Aarambh. Navi Mumbai, India

Catalysing social and economic change through youth education and community empowerment

Description

The non-profit charity organization Aarambh was founded in 1996 in Turbhe, the largest slum in Navi Mumbai. It works as a Community Service Center for the most marginalized families, providing educational and health support and vocational skills to underprivileged children, youth and women, living in urban slums and rural areas.
Aarambh’s objectives are to:

  • Motivate parents from slum communities to send their children to school
  • Encourage women to acquire skills that will help them to become self-reliant and economically independent
  • Network with local governments & community groups to create bonds for collective action towards effective utilization of public services
  • Sensitize the local community about Child Rights
  • Enhance the capacity of the youth groups to take leadership roles in the community

Results

  • 23 years of existence
  • From 70 children in one center in 1996, + 7000 children, women and youth beneficiaries today
  • +10 urban and rural community centers in Navi Mumbai and in Wai Taluka of Satara District in Maharashtra
  • +10 programs for children, youth and women (Midday meals for children from three to five years old; Scholarships for high school and college education; Free study classes to enable scholastically weaker kids to continue studies; Computer literacy classes for youth; Tailoring classes for women)
  • Many success stories

Did you know?

In Sanskrit, Aarambh means “the beginning”: with the development of Navi Mumbai, the satellite city of Mumbai, many migrant families came to work focusing more on the livelihood and disregarding education. In that way, Aarambh allowed them to begin the best way in a new place.

Sustainability and Replicability

Aarambh is a non- profit organization mostly funded by private donations.
90% of the funds Aarambh receive are donations from local companies, some very small. They can support in different ways, by donating and building the premises where the community centers are set up, for example. There are many companies or individuals that are ready to commit for a good purpose.

Lessons learned

In order to achieve a deep long-term change, it is essential to listen to the communities and set up the priorities according to their needs. Then education, training and health support must be provided to empower young people to shape their future.

Take action

Learn more about Aarambh, and interact to find out about all the projects they have going on.

info@aarambh.org

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