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Teach for India - Pune

Pune is a city that has long been known as the Oxford of the East; what is less known perhaps, is that it is beset with inequality. With only 29% of its school-going population entering Grade VII and less than 10% even entering college, it's a city where opportunity has often targeted only the most affluent.

Teach For India (TFI) started in 2009, envisions a different reality for Pune's 600,000 students - one where every child in the city receives an excellent education – an education that affords them the choice, equity, and opportunity to succeed in life.

We plan to achieve this through our two part model - short term and long term. In the short-term, through our Fellowship program, we provide an opportunity for India's most promising individuals to serve as full-time teachers to children from low-income communities in some of the Pune’s most under-resourced schools.

In the long-term, we build and support a powerful force of Alumni who work towards affecting systemic change to realise educational opportunity for all. We are currently present in 52 government and private schools across Pune and are directly impacting over 10,000 students, with our alums reaching tens of thousands more.

Isha Vidhya

Isha Vidhya aims to provide high quality school education to rural children who cannot otherwise access or afford it. The holistic, activity-based approach nurtures children's development beyond just academics, ensuring that students realize their full potential and learn in a joyful manner.

Today there are 9 rural schools in the districts of Coimbatore, Erode, Nagercoil, Tuticorin, Villupuram, Salem, Cuddalore and Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu and in the Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh. The first 7 schools currently have classes from Kindergarten to Class 12, while the Chittoor School, which was started in June 2012, and Dharmapuri, which started in 2013-14, have classes from LKG to Class 10.

The schools have clean and spacious classrooms, adequate toilet facilities, science, maths and computer labs, digital classrooms, a library, a playground and play equipment. No compromise is made in the quality of the facilities provided to the students.

The schools have 8,132 students. Many are first-generation learners from underprivileged families. About 64% of these children are supported on full scholarships while the remaining pay a nominal fee. The scholarships cover tuition, notebooks, and textbooks.

Muktangan Mitra

Muktangan Mitra is working in the field of “Drug Demand Reduction”, treatment of substance users, research in this field and also sensitize & aware the members of society and has a very good track record since its inception.

Late Dr. Anita Awachat and Dr. Anil Awachat founded Muktangan Rehabilitation Center on August 29th, 1986 with the financial help from Pu-La Deshpande foundation and technical guidance from Dr. Anand Nadkarni. Over the time span of almost 32 years, it has achieved the status of being one of the best institutes in the field of Drugs & Alcohol de-addiction today. Its treatment module of 30 days based on Gandhian Principals, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and Alcoholic Anonymous is considered as a Role Model and recommended by the concerned authorities. It is also the first institute with ISO 9001:2015 certification in this field.

Bapu Trust- Mental health Interventions at Grass roots in low income communities

Bapu Trust started by working in the slums of Lohia Nagar and Kashewadi by providing community based mental health care. We provide individual & group counselling services, nutritional & medicinal support, art based therapy, peer support, and other need based services. We believe that care and belonging is a very effective alternative to the institutionalization or Excessive drugging of people with emotional/mental health issues and psycho social disabilities. All these facilities & psychosocial support is provided free of cost in the bastis’ of Pune, through skilled & dedicated staff. Group therapy has benefited single woman, adolescent boys /girls, care givers of mentally retarded children, pregnant women, and victims of domestic violence.

Mentoring of adolescent boys & girls , adds value to their Life skills & helps them to optimize their potential & be more rounded. This adds to their academic performance. Our work is skill intensive & service is provided through a team of Clinical psychologists, social workers, Art based therapists. & grass root staff. Forbes Marshal was supporting our Therapeutic groups for a period of 3 years .