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Jewish project to reach out to city slum kids

mumbai Updated: May 07, 2012 01:49 IST
HT Correspondent

Jews from around the world will participate in a hunger relief project aimed to benefit slum kids from the city.

Part of Gabriel Project Mumbai (GPM), an initiative starting in June, around 20 Jewish volunteers will cook meals and teach basic level of English and mathematics to slums kids, besides teaching them how to use laptops and Ipods.

In return, volunteers will learn about Indian culture and Jewish history in India along with some Hindi and Marathi.

“The programme plans to cover about 500 children spread across 20 centres. We will promote literacy among these children and it’s a good thing that the children will be introduced to proper nutrition” said Dr Trevor Miranda, director of Reach Education Action Program (REAP), a city-based non-government organisation.

Jacob Sztokman, an Israeli national, who is collaborating with REAP for this project, will provide volunteers from his community.

Sztokman’s decision to become a part of the initiative came after he saw the plight of slums during a business visit to the city last year.