Ulhasnagar Hostel provides care, accommodation and educational support for boys from poor families from the slums of outer Mumbai. The majority of students stay with the hostel for 5 years to complete their secondary education. The boys’ parents are usually employed as landless or unskilled labourers.
Life is precarious for these families and young people are at risk of not attending school or of dropping out early. The students often come from very poor living conditions where there is no access to sanitation or water, not enough food and poor housing.Their parents work long hours and children are often unsupervised or they have to work alongside the adults to supplement the family income.
When the boys attend the hostel, they receive three healthy balanced meals a day and regular medical checks which enable them to properly grow and develop.Ulhasnagar hostel wardens work with local schools to provide study support and tuition so that students can achieve their educational potential. The wardens are particularly keen to provide the boys with cultural activities and organise trips to visit historical sites, encourage the boys to enter writing and drawing competitions and run an annual cultural performance where the boys get to showcase their “stage-daring” in drama, dance and song. The head warden is an ex-student of the hostel and is a passionate advocate and role model for his students.