Project Brief: Akshardeep is an educational related project of Swadhar-Pune with its main aim of providing basic education to children of migrant laborers and school drop-outs.
Project Type: Non-Formal Educational Centers (description)
Primary Focus: children from slums (description)

Secondary Focus: children of migrant workers

Area: Urban
Supporting Chapter Contact: Zurich
Status: Support ended.
Project Steward: Shreya Paliwal
Project Partner(s): Guruswamy Kumaraswamy
Other Contacts: Vishweshwara Herle
Project Address: , Swadhar, Anath Pangu Griha,96, Sadashiv Peth (Navi Peth),Pune,
Tel: +91 20 25 46 26 26/27
Stewarding Chapter: Zurich
Dec 2011ZurichINR 560000
Nov 2008ZurichCHF 4800
Jun 2008ZurichCHF 3750
Jan 2008ZurichCHF 4300
Aug 2007ZurichCHF 4400
Jan 2007ZurichCHF 3850
Jun 2006ZurichCHF 3250
Apr 2006ZurichCHF 1950
Oct 2003ZurichCHF 4250

Total = $34181.79015

Akshardeep is an alternative school programme initiated by SWADHAR in June 1998. This project is specially meant for children in the age group of 6-12. They run 10 NFE classes in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) area and 10 in Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal corporation (PCMC) area for the children of sex workers, migrant laborers and school drop-outs.

The accepted budget is around CHF 8500.00 per year

Asha Zurih has been funding this project since October 2003. By the end of 2005, Akshardeep was able to put 54 children (out of 250) in to regular schools and out of them 45 are still in the regular school as of now (2007).

They have increased their number of classes from initially 10 to 14 and the number of children increased from 250 to 376. Till now Asha Zurich has disbursed more than INR. 8,25,00.00 to this project.
To help the running of the 10 classes in PCMC area, providing the salary for the teachers and the supervisor, procurement of educational material for the children.
SWADHAR is a registered organisation, established in Pune on 1st January 1995. It helps women in distress and organises many activities for the development of women and children such as, counselling centres, family life education and alternate education programme.

1. Aims and Objectives of SWADHAR:

- To help women, young girls and children develop their

- To provide moral and emotional support to women who are
victims of domestic violence and atrocities.

2. Alternative School Programme: Akshardeep

Akshardeep is a programme initiated by Swadhar in 1998. The project is meant for providing basic education to children in the age group of 6-12. These children are either school dropouts or have never been to school for variuos reasons.

Broad Aims of Akshardeep:

To run Balwadis for the children of migrant laborers and families living in slums.

To run Non Formal Education centres for children of
migrant labourers and domestic workers.

One of the main aim of these NFE centres is to prepare these children for mainstream schools and getting them en-rolled there. Also, now they have started focussing on Balwadis and providing support classes to the children enrolled in regular schools to address the issue of drop-outs.

Jan 2013 Mou 2013
Jan 2013 MOU_2013 Part 2
Dec 2010 Akshardeep Site Visit 2011
Dec 2010 2011-2012 Six month budget utilization report
Dec 2010 2011-12 Six Monthly report
Dec 2009 Budget Utilization 2010-2011
Apr 2009 Site Visit April 09
Apr 2009 Site Visit Clarification E-mail
Apr 2009 Site Visit Clarification from Mrs.Bapat
Apr 2009 Progress Report till March 2009
Dec 2008 Progress Report 2007-2008
Jun 2008 sitevisit June 2008
Jun 2008 Sitevisit June 2008 with Photos
Mar 2008 Progress Report 2007-2008
Mar 2008 Progress Report Nov07-March08
Mar 2008 Progress Report Nov07-March08
Mar 2008 Budget Utilization Nov07 to March08
Mar 2008 Photos along with Progress Report
Sep 2007 Financial Report Apr-Sept-2007
Sep 2007 Annual Report Oct2006-Sept2007
Sep 2007 Statistics of the children in the classes
Aug 2007 Site Visit by Guruswamy
Jul 2007 Summary of phone call
Jan 2007 A Report by Joanna Menet
Dec 2006 Budget for 2006-2007
Nov 2006 Overview After 3 years
Aug 2006 Site Visit by Guruswamy
May 2006 Question & Answers
May 2006 Questions-Answers (Correct file)
Mar 2006 Financial Report 2005-2006
Feb 2006 Progress Report 2005-2006
Dec 2005 Overview After 2 Years
Oct 2005 Reply to the Report
Sep 2005 Report_2004-2005
Dec 2004 First Year Report
May 2004 Half Yearly Report
Mar 2004 4th Month Site Visit
Dec 2003 Site visit DEC2003
Sep 2003 MoU
Sep 2003 3rd Site visit
Jun 2003 FAQ
Jun 2003 Final Budget
Apr 2003 Project Proposal
Apr 2003 Initial Budget
Apr 2003 Akshardeep Brochure
Feb 2003 Follow up site visit
Jan 2003 1st Site visit
Sep 2002 Project Proposal