Akshara Centre

location: MumbaiMaharashtra

Donation Option Amount INR Actions
Help educate poor girls by contributing to a fund for reimbursing college fees
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
10000
Gift
Encourage poor girls to pursue higher education by reimbursing a fund for their college fees
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
6750
Gift
Help educate a poor girl by partly reimbursing one year college fees
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
3750
Gift
General Fund
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
250
Gift
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Mission/Vision
To establish a gender just and violence free society
 
Background
In 1995, the two co-founders set up Akshara in response to the movements for women’s rights and women’s studies. There was an urgent need for a Centre which housed and made available to students and activists material on gender issues. . With time, they realized the need of taking the center and its resources to the people rather than being a place which people visited. It was also important to take gender based resources to people in simple language or innovative ways. While their efforts saw a positive impact, they felt more needed to be done. Young women from underprivileged sections of society did not have access to school and college education and the education they received did not equip them for the workplace. Young men and boys were unaware of gender bias and continued perpetuating violence in different forms on women. Gender education and training was as necessary as survival skills like life skills and technical skills. As the Internet revolution and easy access to information saw the decline of the gender library, Akshara shifted to taking gender education in different forms like Info Fairs, videos and booklets as well as gender trainings to young people in colleges and neighborhoods. Akshara trains young men to become supporters of gender equality and take up personal and social action. Young women are given financial aid to complete higher education and learn their rights, to resist violence and take care of their health. Akshara also lobbies with the State especially with the police for a better emergency helpline for women; with the Municipal bodies for open spaces and safety of women; and with public transport authorities for the safety of women. It also joins in networking with city based and national women’s and other groups for legislation and policies.
 
Dr. Nandita Gandhi has been active in the field of development and gender for the past 25 years. She has done a Masters from Mumbai University and received a Phd from The University of Amsterdam. She has been a journalist, researcher and trainer. She co-founded Akshara in 1995 and devised the first feminist classification system for small collections of books. Dr Nandita Shah has done her Masters from College of Social Work, another Masters of Development Studies (Women and Development) from Institute of Social Studies, The Hague and her Doctorate from University of Amsterdam. She has been a co-founder of Akshara and has set up its present programs. Besides establishing Akshara as a library and women’s organization, both co-founders have written a number of educational booklets and a book on the women’s movement in India.
 
Facts
Full time staff :13
Part time staff:2
Consultants:2
Contract staff :0
Volunteers: 15
Total Receipts for 2015-2016 is INR 16416358
Total Payments for 2015-2016 is INR 9365929
 
Activities and reach for the latest full Financial Year
Conductors, drivers and senior inspectors of BEST attended workshop on the issue of sexual harassment, linking it with gender : 230
Girls and women participated to occupy and read at 12 street libraries and placed demands before local leaders. : 709
Students, 10-14 years participated along with 30 teachers in all 3 Kishore Kishori Melas: 7048
Students from school participated in Computer training in BMC School: 117
GRP constables, officers, RPF, SRPF security personnel and women constables attended training on safety of women : 483
Youth worked for campaigns in making the city Safe and Gender Inclusive: 230
Safety audits at Railway stations from women safety viewpoint: 18
Youth participated in film screening on gender discrimination, masculinity, sexual harassment and violence against women: 929
Youth participated in Yuvak Yuvati Mela collaboration with NSS and Sathaye College: 1000
Young girls participated in Safety issues in public spaces with other organisations: 22000
Financial assistance to young under privilege women to complete education: 162
Students made aware about gender equality through 4 Virtual Classroom sessions: 2000
Young girls with parents participated in graduation and welcoming new girls event The Khula Asman : 289
 
Rewards & Recognition
In 2016, Akshara team was part of the campaign was awarded the Award for Right to Pee Campaign by the Savitri Sanmaan
RECEIPTS (INR)
 2015-20162014-20152013-2014
Self generated ( fees/ subscriptions/ interest/ community contributions/ proceeds from sale of goods or services produced by the organisation etc.)2,462,2421,635,02119,677
Donation from Indian individuals through GiveIndia327,7501,013,0000
Other donations from Indian individuals885,600561,000509,145
Donations from foreign individuals through GiveIndia238,229122,4570
Other donations from foreign individuals49,1210166,365
Grants from Indian sources ( trusts/ govt/ companies/ foundations)1,150,750496,0001,969,437
Grants from International sources ( under FCRA)11,290,6415,932,9685,284,063
Sale of assets001,830,545
Miscellaneous12,0250100,980
Total Receipts16,416,3589,760,4469,880,212
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Receipts(Rs.)
PAYMENTS (INR)
 2015-20162014-20152013-2014
PAYMENTS (Capital)
Capital items purchased for the organisation, excluding investment ( Fixed Deposits etc.)119,49544,43613,300
Capital items purchased for beneficiaries027,0000
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Payments(capital)
PAYMENTS (Revenue)
Programme related2015-20162014-20152013-2014
Salaries and benefits2,261,1771,483,1481,338,713
Staff training38,05300
Staff travel54,84871,90383,159
Consultant's fees372,000653,083510,040
Office support expenses ( rent/ telephone/ electricty etc.)137,78853,5563,551
Materials procurred ( consummables as seed/ food/ books/ provisions etc.)5,281,14933,994396,003
Grants/ donations given to other organisations as part of programme000
Depreciation ( to be taken from Income and Expenditure account)102,48968,6720
Others53,26026,59235,453
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Payments(revenue) Programme Related
Non-programme related2015-20162014-20152013-2014
Salaries and benefits377,074345,933546,051
Staff training020,31216,384
Staff travel40,27430,76027,213
Office support expenses ( rent/ repairs/ telephone/ electricity etc.)400,028334,370381,362
Communication ( correspondence/ Annual Reports/ brochures/ appeals/ website etc.)98,29424,676145,256
Consultants' fees ( audit/ legal/ programme )30,00038,00027,500
Depreciation ( to be taken from Income and Expenditure account)0097,366
Other non-programme expenses07,50017,850
Total Payments9,365,9293,263,9353,639,201
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Payments(revenue) Non Programme Related
 Registration Details
Sr. Type of Registration
1 Trust [No.F 1656 (BOM)]
2 PAN Number:AAATF0536C
3 12-A [No.TR / 4448]
4 80G [No.80G/2666/2007/2007-08]
5 FCRA [No.83780440]
6 35AC [No.]
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 Auditors
 A P Sanzgiri & Co.
 Plot No.21, House No. 167, Anand Nagar Lane, Behind Vakola Police Stn., Santacruz (East)
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 Staff Remuneration (INR)
Gross salary plus benefits paid to staff (in INR) p.m. Male Female Total
 less than 5,000000
 5,000 – 10,000134
 10,000 – 25,000077
 25,000 – 50,000033
 50,000 – 1,00,000033
 Greater than 1,00,000000
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Total annual payments consultants (in INR)Number of consultants
 less than 5,0000
 5,000 – 10,0002
 10,000 – 25,0000
 25,000 – 50,0000
 50,000 – 1,00,0000
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 Staff Remuneration (p.a.)
1 Highest Paid: INR 925680
2 Lowest Paid: INR 79680
3 Head of the Organisation: INR 925680
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 Board Expenses
Sr. Detail Amount(INR)
1 International travel0
2 Domestic travel14140
3 Local conveyance115080
4 Entertainment expenses0
5 Other0
  Total 129220
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Board Members
SI.Name (Age)Gender, Position, Gross Remuneration, Relation to other members
1 Anjali Dave
(58)
 Female, Member, INR 0.00,
2 Shimul Javeri Kadri
(55)
 Female, Member, INR 0.00,
3 Abha Bhaiya
(69)
 Female, Member, INR 0.00,
4 Nina Kapasi
(58)
 Female, Treasurer, INR 0.00,
5 A K Roy
(72)
 Male, Chairperson, INR 0.00,
6 Nandita Shah
(57)
 Female, Member, INR 841,500.00,
7 Nandita Gandhi
(68)
 Female, Secretary, INR 841,500.00,
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Board Members Background
SI.NameBackground
1 Anjali Dave Professor at TISS, 20 years in special cell for Women and Children
2 Shimul Javeri Kadri Practicing Architect, founder owner of SJK Architects for 15 years.
3 Abha Bhaiya Founder of Jagori and Jagori Grameen, women’s organisation in Delhi and Himachal
4 Nina Kapasi Practicing Chartered Accountant for 20 years
5 A K Roy M. Tech from IIT Mumbai, Founder of Hazards, environmental group
6 Nandita Shah Masters in Social work and PH.D in Social Science. Has been active in the women’s movement for many years.
7 Nandita Gandhi PH.D in Social Science with vast experience on issues of gender justice
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Board Resolution
SubjectsBoard Meeting/Annual General Body Meeting DateNo. of members presentStrength of the board at the time of this meeting
Budget for the year 2016-201717/02/201677
Programmes/ Projects for the year 2016-201709/03/201657
Annual Report for the year 2015-201630/07/2016910
Financial Audit Report for the year 2015-201630/07/2016910
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Staff International Travel
SINameDestination & PurposeGross ExpensesSponsored% SponsoredName of Sponsor Organisation
1 Nandita Shah USA
Presentation in conference for Civil Society
 INR 117000.00 1 100% UN Women
2 Nandita Shah USA
Presentation for Committee for Status of Women
 INR 173000.00 1 100% UN Women
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 Akshata-then and now
There is a constant flow of thoughts, rushing through our minds. When we express these thoughts, it is as though we are meeting ourselves anew. This was my attempt to get to know myself better and to learn to express myself as well. Who knows, maybe on this path, you might be re-introduced to me in a new sense! In my opinion Happiness is near everyone, but there is no time to experience it. All our numbers are saved in our mobile phones, but we have no time to speak four words. My family comprises my grandparents, aunt, uncle and my parents. Before I joined Akshara, I put all my faith in things that others told me to do and say. I had no such faith in myself. But then, my parents began to attend Akshara programmes, and let me attend some, too. As a result, there was a huge shift in my personality; now, I take decisions for myself, I feel free to roam around my city. The self-defense workshop I attended at Akshara has made me confident and self-assured. And I have found a blessing in my new friends at Akshara who help me selflessly in all I do. All my education has been in Marathi. Because of the belief that English is necessary to get a good job, I was always nervous and unsure of my ability to get a good job. However, once I attended Akshara’s interview workshop, I picked up a number of tips that were extremely helpful. Now, I am glad to be employed in the back office of a BPO. The skills I picked up at the Computer workshop at Akshara have made it easier for me to use programs like MS Word and Excel, which are necessary for my work. Today marks a year since I joined Akshara. I have attended a number of different workshops and events here, such as the Leadership workshop, Computer workshop, resume writing workshop, Ma-Beti Melawa, Khula Aasman. I also got to essay a leadership role in One Billion Rising, Event Management, Kishor-Kishori Melava. Participation in all these events has played a big role in moulding my personality, and spending time with the girl-leaders in Akshara has made me fearless and confident. Akshara has been instrumental in my transformation into a strong person. For this, I will always be grateful to Akshara.
 
 Roshan Bharti
I want to make my family proud; hence my name is Roshan! I live in Agar Bazaar, Dadar. My family comprises my mother, brother and myself. I was not very confident before I came to Akshara. But ever since I took membership here, I have seen a big change in myself. I’ve been a scholarship student for three years, and I have been regularly attending workshops, meetings and handling stalls at the melawas and these have all played a part in shaping my personality. At present, I am in my final year of college. As a result of college, extra classes and studies, I am always very busy. My mother is in the business of making chapattis and supplying them, and I lend a hand in this endeavor of hers. She is the only earning member of my family, as a result of which we are not very well off. Hence, the Akshara scholarship has been of great benefit to me in my education. Various programmes conducted by Akshara have had a big effect on my personality, for which I am so thankful to all those in Akshara.
 
 Priyanka Gaikwad
My name is Priyanka Gaikwad, and I live at Worli, Mumbai. I will be starting my second year as a scholarship student at Akshara. My situation at home is not very good, as my father is paralyzed and unable to work. My mother works as a domestic worker, the only working member of my family and I also have a younger sister at home. As a member of Akshara, I have attended a number of workshops, such as the Gender workshop, financial literacy, interview skill workshop, leadership workshop, programs such as the Khula Aasman program and the BEST campaign, among others. I wish that someday I can volunteer at Akshara myself. Before I came to Akshara, I was a very quiet girl, very shy, unwilling to speak to others. But ever since I’ve attended the Akshara programs, there’s been a big change in my personality. At present, I am attending the Tally course at Akshara. And I enjoy coming for meetings of the Learning Community, where I frequently play a leadership role. I am very grateful to Akshara for everything the organization has done for me.

You can communicate with Akshara Centre at
Dr Nandita Shah
Neelambari 501, Road No 86, Off Gokhale Road, Dadar (W)-
Mumbai - 400028,India

Or you can reach Akshara Centre here
Phone : 022-24316082
Fax : 91 22 2431 6082
E-mail : aksharacentre@vsnk.com
Website: http://www.aksharacentre.org

   

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