Anganwadis (meaning ‘courtyard shelter’ in Hindi) are public child- and family-care centres across India, set up by the government’s Integrated Child Development Services programme to combat child hunger and malnutrition. Started in1975 as part of the public health care system, a typical Anganwadi centre provides nutrition and health education, immunisation, and pre-school education to children and families located in rural and slum areas.

There are more than a million Anganwadis set up in India, and with 5,000 located in Mumbai, we work with over 1,600 of these centres to support the government’s efforts and help increase their impact.

Building on our mantra, School Chalo (meaning ‘let’s go to school’ in Hindi), Anganwadis are the ideal platforms to provide the building blocks for a child’s entry into education and to work with families in ensuring their livelihoods. We run a variety of programmes and outreach activities to build on the centre’s model.

  • Operational Support

We conduct visits to more than 70 Anganwadis a day, covering over 14,000 centres yearly to implement monitoring systems, build feedback from the teachers and identify new methods to improve operations.

  • Teacher Training Programmes

We develop and implement training programmes for Sevikas (teachers) and Maditinis (helpers) in the Anganwadis to improve and enhance their teaching methods, integrate technologies and teaching aides, as well as coach them on the importance of the overall wellbeing of children beyond the academics.

We conduct over 1000 TTPs covering over 15000 Sevikas and Maditinis per year.

  • Parent Counselling Workshops

To encourage families to send their children to Anganwadis, we provide counselling sessions on parenting and how to support and nurture a child’s learning progression. We meet with over 20 parents a day in areas close to Anganwadi centres, targeting families whose children have never been to one of these centres, or have dropped out of the system.

We conduct over 1,000 trainings group workshops , reaching more than 10,000 parents per year.

  • Kishori Development Programme

Adolescence is a critical phase in a young person’s life that requires special attention and guidance. Using Anganwadis as platforms, we provide a supportive environment for adolescent girls, educating them on a range of topics that include their rights as women, health, personal hygiene, nutrition, leadership training, life skills-based education and career guidance. Our efforts aim to give adolescent girls the values and skills to have a positive impact on their wellbeing and the potential to break long-standing cycles of poverty and discrimination.
We conduct over 1000 Kishori trainings covering over 15000.