Monash Memo: Postgrads tackle poverty in New Delhi

Monash Memo: Postgrads tackle poverty in New Delhi

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A group of Monash postgraduate volunteers will head to New Delhi, India in February to work with young high-school children from the Jeevan Nagar slum.

Jeevan Nagar has a population of about 5000 with approximately 1000 families. Male unemployment is over 30 per cent and female literacy is estimated to be as low as five per cent.

The postgraduates have been allocated the manual task of refurbishing and equipping a community-based health centre and children's resource centre at Jeevan Nagar. At the same time, the group has been asked to mentor the local high-school children to encourage them to continue their schooling through to university level.

The project was initiated by Erin Lynn, a member of the Monash Postgraduate Association (MPA), who has recently returned from a three-month internship with the United Nations. Erin was based in New Delhi and while there developed networks with the Association for Social and Health Advancement (ASHA).

On her return to Australia, Erin was inspired to get other postgraduates involved in ASHA’s international challenge of eradicating poverty through education. Together with MPA staff, the postgraduate group have raised their own funds to cover the cost of travel and accommodation, and are now fundraising to enable the group to purchase educational supplies for the community centre. 

If you would like to contribute, please visit their project donation page on You Caring. 

In addition, the MPA is running two local fund-raising events:

  • Two outdoor yoga sessions with entry by donation. All staff and students are welcome – there is no need to book, just come along: Wednesday 29 January, 8am - 9am and Wednesday 12 February, 8am - 9am at the newly constructed soundshell (north side of Building 10) on Clayton campus.
  • A raffle for a Yarra Valley winery tour for two (value $258), kindly donated by Autopia Tours. Please drop in to one of the MPA offices to purchase your tickets – five tickets for $5. Drawn at the MPA Clayton office at midday, Monday 10 February.
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