AWARE has always been eager to educate and rehabilitate victims of disaster. It believes that education is an antidote to the traumas of disaster, natural or human-engineered.
Well before the registration of AWARE in the UK, its Indian office supported students who were victims of the 2001 Gujarat earthquake, victims of the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and victims of the aftermath of the 2002 pogrom in Gujarat and after the floods in Surat and Ahmedabad in 2005.
AWARE has been supporting 20 children whose families were affected by the 2008 terrorist attacks, which took place on 26 November 2008, at various places in Mumbai starting at the Taj Mahal Hotel near the Gateway of India. Breadwinners (father/mothers) of 14 of the 20 children were seriously injured (eight were police personnel) during the attacks. AWARE has been supporting their children’s education for the past five years. Its commitment ends at the end of this financial year (31 March).
Six of the 20 children are male, 14 are female. Seven are Muslims, 13 are non-Muslims. (It is worth noting how terrorism affects innocent, working class families, irrespective of their religion, probably, in the name of which the "crusades" are launched!) Almost all the students were at high school or University when AWARE support began and most have completed their graduation during the support period.
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