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In 2013, Dayoung Lee, a graduate of Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School, founded Mentor Me India (MMI), based on the US’ Big Brothers Big Sisters programme, saying it was “carefully tailored to the Indian context". MMI operates on the premise that children from low-income group neighbourhoods can benefit from exposure to people from more privileged sections of society, with similar interests. For example, Daisy Dotiwala, head of corporate communications at Raychem RPG, is mentor to a class VII student at a Mumbai corporation school. Dotiwala takes her mentee to the library; they go shopping together too. It helps improve the child’s social skills.

Typically, each mentor-mentee relationship is for one year. For funding, MMI relies on individual donors and crowd-funding campaigns.

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