Help poor adolescents get educational support by Apnalaya

Help poor adolescents get educational support

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This program is fully funded because of donors like you.


Every monthly donation helps the education of adolescents like Salma

Salma's family lost everything in a fire and was pushed into dire poverty. Her father began working as a rag picker. Salma's father, already burdened with family needs and the education expenses of her two older siblings could not afford to send her to school.

It was then that Apanalaya intervened with an educational sponsorship program that provided for 50% of Salma's fees, books, uniform and other requirements. Despite the taxing household chores, Salma is determined to do well in her studies and works really hard.

Salma is pursuing her Grade XII currently and will continue to receive support from Apnalaya for another year. She dreams of becoming a teacher to help other kids like her. Support this program and help kids like Salma find a ray of hope.


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you will be sponsoring the overall costs incurred to support the beneficiaries

About The Program

What the beneficiary gets
School Supplies
What you get
Tax Exemption
Periodic Reports
Program Description

Apnalaya runs an educational sponsorship program for adolescents between the age of 14-18 years. The children selected for the sponsorship go through a fellowship module aimed at their development and to bring in engagement. It includes modules on 'Self-exploration, identity, and diversity, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Interconnectedness between Self and Society, Citizenship and Civic Action.

All the selected youth belong to the same community. They learn from the program and give back to the community, which creates a self-sustaining community. Donations are used for tuition fees, distribution of bags, uniforms, books, and training of the trainers. Trainees develop their cognitive and socio-emotional faculties as they learn from diversity and experience. Guidance sessions track the progress and challenges of students.

Every year 300+ youth are supported through this program and equip them to become role models in a community where aspirations are continuously stunted by the cycle of deprivation.

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About The NGO

Apnalaya Logo

Apnalaya is a secular voluntary organization, that has been building self-sustaining communities since 1973. It aims to empower the disadvantaged to overcome the social, political and economic barriers and help them lead a better quality of life. They work with the most marginalized people dwelling in the slums of Mumbai. There are 4,200 children under 6 years of age at the center of Apnalaya’s Health Program.

The Health and Disability related interventions emphasize on empowering community members to improve health seeking behavior and access healthcare instituted by government agencies. The Livelihood program equips young boys and girls, men and women to identify the potential of opportunities and turn them into economic productivity. They provide sewing classes, enroll and train women who otherwise have been under cultural restraints to stay away from income-generating activities.

209 women have economically benefited from Self Help groups organized by Apnalaya. The Education and citizenship program aims to bring together the volunteers from the community so that they have a better understanding of the challenges faced by their community and identify their responsibilities towards it. In 2017, Apnalaya was awarded the Champion Level- GuideStar India Platinum for highest levels of transparency and public accountability.

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Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Arun Kumar

areas of operation
Area of Operation
Area of Operation

Maternal health | women

location of work
Location of Work
Location of Work


Apnalaya has

helped 322 underprivileged people earn a livelihood in FY 17-18

Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2017: Girl Power Awards

2018: Yeh Hai India award

last audited
Last Audited
Last Audited by GiveIndia

December 2018

Program Updates

Program Updates

19 November, 2019

Students engaged in sessions and activities


Students engaged in sessions and activities

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22 July, 2019


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Program Update

Apnalaya has supported the beneficiaries of this program through financial sponsorship, so as to ensure that they remain in school and pursue higher education. Some of these fellows also took up civic action projects on various issues pertaining to Shivaji Nagar slums. Total 340 students were supported financial in 2018-19, education material including books were given to these students. Of these 108 participants were trained on citizenship curriculum which included Life Skills, Gender Concepts and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). The SRHR sessions took plan during Jan to Mar period. Felicitation of 100 students who successfully completed their 10th, 12th & graduation was done during Youth Action Event.

Story from the field

Mohamed Fakruddin Sayyed (14-years-old) enrolled in Apnalaya’s youth fellowship programme in June 2018. His parents, who are disabled, migrated to Shivaji Nagar 15 years ago. With no source of income, Sayyed started working as a rag picker as a kid and was not enrolled in school. When his neighbours and community members saw the state of the family, they decided to sponsor his education, but they could not support him after the 9th grade as the expenses increased. They then referred Sayyed to Apnalaya for the fellowship. When Apnalaya staff members went to his house, they saw that their financial state was extremely poor; their house was barely 10*10 feet and the family was struggling with even the bare necessities, which the neighbours help with. After the staff got him registered and started supported him through our fellowship, they realised that he is a brilliant dancer and a bright student. He has attended many Life Skills sessions of Apnalaya including our Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) session. Sayyed attends dance classes whenever it is organised by Apnalaya and will be taking part in our upcoming talent show! “I want to become a professional dancer when I grow up,” said Sayyed.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19? 340
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date 340
Village/City/State where project is located Shivaji Nagar, Govandi, Mumbai
Total Budget for the project for FY18-19 960637
Total Expenses for the project YTD 946019

30 October, 2018

Apnalaya's Update


Program Update

The Deonar dumping ground has often been referred to not only as a dumping ground for waste but also for the people who have been moved here and forgotten. Resettled communities are denied access to the most basic civic amenities, services and schemes such as rationing, water, housing, sanitation, healthcare and education. These are the poorest of the poor urban communities suffering from lack of awareness doubled with lack of ability to access the very schemes that have been designed for them. Our dream is to bridge this information gap and go one step further by also building their capacities (confidence, decision making, and negotiation skills) to enable better access so they can experience a better quality of life. The aim of Apnalaya's Youth Fellowship Programme is to support adolescents and young people from Shivaji Nagar to:

  • Access financial support to continue secondary and higher education/professional degrees
  • Undergo a Youth Development curriculum that equips them with skills to manage identity, diversity and conflict; understand the basics of governance and take up civic engagement as responsible citizens Young people enrolled with the programme have participated in regular sessions on appreciating each other, relationships and empathy, self-exploration and identity and stereotypes. They have negotiated within families to allow them to participate in outdoor overnight camps to experience learning amidst a collective. These adolescent and youth groups from across 12 slum clusters in Shivaji Nagar are now going through an intensive process of understanding self, society and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) before they get into the basics of understanding governance and civic engagement.

Program Implementation (programme implementation shall include the selection and identification procedure of the beneficiary, how does the program run etc)

Currently, Apnalaya runs a fellowship programme 370 school going adolescents and college going youth that would bring in an orientation of holistic perspective building culminating in youth engagement in active citizenship. A cohort would be selected for this programme that will include:

  • Modules on Life Skill Education
  • Gender studies
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights
  • The Indian Constitution and Civic Engagement

Designed as a graduation programme, the first three modules will be run with adolescents and young adults in the age group of 14-18 years. They will ultimately graduate to be inducted into the last phase that would cater to the 18-25 years age group.

Over the next three years, 400 adolescents and youth would be equipped to become young community leaders and positive role models in a community where aspirations are continuously stunted by the cycle of deprivation.

Story from the field

Stories of Transformation Mehtab, a 22-year-old young man from Shivaji Nagar joined Apnalaya two years back 2016, when he had first started receiving financial support for his graduation. Now, he is in Third Year of a bachelors' course in Commerce (Accounting & Finance) and wants to pursue MBA next. Mehtab went through Apnalaya's modules on Life skills, Gender Concepts, SRHR, Indian Constitution and Digital Communication, including rural exposure visit in 2016-18. "After I complete my 12th class, I took an admission for graduation in commerce (accounting & finance). Since my school education, I was not very serious and interested in study. I was also not thinking at all about my future and my family members. I was not bothered what my parents are doing for me and what they are thinking about me. Economic condition of my family is very weak. Father is only the earning member in the family. He is selling a fridge cover and Television cover. Mother is a housewife. Both parents were expecting me to take seriousness in the study and complete it without any problem." "My parents and I were very happy when I selected for sponsorship & fellowship by Apnalaya. We felt that it will be little relief from the trouble which we were facing for further education. I also was not very much willing to join the fellowship program as I was not very much comfortable to talk in front of other people in the meetings and workshops. Going out for residential trainings was beyond my thinking." Complete shift in thinking and behaviour... "First two day residential camp on Life Skills was the turning point for my thinking and looking towards the self & family. Sessions during the workshop were so powerful. It made me to think and realise what life is. It was so participatory and we all have shared the life stories to each other in a group and learned from each other. I personally was very emotional during these sessions. It forced me to change my behaviour. I really appreciate my peers to support me for this change." "I really become very serious about the study. I started listening to my family members and supporting them for each and every work. I am studying and doing part time job as well. It is helping my parents and me also. I learned lot from all these workshops on Gender, SRHR and The Indian Constitution. I started looking beyond me and my family. Society is also very integral part of my life. I must do something for it. Hence, our group of 15 youth decided to work on Right t Quality Education in Shivaji Nagar. We all are working now towards it. We have made a list of all illegal schools which are functioning in Shivaji Nagar. We will take this as an issue and meet the education Inspector of the area." "I really thanks to Apnalaya to help me. I will never forget all these learning in my future life." Mehatab.

Expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19 350
Number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program this year 311

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