What is Touching Lives Welfare Trust?
Touching Lives is an NGO, a place of ‘Self-Work.’ It majorly focuses on two BIG aspects of our lives – ‘learning’ and ‘healing.’ These two aspects are continuous life-long and life-changing processes. When both are integrated, they help an individual to recover and discover their unique gifts and to offer the best of them to this whole world. Touching Lives’ mission thus is to provide ‘opportunity and platform’ to avail tools for learning and healing . In the process, the vision is to make each one of us – an ‘independent learner and an independent healer.’
We work with lovely children, youth, young adults, parents, professionals and any individuals who are looking for tools to betterment their lives, who are on a journey of seeking self-realization and who want to contribute to this ever evolving world. We work with souls who are certainly born with their stories and now, are on their way to create their own. We thus provide a space which is safe, supportive and therapeutic for learning about oneself and this world.
1 Learning Center
3 Community Centers
The trained mentors at Touching Lives Learning Centers use therapeutic learning methods for overall development of children. This involves integrating mental health, education and developing conscious parent-child relationship.
Let us share this with an example,
In 2013, when Bharti joined Touching Lives Learning Center, she was in 8th standard, studying in a Marathi medium government aided school. She was 13 years old, yet she struggled to identify alphabets in English and could not solve simple multiplication or division problems in maths.
In 2014, Bharti failed in all subjects in her 9th standard school exam.
In 2015, with the support of Touching Lives mentors and volunteers, Bharti cleared her 10th standard SSC board exam, without attending any private tuition or class. She now goes to Shailendra college, FYJC, and studies all the subjects in English.
To her family’s astonishment, studying all the subjects in English medium, Bharti passed her first exam in college without attending any coaching class.
There are thousands of Bhartis waiting for the opportunity and good mentoring to excel in all the areas of their lives living in different slum communities in Mumbai.
In 2016-17, our goal is to serve 250 such Bhartis!
The committed children, aged 5 to 21, gain supplementary education, mental health support & mentoring for conscious parent-child and world relationship through several inter-connected programs.
In their journey towards becoming Independent Learners, the children attend regular activity based sessions at the Learning Center, which are focused on providing support for:
- Learning & Education: English, Academics, Humanities
- Mental Health: Therapies, Activities
- Spiritual Health: Healing, Meditation, Connection with the Earth
- Conscious Relationships: Work with children/parents, Counseling
- Physical Health: Yoga, Sports
Touching Lives also supports other NGOs and schools both in rural and urban areas through teacher training, mentoring and sponsorship programs.
200 children, 17 young, bright and committed mentors in their journey of self-discovery, 100s of volunteers and interns whose lives are changed by their experiences of volunteering