We believe in creating opportunities that will help increase the true potential of children, youth, and women.
We have supported projects of Akansha Foundation, a non-profit organization 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.
Below are four projects that we are currently working on to achieve our mission.
Institute of Chemical Technology Scholarships
The Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), formally known as the Department of Chemical Technology at the University of Mumbai is the alma mater of one of Gunvati J. Kapoor’s sons and is one of the oldest and most premier universities in India. It is a university devoted to education, training, research, and industrial collaboration in chemical engineering, chemical technology, applied chemistry, pharmacy, biotechnology, and bioprocessing.
The Gunvati J. Kapoor Scholarship was created to recognize and honour academically talented students at ICT in order to aid in the positive development of their academics and to help them gain a rich experience by serving their communities.
All students who are honoured with this scholarship are given an opportunity to intern with an NGO for two weeks. The intent is to create an increased sense of social responsibility, and a subsequent desire to "give back" to the communities from which they have come.
Students are placed into specific project areas based on their interests and skills. By participating and working with NGOS, students forge bonds with each other, as well as other members of the community. These bonds help in enhancing their interpersonal skills and increase their social networks.
In an increasingly segmented society, volunteering leads to an increased care for others and a desire to cooperate and get involved in positive ways. The ICT scholarships provide students with well-needed resources to pursue their education while providing them with volunteer opportunities to make a difference in their communities.
Youth Fellowship Program
Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak’s Guru Nanak Khalsa College of Arts, Science and Commerce is among the earliest institutions of higher learning that emerged on the educational landscape of the city of Bombay.
Established in 1937 by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee. The motto of Guru Nanak Khalsa College is "The Essence of Wisdom is Service to Mankind." In the spirit of their motto, we have implemented a scholarship program that includes a six-week community service placement within an NGO.
This unique scholarship program provides students with an exposure to professional settings and an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding on the issues/problems of society at large.
Students are placed in an NGO for six weeks, where they are assigned specific responsibilities and tasks to accomplish. Training and guidance is provided to the students by their supervisors.
Thus far, 89 students have gained experience and exposure by being placed in the NGO’s listed below. We are very grateful to all our partner NGO’s who have helped us in executing this project.
• Assema Charitable Trust
• Helping Hand
• Human Right Law Network
• Kotak Educaion Foundation.
• Share (Support the Rehabilitation Effort)
• Sparsh Charitable Trust
• Tata Memorial Hospital
• Umang Charitable Trust
The feedback from this scholarship program has been very positive; however, it has been observed that the students would benefit from additional skills training. In order to address this need, we have now redesigned the program with a larger emphasis on fostering stronger student communication skills.
To aid Khalsa College students’ by providing an inspiring environment with opportunities to learn, practice, and integrate skills that will impact the quality of life of these students, their families and their communities.
Youth Fellowship Program in Partnership with PUKAR
As a knowledge initiative, our partnership will provide a platform for meaningful dialogue for critical engagement of the Khalsa College students to come together and study and share their findings in an equitable manner. The programme will uses research as a pedagogical, interventional, and advocacy tool to empower the youth to negotiate the city and focus on transforming the quality of life in the Mumbai.
Curious Learners - Opportunities to broaden horizon of children living in slum and attending BMC school.
We have a community centre in Dharavi the biggest slum of Asia and we are working with children under the age group of 15 years. Our focus is to broaden the horizon of children. Increase curiosity in the minds of children, through themes and experiential learning.
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Svavalambhan means self-reliant in Hindi. In order to encourage women to be more self-reliant, we have created a unique program that provides women with home based tutoring to increase their literacy and vocational skills.
We are specifically working with women living in Dharavi, who are migrants from rural India. Many are illiterate, and many cannot speak the local language. Due to these barriers, they find it difficult to encompass self-reliance.
Svavalambhan has been initiated to empower these women and provide them with the skills necessary to increase confidence, independence, and agency.