How Sunbeam grew
6 children with grubby faces and bright smiles troop into the CRY office at Arthur Road.
The ‘Neighbourhood Project’ begins. CRY staff pool in resources.
May 1996 - 98
The Neighbourhood Project blossoms, with as many as 18 children. Some of the children are admitted to the nearby municipal school.
The first Sunbeam centre is set up in a rented chawl room at Arthur Road. The first teacher is hired. Financial aid pours in from CRY staff in Delhi, Bangalore, Calcutta and Chennai
With the construction at Arthur Road almost complete, families migrate to Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel. A second Sunbeam centre is set up here with 68 children.
A third centre comes up at Kamala Mills, Lower Parel, with 62 children.
Dec 10, 1999
Sunbeam is registered as a Trust with three trustees - Khurshid Dabdi, Sangeeta Kapila and Leela Alvares.
Arthur Road centre is shut down as children are transferred to Phoenix & Kamala Mills.
A pro-active child, Bhurjamma, helps set up the Dadar centre. The number of teachers now goes up to 7.
Investment bankers from ASK Raymond James, Sameer and Asit Koticha step in to underwrite the entire project. Now, Sunbeam extends its outreach to street and slum children.
May 2000 - April 2002
Centres are set up at Chandanwadi (street children), Bhuleshwar (street children), Worli (slum children) and Bandra (slum children).
The first batch of Sunbeam children are promoted to the secondary section. Celebrations all around!
Recreation is an integral part of the curriculum at Sunbeam. Camps, sporting events, excursions and happy days follow.
The first camp is held at Aksa. The children have such a great time they don’t want to come back!
A donor’s contribution makes the first outstation camp possible. 40 children have an amazing time in the hills of Karjat.
The constructions at Dadar and Phoenix Mills come to an end. Children move to the Sunbeam Centre at Kamala Mills.
The first batch of children move to higher secondary. They've now been with Sunbeam for over 5 years.
5 centres, 650 smiling children… and an exciting journey ahead.
Outreach growing to 1000 child beneficiaries
Next 5 years
Consolidating our efforts to bring about quality education for our existing 1000 beneficiaries.
The first batch of children move to college.