"It is important to us that we scale up and expand our outreach to empower an increasing number of homeless young women."
Deepali Vandana, Managing Trustee, Urja
“I have been very glad with the relationship
we have built with Atma through the
Accelerator Program. Our educators
and teachers put in a lot of effort but
are largely underpaid. Through getting
more visibility and resources. I'm hoping
we can change that. Additionally,
we want to make the parents happy.“
Prakash More, Founder, Anandi
Umang Charitable Trust is a non-profit NGO focusing on the education and upliftment of children with special disabilities
Sol's ARC runs Parallel Schools and Therapy Centers with the aim of preparing children with special needs for life.
Mimaansa caters to the needs of students with learning disabilities in Thane Municipal Corporation Schools.
Muskan provides affordable quality programmes to children with Multiple Disabilities and visual impairement.
One Year Partnership
Snehasadan provides a Home and a future for homeless street children in Mumbai.
Reality Gives is a non-profit organization founded in 2009 that delivers educational programs to underprivileged communities in Dharavi, Mumbai and beyond.
The Nareshwadi Learning Centre provides a holistic education to children from unpriviledged communities in Dahanu.
Mumbai Mobile Creches
Mumbai Mobile Creches runs comprehensive daycare and education programmes for children living on construction sites.
Muktangan provides quality English-medium schooling to thousands of underprivileged children in Mumbai.
One Year Partnership
Make A Difference mobilizes young leaders to ensure equitable outcomes for children in shelters across India.
One Year Partnership
An Education Centre for Underprivileged Children in Mumbai.
One Year Partnership
Aashansh provides children from underprivileged communities in India the confidence to unlock the door to social mobility through weekly mentorship.
Spark A Change
Spark-A-Change Foundation is a Mumbai based registered NGO that strives to provide quality education to children from low income families.
Mentor Me India is a non-profit mentoring organization based in Mumbai and led by a dedicated team from India and the U.S.
Avanti’s Learning Centers provide low-income high-school students a world-class science and mathematics education.
Foundation for Mother & Child Health India works in underprivileged communities to provide full access to Preventative Health and Balanced Nutrition.
Masoom is a non-profit organization working with night school students to develop their career opportunities.
CHIP is an NGO working with BMC schools to provide holistic education to children.
One Year Partnership
Adhyayan is a movement of Indian and international educationists dedicated to improving the quality of leadership and learning in schools.
One Year Partnership
Zaya's mission is to provide world-class personalized education to economically disadvantaged children worldwide.
Two Year Partnership
Apne Aap Women’s Collective is an anti-trafficking organization that serves the women and children of Kamathipura, one of the red light districts of Mumbai.
One Year Partnership
Comet is a non-profit organisation based in Mumbai. It makes and distributes media that fosters education, social change and sustainability.
Four Year Partnership
CHILDReach is a fun child-centric learning environment that caters to young people with learning difficulties.
One Year Partnership
Indian Council of Mental Health provides care and education to children with developmental disabilities through our special schools situated in Nerul (Navi Mumbai) and Mulund (a north eastern suburb of Mumbai)
Karunya Trust stands for the noble ideals of the development of the society with children at its central point.
Art Room Foundation
Art room utilizes the medium of art to empower children and women of marginalised communities. Their mission? Art + Activism = Social Change
Urja works towards an equitable and inclusive world for homeless young women in Mumbai.
Vidya focuses on education and empowerment of children, women and youth in Powai.
Udaan India Foundation is a Powai-based non-profit organization working with children from low-income communities in the field of education.
St. Willibrord School
St. Willibrord School offers highly innovative and interactive education to children from low-income communities around Mumbai.
Sahyog is a community-based initiative which focuses on education of disadvantaged women and children in low-income communities in Mumbai.
OSCAR uses football to empower youth and trigger social change in low-income communities across India.
Bright Future connects education to employment.
Apni Shala uses experiential learning methods like art, drama and games to help children nurture better interpersonal and emotional skills.
Umang is a public trust supporting children with autism spectrum disorder and slow learners. It offers a wide range of activities including occupational, cognitive and speech therapy, remedial education, counselling, social skills training and parental support. Umang allows children with autism and special needs to develop to their fullest potential.
Umang started the Accelerator Programme in 2012 and successfully graduated in 2015. Following the three-year partnership, Umang was able to expand their programmes’ reach. The number of beneficiaries was multiplied by 6, its budget increased by 66% and staff size was multiplied 3.5X. The number of centres also doubled.
Sol’s ARC works to nurture the innate abilities of children and youth with special needs through a research based approach of curriculum development, implementation and therapy. Since 2003, Sol’s ARC has been running Therapy Centers and Parallel Schools in Mumbai and Pune.
Sol’s ARC joined Atma’s Accelerator Programme in 2012 and successfully graduated in 2015. At the time of graduation, more than 500 Children with Special Needs were benefiting from Sol’s ARC programmes.
Mimaansa aims to transform all government schools into meaningful and inclusive spaces for students with learning disabilities. Mimaansa’s model uses a combination of three approaches: identification of children with learning disabilities, remediation combined with intensive progress monitoring and teacher training to build the capacity of teachers. Mimaansa is currently working with two municipality schools where 180 kids are diagnosed to be at risk of a Learning Disability.
Mimaansa joined Atma’s Accelerator Program in 2012 and successfully graduated in May 2016.
The main objective of the Muskan Foundation is to bridge the gap in schools and education centers, which are usually not equipped to handle children with multiple disabilities and visual impairment (MDVI). Muskan Foundation aims to provide a set of customized offerings ranging from early intervention, education, therapy, counseling and MDVI awareness.
Muskan started Atma’s Accelerator Programme in 2012 and successfully graduated in 2015. Following the partnership with Atma, Muskan saw a 6x increase in its budget. The organisation also increased the no. of teachers from 10 to 26 and staff from 8 to 31.
Atma and Reality Gives have been associated from the inception of Reality Gives, with Atma supporting the development of their mission and vision. Hayley Bolding (Founder, Atma) introduced Chris Way(Founder, Reality Gives) to Muktangan (an Atma Graduated Partner). Muktangan is a pioneering educational model that works in close partnership with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and a number of NGOs across the country.
The Nareshwadi Learning Centre (NLC) is located in Dahanu (north of Mumbai) and offers a great learning environment to children from unpriviledged backgrounds, in particular those belonging to the local Warli tribal community. NLC comprises a Primary and Secondary school, a Vocational Education and Training Centre, a General Hostel for girls and boys, a Children’s Home, a Health Centre and a School Farm and Dairy.
NLC is dedicated to nourish the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual development of each child by providing an innovative education, caring home environment and fostering community involvement.
NLC was one of the first partners Atma supported and was part of the Accelerator programme between 2006 and 2009.
Mumbai Mobile Creches (MMC) supports the health, education and safety of children living on construction sites around Mumbai. MMC sets up classrooms on construction sites to serve the children of migrant labourers who grow up on these sites and rarely have the opportunity to attend school or enjoy the other facets of a regular childhood. MMC also runs community outreach programmes to raise awareness about important social, personal, or community issues and to provide relevant information about best practices and resources to address these issues. Finally, MMC runs a daycare training programme as a means to empower women living on construction sites and increase their employment opportunities.
MMC was one of the first partners supported by Atma when the organisation joined the Accelerator Programme in 2006. MMC successfully graduated in 2009. To read more about the partnership, click here.
Muktangan is an innovative model of education located within mainstream government schools providing quality, child-centered, inclusive schooling to thousands of underprivileged children in Mumbai. They strongly believe in the motto “Education for the Community, by the Community”, therefore training teachers from the same neighborhood as the students.
Muktangan was the first partner of Atma when the organisation started the Accelerator Programme in 2006. The partnership with Muktangan was crucial for Atma to understand the needs of educations NGOs and to develop the key principles of the Accelerator Model.
Muktangan successfully graduated in 2009. To read more about the Atma-Muktangan partnership, click here.
To visist Muktangan’s website, go to www.muktanganedu.org.
Make A Difference (MAD) is an Indian non-profit organisation, working to ensure better outcomes for children in orphanages and shelters across India. Make a Difference works with nearly 5000 children in 77 shelter homes across 23 cities in India, delivering impact through a Fellow-managed volunteering model of 4000 young leaders.
Through four core programmes, Ed Support, Discover, Propel and Dream Camps, Make a Difference creates a support system and an emotional safe space for children in shelters by ensuring every child has at least 3 adults who care for them, understand them and who they can reach out to when they feel overwhelmed. They have access to volunteers from 2 to 10 hours a week from the age of 10 onwards. Trained mentors spend time getting to know and develop individual plans for each child. This plan includes not just academic support but also life skills, personal discovery, art, music and language lessons.
Aashansh provides children from underprivileged communities in India the confidence and knowledge to unlock the door to social mobility through weekly mentorship sessions and an experiential education programme.
Spark-A-Change works towards imparting quality education to children from low income families. They provide academic as well as non-academic activities for the holistic development of the child to ensure success in achieving his true potential not only in school, but also in life.
Spark-A-Change is in the First Year of the ATMA Accelerator Programme. Supporting the improvements of the filing and documentation systems along with fundraising were the core activities done by the Atma partnership manager and associate volunteers in the first quarter of 2016. Find out more about their work and impact here.
Mentor Me India focuses exclusively on mentoring younger children through a one-to-one relationship in a community setting. They provide intensive training and parental engagement, a month-long induction phase, bi-monthly small group mentoring sessions and extensive monitoring and support structures.
Mentor Me India joined Atma’s Accelerator Programme in 2016. They have a great team in which every person is actively working with us to build different pieces that will aid their ambitious growth process. Find out more about MMI’s work and impact here.
Avanti’s Learning Centers provide low-income high-school students a world-class science and mathematics education. Their centers have no trained teachers and very little conventional lecturing. They focus on teaching students how to learn from books and their peers – resources that are more abundant, accessible and consistent in quality. Over the past year, Avanti has shown that their students perform at par with some of the most expensive after-school programmes in the country.
Avanti Fellows joined the Atma Accelerator Programme in 2011 and successfully graduated in 2013.
The Foundation for Mother & Child Health (FMCH) in India was founded in 2006 to tackle infant malnutrition and maternal health issues in underprivileged communities around Mumbai. Their flagship Programme, “The First Thousand Days Programme”, provides a comprehensive solution to tackle malnutrition and includes preventive health care as well as support sessions to raise awareness about pregnancy, child development and balanced nutrition practices.
Atma partnered with FMCH between 2010 and 2014. Thanks to the steady support offered by the Atma partnership managers and nine dedicated volunteers, FMCH strengthened their Marketing, HR and Finance processes. By the end of the partnership, FMCH’s budget had grown 6X, the number of beneficiaries had increased 6X and the number of staff had almost tripled.
Masoom is a non-profit organisation with a passion for establishing quality education in night schools. In order to achieve this, Masoom partners with night schools to facilitate the “Night School Transformation Programme” and spreading their motto: “youth learn while they earn”.
Masoom joined the Atma Accelerator Programme in 2010 and successfully graduated in 2013. To read more about the Atma-Masoom partnership, click here.
CHIP is an NGO working towards quality education in government schools. The organisation aims to drive educational reform in the public school system by implementing child-centric programmes using available resources.
CHIP joined the Accelerator Programme in 2007 and successfully graduated in 2011. To read more about the partnership, click here.
Based in Mumbai, Zaya is working towards closing the ‘educational gap’ and provides world-class learning to marginalise communities. Zaya serves over 50 schools and 20,000 children worldwide, from India to Zambia and Mongolia.
Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) is an anti-trafficking organization that serves the women and children of Kamathipura, the red light area of Mumbai. They operate three programmes: Umeed, for women in brothel-based prostitution, Udaan for daughters of Umeed members and other girls living in the red light area and Umang, for toddlers of Umeed members and other children living in the red light area. By providing our members with the tools and resources to create a better quality of life, we seek to empower women who have been trafficked into brothel-based prostitution and to prevent the cycle of intergenerational prostitution among their daughters.
Atma partnered with AAWC between 2011 and 2013.
You can visit AAWC’s website at www.aawc.in.
Karunya Trust works with local people to mobilise, facilitate and scale up sustainable community-driven responses to various issues through building community-based organisation’s capacity and leadership. Karunya Trust collaborates, associates and builds strong mutually beneficial networks with like-minded organisations and government agencies for the betterment of the society at large. The participatory functioning of the Trust is guided by its vision and mission based on the Gospel values.
Karunya Trust joined Atma’s Accelerator Programme in 2016.
Art Room’s vision is to work towards an inclusive society where the least powerful members use art as a medium of engagement to learn, create, share and take initiative in transforming their own lives. To this end, Art Room offers a safe space for children and women to express themselves through art using painting, photography, papercraft and music.
Art Room Foundation started Atma’s Accelerator Programme in 2016.
Urja works to support young women who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness. Once the women are referred to Urja, the organisation offers them a rehabilitation programme designed to cater to their unique needs. They support the women to take responsibility for their lives and to participate in a campaign that sensitizes society towards the issues and rights of homeless young women.
Since 2009, Vidya works with children, youth and women from underprivileged communities across Powai. Vidya offers a Beyond School Programme, a Youth Programme and has partnerships with 13 municipal schools. Vidya also offers skill training and literacy courses to support the empowerment of women in the communities.
Atma partnered with Vidya between 2012 and 2015. With generous support provided by partner managers and eight dedicated volunteers, Vidya made great improvements with respect to its Human Resources, strategy planning and programmes. Following graduation from the Accelerator Program, the number of beneficiaries doubled and reached 3,000. The staff size increased by 25% and the number of partnerships with municipal schools increased by 85%.
Udaan India Foundation is a non-profit organisation officially founded in 2009 to support the education of low-income students in the Powai area. The programmes are designed to provide a holistic and enjoyable education to children aged between 4 and 21 years.
Udaan partnered with Atma since 2013 and successfully graduated from the Accelerator Programme in 2016.Thanks to the support offered by the Atma partnership managers and 8+ volunteers, Udaan’s strategy was reinforced and strong Human Resources, Marketing and Monitoring & Evaluation systems were put in place. By the end of the partnership, Udaan’s number of beneficiaries grew by 70% and their budget was multiplied by 1.5.
St. Willibrord School offers highly innovative and interactive education to 3500 children in the Mumbai area. The CEO Willy George aims to create a unique environment that grooms children into well-rounded and globally-aware citizens.
St. Willibrord School joined the Accelerator Programme in 2014 and successfully graduated in 2016. Thanks to the steady support offered by Atma staff and 5+ volunteers, St. Willibrord was able to develop their Human Resources, Marketing and M&E systems and to reinforce the organisation’s strategy.
Between 2014 and 2016, St. Willibrord School reached 16% more beneficiaries, the number of staff grew by 12% and the annual budget increased by 20%.
Sahyog believes that through community-based education and empowerment, women and girls have the capacity to change themselves, their families and their communities. Sahyog conducts skills training to develop critical understanding of their environment, equip them to become valuable members of their families and communities, and introduce them to opportunities in the social sector. Sahyog also conducts Special Education programs to support children with developmental disabilities and integrate them into the community.
Sahyog started Atma’s Accelerator Programme in 2012 and successfully graduated in 2015. Thanks to the steady support offered by the Atma partnership manager and dedicated volunteers, Sahyog has strengthened their Marketing and HR processes and expanded their programmes’ reach. They now have 3X more teachers, 36% more enrollment and have increased their budget size by 57%.
The Organisation for Social Change, Awareness and Responsibility (OSCAR) is a non-profit organisation using football as a tool to educate and empower young generations. OSCAR provides three inter-connected programmes to develop the life skills, education and leadership skills of boys and girls in Mumbai and across India.
OSCAR started the Accelerator Programme in March 2013 and successfully graduated in May 2016. Three partnership managers and more than 14 volunteers provided ongoing support and guidance throughout the programme. As a result, HR as well as Monitoring & Evaluation systems were put in place, OSCAR’s brand was strengthened and a solid fundraising pipeline was established. Most importantly, the organisation’s strategy and programmes were reinforced and allowed OSCAR to grow and multiply its impact across India.
OSCAR is now reaching 4X more beneficiaries across 16 communities, they have twice as many trainers and 5X more staff, and their budget has been multiplied by 6 in three years! Atma is extremely proud of OSCAR’s achievements.
Bright Future aims to provide a nurturing environment for children and youth from marginalized communities to transform their passion into gainful employment through career guidance, life skill development, mentorship and placement opportunities.
Bright Future joined Atma’s Accelerator Programme in 2012 and successfully graduated in 2015. During the three-year partnership, Bright Future saw a 4x increase in its no. of centers and an exponential growth in its budget. Bright Future was also able to strengthen its staff from 5 to 25 and to increase the number of teachers from 2 to 20.
Apni Shala was officially registered in 2013. The organisation provides life skills education to children in the Mumbai area. Their programme focuses on developing the social, emotional and cognitive skills of children using art, drama, games and community projects. They also offer teacher training to spread awareness about the importance of life skills and reach more beneficiaries.
Apni Shala partnered with Atma since 2013 and successfully graduated from the Accelerator Programme in 2016. Overall, Apni Shala received steady support from three partnership managers and more than 15 volunteers. Strong Human Resources and Monitoring & Evaluation systems were put in place and the organisation was also able to reinforce its programmes and overall strategy.
By the end of the partnership, Apni Shala was working with 2.5X more schools & centres, reaching 1000 children. 40 teachers and 5 staff members had joined the three founders and Apni Shala’s budget had been multiplied by 1.75. To know more about the Atma-Apni Shala partnership, you can read the organisation’s performance report.