Give a poor child a chance at education by The Akanksha Foundation

Give a poor child a chance at education


Jayesh now has the support he needs to grow.

Jayesh is a young boy from a poor family in Mumbai. His mother abandoned him when he was two. He lived with his father and grandmother.

His father and grandmother were both alcoholics who fought constantly and did not look after him. The neglect and unhealthy environment started to impact Jayesh. There was no one to cook for him or groom him. So he went to school hungry and disheveled.

The problems at home also made him a distracted boy. The environment he grew up in confused him and left him feeling angry and rebellious. He disobeyed instructions and did not like to participate in class.

When The Akanksha Foundation began to manage his school, Jayesh received personal attention. He began to stay after school to read and practice English. With love and support, he even grew confident enough to face the challenges at home.

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About The Program

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School Supplies
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Program Description

The Akanksha Foundation works to impact the lives of children from low-income communities, enabling them to maximize their potential and transform their lives. The organization addresses non-formal education through the

Akanksha center and formal education by initiating school reform through 'The School Project'. Kids enrolled in school are from 3.5 years onwards through 4 schools in Mumbai. They have adopted 13 English-medium municipal schools - 9 in Mumbai & 4 in Pune. Akanksha began with a simple idea to give less privileged children a place where to come and enjoy their childhood. Currently, Akanksha reaches out to over 4,000 children through these two models.

With the formal school dropout rate of Akanksha enrolled slum children being under 5%, with 75% of their alumni going to college, the organization is clearly making an impact. Donate to this program to help kids from slums to break the cycle of poverty through education.

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About The NGO

The Akanksha Foundation
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The Akanksha Foundation

Shaheen Mistri started the Akanksha Foundation in 1991. When she was 18 years old she visited her grandparents who were in Bombay, and on that particular visit of hers, she saw the inequality in education between the private and the public schools. Vandana worked with the Boston-based non-profit organization Citizen Schools, an organization dedicated to changing the life trajectories of underprivileged children in urban areas, for four years.

At Akanksha, she served on the team to create a blueprint for Teach for India, later moving on to manage the Beyond School department serving all adolescent children of Akanksha. In 2007, she became the Director of The School Project, launched to create a network of high-achieving schools within the government system. She took over as CEO in January of 2010. The Akanksha Foundation attempts to one day equip all students with the education, skills, and character they need to lead empowered lives.

In 2015, The Akanksha Foundation was awarded the India NGO Award 2014/2015 by The Resource Alliance For setting and promoting best practices in resource mobilization accountability and transparency and In 2016, The Akanksha Foundation was awarded the Gold NGO Transparency Award by the GuideStar India Transparency

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Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Saurabh Taneja

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Area of Operation

Early Education | education

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Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2015: Junoon award

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Last Audited
Last Audited by GiveIndia

December 2018

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The school implemented practices that allowed students to collaborate with each other. One such activity – Think, Share, Pair has been successful in getting the students to work in groups and also present their learnings to the rest of the class. This practice is used in almost every class and lessons are planned in a way that integrates and encourages collaboration. An example of this practice was seen when the Science teacher introduced a lesson on the importance of vitamins for our body. Students had to work in groups and present to the rest of the class their learnings in the form of skits.

Story from the field

Naheeda's story is an inspiration to everyone. She comes from a very difficult background and grew up in a very conservative family. With very little socio-emotional support and money, Naheeda has managed to create a successful livelihood for herself and her family. Naheeda is an Akanksha Alumni and has been a teacher since the past 10 years. Recently, she applied via School Leadership Academy and got selected as the Assistant School Leader at our Shindewadi Mumbai Public School.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?503
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date503
Village/City/State where project is locatedMumbai
Total Budget for the project for FY18-1920016096
Total Expenses for the project YTD18224102

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