Project Type: Formal Schools (description)
Primary Focus: children from slums (description)
Secondary Focus: otherArea: Urban
Supporting Chapter Contact:
Project Steward: Anshu Gaur
Project Partner(s): Madhuri Deshpande
Other Contacts: Guruswamy Kumaraswamy
Project Address: , c/o Mrs. Madhuri Deshpande, Fergusson College Campus,,Gate No. 1, Bungalow No. 2, Shivaji Nagar,Pune,
Tel: 91-20-2546-2626 (Office)
Stewarding Chapter: Silicon Valley
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The Ankur project sends children from the urban slums of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad to the Ankur school located in Pune, where they receive formal education. This project is in collaboration with a social organization called Swadhar in Pune. The children come from families of varied backgrounds such as daily laborers, rag pickers, sweepers, and unemployed families.
Asha supports the education of 35 children through the Support A Child program.
Swadhar has a branch called Akshardeep that runs non formal schools to help "out-ofschool" children (viz. dropouts) get back into the regular school system. Asha Zurich is supporting 10 non formal educaiton schools in the Pimpri-Chinchwad area. The Ankur project, also known as Akshardeep-Ankur is a proposal to individually sponsor at risk children from Akshardeep's schools, to integrate them into mainstream education and improve their chances of completing school. The kids are selected based on two criteria â€“ their potential (how well they are doing in school and how motivated they are), and based on whether they might have difficulties coping with a Corporation school (children from very poor families, children who are from outside Maharashtra and cannot follow the Marathi medium of instruction in government schools).
Integration of children from slums, into mainstream education and follow through till they complete high school.
Swadhar-Pune is a registered social organization which started its Pune activities in 1995 with the main objective of helping women in distress.
Its key areas of work today include:
1. To run balwadis for the children of commercial sex workers
2. Akshardeep - a project to provide a friendly and sensitive learning environment to underprivileged children who are 'out-of-school' for some reason and to integrate them into mainstream education
Aug 2009 Audit 2008-09
Jul 2008 2008-09 Budget
Jan 2008 Site Visit Jan 2008
Oct 2007 Site Visit Oct 2007
May 2007 Ankur Budget 2007-08
Apr 2007 Expense Report 2006-07
Apr 2006 Ankur Budget 2006-07
Mar 2006 Ankur 2005-06 Second Installment
Jul 2005 Budget05-06(revised)
Jun 2005 Approved Budget for 2005-2006
Nov 2004 Site Visit Nov 2004
Oct 2004 Half Yearly Report
Jan 2004 Ankur School Prospectus
Dec 2003 Site Visit Dec 2003