possibilities in ordinary people”
is a secular, voluntary organisation, committed to improving
the quality of life of the urban poor in Mumbai. Of the city’s
12 million inhabitants, more than 60% live in slums or on
pavements, often in inhuman conditions.
While many of the older slums have water and electricity
and the residents over the years have improved their homes,
those living in the poorer, unauthorised communities lack
even the most basic amenities.
approach is to work with people rather than for them, helping
them to identify and respond to local needs through community
participation and using local resources. The approach is dual.
The first component concentrates on developing local knowledge,
skills and leadership to work on identified needs, encouraging
self-sufficiency through training. The second involves the
provision of direct services, again according to the needs
expressed by local people.
Education, particularly pre-school education, and community
health are two focus areas.
was started in 1972 as a welfare programme for the children
of hutment dwellers at Nariman Point. Within three years,
Apnalaya centres were opened in three other slum communities
in Tardeo, Govandi and Malad, which has increased to ten now,
including a Training Centre in Masjid Bunder.
shift in location was accompanied by a change in approach.
No longer satisfied just running programmes for children
in deprived communities, Apnalaya decided to reach out to
people, to work with
them rather than for them, strengthen local leadership
potential, and offer training, guidance and support. We would
start programmes only if the community felt they were needed,
and with their involvement in the planning and implementation
of the programme.
approach was used from the start in Shivaji Nagar, Govandi
in 1975 and has been adopted in all subsequent communities
where we have taken up projects, more recently, those located
on the edge of the dumping ground in Deonar.
belief in the importance of education in the broadest sense
underscores most of Apnalaya’s work. For more than 25 years
Apnalaya has been promoting preschool education in deprived
communities, running its own balwadis, and training teachers
to run hundreds of balwadis all over Mumbai. Study classes
and sponsorship help children to stay in school and structured
recreation session’s help in the overall development of the
more vulnerable children in the community.
community run balwadis
of school going children, including handicapped children
and non-formal education
make a significant improvement in the health status of a community
Apnalaya adopts a holistic approach, combining preventive,
curative and promotive programmes with working with local
groups on environmental issues.
Preventive health education is of prime importance,
but Apnalaya also runs clinics, which are affordable and easily
accessible in communities where these are lacking. Particular
attention is paid to the health of women and young children.
and growth monitoring
ANC and gynecological
for community women
community health workers
on health topics
DOTS TB control
objective of community development is to enable people to
bring about change in their lives and in their community.
This is done by working in partnership with the community,
identifying areas of concern, and working on issues, which
will lead to an improvement in their condition. The needs
and concerns vary from community to community, but include:
infrastructure such as water and electricity
and the construction of community toilet blocks
the Municipality to improve infrastructure
to agitate against unreasonable rise in school fees, or for
preservation of an open space
communal harmony and good relations with the police
participation in sports promotion
recognizes the important role played by the woman in the family
and runs a number of programs to help her in the various roles
that she performs. Often she shoulders not only the physical
and social but also the financial responsibilities of the
family. Taking all this into consideration, Apnalaya has started
several programmes to help women in particular, and through
them, their families.
or saving groups
for women, such as Mahila Milan
for adolescent girls
has been offering training, designed initially to meet the
needs of our own staff and community groups, to community
level workers employed in other NGOs and government and municipal
projects, and representatives of community based organisations
since 1977. Training
aims at equipping the participants whom have practical experience
with the skills and necessary information to help them perform
more effectively in their work and in their community. Training
health workers training
training to build groups to work on rationing issues, housing
issues, start savings groups, or manage a community
community groups on specific topics, such as HIV/AIDS
Counseling and Community education
Community Education Cell of Apnalaya carries out awareness
programs in schools and in the community on the dangers of
drug, alcohol and gutka abuse, and on HIV/AIDS prevention.
Counseling and support is offered to families living with
HIV/AIDS, individuals seeking help with drug or alcohol related
problems, and for family problems, mainly related to marital
or property disputes.
and support for HIV/AIDS affected families
Drug and alcohol
programs in schools for drug, alcohol and gutka prevention
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promote awareness through community cricket tournaments or
festivals such as January 26th and Ghanesh
is confident that, in nearly 30 years of work, it has not
only helped large numbers of people towards a better life
but has witnessed the transformation of many individuals from
the communities and within its staff into dedicated community
workers, leaders and role models.
efforts have resulted in:
Improved educational standards through
balwadis, study classes, non formal education, sponsorship,
and emphasis on education for girls.
Improved health, particularly of
women and children through preventive health education, immunisation
and growth monitoring, women’s health interventions and anti-natal
Improved nutritional levels, not
only through nutrition education but by helping women to contribute
to the family income through vocational training, formation
of savings groups, and vigilance groups to work on rationing
Increased levels of self-confidence
of men and women both in our own communities and from elsewhere
through training and encouragement to work on issues that
affect them and their communities, such as housing and sanitation,
education and health care, communal harmony, or the fear of
Offered guidance, counselling and
support to many individuals and families who have come to
our centres seeking help with personal problems, whether drug
or alcohol related, marital or property disputes, difficulties
getting a ration card or caste certificate or school admission
or accessing a government loan scheme, and more recently,
with facing up to the grim reality of living - and dying –
with HIV and AIDS.
Sustained whole communities through
crisis support to cope with the trauma and aftermath of the
communal riots in Shivaji Nagar in 1992/93, or the shifting
of the entire Chickoowadi community to a new location in 1995
and their adjustment to a new way of life in high rise buildings.
has nearly 80 staff, full or part time.
Headed by Director Leena Joshi and Assistant Directors,
Dyaneshwar Tarwade and Manoj Shirsath who have been with Apnalaya
for 24,14 and 11 years respectively, the team consists of
4 trained social worker, 18 para-professional staff, 19 pre-school
teachers, 11 helpers, 14 community health workers, 3 doctors,
8 administrative staff, and a number of study class and vocational
class teachers. Apart
from the professional staff, the majority of the staff are
from the communities where we work and trained to be teachers,
health workers, counsellors, and para-professional community
workers. Their level of dedication and commitment is quite
the financial year 2002 – 2003 Apnalaya spent nearly 45,00,000
rupees, of which over 26,00,000 was spent on staff salaries.
Donations accounted for 2/3rds of our income, about half in
the form of funding for particular projects or programmes.
Grants from the government contributed less than 1% and collections
4.8% of income. We
levy a small charge for all our services, such as balwadis,
picnics, and clinics, except for immunisation and ANC, the
amounts determined in consultation with the local communities.
However, we do not refuse those who cannot pay.
The balance of over 21% was investment income, from
our Corpus fund and bank deposits.
As investment income and interest rates are falling,
we must try harder to build up the Corpus fund, which is currently
a little over Rs.75 lakhs.
registered and mailing address of Apnalaya is:
Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai 400 026, India
office is located
in the Transit Camp, New Jaiphalwadi, behind the Armed Police
Quarters, Tardeo, Mumbai 400 034
Tel: 24949752 & 24980139
is at 889/896, Lotus Colony, Plot no.14, Shivaji Nagar, Govandi,
Mumbai 400 043 Tel:
are located in Jaiphalwadi and Datta Mandir, Tardeo,
Wadaripadda in Malad, Chickuwadi in Mankhurd, Lotus
Colony in Shivaji Nagar, and in Rafiq Nagar, Shanti Nagar,
Padma Nagar and Chickalwadi, all on the edge of the Deonar
dumping ground around Shivaji Nagar. Apnalaya Training Centre
is in Masjid Bunder.
with the Bank of India, Tardeo Road branch.
Savings bank accounts numbers 9633, and for foreign
donations 16811 Swiftcode: BKIDINBBBOS
Borkar & Muzumder
under the Bombay Public Trust Act – No. F-2830 and the Societies
Registration Act – No.
It has registration under Section 80-G of the Income
Tax Act and the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act.
affairs of APNALAYA are managed by an Executive
Committee consisting of:
Dr Indra Makhijani
of the Apnalaya medical team since she volunteered her services
in 1976, Dr Makhijani has been an active Executive Committee
member for many years and President since 1990.
Also a Lions Club member for more than 20 years, she
is a permanent Trustee of the Ballard Estate Club.
Dr Sudha Datye
completing her M.B.B.S. in Indore, Dr Datye worked for more
than 35 years in hospitals and as medical officer in an industrial
setting before joining Apnalaya in 1994. She shares with husband,
who joined Apanlaya as a volunteer doctor in 1992, a deep
concern for the health of the poor.
Mehta has been closely associated with Apnalaya since becoming
a member in 1973. She is a social worker by training, holding
a Diploma in Social Administration from the London School
of Economics. She has lived in Mumbai since 1966.
member of Apnalaya since 1973, Mrs Shah was actively involved
in building up the organisation in the early years. Now a
member of the Executive Committee, she has also served as
Secretary and President.
Dr Pratima Panwalkar
Panwalkar has been associated with the work of APNALAYA since
1973. She has taken voluntary retirement as an Associate Professor
at the Tata Insitute of Social Sciences after 25 years of
service, and now works as an Independent Social Development
Consultant. Her areas of special interest are participatory
development and institutional capacity building. She is associated
with a number of national and international development projects.
She joined the Executive Committee in May 2002.
& Mailing Address: 75, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai –
: Leena Joshi
Tel. : (Resi.) 2409 01 50/98926 32224
Centre & Office
Behind Building No. 7,
Armed Police Colony,
Tardeo Circle, Mumbai – 400 036.
Tel. 2494 9752, 2498 0139
Fax : 2368 8512
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Dinanath Mageshkar Marg,
Tardeo, Mumbai – 400 036.
Colony Centre & Office
Colony, 889-896, Plot No. 14,
Govandi, Mumbai – 400 043
Tel. : 2550 6110 / 3091 8248
Road No. 14,
No. 38, Line K,
Shantinagar Budhha Vihar,
Road No. 14,
Bainganwadi, Shivaji Nagar No. 2
Nagar, Shivaji Nagar
Banjara Tanda Co-Op. Housing Society,
Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road,
– 400 043
Pada, Dhanji Wadi,
Rani Sati Marg, Malad (East),
Mumbai – 400 097
Reg. No. : GBBSD 75/73
Public Trust Reg. No. : F-2830 (BOM)
Reg. No. : 083780332
No. : under 80 G : DIT(E)/Mc/80G/1528/98-99 dt. 18.3.99