Gabriel Project Mumbai brings young Jewish adults to India to help break the cycle of poverty and hunger by volunteering in food distribution and literacy programs among the children of the Mumbai slums.
Mumbai is home to 22 million people, and over 70% live in slums, many which have limited access to electricity, clean water, food, and basic education. Children’s schooling is often put off as parents struggle to balance the immediate needs for family survival over the need of a child to grow, develop, and study. The mission of Gabriel Project Mumbai is to create a center of food distribution and literacy for the children of the Mumbai slums that is run by young Jewish adult volunteers on a semester-long program of learning and working in Mumbai.
The program is in collaboration with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the world’s largest Jewish humanitarian aid organization, and award-winning local NGO REAP that runs classes for children ages 4-12 in the Mumbai slums. Young adults on the program work as volunteers cooking, packaging and delivering daily warm meals for schoolchildren, thus creating powerful incentives for parents to send their children to learn rather than to work in the streets. Volunteers also deliver basic literacy by interacting with the children, teaching them English through interaction and immersion. The program is fully kosher. This extremely meaningful and life transforming work has a strong study component where participants learn about responsible volunteering, global poverty and international development, along with Indian culture, the history of Jews in India and Jewish ethics of social justice and Tikkun Olam.
It is a vision for helping to enable change in the lives of children in Mumbai's slums, while educating young Jewish adults about the challenges faced by so many and fostering the powerful ethos of care.
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