a 3 day meet in Hyderabad, Telangana. This network consisted of people who have been advocating for a change in education since the last 30 years. It was a very enriching and inspiring experience to meet this group who in their own capacity has been working with children and environment through their alternative schools, community development and advocacy

We would like to thank kanthari during this time of hardship for providing constant support on how we can do more even though we all go through hard times.

 

Let us tell our stories of victory that may give others strength to live their stories. We wish you and your loved ones a safe time in this pandemic. Take care and stay at home!

 

Warm regards,

Meghana

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