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Using Skype, UK 'granny cloud' helps teach Indian children

Grannies in the UK donate their time to read bed-time stories to kids in India... via skype.

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On a trip to India a few years ago, Mitra — whose work is perhaps best known for inspiring the film “Slumdog Millionaire” — asked children there what they would most like to use Skype for. “Surprisingly, they said they wanted British grandmothers to read them fairytales — they'd even worked out that between them they could afford to pay GBP 1 a week out of their own money," Mitra told the Guardian in a report last year. Accordingly, Mitra put out a call for UK grannies to do just that, and some 200 volunteers responded. "Many are retired teachers, who are now regularly on Skype teaching children in the slums," Mitra explained.

What a great service for pairing people with lots of time with kids in need.

How can we use this kind of 'pairing' between those of us with time and resources to spare and those in need to support maternal health?


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