In the slums of India, a variation on Adopt-a-Grandma is happening.
SOLE and SOME, otherwise known as The Granny Cloud, are a collection of 200-odd volunteers who have been reading fairy tales to kids in slums. Many of the volunteers are retired teachers, so they have expanded into being educational mentors. Their sessions are mediated and each volunteer offers about an hour a week.
It’s a small thing to a retired teacher, but it might be the highlight of these children’s week. Many of them cannot go to school (the kids, not the retired teachers!). Having access to an English grandmother figure is fascinating and inspiring to them.