Rani with her husband, three sons and daughter has been living at this site for 40 years. The family moved from Solapur to Mumbai for improved economic opportunity, her children will be the 4th generation of her family living on the street. There are three income earners in the family. Her husband and son have daily wage jobs and she sells cutlery on the trains, their combined income is 300 INR a day. She shared that after receiving Arshiya Foundation:- daily meal she is now able to save 100 INR per day.
Ram, (32 years old) has been living on Charni Road for a long time now, when asked he says with a smile that this is his home. He has four little daughters and a wife. His job is to pull a barrow (hathgadi).
He says the amount he earns in a day, is in the hand of God, as it varies from day to day. On a good day, after several hours of manual labour, Ram earns between Rs. 200-250. Most of this money is spent on buying food, to feed himself and his family. Sometimes, he saves Rs. 50 or Rs. 100. Ram, says by providing him and his family with one meal a day we have reduced his burdens. He smiles and thanks us!Donate
Sheikh is a an 11 year old boy who urges all his friends to smile for us while we are clicking pictures. He tells us all about his school and recites the alphabet for us. Sheikh spends his days playing hide and seek with his friends, doing his homework and running around with his pet dog. When we give him a box of food, he opens it and shares some of his roti with his little puppy. He leaves us with a ton of poses for the camera and a cheerful wave goodbye urging us to come again.
are homeless street dwellers in Mumbai.
street children in the city go hungry every day
Nearly half of pavement dwellers daily wages are spent on food every day
The Joyful Spoon is Arshiya’s Foundation’s supplemental nutrition initiative. We provide hot, fresh, nutritious meals to the same homeless children and adults in Mumbai, six days a week.
Mumbai's homeless have a very difficult life. While most families have earning members, their income is not enough to ensure a healthy and well rounded life. They often do not have access to public distribution systems and their cooking arrangements on the street are often hazardous and exorbitantly expensive.
Continuous impact assessments study the affected change we are making in the communities we serve. Since TJS serves the same communities everyday, we have been able to witness an increase in family income and healthier lifestyles. We are driven and passionately committed to our cause of ending food insecurity on the streets of Mumbai.
To alleviate hunger and food insecurity to allow equality of opportunities.
In May 2017,
We commissioned an independent study to check the impact of three months of daily dinners on the families.
Our goal was to check if consistently providing meals, we could help reduce expenses and increase savings from their daily income.
We found that 2/3 of the working population in the target community earns less than 300 per day.
58% reported an increase in savings in 2 months of receiving daily meals.
Nearly 75% are 2nd, 3rd, or 4th generation homeless, which means for the vast majority this is a vicious cycle.
87% reported a decrease in hunger as a result of the Joyful Spoon program.
The food is freshly made every day in a clean, safe and hygienic kitchen and packaged on site for immediate distribution.
We are providing nutritionally balanced vegetarian meals that form a complete staple diet.
Six days a week our program provides dinner for 250 people in Mumbai.