The Gandhi Ashram

Project Brief: Children in Ahmedabad’s slum communities get a below average education in government schools and do not get a platform to develop their extra-curricular strengths, such as sports and the arts. Furthermore, due to the nature of activities in their surround
Project Type: Community Based Interventions (description)
Primary Focus: children from slums (description)

Secondary Focus: children who are working

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: UVA Charlottesville
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Punit Barot
Project Partner(s): Shrish Patel
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Ashram Rd, Ahmedabad, Gujarat ,Ashram Road , Ahmedabad,
GUJARAT  380027
Tel: 011 91 7927557277
Stewarding Chapter: UVA Charlottesville

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For the last 25 years we have been working in the field of value-based education partnered with health, nutrition and community building. Our model has been to build centers in the middle of slum communities, where we run supplementary education programs coupled with a daily nutritious snack, health camps, extracurricular activities, and character development classes. As our program grows, we are looking to develop value-education curriculum, develop low cost teaching materials and run teacher trainings so that we can offer this model to more children and share it with others. We want to hire additional teachers and organize more field trips as the exposure is a powerful learning experience for the children.
At Manav Sadhna our guiding principles is Love all, Serve all. Gandhijis unshakable beliefs in love, peace, truth, non -violence and compassion equally guide our humble efforts. By seeing god in every individual(manav), service is transformed into worship(sadhna). Our community-based humanitarian projects cut across barriers of class and religion and directly serve and empower those in need.
In 1990, a team of young volunteers, inspired by Gandhian values, began gathering under the branches of a tree in the Gandhi Ashram every Saturday to play with street children. They provided the children with a nutritional meal and taught them about basic hygiene by cutting their nails and bathing them. This activity quickly came together into a full time endeavor working to brighten the future of underprivileged children. Under the guidance of Gujarat Harijan Sevak Sangh, Safai Vidyalaya and Environmental Sanitation Institute (ESI), Manav Sadhna was established both in India and in the United States. Today, from a quiet corner in the Gandhi Ashram, Manav Sadhna serves more than 8000 children and women through more than 35 projects. We also indirectly touch the lives of many more individuals through our healthcare and educational support projects. The projects are created based on the needs and participation of the community.