Michelle Kakade kicked off The Great Indian Quadrilateral Run in aid of Concern India Foundation with a visit to our supported programme – Sanmitra Trust in Malad, Mumbai.
This programme works with women and youth in Malwani, Asia’s second largest slum, with a focus on women empowerment. It provides training in computers, tailoring, mobile repairs, mehendi application and professional beautician course to residents of the slum. The participants are also given training and capacity building sessions on savings, bank accounts, life skills and general health education, as well as awareness sessions on different social and health issues.
The visit started with Michelle interacting with the social workers and being briefed on the project, its activities and its focus areas. Michelle showed a keen interest in knowing more about the project and its work and had a lively question-answer session with the social workers. After this interaction, Michelle mingled with the women and girls who requested her if they could dress her up as a bride, to demonstrate the skills they have learnt in tailoring, hair and make-up.
Michelle sportingly agreed and two of the girls wrapped her in a red bridal saree and skilfully dressed her hair and did her make-up, completing the effect with heavy costume bridal jewellery. Lively repartee abounded between Michelle and the girls throughout the session, culminating with her posing for photographs with them and mentioning that she had not dressed like this even for her own wedding.
Venkat from You Too Can Run briefed the girls about Michelle’s run and the session wound up with loud cheers for Michelle and cries of “Michelle Kakade Hum Tumhare Sath Hain!”
Concern India Foundation-Mumbai
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