Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Request for space at Khan Market

An appeal:
Dear Reader,
My name is Ravi Gulati. I am a co-founder of Manzil, an NGO located in Khan Market, New Delhi. Manzil empowers children and youth from low-income families by providing resources and a platform to learn, teach and be creative. Through empowering, Manzil seeks to create an environment that seeds the next generation of sound Indian and global citizens. We have been doing this for the last 13 years, with little institutional funding, and minimal contributions from caring individuals. For more information about us, please see:

Manzil needs your help…

We work with about 150 students and run 45 classes a week from a small house in Khan Market where my family and I live as well, and two tiny quarters in Sujan Singh Park. Apart from classes in English, Maths & Computers, we have been giving equal importance to the opening of young minds, broadening of their horizons and the enhancement of their self-expression, confidence and creativity through the Arts, like Theatre, Dance and Music. Although this has been difficult logistically, through determination and perseverance, we have been at it for the last 13 years. However, to continue our journey any further, we need your help.

Within the coming year, we will be moving out and, after 13 years, the house in Khan Market will not be available for this work. Consequently, we'll be shifting all operations to Sujan Singh Park. Managing over 150 students and 45 classes per week from two small quarters will be difficult, as I am sure you can imagine. Unfortunately, due to space limitations at Sujan Singh Park, we will have to discontinue our theatre, dance and music classes.

This is where you can help. If you have a place, or know of someone who has, in the vicinity of Khan Market, where our dedicated students can practice, please let us know if you'd like to put it to good, responsible use for the larger benefit of society, for only a small part of time per week.

We will need the space for about 8 hours a week, though we are flexible. And whenever you need it back, we'll be out, instantly (although it would be helpful if you can let us know a little in advance so we can make alternate arrangements much the same way as we are doing now. That said, we do understand that sometimes it is not possible to notify in advance and that would be fine too).

I know that such things can't be decided over long-distance, so if you have even the slightest possibility or inclination, I request you for a personal audience where we can speak of any concern or question that you might have. And, if you so prefer, I'd be thrilled to discuss what excites both you and us about this collaboration.

I hope you have the possibility to help us in the matter; if it won't be easy, I hope you will be inspired to go at least a little out of your way to make the impossible possible. Your collaboration in this important work of cultivating beautiful people would be much appreciated.


Ravi Gulati

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