Asha Trust - Mumbai Support a child

Project Brief: Asha Mumbai developed the scheme ‘Support A Child” (SAC) to cater to the needs of the underprivileged sections of societies across India in general and Maharashtra in particular.
Project Type: Support a Child (description)
Primary Focus: children from slums (description)

Secondary Focus: children who are working

Area: Urban
Supporting Chapter Contact: Mumbai
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Smita Puniyani
Project Partner(s): Monica Bisht
Other Contacts: Nikhil Jadhav
Project Address: , Asha Mumbai Center, Powai nook bldg,,Opp. Tirandaj village Municipal School, Opp IITB main gate,,powai ,
MAHARASHTRA  400076
Tel: 91-22-2578 7466
Stewarding Chapter: Mumbai
Jan 2013MumbaiUSD 2157

Total = $2157

Asha Mumbai believes in the innovative methodologies of teaching which has been practiced in our many projects. It was felt that there is also a need to directly help the under-privileged children who attend other schools and colleges spread across the city and rural areas of Maharashtra. In addition to providing financial assistance to these scholars we believe that Asha volunteers can provide alternate role models and provide valuable mentoring to these scholars.

We developed the scheme ‘Support A Child” (SAC) to cater to the needs of the underprivileged sections of societies across India in general and Maharashtra in particular.

We evolve rules and guidelines after due deliberations which will be revised and updated periodically. A focus group comprising committed volunteers assist the project steward to successfully implement the project with the utmost transparency, the principal objective of our chapter.

Applications are received in the required format, from the students across Maharashtra, irrespective of caste, creed, religion, gender, status. The Focus group then selects carefully from the applications received, the approved number of scholars agreed at the general meeting of Asha Mumbai without bias, nepotism and in a transparent manner. The Asha Mumbai SAC Scholarship Guidelines (Appendix I) provides detailed criteria by which the scholars are chosen.
1. Our main aim is to create a society of responsible citizens, nurturing the students whom we help to become not only qualified and to care for the children of the needy, and also by being generous according to their mite and be a role model.
2. Provide active mentoring and funding to empower the scholars to become independent and helpful.
Asha-Mumbai has a critical role to play in the dissemination of the Asha message. In particular, Asha-Mumbai activities include
1.Serving as liaison between local projects and the Asha Chapters involved in their funding
2.Identifying new projects in the Maharashtra for Asha support
3.Volunteering at various local projects depending on need
Local coordination of various Asha events such as the very successful Work-An-Hour (WAH) program & Support a Child (SAC)Program
4.Build associations with local GOs, NGOs and institutions working in related areas of education