Child in community
Children in community - Igatpuri
Children playing in community in Igatpuri
Child's house in Mumbai
House in Igatpuri

Children & Communities

The children at Aseema, like all children, are intelligent, eager and full of curiosity. They are also extremely vulnerable and at risk because of the environment they live in. Their homes - mostly unauthorized structures made of tin or plastic sheets – face threat of being demolished quite frequently. Their slum communities grapple with illness, violence and abuse and the insecurity created by such an environment affects children the most. In the midst of this all, however, you will often see bright young faces laughing with abandon. This image is what symbolises so much of what our children are –hopeful, happy and full of promise.

I like Aseema. I come to school to play, sing and dance.

– Karan, 7 years

My teacher is so nice. When I grow up, I want to become a teacher.

– Laxmi, 8 years

Aseema is a good place.

– Ayesha, 7 years

My dream is that everyone should be friendly with everyone.

– Sanober, 10 years

I feel Aseema means a place where there is love and education and different activities for all children equally.

– Soliya, 11 years

When I pass and get good marks, my marks make me happy. But to pass, we have to work hard in life.

– Nikhat, 11 years

In the school, when I got hurt, the teacher gave me medicine. I felt very special.

– Bhavdeep, 11 years

I come to Aseema to learn new things. My dream is that I will become a good girl, eat many chocolates, help poor people, make lots of money and become a good business girl.

– Musharat, 11 years

Aseema is like my family and I love my family.

– Karuna, 12 years

When I grow up I want to become a policeman to take care of criminals.

– Danish, 12 years

My most special moment in Aseema was when we got the Children’s Box. I could write my suggestion and it goes to the teacher.

– Manmohan, 13 years

I am happy to be a student of Aseema. My life is very beautiful.

– Jennifer, 14 years

For me, Aseema is a school full of love and care. I have learnt that if I study, I can be whatever I want.

– Santoshi, 14 years.

Aseema teaches us to face all the problems we have in life.

– Shanawaz, 14 years

When I think of Aseema, I think of the rising run and bringing brightness in children’s lives.

– Sarita, 14 years

The teachers here are so hardworking. Aseema believes that a person can be successful if he has the determination and if he is determined then the sky is the limit. I feel safe to be in Aseema.

– Sushmita, 16 years.

My teacher is like a friend and a mother. She talks to us like a friend and understands our feelings and she cares for us like a mother and tells us good and bad things. When I leave the school, I want to teach others that Aseema was a good school. It was a family to me.

– Jaya, 16 years.

Aseema means that every student has the right to be educated. I have learnt that if I study, I can make my future bright, be proud of myself and make my dreams come true.

– Sana, 16 years

I have only three words which I learnt from my teacher – Never Give Up.

– Ganesh, 20 years

Our parents say...

My dream for my son is that he should be independent and do something good in his life.

– Sultana Ansari, mother of student in Std. VII

We changed 3 schools before we came here. My son is happy now. He likes his teachers.

– Angeline D’Souza, mother of student in Std. II

Over here, the smallest of smallest things are taken care of. The teachers are very supportive and talk very positively. Looking at them, my daughter wants to become a teacher.

– Naseema Devaliya, parent of student in Std. VI.

I have seen a school like this for the first time. The teachers really love the children here.

- Ruchita Rane, mother of student in Std. I

According to me, Aseema is fulfilling our dreams.

- Anjali Prajapati