Caring for vulnerable children living in the slums and villages of India
 

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About Gabriel Project Mumbai (GPM)

Gabriel Project Mumbai (GPM) is an NGO 
that works with local communities in caring for vulnerable children in slums and under-served rural villages of Maharashtra, India, by providing a grassroots response to poverty, malnutrition, disease, illiteracy, hunger, and child labor in India. 

Founded in 2012, GPM uses a creative, compassionate, and carefully-crafted strategic approach of The Triad of Children’s Well-Being. By attending to three core issues simultaneously – education, health and nutrition – GPM creates the best environment to maximize the ability of vulnerable children to change the trajectory of their lives.

Education: Love2Learn School Network. Educational opportunity is a key factor in breaking the cycles of poverty. GPM provides formal and informal schooling to over 1000 children living in urban slums and 25 rural poor villages around Mumbai. The Love2Learn school network serves families in Kalwa, Thane, and in the remote tribal villages of Palgar District of Maharashtra. The Love2Learn educational network is built on the understanding that all children deserve access to high-quality education. Love2Learn provides an innovative, student-centered, and progressive program for every child.


Nutrition: Eat2Learn Nutrition Program. The most gripping barrier to children’s growth is hunger. When families do not have food security, everything else falls by the wayside. In order to alleviate children’s hunger and to prevent child labor, GPM provides a simple yet powerful solution: Eat to Learn. This signature program provides hot, nutritious meals to children learning in classes every school day. These hot meals offer children – and their parents – a wonderful incentive to stay in school rather than send children to work.


Health: The Shravan Medical Center. In 2015, GPM opened the first ever medical clinic for mothers and children in the Kalwa slum, serving a community of 200,000 people. The clinic, in partnership with Doctors for You, provides a wide range of accessible services, including sick visits, vaccinations, tuberculosis treatment, medical outreach and more. The clinic also treats malnourished babies and children as part of the Dr. Gerald J. Friedman Infant Malnutrition Intervention Program. In rural villages, GPM also provides a mobile clinic to serve the medical needs of families in remote tribal areas.


Community Development. In addition to providing services for vulnerable children, GPM takes a strategic approach to community development, initiating projects that advance the health and well-being of entire communities in the slums and in remote villages. In the urban areas, this includes a safe-drinking water project, The Joshua Jacob Greenberger Learning Center, grass-roots social enterprises, and more. In the remote villages, community development includes water and agricultural projects, community centers, and improving health and education. The goal of community development is to get communities engaged, involved and empowered.


Women’s Empowerment. Development is intricately tied to women’s empowerment because when women thrive, entire communities thrive. GPM advances women’s social enterprise and economic development to create a win-win model for social change – like the Masala Mamas project, in which women are the driving force behind nutrition, literacy and education. This model for community development enables the women to receive a powerful social and economic boost while creating ripples of change throughout the entire community.

GPM operates in close partnership with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the world’s largest Jewish humanitarian aid organization, with Entwine, JDC’s young adult platform, and with award-winning local NGO REAP that runs classes for children ages 4-14 in the Mumbai slums, as well as many other wonderful sponsors and partners around the world.  GPM also works in collaboration with local grass-roots organizations, women’s empowerment groups, the business community and the Indian Jewish community.  

For more information, contact us at info@gabrielprojectmumbai.org.
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About GPM Founding Director Jacob Sztokman

On a visit to Mumbai in 2011 while working for an internet security firm, Jacob  toured the city’s slums and was deeply moved to work on the issues of poverty and illiteracy among the children of India. After many sleepless nights, he began speaking with grassroots Indian NGOs that not only provided research, experience and expertise, but also inspired him to take action. Together they developed a model for combining long-term and short-term solutions by bringing international volunteers to work on food distribution and literacy.  In June 2012, Jacob left hi-tech behind for good, and Gabriel Project Mumbai was born.

Jacob was born in Melbourne, Australia, and immigrated to Israel in 1993.  Jacob’s professional life had been in the world of Sales and Marketing, and has worked for companies including SafeNet, IDT, and DSS. In 1998, after several years volunteering with food distribution to impoverished families in Jerusalem, he helped establish Shachen Tov, a volunteer organization that has since grown to provide food and empowering over 1000 families in over 15 cities around Israel.  Jacob brings to Gabriel Project a unique combination of management experience and deep commitment to social justice. He is driven by the fundamental belief that we must take responsibility to help alleviate human suffering around the world.

לא עליך המלאכה לגמור ולא אתה בין חורין להיבטל ממנה."

 “You may not be able to complete the work, but you are not free from the obligation to try”.
 
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