Akshara Foundation of Arts & Learning is a not-for-profit public trust based in Mumbai. Founded in
2007 by professionals from education and arts, the AFAL trust aims at integrating the arts in learning
at schools, in communities and public spaces.
Advitya is a vocational and activity centre aimed at keeping differently-abled individuals constructively occupied by way of creative expression. At the centre, the special students, apart from receiving training and developing their skills in adding value to a range of handicraft products, are treated through various forms of therapies to help them overcome their behavioural disorders. In our endeavour to create awareness and acceptance of specially gifted people, we are passionately nurturing our vision - to cultivate a culture of compassion and kindness in society with the promise of an undimmed future.
Founded in April 1999, Agastya International Foundation is a charitable education trust that runs one
of the world's largest mobile hands-on science education programs for economically disadvantaged
children and teachers. Through all its programs, Agastya has reached over 10 million children and
2, 50,000 teachers in 19 states in India.
Agastya makes practical, hands-on science education accessible to rural government schools,
Agastya aims to transform and stimulate the thinking of underprivileged children and teachers.
Antarang Foundation is a 4 year old organisation that bridges the gap between education and
employability for young adults from low income communities.
Antarang provides career guidance, training in core employability skills and connect young adults to
career opportunities of their choice. Graduates are also connected to mentors from Corporate India
who guide them in the initial stages of their careers. Antarang also runs a robust alumni engagement
program that provides continuing career development opportunities to the students.
Academy for Severe Handicaps and Autism (ASHA) was established in 1995 in Bangalore, India with a
strong focus on providing appropriate education to individuals with autism spectrum disorders. In
the many years of service, ASHA has evolved and has developed capabilities and expertise to address
the different needs of the individuals and their families. Today they provide comprehensive
programmes that combine assessments, training and education to children and families and
importantly life skills guidance to parents.
Astha is a non-profit organization working towards empowering differently-abled people primarily
through Para Sports, projects also include areas of professional education and voting.
Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) was founded in 1998 to address the plight of women trafficked into brothel-based prostitution and their children with centers in Falkland Road and subsequently in Kamathipura. While serving the women in sex trade, AAWC realized that the daughters of the Umeed women were at a great risk of being coerced into prostitution due to their extensive exposure to the red light district. Also, the toddlers of the women were often found idling on the streets while their mothers were soliciting with clients. As a result, AAWC started 3 programs: Umeed (hope) for women in brothel-based prostitution, Udaan (flight) for the daughters of the women and Umang (joy) for the toddlers. The services provided to the 3 programs are finance, health, education, empowerment, recreation and shelter home placement services.
The Akanksha Foundation is a non-profit organisation with a mission to provide children from low-income communities with a high-quality education, enabling them to maximize their potential and transform their lives. Akanksha works in the field of education, initiating school reform through The School Project, and providing a supplemental education through the Akanksha centers.
Access Life Assistance Foundation provides a loving and temporary home for the parent or care taker and the child undergoing the treatment for cancer. Their mission is to offer a home-like environment for these families and also try to improve the quality of life of these children by providing practical support services, educational resources and recreational programs.
Angel Xpress Foundation is a Mumbai-based NGO working to transform the lives of underprivileged children through regular access to educated adults. They provide a platform for adults to fill the education needs of children who can grow up to make responsible choices. They currently operate out of three centres in parks and promenades across Mumbai city through tutoring sessions in English and Math. Children from the slums and migrant colonies come to the centers to connect with their educated, neighbours who care enough to teach, guide and respect them as individuals.
AMC is the oldest institution of its kind in Karnataka and the second at the national level addressing the problems faced by the mentally challenged and their families. AMC has been working since 5 decades to address special needs of the intellectually challenged individuals and their families throughout their life cycle. Today AMC supports about 180 children, adolescents, adults and their families. AMC’s aim is to educate, train and rehabilitate intellectually challenged persons and empower their families
Acorn Foundation is a registered trust in Mumbai and has initiated the Dharavi Project a NGO working among the wastecollectors/Ragpickers in the Dharavi area of Mumbai. The project was founded by Vinod Shetty and other likeminded volunteers and is educating more then 150 kids in the Dharavi area in its informal schools. It is a forum for education of underprivileged kids in the slums of Mumbai, founded on the belief that children are the most powerful messengers of change. Acorn has been spearheading efforts to inculcate civic and environmental consciousness through schools and offices..
Bangalore Oniyavara Seva Coota, commonly known as BOSCO is a Voluntary Organization (NGO) which rescues and rehabilitates street children in the city of Bangalore, through its 24/7 street presence. They render services to the deprived, marginalized and vulnerable children – such as street children, child laborers, runaway and trafficked children, abandoned and orphaned children, victims of all kinds of abuses, rag pickers, child beggars etc. The services include rescue, counseling, home reintegration, tracing missing children, health care, education (formal and In-formal education), vocational skill training, job placement, room placement, advocacy, personality enhancement, child labour eradication, HIV/AIDS awareness and National Research and Documentation
Breakthrough is a human rights organization working to make violence and discrimination against
women and girls unacceptable. Their cutting-edge multimedia campaigns, community mobilization,
agenda-setting, and leadership training equip men and women worldwide to challenge the status
quo and take bold action for the dignity, equality, and justice of all. Breakthrough seeks to make
discrimination and violence against women and girls unacceptable everywhere and in all its forms,
including domestic violence, sexual harassment in public spaces, early marriage, and gender-biased
sex selection. They address these issues through the lens of gender, sexuality and human rights.
The Bombay SPCA including the Bai Sakarbai Dinshaw Petit Hospital for Animals was established in 1874. The organisation has given dedicated service to all types of sick and injured animals. Approximately 9000 - 10,000 animals are treated in a year and 300 - 400 animals remain in the hospital.
With the belief that “Care” actually “Works”, Careworks Foundation (CWF) was formed in 2014 to
act as a catalyst of change and create better lives. Driven by the belief that education and health are
the two major pillars to accelerate growth in a society, CWF identified several smaller elements
under these to encourage community development.
Child Help Foundation (CHF) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to help needy and neglected children. The Foundation’s approach focuses on children’s basic education, development, intervention, treatment, care and lot more. They are a team of spirited individuals, who believe they can make a difference and that it is important to give back to our society.
“Let’s come together to give a fruitful life for children and youth.”
Their mission is to create a healthy environment and reduce the temptation of addiction amongst
children in low income communities through sports.
Concern India Foundation: Set up in 1991, Concern India Foundation, a registered non-profit, public charitable trust extends financial and non-financial support to grassroots NGOs working in the areas of education, health and community development. Concern India Foundation works towards helping people help themselves by making the disadvantaged self-reliant and enabling them to lead a life of dignity. With this purpose we provide support in various ways to 270 grassroots NGOs that show a high level of commitment to their work, but lack the time and expertise to raise financial and other assistance and reach out to over 1,90,000 underprivileged people.
Dream a Dream empowers young people from vulnerable backgrounds to overcome adversity and flourish in a fast changing world, using a creative life skills approach.
Dream a Dream is an award-winning, professional charitable trust registered and based out of Bangalore. We have been working with young people from vulnerable backgrounds since 1999. Ours is an entirely collaborative approach with 60 partners, 3000 volunteers, impacting over 1,00,000 young people each year
The Father Agnel Ashram is a charitable institution in India. Founded under the inspiration and guidance of the Father Conceicao Rodrigues and a dedicated few, the movement started with an orphanage and a trade school in carpentry. Today this movement has grown from a humble beginning to a universal family. Under the guidance of Agnel Ashram Fathers, it caters to full fledged schools, industrial training centres, polytechnics, engineering colleges at the bachelor and post graduate levels and a School of Management and has spread its wings with large technical complexes at Bandra in Mumbai, Verna in Goa, New Delhi, Noida, Ambernath, Vashi in Navi Mumbai and in Pune.
El Shaddai as an organization exists to open Homes, Shelters & Community Centres for the street,
slum, underprivileged and needy children providing them with the basic necessities of life, so as to
develop their personalities leading to a brighter future.
gavaKsh an NGO is empowering urban children from humble backgrounds through literacy and creative learning initiatives. Their aim is to reach out to children with lesser means to provide them with meaningful education. The objective is to make education fun by using interactive learning and teaching techniques like dance, music, observation, art and craft, games, workshops etc. With an intention to ensure that each child who joins us, looks forward to the next session.
Foundation for Initiatives in Development and Education for All (IDEA) is an NGO with initiatives
focused on the development of underprivileged children, youth and women. IDEA, conceptualized
by a team of qualified and experienced social scientists and social workers, deal with the problems in
education and developmental issues of the marginalized people, realizing the need for adopting a
holistic approach to minimize school dropout.
IDEA started its work in a slum in 2002. Currently IDEA has its presence in 25 slums and 20 villages in
Pune and Raigad districts in Maharashtra state in India reaching out to 12000 children, 3500 youth
and 3500 women.
The Jungle Crows Foundation was set up in the year 2004 as an organization working with a sport-for-development approach with children and youth to ensure they grow up with the best of opportunities. We engage with young people through our passion for sport and then support our participants by working with them in their communities and supporting them as they grow-up. Rugby has been our principal sport and over the years, there have been many a success stories of youth being transformed from a life of little future to national and international players.
Established in 2004, Lakshyam is an NGO that uplifts children and women of at-risk communities
through education & employment. Currently functional in 11 states of India with 13
centers, Lakshyam’s 'Butterfly: Child Welfare & Education' program offers holistic education to
children, 'Lakshyam Toy Library' is a need-based approach and 'Rooh: Awakening Women’s Soul' is
designed to empower women via awareness, initiation and action.
Magic Bus India Foundation uses the power of sports to impart essential life skills in children and youth. Magic Bus moves children out of poverty by nurturing them on a journey from childhood to livelihood.
Omashram Trust is a charitable trust founded in the year 2001 with the objective of providing care and succor to the old. At Omashram Old Age Home we have above 70 old, neglected souls being cared for. Omashram provides residential care with full boarding & lodging facility to the old with medical care nursing care to the old, belonging mostly to poor & middle class individuals (above 60 years of age) of all denominations
Mahila Dakshata Samiti – Karnataka Chapter was established in the year 1991 under the dynamic
leadership of Smt. Saranya S Hegde. Their mission is to provide succour to women and children in
distress and raise their self-esteem through a four pronged approach of ‘Health, Education, Equality
and Empowerment’ thereby enabling them to lead a life of dignity.
Mumbai Smiles Foundation, a non-profit organization was founded in 2005, by a Spanish journalist
and writer, Jaume Sanllorente, with the pursuit of “peaceful struggle against poverty” in the city of
Mumbai. Mumbai Smile Foundation aspires to eradicate poverty and get social justice for the most
disadvantaged communities living in the city. Their projects are geared to generate social
transformation through self-sufficiency and access to equal rights and livelihood opportunities for
the underprivileged communities living in the various slum pockets of Mumbai and the surroundings
areas focusing on Health, Education, Livelihood and Awareness programs.
Music Basti connects at-risk children with musicians, aiming to nurture confidence through a
creative and joyful music-learning experience. Set up in 2008, the project has worked with over 1000
at-risk children directly, and over 300 musicians and artists through community led projects in NCR,
Nayan Foundation for Performing Arts is an NGO with an objective to promote and empower the
talents in the field of Music among differently abled artistes. They have done shows in almost all the
jails in Mumbai, Tihar Jail in New Delhi, Yerawada Jail in Pune, Rescue Homes, Juvenile homes, Old
age homes etc. The main objective to perform is to give a message that being visually impaired does
not prevent from contributing to the society.
Noble Cause Foundation (NCF) is a volunteer driven NGO that is committed to work towards driving
change in the spheres of women empowerment, children’s education and health care. Established in
2014, by a bunch of CAs, Advocates and Social Activists, NCF has always been aiming to make a
difference by educating and empowering the under privileged from various communities.
With a focus on engaging people in social action, NCF runs several programs across Karnataka in
partnership with hospitals, women shelter homes, orphanages, schools and have impacted over
3000 women and children.
Initiated 25 years ago, Om Creations is a work space where 56 mentally challenged women trained
in 'Arts and Crafts' and 'Hospitality and Catering', create lifestyle products, pieces of art and
sculpture, and delicious fare.
As they are not able to be absorbed in mainstream employment, Om Creations is a place of work for
them, where they are included in every facet of life, can live a life of dignity and self-worth, and at
the same time earn a livelihood and support their families.
Picknuts is a social enterprise in education which creates happy, positive and knowledgable learning environments for students. It was co founded by Anupama Rathore & Ankita Kashyap in May 2015. "Knowledge walls and Project based Learning Workshops are our products!" They believe that every child can be a potential change maker provided they are given the learning environment to grow and develop their skills.
Project CHIRAG, an initiative of Chirag Rural Development Foundation, is one of India’s largest youth
driven initiatives providing solar lighting to villages that have no access to grid electricity.
Founded in March 2010 at H.R. College, Mumbai, Project Chirag has one clear vision - Light for All.
The mission is to provide solar lighting for India’s rural poor by leveraging the energy of India’s
youth. With support from philanthropists, trusts, universities and the business community they are
able to translate their dream into a reality. A 360 degree model that not only brings light, but the
impact of lighting a home also addresses issues of education, livelihood, health, and environment.
Picture Wala is a skill and slum development non--‐profit organisation that engages with street & slum kids in India. By use of different mediums of cultural arts and entertainment like cinema, art, music and sports, Picture Wala strives to engage, entertain and inspire these children. Set up in 2014, the aim is to empower the children and bring them back within the folds of the cultural fabric of our society.
St. Jude India Child Care Centres, with its 227 units in 18 Centres in 5 cities across India, provides free of cost holistic care to children, who are brought to large cities for the treatment of the child’s cancer, by parents coming from underprivileged backgrounds. The St. Judes package consists of nutritious food, infection-free shelter for the child and its parents, and educational, recreational and counselling services throughout the duration of the child’s treatment
Rapid Response is an award winning organisation, providing disaster response and preparedness
services across India. As a relief agency, Rapid Response helps people to survive and rebuild their
lives through food, medical, education, shelter and livelihood programs
Established in 2007, RESQ Charitable Trust is a registered not-for-profit organisation that works in
Pune towards the rescue and rehabilitation of injured and sick animals, conducting awareness and
education programs, which focus on impacting society with respect to reducing human-animal
conflict and conservation of the environment. The organisation operates a RESQ Centre and
Rehabilitation Hospital and rescues between 450-500 animals every month, including dogs, cats,
horses, cows, buffaloes, donkeys and birds.
The Robin Hood Army is a volunteer based organization that works to get surplus food from
restaurants across to the less fortunate people.
Their local chapters are run by friends and colleagues who hope to create a difference in their own
small way. The volunteers are largely students and young working professionals. The lesser
fortunate sections they help include homeless families, night shelters, orphanages, and patients
from public hospitals.
Rotary Club of Bombay Powai (RCBP), founded in 1991, is a vibrant popular part of Rotary
International, a service organization that believes in celebrating life and serving communities. With
felicitations, competitions, projects and events that span across arts, culture, sports, and health, the
club has succeeded in touching the lives of people of all age groups, economic strata, talents and
interests. The club supports education, growth of local economies, fights disease and disability,
provides basic hygiene and sanitation facilities to the underprivileged, nurtures talent and fosters
complete personality development.
Shraddha Charitable Trust is a workshop devoted to help rehabilitate the autistic and mentally challenged young adults. Autism is a disorder of the brain that causes lifelong development disability affecting their communication & social abilities thus these challenged people lead their whole life dependent on others. But at Shraddha, we believe, that with the help of special educators and dedicated volunteers their potential can be explored and thus begins their journey towards empowerment. They are trained to master simple skills such as pasting, folding, plastering, moulding, pressing etc. The daily activities boost their confidence and give them the thrill of creating. The products that they make are proof of the will power and perseverance of these special young adults.
Spark A Change is an organization that ensures positive transformation in children from low-income communities by providing them with knowledge, values & mentorship.
'Spreading Smiles Of Joy' is an endeavour to reach out to those in need & spread happiness, generosity, love & knowledge amongst them.
Under this initiative, a group of socially conscious people by the name of Team Spreading Smiles (TSS) have collectively adopted various charitable organisations across the city that deal with different causes. Supporting 13 NGOs in all of their requirements as well as plan events and visits at their place in an effort to spread smiles
SPJ Sadhana School is a specialist school, the only one of its kind in the country. It trains multiple
handicapped mentally challenged to be productive members of society. Ever since its inception, 42
years ago, the School has worked ceaselessly towards helping the mentally challenged individual,
not only to learn to adjust to the world around, but more - to become a useful member of the
human community, independent and self-sufficient, with a contribution to make to society.
Samagra is a Gates Foundation supported social enterprise dedicated solely to solving the issues
related to Sanitation management in Urban Slums of India. Samagra currently serves 150,000+ urban
poor daily across 100+ slums of Pune
Samagra’s mission is to enable the Poor lead “healthier, productive, dignified and Empowered lives”.
Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled is a non-profit engaged in empowering persons with disabilities
and distress in socio-economic- cultural fronts through its various initiatives on Education, Livelihood,
Environment, Health & Nutrition, Sports, Culture and Rehabilitation. Samarthanam envisions to
touch at least 100,000 lives by 2020, providing comprehensive solutions to the disabled and
Save The Children India is an organisation that envisions India as a women and child friendly nation.
The organisation is committed to preventing exploitation and all other forms of discrimination of
vulnerable women and children, and empowering them to lead a life of dignity, self-respect and
Since its inception in the year 1988, the organisation has reached over 2, 00,000 women and
children with its programmes on Education, Health, Livelihood and Anti-Human Trafficking.
Share N Care India adopts simple ideas to create a positive impact in our communities. From setting
up F&B ATMs, providing nutritional support to needy children, to providing clean drinking water to
thousands of municipal school children, and initiating computer literacy projects, Share N Care India
believes the world has enough resources to take care of every person on our planet. All we have to
do is care to share a little.
Smile Foundation is a national level development organisation directly benefitting over 400,000
children and their families every year, through more than 200 live welfare projects on education,
healthcare, livelihood and women empowerment, in over 950 remote villages and slums across 25
states of India.
Snehadeep Trust for the blind and disabled was established by 3 visually impaired graduates in
1999 with a strong will to educate the differently-abled and create job opportunities for them and is
a government registered non-profit organization.
They provide education to special students who are Visually Challenged, Hearing Impaired, Mentally
retarded at school level. They provide college education to youths and computer training and Soft
Skill training, placements to visually and Hearing disabled.
Snehadeep also provides Braille text book, notes to the blind across the state free of charge.
Swachhalay supports and works with the United Nations' & Union Government's sanitation
campaigns to meet the Sustainable Development Goals on Sanitation, access to clean water &
eliminating open defecation by improving public sanitation infrastructure through collective efforts.
Swachhalay focuses on improving conditions of existing public toilets and public sanitation, thus
reducing open defecation through the optimisation and maintenance of existing public toilets.
The Lighthouse Project is a not-for-profit in Mumbai that connects working professionals and college students with children from under resourced communities, through one-on-one mentoring in a safe environment. Mentors spend 4 hours a month over an 8 month period building their aspiration levels, developing their life skills and social skills and exposing them to a world outside of their community. Currently The Lighthouse Project works in 4 areas in Mumbai, largely with children from slum communities and girls from Mumbai's red light district (Kamathipura).
The Tata Group set up the Tata Medical Center, registered not-for- profit cancer specialty hospital in
Kolkata on 16 th May 2011 which stands as a beacon of hope for cancer patients in Eastern India.
Till date the hospital has treated more than 75,000 patients and performed over 21,000 surgeries.
The/Nudge Foundation is a collective of some of India’s brightest entrepreneurs, leaders and
change-makers coming together to tackle the greatest human development challenge of our times -
poverty. The/Nudge aims to address this by focusing on sustainable poverty alleviation by building a
strong 360-degree life, learning and economic foundation for the poor in residential “Gurukuls”,
along with placement assistance, and lifelong support system called life/guard. The Gurukul’s
Programme in Life Management (PLM) is aimed at at-risk youth of over 18 years of age from
underprivileged background and is designed to take the demand for skilled personnel as an
opportunity to nudge people out of poverty by providing holistic training with life, livelihood and
U&i is a volunteer driven organisation.Having started in Bangalore, they are currently in 10 cities
with 1000 volunteers providing education and healthcare to over 850 men, women and children.
U&I has two programs:
U&I Teach: Through the after school program, U&I Teach helps increase the employability of
children and youth from lesser privileged backgrounds with courses in English, tuitions and life skills.
U&I Care: U&I provides medical care, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and grooming for the
residents at the Government Home for Special Needs Men and Boys.
The Vatsalya Foundation is a pioneer agency working for the children in need of care and protection since 1982. The Vatsalya Foundation caters to more than 3000 children through its various outreach projects & day care centres in Mumbai, community projects with tribal population in Shahapur, Murbad and Kasara in the state of Maharashtra. The outreach program for children, provides them with basic education, clothing, shelter, health and nutrition. Apart from these, regular interactions and networking with volunteers, they provide training in Capoiera (a Brazilian Martial Art), yoga, dance, painting, sports, theatre, gardening and other creative activities.
World For All Animal Care & Adoptions is a registered Mumbai-based animal welfare group that has
revolutionized the model of stray animal adoptions.
With their primary focus being on stray animal adoptions, rescues and sterilisations, World For All
have successfully conducted over 4700 stray animal adoptions, 4500 sterilisations of both cats and
dogs, and attended to over 10000 rescue calls.
They run three mobile ambulances to attend to sick and injured animals, and are the most active
NGO for cat spay/neuter.
Yuwa works to empower girls by combatting child marriage, illiteracy and human trafficking in Jharkhand. Yuwa has developed a unique and intensive model using team sport and education to help girls take their futures into their own hands.
Young Innovators Foundation is a non-profit organisation where they aim at empowering children to
become independent thinkers, empathetic and passionate individuals who can inspire and be always
inspired. They work with the children from the tribal communities in SGNP and other urban slums in
Mumbai. They endeavour to impart holistic development through education that serves their
children physically, mentally and emotionally to integrate their thinking, feeling and willing.