Girls Education in Mumbai Slums
As a brand, we really value giving back and supporting local communities, especially within India, as Nikita’s heritage being deeply rooted in Mumbai. We are proud to support ‘Sakhi for Girls Education’, one of many incredible charities we are supporting through donations this year.
Sakhi was founded in 2008 by Aarti Naik, a Young Girl Changemaker from Mulund, the western suburban slum area of Mumbai, India. The charity strives to create safe and quality learning spaces for slum girls. It also provides them with a supportive environment for their education, the opportunity to express their views and to help solve their academic and personal problems.
In many slum areas in India, there is a clear lack of awareness about the importance of girls education. This leads to a continuous cycle of slum girls dropping out of school in turn forcing them into low-paying labor and being unable to secure higher paying jobs. Sakhi aims to tackle this by running classes for the girls on reading and writing, providing them with books, and encouraging them to study and build their confidence. Building both academic and life skills alongside their formal schooling, the girls have a much higher chance of getting employed and making it out of poverty.
“The hope is that every slum girl will able to continue her studies with confidence and receive quality education.” - Aarti Naik
With the support of donors, up to 100 girls take part in their classes. Aarti now has a classroom for the Girls’ Learning Centre, has launched the Girls’ Book Bank, Girls’ Livelihood School, and Girls’ Bank.
We encourage you to read more about the Sakhia charity and if possible make a donation at https://sakhiforgirlseducation.org/about/