Zachary Van Lare and his classmates from the American Community
School, Amman maintained a blog about their experience at the summit.
This is the link -
http://gsesmumbaiacs.blogspot.in. Here is what he had
to say about the experience trip in one of his blog posts:
'One of the thoughts that kept repeating in my head was how.
How do some people have everything in the world, while others
have nothing? As I walked through Dharavi, there were countless
thoughts accumulating in my head. I would definitely say that the
people at Dharavi were incredible. It was absolutely amazing to
see the smiles, and dedication on peoples faces….As I walked
through one of the many workshops, I saw the men smiling. This
really put everything into check for me. The fact that these
people have nothing, and make the most of their lives is
enlightening. A final thought that stood out to me were the
innovations of everyone. It was quite impressive to see how
everyone made it work in such a small place. I also took away the
fact that so much is taken for granted.'
Was Social Entrepreneurship a possible solution to some of the problems
that we observed there? How were the residents of Dharavi so
enterprising and innovative in such circumstances? A business with social
impact. Is that even possible?
Soon our buses arrived and all the participants, teachers and organizers
headed back to the campus for Lunch. There was a lot to think about, on
that bus ride back to the school.
Back at the School
After lunch, two speaker interactions were organized. Jay Rege, a social
entrepreneur was invited on stage, to share his story. He is the founder
of a social enterprise called 'Paaduks', which makes handcrafted
footwear with soles made from recycled automobile tires. He grew up
near Chembur, Mumbai and was aware about an area called, the Thakkar
Bappa Colony. 99% of the occupants of the Thakkar Bapa colony were
from the Kutchi and Maheshwari Meghwar community and for many of