Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust - Mumbai
Educating the Children of Mumbai Terror Attacks Victims
Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust, Mumbai, has pioneered the continuation of education of poor children of the victims of Mumbai terror attacks by supporting their families until the children graduate from school. So far over the 4 terror events (2003, 2006, highly publicized 2008 & 2011), 285 poor children have been supported. EduCare Foundation supported 30 children in this program. !5 students have now graduated and the other 15 are being supported. EduCare Foundation receives periodically status reports on their progress.
From the Terror Project Report:
ANJALI BHARAT NAVADIA & VINAY NAVADIA supported by EduCare
Then: BharatNavadia and Poonam Bharat Navadia were on their way to their hometown Gujarat to visit family. They were waiting to board a train when the terrorists started firing randomly at CST station. Two bullets hit Bharat on his shoulder and chest respectively. Poonam took a bullet to the head and died instantly. A critically injured Bharat was admitted to the same hospital. He underwent surgery to remove the bullets. He is weak and he was not informed that his wife had passed away. The parents of Bharat are looking after him and his two young children. For the first two weeks both of Bharat's parents camped in the hospital keeping vigil day and night. Three weeks later as Bharat still lies on the hospital bed his aged and tired mother is the only family member taking care of him day and night.
Bharat was a door to door seller of cloth materials, which he bought in bulk from Surat in Gujarat. His wife Poonam was a housewife & 2 children Anjali, less than 3 yrs and Vinaj less than one year. The grandfather was a farmer who is now 60, works as an unskilled labour. The children will be going to school in the near future once their father recuperates. The Educational Sponsorship Programme will be sanctioned once the children start going to school.
Now: Anjali is in Std III, and Viraj in II, both in an English medium school in Virar, Bombay's distant suburb. Father who has not completely recuperated is selling Surat sarees. The recent picture with Grand Ma tells it all.